Review of The Player by Laura Deluca and other stuff!

Hey Guys:) I’ll tell you I have been having a great holiday…I have had more time to do what I love which is read! That’s right, I have been curled up with favorite Snuggie, wrapped around my Kindle, escaping into the best stories! Now although I soon go back to my real daily schedule, I plan to keep up this reading feast as much as possible. But it has been so wonderful to shut myself off and stay up to the early mornings reading…yesterday alone I read…count them…three fantabulous books by some awesome Indie Authors, I will share in the upcoming days my thoughts on each. Plus I have even more reads to consume! Yay! Also…

5.5"X8.5" Post Card TemplateI will let you know, that this evening at 6p.m. Central Time Jamie B and myself will speak with the awesome author of Into The Night Jade Fowler on IndieReview Behind The Scenes! IndieReview Behind The Scenes spks with Author Jade Fowler at 6pm CST Ms. Fowler will speak with us all the way from Australia! How cool:O)

Now, I will admit I have somewhat of a cold, but I will try to be a trooper and go on with the show as Jamie B did when ill the last show…but I will say it may not be pretty:O)  LOL

But on with the show we will go… So make sure you check it out!

Okay, wow…I know you’re saying it’s about time! But I would like to share my review of The Player by Laura Deluca!

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About this author
Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and three children. She has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. Old high school friends would tell you she was always scratching in her notebook instead of paying attention in class and the children she used to babysit for always loved to hear her scary stories at bedtime. In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the sole author of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years.

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The Player
Joshua Handover had it all. He was handsome, rich, athletic, and had always been popular with the ladies. Yet, until he gets paired up with his beautiful but shy lab partner, Rosa, he never allowed himself to fall in love. As the chemistry between them grows, Josh realizes that his player days have come to end. But it seems his change of heart has come too late. Not only is Rosa leery of his bad boy reputation, he has four vindictive ex-girlfriends who are on a rampage. At first he doesn’t take their threats seriously, but then his tires are slashed, someone tries to poison him, and one of the girls turns up dead. Josh doesn’t know who to trust, but one thing is certain. It definitely isn’t worth the price he’s paying to be a player.
Player tells the story of  Josh Hanover, a high school senior who seems to have it all. He is good-looking, rich, loads of friends and  all the ladies love him. Now this last attribute, Josh takes full advantage of; when the story opens, he is juggling  four, count them four girlfriends. Now, Josh is slightly callous at the story start, really taking on relationships for superficial reasons, almost acquiring a collection, he has the Glam girl, the Goth and more. But soon this changes as Josh realizes his feelings for his Biology partner, Rosa. Rosa is smart, and not very glamorous at all, but in her, there are qualities, that Josh does not realize he is searching for, and he begins to change. Josh, soon goes about ending all the relationships with the others, although in a harsh way. He does it, hoping to make way for a new start with Rosa. During all of this, his best friend Andrea is there, she has been his best friend since they were small in grade school, just friends, she has been the constant through his ever-changing array of girlfriends.  After a bumpy start, Josh and Rosa soon get together, now during all of this, Josh is having migraines, which he has always had. Against the advice of his best friend Andrea, he continues taking Codeine, almost like candy to stop the sickening streaks of pain, that plagues him constantly. The fact that both his parents are doctors, allows Josh to have a steady supply, and coupled with the fact, his parents are workaholics, working double shifts and always away from him. Josh pretty much does what he wants. The story progresses, that soon after he breaks of with the other girls, and of course the break-ups do not go well, there is lots of screaming and threatening from at least three of them. But the worse for Josh is Lilly, the Catholic School girl, who quietly accepts and desires to remain friends. That is the only time Josh, feels a little bothered, but it soon passes, and he and Rosa goes on. Not too much later, Lilly the quiet Catholic School girl is found dead, it is labeled suicide. but her brother, who had not too long after the break up had threatened Josh, is saying that his sister had been murdered. The brother, desires to enlist Josh’s help, basically saying this was Josh’s fault, and this would be one way of making amends. Josh is at first reluctant, but agrees, because prior to that Josh had begun receiving strange, lyrical messages, detailing the scary events that were happening to Josh, one event was that Josh had to be hospitalized because someone had placed rat poison in his migraine medicine. He recovered, but he knew someone was out to get him. The boys continue to investigate, but during that time, another one of Josh’s recent ex-girlfriends had been attacked, and landed in the hospital. The boys continue trying to find the murderer when police refuse to help, they both know they are racing against time. Soon the Player erupts with a surprise ending, that leaves the reader shocked.
Laura Deluca is an incredible writer. I have read several of her books, in different genres, but never am I disappointed. The Player, had me guessing right from the beginning, the atmosphere was thick with suspense from the start. I was nervous about what would happen, because I knew something bad was hanging around. No one could be as callous as Josh, and get away un-scathe. I thought I knew what was happening mid way through, but Ms. Deluca threw in twist and turns all the way to the very end. I felt as if I was on one of those very frightening Amusement park rides. Up and down, through the scary tunnels, Ms. Deluca takes you. Aways well written , fantastic minute description, Player is an absolute thrill fest!

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