Monday, September 17, 2012

Shattered Visions Haunted Memories (Volume 3) by Reyna Hawk

Shattered Visions Haunted Memories 
(Volume 3) by Reyna Hawk

The Valentine Petrilo Series is now complete. Shattered Visions Haunted Memories, the third and final book in the series, was released on 19 September.
The trilogy follows the life of Janie Valentine as she becomes entangled with the Petrilo Crime Family. Janie desperately wants a normal life with the love of her life Rico Battaglia, the assistant to the Mob Boss of one of New York's most powerful crime families. However, Janie gets anything but normal when she finds herself on the crime family's hit list. Will she survive? Will this survival change a new life she has set out for herself in the mountains of North Carolina with Malachi? All that Janie knows comes to abrupt end as the life she's dreamed for herself crashes down around her.
Read my earlier blog post for more information about the first two books in the series. The three books are now also available in one volume, Valentine Petrilo Trilogy

Just when Janie thought she had all she ever dreamt, the powers that be would suddenly change her course; throwing Janie head long into a world of uncertainty and casting a puzzling shadow on all this life she’d grown to love. Janie would soon discover nothing in her world was what it appeared. Leaving her confused, broken, and determined to find the answers in a new but familiar realm filled with secrets and deception.
Memories and turbulence lead Janie on her quest to discover the truth concerning herself, her past, the Petrilo crime family, and her brother’s murder. Is Rico's unfinished business in Cherokee to finish the hit the Petrilos put on her? Is Malachi willing to take a bullet for his new love; or will he walk away from the danger and free himself of the drama Janie has brought to his once peaceful life? Love and deceit will lead them all to the truth.

Janie ran as fast as she could back to the room. She slowly slid it in the slot until the green light flashed then pushed the door slightly open, flipping on the light by the door to give her a small beacon into the room. Janie saw the pictures hanging off the walls, the glass smashed, and over turned chairs. Her heart raced as she thought of what she could find in this room. This was her biggest fear; she’d find Rico dead. Janie ventured slowly into the room looking about for Rico but she could hardly see two feet in front of her face. Just then she stumbled on an overturned chair and nearly fell; suddenly she felt the barrel of a gun at her temple and heard the gun being cocked.
“Jesus Rico it’s me!” Janie froze right in her tracks. The room filled with light as Rico turned on a table lamp and slowly removed the gun from her temple. He looked like a wild man. His clothes looked as if he’d slept in them for those four days, it was evident he hadn’t showered or shaved, his hair uncombed and partially hanging out of the usual neat ponytail. His eyes looked sunken and glassy. He was pale and smelled of liquor.
“Where have you been?” He gruffed coldly and angrily.
“Rico? Are you ok?” Janie went to him to hug him but he pulled away as if she’d burnt him.
“I asked you a question.” He ordered, in all the years she had known him, Rico never acted this way.
“I’m gonna tell you, but I want to make sure you’re ok.” Janie was shocked at his actions and behavior. He had lost complete control of himself and was looking at her as if he didn’t even know her.
“Answer the question.”
“I went to Greenwood.” Janie’s heart was pounding so loudly she was sure he heard it. He was terrifying her. She’d only seen two other men look like this, Scott and her father. Rico was much stronger than either one of them, if he hit her she’d be dead.


By William D. Curnutt

I waited with anticipation for the final book in the three book series by Reyna Hawk. I wanted to know how life was going to end up for Janie. I wanted to know if she and Malachi would find true happiness. I wanted to know if her memory would come back completely. I wanted to know that the last part of book two was only a dream and not reality and that she would wake up and things would be great.

Well, I got a lot more than I bargained for. Reyna Hawk certainly knows how to surprise her readers and how to change up scenario's throughout her stories. I found myself not wanting to put the book down because I wanted to know what the next twist to the story was going to be. I found myself getting more anxious and the book was coming closer to an end. I found myself nervous that I wasn't going to like how things turned out. I found myself conflicted about how things were going.

So, was I happy with what happens? Not exactly. I had to write to Reyna and have a dialogue with her about how the story developed and where it went. I was concerned about one part of the story that was so different from the first two books. Janie's vocabulary was not what I expected after books one and two. At one point in the book another character says to her, "When did you develop such a potty mouth." I found myself agreeing. I didn't like it, but I wondered why it had been developed.

Reyna helped me to understand. So, I will give you a hint so that as you read the book you will understand. Janie is confused, frightened, frustrated and conflicted about who she really loves and why. As such she is lashing out because of all that has happened to her. She is trying to make sense of everything. With that explanation things came more into focus for me. So, I hope with that explanation they will come more into focus for you.

I loved the way Reyna brings real life to bear on the characters in her book. She brings real emotion. She brings real character flaws and she brings real character fear and frustration. She portrays how each of us has a fantasy life where people are perfect, or at least we make them what we want to make them. But then reality sets in and we see them for who they really are. They are not necessarily as perfect as we thought, but maybe they are! People will surprise you in how they act in real life. Sometimes what they do is more perfect than we think.

So, as you read ask yourself this, how would I respond if I were in Janie's shoes? How would I respond if people around me were lying to me? How would I respond if I were frightened for my life? How would I respond if everything was going to hell in a hand basket. Then you might just understand Janie a bit more.
I guarantee you that you won't put this book down until you get to the end. But if you haven't read the first two in the series you really need to read them first or you will be totally lost in this book.


About the Author

Reyna Hawk is a 44 year old mother of one son and grandmother to one beautiful 3 year old little girl. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio Reyna has always loved writing and story-telling. Her passion for telling stories began at a very young age when she was making up stories to tell her school friends. Reyna has an Associate of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology.
For a further insights, read the interviews with the author (links below).