Monday, December 29, 2014

Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez

Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on October 7, 2014

Summary: "Valentina Cruz no longer exists.

One moment, she was wrapped in Emilio’s arms, melting into his kiss. The next, she was witnessing the unthinkable: a murder in cold blood, ordered by her father and carried out by her boyfriend. When Emilio pulled the trigger, Valentina disappeared. She made a split-second decision to shed her identity and flee her life of privilege, leaving the glittering parties and sultry nightlife of Miami far behind.

She doesn’t know how to explain to herself what she saw. All she knows now is that nothing she believed about her family, her heart, or Emilio’s love, was real.

She can change her name and deny her past, but Valentina can’t run from the truth. The lines between right and wrong, and trust and betrayal, will be blurred beyond recognition as she untangles the deceptions of the two men she once loved and races to find her own truth." --From Goodreads

My Thoughts:

I had a hard time suspending my disbeliefs for this book.  Valentina runs away from her family to Montreal and manages to survive by playing her mandolin on the street corner.  That sounds semi-plausible.  Next, a guy hires her to be a model for him while he paints her for three hundred dollars a sitting. That does NOT sound semi-plausible.  And don't get me started on her "boyfriend" Emilio.  I do have to admit that Valentina's character does grow throughout the novel.  She started off being fairly naive, but does become more mature and confident by the end.  Overall, I would have to say that this is a fairly entertaining story, but nothing more than that.  I would have liked more interaction between Valentina and her father at the end of story.  Something along the lines of how he came to be what he became to be.

Disclosure: I borrowed a copy from my library.

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