Riley Saunders has her dream job. As an art director at a leading advertising agency, she works every day with her two best friends, Stella and Birdie. All three have been assigned to ensure that the Grand Opening of the Peterson Art Museum is nothing short of a success.
When a girls' night out at a hot new Italian restaurant ends with a spilled bottle of wine, it sets in motion a series of events that leaves Stella and Birdie caught up in whirlwind romances, and Riley fearing for her life at the hands of a deranged stalker. But, when the handsome museum curator, Trent Peterson, learns of her situation, he vows to keep her safe.
In a quick-paced tale of fine art, wine forgery, and the Russian Mafia, Riley and her friends soon discover their pursuit of love will require them to expose a crime, thwart a murder, and trust the one thing that has never failed them…their friendship.
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Leona Pence’s debut novel, Hemphill Towers, does not disappoint. It is a Romantic Mystery, not to be confused with a romance novel. The lives of three young women intertwine and evolve in different settings across the globe. Her handling of a complex tale was masterfully accomplished. I highly recommend Hemphill Towers and look forward to more from this exciting new writer.
This novel is intense and nerve wracking from the 1st page. The writing style was easy to follow and the novel was well edited and presented. There is also so much going on in this tale that it becomes difficult at times to focus on the main story. There are a great deal of stories weaving together and I spent a great deal of time wondering where the prologue fit in. I kept expecting the girl in the prologue to show up somewhere. And holy irony on the ending. Pence presented a very quick but indisputable wrap-up to this story that leaves you thinking ‘Karma.’ The characters in this novel were quite intriguing. It was nice to see 3 best friends finding their match in such close proximity to one another and that the men were all friends as well. Again, rather ironic but it fit together the way that Pence presented it to her readers. The characters themselves were well developed in some aspects and rather superficial in others. Being that the cast of prominent characters was so large it was difficult to get to know anyone in depth in this page count. Overall this was a quick and intriguing read that really makes you wonder about those around you. Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I had the pleasure of reading this book before its release. This debut novel by Leona Pence (who is also an incredible inspiration to me) was a really fun read. It contained the best aspects of a contemporary romance--independent women, strong heroes, and a villain you will love to hate. It all begins with a rather one-sided office romance. Stella is in love with her boss, J.B., but he doesn't see her as more than a secretary, or so she thinks. One night, she and her two coworkers/best friends, end up at the same Italian restaurant as J.B. and one of his clients. When J.B. notices them and waves them over, the ladies end up joining the men for the meal. Little do they know that a spilled glass of wine would set off a series of events that would change their lives. It's also quite a hilarious scene, but I'll let you find that out for yourself. The story unfolds quickly from that point. Stella has caught J.B.'s eye, Birdie and J.B.'s Italian client are head-over-heels for each other, and Riley becomes the target of a serial stalker. From a whirlwind romance, to a trek across the Italian countryside, and even a run-in with the Russian mafia, these three friends wind up with a lot on their plates. They will have to rely on each other to unravel the mysteries behind each event...and to survive.
WOW! The devil walks among us, but (s)he's not some fork-tailed aberration. No (s)he looks like a normal person...MOST of the time...because the devil can hide behind the mask of normalcy. The devil so eloquently presented in this book is a serial destroyer of the victims who cross the devil's path because of possessive obsession, bordering on mania. Leona Pence, creator of this intricate story HEMPHILL TOWERS defines evil so well the story often had me shaking in my nerve endings. An evil obsessive one is terrifying enough to make a story intense when the demon has nothing more than living on the street wiles to fuel their insanity, but add money, position, and the ability to create enticing illusions...at first...takes scary into a whole new level of scary...SCARY in capital letters. HEMPHILL TOWERS...I can't award this coming soon story less than FIVE STARS and be true to the effects it had on me during my reading of it. As one who spent many years the pinpoint focus of such a deranged demon, I can truthfully say Ms. Pence got it one hundred per cent right. Sadly though, not all demons end up like Ms. Pence's does.