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5+ stars for Second Act by Marsha R. West #romanticsuspense #laterinlife #99cents #99c #bookreview

Title: Second Act

Author: Marsha R. West

Genre: Romantic Suspense, Later in Life Romantic Suspense

Book Blurb:

Addison Jones Greer, divorced mother of two teens, is the executive director of Cowtown Theatre. When someone murders a member of the board in the costume room, suspicion rests on everyone involved with the theatre, including Addie. She has angered some board members because she wants to fire the artistic director. Although she’s warmed him several times, he continues to go over budget for productions.

Mike Riley, Fort Worth homicide detective, hates that he caught this case. His sister-in-law dragged him to a theatre fundraiser where he met Addison, the first woman with whom he’s wanted to pursue a relationship in a long time. Not about to happen now.

Addison hasn’t ventured into romance since she caught her now ex-husband in their bed with his secretary. Trust isn’t something she’s good at. How could she trust someone who seems determined to think she’s capable of murder? Or worse, thinks that her kids might be involved?

My Review:

Backstabbing is commonplace in theatre, but murder? A board member is murdered, and poor Addie is the number one suspect. Oooh, I love a juicy romantic suspense. Add in the setting and the cast of characters being a part of a community theater, and it has all the makings of an unputdownable read. I love everything about Second Act, from the gripping plot to the setting to the budding romance to the loathsome creative director to the murder. I couldn’t stop reading this book and neither will you.

Let’s start with the characters. I connected with Addie right away. She’s a divorced mom trying her best to revive the local theatre while raising two teen boys. She’s sworn off love but there’s something about Det. Mike she can’t resist. She’s also dealing with a truly horrible person at work who makes her life miserable. The more I read, the more my heart went out to Addie. The rest of the characters are so well-written and add depth to the overall story.

Marsha R. West is a prolific author who writes romantic suspense readers clamor for. Her ability to balance suspense and romance is second to none. Her writing is filled with emotion, making it easy to connect with the characters. I enjoy each of her stories, each one better than the last.

If you love romantic suspense, pick up Second Act. Brilliant from start to finish, this book will leave you satisfied.

My Rating: 5+ stars

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Author Biography:

A retired elementary school principal, a former school board member, and theatre arts teacher, Marsha R. West writes Later in Life Romantic Suspense. She lives in Texas with her supportive lawyer husband and Charley, a deaf, Chihuahua/Jack Russell Terrier mix. Their two daughters presented them with three delightful grandchildren all who live nearby.

The theme of Marsha’s books is always second chances, and she even has a four-part series titled The Second Chances Series. She believes in Happily Ever Afters. Her husband picked up a plaque for her on one of their several trips to Maine that states her philosophy exactly. Everything will be all right in the end. If it’s not all right, it’s not the end. The Heroines and Heroes in her books are in their 40s and 50s with their parents and children often playing supporting roles.

She’s a member of North Texas Romance Writers, Authors Marketing Guild LLC, & the WORD BY WORD Blog. She has her own weekly blog and monthly newsletter. Her books can be found on AMAZON, B & N, KOBO, and iTunes and other sites. Print books are also at Draft 2 Digital, Indie Lector Stores, and Amazon. Blurbs for each of her books with links can be found on her website.

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Reviewed by: Nancy

1 Comment

Marsha Riegert West
Marsha Riegert West
Jun 23, 2023

Hey, Nancy. Oh my goodness. Thanks so much for this great review. I'm thrilled and very glad you enjoyed this one. :)

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