ABOUT THE BOOK
Wealthy. Well dressed. Dauntless.
The Carrows family comes together once again to right a wrong the way only they can – with style!
Charlotte and her fiancé, Alex, are planning their happily-ever after, but the celebrations are overshadowed by tragedy. Alex’s sister and her husband are locked in a corrupt business deal. One loophole after another has them in a chokehold, and they’re about to lose the family farm.
It’s not just them. Morally bankrupt and vicious Damien Miller suckered lots of honest, hard-working families into a contractual scheme based on fraudulent lies which could leave them homeless. But now he’s crossed paths with the Carrows —an avenging, charming group of grifters who love nothing more than a good hunt.
With unlimited resources at their disposal, Henry Carrows gathers his children and insists they set old grudges aside to run a little scheme of their own. But their plot depends on one thing….
Will Damien take the bait?
A seductive, well-dressed, double cross. Come along for the ride.
A con man always gets caught, kid. A grifter will get away, and the best part is, the mark will never know it was you who set them up.
Never mess with a Carrow or their family. After all, they are American royalty and their ancestors were pirates.
In Book 2 of the Carrows Family Chronicles Charlotte and Alex make wedding plans, but the wedding is overshadowed by family problems. Alex learns his sister and brother-in-law along with other small-town farmers are in hawk to a despicable swindler and his cronies who loaned them money to start their farm. Charlotte asks her father, Henry Carrow, for help and the games begin.
It’s good to see Charlotte and her family working together in this book. Though not thrilled with her family’s ways and not close with her siblings Carey and Charles, they start to shine as the well-honed grifters they were taught to be. As for Henry, Charlotte’s father, he finally comes through for his eldest daughter and gives her the wedding gift she asked for.
The supporting characters are crucial to the story including the Carrows family, especially Carey, Charles, and Henry who do their ancestors proud. Alex’s sister and Isabella and her husband Finn are dazed and confused at first, but take it all in stride. As for the rotten and slimy antagonist, Damien Miller, well just sit back and watch a con man get grifted.
Ms. Lewis certainly knows how to write a brilliant and gripping story with a healthy dose of revenge. Her bad characters are the nastiest, and the Carrows are ruthless and fun to watch when their family is threatened. In addition, the plot is well-developed and detailed with a much-anticipated happy ending.
I recommend this book if you like suspense with an exciting game of Karma at it’s best.
This book can be read as a standalone, but if you would like to start at the beginning, check out my review of Charlotte McGee to get some background on the dazzling and intriguing Carrows clan.
Thank you to Ms. Lewis for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Annabelle Lewis lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Regrettably? Perhaps. She still believes she’s a Texan even though the math no longer supports that. Nor her birthplace. Nor her residence. No offense, Minnesota. You’ve got your good points too, but only about six months of the year.
In her youth, Annabelle was a complete failure. Ask anyone who knew her. Any of her teachers and family would tell you this. High school graduation was a sad day for all when Annabelle walked proudly off the high school stage, her thoughts consumed with boys, beer, and after-parties, and later into the arms of her parents. Her father’s laughter and singular remark? “I didn’t think you’d make it. Get a job at the post office, they have a good retirement plan.”
A high bar and words to live by, but Annabelle wanted more. She needed to flunk out of college too. But damn, she sure did have a good time. Arrest records not-withstanding, it was a growth period for our girl. And if you look closely, you’ll see a bit of what was to come when she majored in criminal justice. Her lifelong aspiration was to become a judge. Hmm.
For better or worse, Annabelle didn’t graduate from college but did find gainful employment and a fulfilling career. This path ended when she became a mom. Married to her wonderful George, who to this day can hardly remember an actual proposal, Annabelle finally became a mother. She didn’t have a clue how hard she would need to work to keep those self-imposed requirements of Downey-fresh, iron-pressed sheets, home-baked meals, and mom-of-the-year awards arriving. She composed a small self-affirmation song and made her children sing it to her for money. She was a very good mom.
After clearing the largest hurdles of motherhood and regrettably, begrudgingly, and not-without-tears, launching her children onto the world, she looked around and realized she had a lot to say. Picking up a laptop, she got to work.
Annabelle spends her days continuing to tackle the challenges of motherhood, for both her humans and canines. She also writes. And reads. And cleans. And cooks. And bakes. And cleans again. She also supports her husband, George, in an administrative capacity. Not necessarily in the home, but for their small business. She’s in charge of payroll and cuts George’s checks. This leads to no marital acrimony.
In the beginning, with the blank page staring at her and possibly in a hostile mood after being literally mauled by a dog and by the world in general, she had an idea. What if she could wield a force of good upon unsuspecting evil-doers? What if she had the resources to get the job done without dealing with the committee and anyone else’s whiney-ass opinions?
It was gold. It took off. Annabelle sat down and began to write and couldn’t stop. To date, having written almost a million words in the Carrows Family Chronicles, several items have become quite clear. Annabelle had a lot to say. Annabelle really enjoys writing. And although she hates all things technology, she begrudgingly pounds her head on her desk daily as obstacles are put in her path. Almost a hero.
Since adopting the Carrows Family and becoming one with them in her mind, she has rebelled against all intrusion of real-world responsibilities. Her house is a mess, but she tries. Her family is fed, but more often than not, on takeout. She vows to shower every day, but no, it’s a vow she’ll never keep. Her friends are neglected, but not in her heart.
Leave her alone or you’ll end up in her blog. Annabelle Blogs is another communication vehicle she uses to not only rant at the world but at her family. She regularly sets them up for failure when they forget to read her diatribes and report back their response in a timely manner. Shame on you, Annabelle. They’re good people and they have to live with you.
The Carrows are her second family. They are on the streets as we speak, deceptively and cleverly taking out the bad guy. And he doesn’t see them coming. Unless intended. Read about the Carrows. Jump into bed with them. Literally. Annabelle Lewis is having a swell time. You should join her.