A Pennys Worth

A Pennys Worth Sara Conrad Just About Had It All, Wealth, Beauty, A Prominent Place In Las Vegas Society As The Owner Of A Popular Nightclub, And A Reputation That Was Second To None.There Was Only One Thing Sara Failed To Possess Her Life.That S Because It Was Dominated By A Despicable Sociopath, Her Husband, Ezra Silverstein, Who Rarely Let Sara Out Of His Sight And Manipulated Her Every Move.Out Of Desperation, Sara Turned To A Bodyguard At Her Club, Max Tobias, For Sanity And Salvation Before Long They Are On The Verge Of A Torrid Affair That Threatens Not Only To Engulf Them Personally But Their Very Lives, As Well.When Silverstein Catches Wind Of Sara And Max S Relationship, He Is Determined To Make Them Pay For Their Betrayal He Makes It His Mission To Inflict A Blood Thirsty Punishment On His Beloved Sara And Her Romantic Rescuer.As Events Reach Their Dramatic Climax, Sara Is Stunned To Discover Max Is Not Really A Bodyguard At All This Revelation Turns Her Entire World Upside Down Leaving Her Vulnerable And Unable To Trust Anyone, Especially The Man To Whom She Had Given Her Heart Riveting Unpredictable Page TurningThe Story Of A Good Woman Trying To Survive In Sin City Where Satan Himself Has Set Up Camp In Her Own Marriage, And The Only Man She Had Truly Loved Turned Out To Be A Virtual Stranger.God Help Her. He had set all the players nicely on the board, but perhaps he chose to place the wrong protector next to his Queen The bishop has been a betrayer Sara is married to Ezra, a vicious, devious bastard and he loves nothing better than to elicit pain in creative ways to those around him, especially his wife Sara, frightened beyond belief, turns to her bodyguard, Max, for help Their affair, while hot, threatens to expose their betrayal to Ezra Sara is caught between her sadistic husband and her protector who is hiding secrets of his own When Ezra vows revenge, Sara doesn t know where to turn and is left to fend for herself Will she survive and if so, is her life worth than a penny I liked A Penny s Worth for its damaged characters, intense drama, accurate portrayal of an abusive husband, suspenseful plot and romance Yes romance While the genre is romantic suspense, I would categorize it as dark mafia romance The grittiness of what it means to be a part of an organized crime family is the backbone of this book Every decision Ezra, Sara and even Max make revolve around this theme.Yes, it is a classic love triangle but Austin puts an intriguing new s
The author provided me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.I have to say, this book is amazing I loved Sara and Max HATED Ezra Not a big fan of Carmela either.This book is a pretty realistic depiction of what it s like to be in a domestic violence situation I worked as a law clerk in an SODV unit and I took a seminar on how to handle DV cases specifically The way that Sara waffles back and forth between her abusive husband, Ezra, and Max, their employee, is pretty realistic There were times reading it where I wanted to yell just leave him but the situation was complicated than that There are a lot of family stuff going on that complicates things and she still ha
A Penny s Worth is the very first book that I ve read by Cynthia Austin, and I really enjoyed the plot I m not going to go into any detail about it, as this story is full of suspense, so I don t want to inadvertently give anything away, nor sway anyone s opinion one way or another, as this review is in MY OPINION I just didn t get invested in the characters like I wanted to, especially Sara, and not sure why, but she somehow fell flat for me And I m the type that s usually always on the side of the female I could tell that Cynthia Austin has a talented writing style, because even though the characters didn t quite do it for
3.5 STARSThis is a new author to me and I was not sure what to think going into this book I read the synopsis and I was intrigued for sure I had a lot of expectations for this book.Most of them were met, I liked the characters, I did not connect one way or another with any of them but I liked them The plot of the story was good but felt just a little bit a miss about it Almost like something was missing and that could be because I did not get an emotional connection with any of the 3 main characters Sara is trying hard to live her life but is married to the devil himself for sure As she turns to someone she is once agaon let down and is left wondering and trusting no
Overall the book was okay, it was hard to stay focus, and it was just missing something, it was hard to keep going I did not feel much of a connection to any of the characters The plot of the story had promise but it just fell short Sara was too swishy washy for me, I m all for a little drama but this woman was a little over the top with her back and forth between the husband that cheats and a sexy bouncer
I love a book that fills my thoughts for days after turning the last page, a book with characters who become my friends and enemies, a book that I want to recommend to others A Penny s Worth is this type book It s filled with real, well developed characters set in an intense and exciting world
Where to begin This book was a whirlwind for me At times I wanted to put it down, at others I COULDN T put it down It follows Sara, who s in a terrible marriage to Ezra, a sleazy, abusive con man gambler in Las Vegas Sara is the very definition of a woman in a domestic abuse situation She knows she should leave the relationship, which has become loveless in the short time they ve been married, but somehow, despite Ezra s blatant affairs right under her nose, she can t seem to tear herself away She s under his spell, emotionally, sexually, economically and even physically To make things even worse, Ezra s in business with Sara s brother, Luke, who runs a Las Vegas strip joint on the seedier side of town The author s skill made me seethe with hatred for Ezra I wanted Sara to do something terrible to him and get away from under his clutches almost immediately I kept asking myself why she would stay with him, even if the sex is so good, and I couldn t understand it at first Then, as the story unfolds, with its many twists and turns, and as a handsome bouncer arrives on the scene at Sara s brother s establishment, details behind their relationship evolve I still hated Ezra, almost from the first time I met him through these pages, and my disgust for him grew
Original engaging read about a Las Vegas crime familyOne of the best parts of this book was the emotional turmoil of the book s arch villain Ezra Silverstein Ezra is the psychopathic husband of Sara Conrad, child of a Las Vegas casino crime family Usually the villain is painted in black and white but Austin gives us a revealing and eloquently painted portrait of Ezra s agonized human side Example The moment Ezra laid his trap to win Sara by offering her a job to work in his high end Las Vegas jewelry pawn shop I ve been looking for a new assistant Someone just as beautiful as the precious stones in my case Ezra expelled a sharp breath and if Sara didn t know any better she would have thought that was the sound of his soul leaving his body Sar and Ezra s fights Sara clenched her fists and swallowed the scream inside her throat You keep falling deeper and deeper into this pit This endless destructive pit And like an idiot I follow you right into the fucking abyss Sara is a walking time bomb over Ezra s continued infidelities She watches from the other side of the club as He was enjoying a lap dance from Chelsea, which consisted of having two watermelons draped in his face Ezra s secr
I thought the author did a fantastic job with creating believable characters I read some of the reviews and I feel like I read a completely different book than the others.The story is like a slow burn At first it seems a typical, my husband is a bad guy and cheats, yada yadabut then it changes courses and picks up As you flip the pages you find yourself engulfed into a world of deception, lies and hidden secrets.Sara is married to Ezra, a good for nothing cheater who enjoys humiliating in her public In his defense, Ezra truly loved Sara, as crazy as he may have been that is the feeling I had Sara wants out of her marriage to Ezra and has even confided in her brother Luke about it Luke, as much as he lives his little sister, knows without Ezra as his partner, the empire he worked so hard at creating will collapse So Sara is stuck
Drama, Secrets, and games combine together for A Penny s Worth Secrets and revelations at the end of this story were simply astounding Hatred is simply not adequate as to how I felt for the men in Sara s life using her.The story has a slow build up particularly the first half I did feel slightly bogged down with all the drama and Sara s rotating emotions.The vulnerability that Sara showed at times made me connect to her When Sara became the hard nosed Mob Queen the change kept me riveted to the story A Penny s Worth is not a Romance novel at all in my opinion This story takes you into a gritty world of organized crime.The author noted she fought to keep the name Ezra for Sara s complicated husband I am glad she did as I cannot think of another name that would fit Ezra even now gives me chills as to the actions he has taken in his life He was such a surprising character and that final scene with Sara had me shaking Ezra had so many different moments, at one point I felt sorry for him, then hated him, and ultimate