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Book By Author:  Maria Elena Martinez

 Never Knew


Lexi Wineberry's grandfather, Antonio, has disappeared and is believed to be dead. She and her brother have inherited the family business but neither has any idea how to run a hotel. He prefers to sell. Lexi wants to try to salvage the family business. However, someone else has other plans for her and the hotel. The hard part isn’t just keeping the business running, it’s keeping herself safe at any cost even if it means losing the hotel.

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Be wary of all the twists and turns in Never Knew.


Never Knew by Maria Elena Martinez is a well-written novel about Lexi Wineberry, a new hotel owner out of her depth. Lexi and her brother Jax inherited a grand hotel in Coral Gables, Florida from their missing grandfather - mystery number one. Jax, who is a lawyer, is the silent partner and Lexi, a graphic illustrator, decides to run the hotel with no experience. You probably can see where this is going, right? You are dead wrong. Lexi quickly hires Becca, an experienced hotel manager, who I found to be the only stable element in the novel. The other two major characters are Rob and Mark. Rob is Lexi's long-distance boyfriend who is an FBI agent. Mark is her grandfather's accountant that takes care of the books for the hotel and is also an old school friend of Lexi's from many years ago. At least she thinks so - mystery number two.

Martinez, the author, is a solid writer. You can tell she writes from the heart and pulls in her life experiences living in the same town as the novel is based. With that said, I do have reservations about the rest of the novel. There were two glaring inconsistencies in the plot line and more minor ones that made the reading not as enjoyable as I thought it would be. I had hoped that by the end of the novel they would be cleared up, but alas they were not. I put the blame on her editor as it should have become apparent with a full read. I hope that the author continues to write as she has the right stuff, but work on the plot lines would be needed.



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Author:  Maria Elena Martinez