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November 14, 2013

Book Tour: Knowing Vera by Rachelle Ayala

Vera Custodio has never fallen in love, though she has strong feelings for her friend and sometimes lover, Zach Spencer. Long-forgotten memories resurface when Vera discovers Zach’s mother was the woman her father supposedly murdered many years ago.

After losing his leg, former triathlete Zach Spencer reevaluates his life—and realizes he’s falling in love with Vera. After she ends their relationship, Zach is determined to prove his love and follows her to Australia in search of the killer.

Caught between a web of family secrets and a deranged adversary, Vera and Zach must depend on each other for survival. Love blossoms, but the truth explodes everything Vera knows about herself. Will she close her heart forever or risk it all for a shot at happily-ever-after?

Book 3 of The Chance For Love Series - Each book can be read standalone, but earlier plots will be revealed by reading later books.

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My Review

I truly enjoyed reading this book. It is more of an adventure story than a romance in my opinion, although romance is one of the main storylines through the book. I couldn't put this book down. I never knew what was going to happen, who the bad guy was, or who Vera could trust.

Let me tell you a bit about the story, without giving too much away. Vera witnessed something terrible when she was a child. This led her to never truly trusting anyone enough to let go and fall in love. Vera starts to get strange letters and text messages referring to the horrible experience from her childhood. This leads her to an adventure with so many twists and turns that she can never quite figure out who to trust and who not to. Is she truly falling for Zach? Should she tell him her secret? Who is sending these messages to her? These questions and more are expertly answered in this incredibly written story. You will go on a journey with Vera from California to Australia as she searches for the answers, tries to avoid danger, and has a few steamy encounters. 

The ending has good closure on all the events throughout the book. There are no questions left unanswered, which I find refreshing. I dislike reading a book and then getting to the end with more questions than answers. The book is part of a series but each book can be read as a stand alone. I am going to read the other books now that I know how good the writing is by this author. 

I recommend this book to anyone that loves a good mystery as well as romance lovers. It is for adults, as there are a few steamy sex scenes. 

Other books in the Chance For Love Series
When a woman wrongs a man… can a man forgive and love?

Jen Jones wasn't a criminal. She just made a few bad choices and ruined a few lives, primarily that of her boss, CEO Dave Jewell. When her blackmailer is murdered, she becomes the next target.

Dave Jewell protects Jen because she holds the key to his company's code. What he doesn't expect is love, lies, and a link to his past. Jen must solve the mystery and thwart a ruthless killer while keeping her heart from being broken.

#2 Hidden Under Her Heart (Maryanne & Lucas)
Maryanne Torres has sworn off sex. Intent on finding a marrying man, she joins a church youth group. A party at her pastor’s house turns into a drinking binge, and Maryanne is raped.

Lucas Knight’s only concern was winning the Ironman Triathlon until the morning he finds Maryanne unconscious in the church parking lot. He becomes the prime suspect, even though Maryanne cannot identify her attacker.

Maryanne wants justice but the identity of her rapist is hidden in the baby she plans to abort. A trap is set. Lucas races to clear his name and keep Maryanne’s secret from drowning her and her baby.

About the author
Rachelle Ayala is the author of dramatic fiction crossing genres and boundaries featuring strong but flawed characters. She writes emotionally challenging stories and is not afraid of controversial topics. However, she is an optimist and laces her stories with romance and hope.

Rachelle is an active member of online critique group, Critique Circle, and a volunteer for the World Literary Cafe. She is a very happy woman and lives in California with her husband. She has three children and has taught violin and made mountain dulcimers.

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.


  1. I've already added this to my tbr list can't wait to read it, sounds fab.

  2. Thanks so much for your review! I really appreciate it. :)


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