Karen’s Killer Book Bench: The Good Daughter by Diana Layne


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 The Good Daughter by Diana Layne

Back Cover Blurb

Most good daughters would say they owe their fathers everything. Marisa Peruzzo, Mafia princess, would. She owed him for killing her fiancé. She owed him for destroying her mother. She owed him for chaining her to the ‘family business’. And she owed him for taking away her lifelong friend.

Payback’s a bitch.

When the mob kills her cop boyfriend and ruins her chances for a new life, Marisa Peruzzo vows to bring them down–at the risk of destroying her family and the only life she’s known. She finds an ally in FBI agent Dave Armstrong, and though she falls in love with him, nothing will dissuade her from ensuring the mob’s downfall, even if she has to go outside the law.

For FBI Agent Dave Armstrong justice means choosing between right and wrong, black and white, and nothing in between. There is no place in his city for criminals, and he is determined to put mob boss Carlo Peruzzo out of business. But Carlo is powerful, dangerous, and cunning, and so far has eluded Dave’s efforts to arrest him. Until Carlo’s daughter surprises Dave with an offer of help.

Marisa is a woman who operates outside the neat little box Dave has always lived in, and while he understands her need for justice, he doesn’t approve of her methods. Yet in the course of his quest, Dave falls in love with her, and his feelings make him question whether the world might actually be shades of gray.

Unfortunately, one of Marisa’s closest friends, a world renowned Italian soccer player, is on the wrong side of her father. The clock is ticking while she and Dave race to prevent yet another death.


 As I said in my interview on Monday http://www.karendocter.com/blog/author-peek-interview-with-diana-layne.html, it was a soccer game that inspired The Good Daughter. A soccer game, you say? Ewww, soccer, sweaty, sports. Yeah, on the other hand, hunky men, buff men, speedy men running along in shorts with those gorgeous quads bulging–oh, sorry, getting distracted. Anyway, yes, a soccer game inspired this book. Once upon a time I was an avid soccer fanatic, I coached three teams, played on an adult co-ed team (it was my Friday night stress release) and followed my favorite teams avidly (try doing THAT without cable–I eventually broke down and got cable though.) My favorite player, oooh la la, was an Italian. Once he was voted the best player in the world. I followed his team and his country’s team. Then one day, an important game, tied! Still tied after overtime. They’re down to a shoot out (where the players stand in front of a goal and take a penalty shot: one-on-one with the goalie). His team was behind. But he was next! When he made a goal (notice I said “when” not “if” because he had NEVER missed a penalty kick) they would still be in the game. EXCEPT. He missed! He missed that goal. The ball went flying over the net. I was crushed. I fell to the ground crying (so did he, I noticed in replay). For weeks I was D-E-P-R-E-S-S-E-D. Heck, I’d even made up a cool love story with a soccer player based on him (ok, so he was married, but this was fantasy). How could he ruin my story??

Then a writer friend said when I was still moaning about the loss six weeks later, “The Mafia made him do it.” (No, no, not really, we’re talking about my story now-I know, the life of a writer, what is truth? What is fiction?). What? Mafia, hmmm? And then, suddenly not only did I have the soccer hero and his future lady love but now I had a Mafia Princess and an FBI man. From that point on, things really got interesting…

The Good Daughter by Diana Layne

Dave tapped his fingers on the table and mentally reviewed the top guys the FBI hadn’t pinched in this last bust who might be willing to flip. Or was it one who already had been arrested and was willing to deal? The biggest bust in history, but Carlo had managed to escape the net. Truth be told, many of the mobsters that they got were going to walk without more information. And for certain they couldn’t nab Carlo without more information, but chances on getting that seemed slim.

Carlo had a particularly nasty reputation for offing people who crossed him. And Dave couldn’t come up with anyone that brave. Yet Sandro had promised the contact would have useful information and he would know him as soon as he saw him–

Her. Dave corrected himself and sat up straighter when she entered the bar. He would recognize her. Sandro had never specified male or female, Dave realized as his heart rate kicked up a few notches. His jaw would have dropped if he hadn’t been the kind of guy trained not to show his emotions.

Hell, who wouldn’t be shocked? Carlo Peruzzo’s daughter. The Mafia princess herself.

Her gaze scanned the room until she saw him. Though her lips were pressed in a straight line, a sparkle flashed in her eyes as if she did know just how she shocked him.

She walked purposefully toward him, making her way through the crowded tables. Black designer jeans hugged nice curvy hips, and her full breasts were covered with a pink plaid, pearl-button western shirt. Interesting color choice. A leather belt wrapped around her waist, and his focus narrowed. Best he could tell the belt was pink, too. And there were some kind of pink jewels inlaid in the buckle.

He hid a smile. The only thing that would complete the color coordination was if she had on–he looked down, yep, pink cowboy boots. Pretty-in-pink cowgirl-Mafia princess. That certainly wasn’t an image he expected to see. With her head high, and her gaze fixed on him she seemed unaware–or unaffected–by the attention she garnered. And she certainly got a fair share of stares. He saw more than one man pause with a drink halfway to his mouth, head swiveling to keep track as she walked past.

Dave had never seen the high-and-mighty Mafia daughter in anything other than expensive business suits, with her hair pulled back and her makeup understated, but tonight she wore this chic knock-off cowgirl look well. With her dark wavy hair swinging free around her shoulders, her smooth olive skin glowing, and lips a luscious color of pink to match as well, she could raise the lust level in a saint.

Dave was no saint.

Meet Diana Layne, Author….

Diana Layne is an award winning writer. She’s an RWA Golden Heart® finalist, and has won or finaled in contests such as Romantic Times (now RT Book Reviews) Follow the New Writer contest.  Diana is a founding member of the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood blog and and regularly contributes. (www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com). A homeschooling mother of six, she balances her hours between nurturing her children and making up stories. You can learn more about Diana’s books, sign up for her newsletter and follow her blog at www.dianalayne.com


FMI about Diana Layne & her books:

TRUST NO ONE will be released in June. Incidentally, I have a promo going that if or when you read THE GOOD DAUGHTER and leave me a review, if you’ll email me and tell me where you left the review, I’ll send you an electronic ARC of TRUST NO ONE! The details are here: ARC Giveaway  (http://bit.ly/I1hGUb)


Website: http://www.dianalayne.com/

Blog: Do You Want Mayo With That?  (http://blog.dianalayne.com/)


Amazon: (http://bit.ly/zfHNMJ)

Barnes & Noble (http://bit.ly/IhpJbL)


Tales of The Scrimshaw Doll Series, a swashbuckling pirate tale with a hero as yummy as Capt Jack, a female pirate captain as tough as she is beautiful,  a cursed gypsy doll, and betrayal as dark as the stormy seas!

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**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Diana will give away a $10 B&N or Amazon gift card to one lucky reader who comments!  Winner will be randomly selected and announced on Friday.  Thanks, Diana, for sharing your stories with us!

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6 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench: The Good Daughter by Diana Layne

  1. Gerri Bowen says:

    Your book cover got my attention immediately, and then I had to read the blurb and excerpt. I’m hooked, Diana.

  2. Alicia Dean says:

    Very cool story about how you got the idea for The Good Daughter. I love hearing how writers get their ideas. Keep up the good work…love your books. Congrats!

  3. Diana Layne says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Gerri! Squee!

  4. Talk about inspiration! Diana, this book sounds like a must-read. Love the blurb and the excerpt – wow!

  5. Diana Layne says:

    Thanks, Alicia and Sophia!

  6. Diana Layne says:

    Wanted to add that I just learned I’m on RT Book Reviews Daily blog today–in the form of a quiz! http://www.rtbookreviews.com/rt-daily-blog/may-2012-which-self-published-story-right-you-take-quiz

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