Tour Stop: One Major Mistake by Starr Reina

Name of book: One Major Mistake (The Ivanovich Series #3)
Author: Starr Reina
Publication: July 10, 2012
Genre: Suspense
Source: Provided by author

Despite having brought down two major crime families, Pavel’s life is still filled with problems. The two bright things in his world: Teresa Mancini, his fiancĂ©e, who, on a good day, has the ability to bring him to his knees and his daughter Rita Grace, a result of a whirlwind affair before he fell in love with Teresa.
Once again, murder is the prime evil propelling Pavel into his latest case. After the murder of his partner and friend Nick Haxton’s ex-wife Brenda, Pavel leads a team to dethrone Guillermo Diaz, the leader of a drug gang believed to be responsible for Brenda’s death. Detective Danni Stone joins the local agency. Stone knows Diaz on the most intimate of levels, and wants to be present at his demise.
During the investigations, not only does the team grieve with Nick over Brenda’s death, they also deal with the loss of their long-time Assistant Director in Charge Steven Lazlo, who was gunned down in their own backyard. Pavel has a particularly hard time dealing with Lazlo’s death and is determined to hold everyone involved responsible.
As if Pavel can take anymore, Teresa receives a substantially large check from an anonymous benefactor, and insists that Pavel deal with it while she decides how to spend it. But not before she uses her iron-willed determination to find out who the benefactor is even if it means breaking into her attorney’s office looking for answers. Being thrown in jail would stop any ordinary woman, but apparently not Teresa.
Join Pavel as he wades through harrowing situations, suspects aplenty and suspense in this third thrilling installment of the Ivanovich Series. 

-- My Rating --
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review.*

-- My Thoughts --

     One Major Mistake is the third book in the thrilling Ivanovich series. I guess I should have read the other two books before it, but I didn't have time nor the books.  I did just fine, reading One Major Misrake without the other two, there were a case when I didn't know what happened before, but it wasn't a big deal.
     Pavel Ivanovich, an FBI agent, has had his load of horrible cases to last for a lifetime. But it isn't over just yet. A case concerning drug deals is transffered from another state. Now, Pavel and the group under his command try to bring down the clever dealer, Diaz and all his allies.
     At the same time, Pavel's best friend, Nick Hexton has  his ex-wife murdered.  Pavel feels like this case and Diaz's case are linked, but there is no proof.  To complicate matters even more, Pavel's friend and beloved boss is murdered right in his office and there is a leak in the agency that informs Diaz of their plans.
     Pavel's girlfriend, Teresa is drowning in her own investigations. She has received a large some of money from an unknown person, and with her stubborn determination, she is set to find out who is the sender. Even if it means breaking into buildings and spending time in  jail. Seems like nothing can stop Teresa Mancini...
     Can Pavel finally put Diaz in jail? Can he find the source of the leak in the office? And will he be able to make Teresa see that the world does not revolve around her? Find out the astonishing and heartbreaking conclusion to the Ivanovich series when you read, One Major Mistake...
     I liked this  book very much, it reminded me of the wonderful James Petterson's "Alex Cross" series. There is  something very special about mystery/thriller serieses, you will fall in love  with the characters so much that you won't want anything bad to happen to them. That's exactly what I felt when I read One Major Mistake.
     Starr Reina is a professional writer, I love her style and how she expresses exactly what she wants the readers to feel in a compelling way.The pace is quick which is the case with almost all the thriller serieses. The setting is portraited very well. The only thing that I didn't like was the ending and some of the characters. I will say that I LIKED this book but I didn't fall in love with it. Although I fell in love with Pavel and Teresa, I still felt like something was missing.
     I loved the beginning and loved to hate the ending. You get the idea. If you want to read something that will take you breath away in anticipation, then you must read "In The Name of Revenge" then "Deadly Decisions" then "One Major Mistake". Be sure to read them in order, but if you are lazy like me, I won't blame you!

-- Interview with Starr Reina --

Me: Hello, and welcome to my blog. I am very happy to have you here. I would like to know, how long have you been writing?
Starr Reina: I put pen to paper for the first time when I was about fourteen. Unfortunately, because of being dissuaded by my father, I quit writing and didn’t pick it up again until I was an adult.

Me: Where did you get the idea for the Ivanovich series? Did anyone inspire it?
Starr Reina: No one really inspired it. Honestly, a Russian character begged to be written. I didn’t even know he was going to be FBI until toward the middle of the first book. I guess that’s when he told me. :)

Me:  Which character is your favorite? Which character has more “you” in it? 
Starr Reina: I have to say Teresa, most definitely. Although I did not intentionally model her after me (at least consciously), a bit of her is me and another side of her is who I wish I could be.

Me:  What is your favorite scene in "One Major Mistake"?
Starr Reina: I can’t reveal details as it would ruin it for the readers, but the ending. Those who have read it for advance praise said they didn’t see it coming and it made some upset. That means, as an author I did my job and created characters who have instilled feelings into the hearts of my readers.

Me:  Did you feel that there was some difference between "One Major Mistake" and the two books before it?
Starr Reina: Yes. My characters grew from book one to book three, especially Teresa. She is a typical Italian princess but toward the end, she began to grow up a little and realize the world didn’t revolve around her.

Me:  Do you have any other works on the way? Can you give us some hints?
Starr Reina: I absolutely do. I’m penning a paranormal now and following, I will be doing a legal thriller. So, from suspense/crime, I am giving my readers and fans a bit of versatility in the vernacular.

Me:  And now for some quick Q & A
Favorite drink? 
Starr Reina: Non-alcoholic: coffee or diet Snapple. Alcoholic: rum and coke. Then again, I would turn away a shot of tequila either.

Me: Favorite book?
Starr Reina: Gosh, there are many. The last one I read I couldn’t put down (as with many people) was “Hunger Games,” but at present I’m reading “Freak” by Jennifer Hillier and that’s outstanding. 

Me: Favorite singer / musician?  
Starr Reina: Train! I love their newest CD. I’m hooked.

Me: Favorite blog on the web? 
Starr Reina: Obviously, Insomnia of Books is on the top of my list. As it Reading Addiction.  There are too many terrific ones out there to choose just one. 

Me:  Thank you very much for being here with us today, do you have any last words?
Starr Reina:  Thank you for featuring me and “One Major Mistake.” If anyone has any questions or comments, I invite them to email me personally at

-- About The Author --

A paralegal by day, she’s an author by night. Apart from being an award winning author for her short story "Cut", Reina has appeared in a blaze and made her mark on the literary world with her Ivanovich Series. The first is “In the Name of Revenge”, the second, “Deadly Decisions” and the third, "One Major Mistake" is to be released July 10, 2012. Having studied and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Literature/Creative Writing, she has found her unique style and is known for her works' distinctive voice, making every character stand out.
 Reina is the artistic creator of the Ivanovich series featuring Pavel Ivanovich. Flanking Ivanovich's side in "Deadly Decisions" is Teresa Mancini, who vies with Ivanovich for readers' attention. According to J.M. LeDuc, who was "raised in an Italian family", Teresa "is all your characters". Reina is also the author of young adult novella "Cruel Whispers" and its sequel novel "Cruel Past".
 Reina is an executive editor for Suspense Magazine. She has been interviewed in the newspaper and on the radio with relation to her fiction work. She has been a co-host on Suspense Radio.
 She has won three Best Speaker awards as well as Best Evaluator at the Voice Ambassadors chapter of Toastmasters. Reina is a member of Sisters in Crime, Los Angeles Chapter and nationally. She has always been active in events. As co-chair and main coordinator for the West Coast Author Premiere, she arranged the weekend-long event to help authors from all over network, learn and share their work with the public. Reina has also been instrumental in compiling authors and planning a local author event at Barnes and Noble in Ventura, California along with the store’s event manager.


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