Someone very close to Myra Lambert has been brutally murdered. It’s commonly believed that her longtime stalker is the person responsible. Troubled ex-cop Glenn Sparrow was hired to play bodyguard for the vulnerable real estate heiress, while his best friend NYC Homicide Detective Lt. Max Harper solves the case.
After a foiled abduction, Glenn and Myra retreat to the Catskills and the Lambert family farm, where they hope she’ll be safer and harder to find. In this remote, secluded refuge time seems to stop for Myra and Glenn, offering them an open window into each others world. What they find may be what they both have been searching for, but with a killer on the loose and Myra his possible prey, time may also run out.
Are there limits to the lasting happiness a couple under siege might find with each other?
Lily is a freelance writer, blogger, and novelist who writes fiction in numerous genres. When she isn't writing, Lily raises money for arts and cultural organizations or plans special events in iconic landmarks throughout her beloved hometown: New York City. A resident of Brooklyn, Lily is a true ambivert, who enjoys solitude just as much as she likes meeting and talking with other passionate readers and writers. "I think every story is a love story of some kind. The whys and wherefores are usually as interesting as who or what you love, but you only know that if you delve deep. So in life, in love, and most definitely on the page, that's how I like to do it." --Lily
Sticky Moon is as good a mystery-suspense novel as any I've ever read. I believe it's the first published work by this author, and I'm quite honestly blown away. In fact, it helped revive my interest in the genre and sent me in search of other mystery-suspense novels, though sadly, no others by Lily Java at the moment.
Myra Lambert's grandmother has been murdered. For her, and her brother, it is a shock not only because their grandmother was formidable and seemed to them at least indestructible, but because they have a long history of family tragedy, having lost both parents when they were quite young. Like her grandmother, Myra is also somewhat of a force--her wealth, beauty and aloof manner make her unapproachable, and she has has very few relationships of substance. But there's another reason for that--since she was younger, Myra has had a stalker. And now it appears, from a cryptic message left at the scene of the crime, that he has graduated from stalking to murder. Lt. Max Harper enlists the help of his best friend Glenn to protect Myra while Max goes about trying to solve the crime.
I hardly know where to begin. Not a single character did NOT fascinate me. Max Harper, Glenn, Myra and even her undoubtedly mentally-deranged pursuer were all such textured and complicated characters that I rooted for them all in different ways. The backstory of Max and Glenn's friendship was pitch-perfect; Glenn's complicated relationship with his father and stepmother, also perfect. And the developing romance between Myra and Glenn? Yeah, that too was perfect. Somehow, Lily Java managed to maintain a balance that did not have the love-story overshadow the suspense; nor did the suspense overshadow the love-story.
And the voice of Cosmo, the psychopath? I can't recall the last time I wanted the bad guy to survive and simply "get some help". I was seriously torn, despite the wreckage he caused. The author managed to show him as a product of a seriously effed-up childhood so you couldn't help but sympathize, even as you knew that his end had to come, and that it would likely not be pretty.
Finally, I have to say that this novel, a robust 300-some pages long, did an excellent job of introducing a compelling and fascinating hero in Max Harper. A detective who comes from money, wears clothes that betray his wealth while working gritty homicide cases, and who has a tense and distant relationship with his father? Oh c'mon, if that's not fodder for a dozen books I don't know what is. In Max Harper, Lily Java created a character that makes you ask a million questions. And I can't wait to read the books in which she answers them.
This story was fantastic. I love the ebb and flow and nuances of the relationship of the characters, each of them with their own drama filled backstory. I really enjoyed how the author created stories within the main story. At times you think you are reading about one thing, but later on you find out it is connected to the bigger picture.
The book opens with the murder of Agatha Lambert, the grandmother of Myra and Josh. Myra and Josh’s parents have a very strained relationship with Agatha until they are tragically killed in a car accident. Life changes significantly for Myra and Josh, especially since they are raised by their strict, rich and very snobbish grandmother.
This is where things get sticky. I loved this mystery. The story descriptions made me feel as if I was a regular in downtown New York. And at times had me thinking I was sitting in an old farmhouse with apple trees in upstate New York.
Although I loved the mystery part of the story, it was the romance that set if off for me. Let me tell you there was story, after story, after story in this book. Poor Myra has had the unfortunate luck of having a very bold stalker. In an effort to draw him out, her brother hires a very hot bodyguard to look after her. Will the body guard’s attraction to Myra prove to be disastrous as the stalker loses patience? To find out, you have to get the book.
APB Perspective Review: Wow ! It's wonderful when you see a author bloom , I remember Lily doing writing exercises and me saying "you should be a writer"and her saying "I'm working on a book." Well her debut book " Sticky Moon" surpassed anything I could have imagined her writing . Sorry Lily ,I underestimated you and I have never been more happy about being wrong . This book grabs you from the first page , It opened with a murder , that and turns into a romance ,plus a crime action drama . Lily introduces you to the characters Glenn and Max,one of my favorite parts was how she explained how they met, I swear I was right there watching the whole scene play out. This book is also filled interesting characters, you will want to know better , I was even attracted to Cosmo , he was fine as heck just really twisted. I want to some day read about Danae and Max ,because I felt vibes between them in this book. What I loved about this book, was the development of the relationship between Myra and Glen , they had an actual relationship and the author did a wonderful job of setting the stage of showing us how and why they fell in love. There is a scene when I truly fell in love with Glenn when he was talking to Myra :
“Myra. Don’t think for a moment I’m not with you right now.” “I don’t know what you mean.” “I mean I’m holding you baby. You’ve taken over my senses Myra. I know what the texture of your skin feels like even when you’re not in the room. Don’t you feel my lips, my teeth, my breath? I feel you. I’m breathing you in right now. It doesn’t stop for me. Our mouths don’t have to collide for me to feel you . . . to kiss you. Sometimes it will happen with my eyes, sometimes with my mind, but you had better believe I’m always kissing you. Always.”
All I can say is Girrrrrl! When you pick up this book get ready , because, this book is exciting , romantic and fun to read .
When I began to read Sticky Moon, I tried to figure out the tone of the story from the cover and synopsis. Well there's a reason why there are pages between the covers. I was pleasantly surprised with this author's debut title. The story was well written with good character development.
While this was a great read, I hesitate to say a quick one, because it starts with a lot of suspense with the murder of a high profiled person and turns into tracking a stalker. Through all of that madness you see a sweet romance develop between two characters, while seeing the view of the world through the mind of a sexy, very dark and twisted man.
I am looking forward to a sequel that would develop relationships of some of the other characters.
Myra Lambert leads an existence of wealth and privilege, but her life has been anything but easy. Having lost both parents at a young age, she suffers another unspeakable tragedy when her grandmother is brutally murdered. Myra’s lifelong stalker is the suspect. Determined to solve this heinous crime and save Myra’s life, Detective Max Harper solicits the help of his childhood friend and ex-cop, Glenn Sparrow. Glenn vows to protect Myra at all cost, but he loses his heart in the process. Sticky Moon is a beautiful story of two lonely souls who find love in the wake of an unspeakable tragedy.
I loved this story! Lily Java pins a marvelous tale of romance and suspense, rich with characters that captivate and enthrall. The blossoming romance between Myra and Glenn is the focal point of the story, but the relationships with the secondary characters are just as important. Myra’s relationships with her brother and their deceased grandmother, and Glenn’s relationship with his father and Max are all pivotal to the development of the story. I was hooked from the first page, and even after reading the last page, I still wanted more.
I've had the sample of this book, Sticky Moon, in my library for possibly a year and a half. I kept considering it simply because of the enticing title, but for some reason or another, I never cracked it open. Fortunately her blog and association with indie authors such as Nia Forrester and Xyla Turner as well as the recent release of Women Withstanding All in which she includes an entry is actually what led me to finally purchase and read Sticky Moon.
All I can say is that Lily Java really needs to write full time! Her eloquent metaphors just take you on mini journeys within the story, event. There is such a lovely balance of character development through background information, dialogue and the characters' third person introspective narration that empathy is felt for every personality the reader encounters.
I just loved this storyline which of course left room for anticipated spin offs without leaving me feeling unsatisfied. There are several curiosities remaining, but I like that. I can't wait to read more from her.
Initially I wasn't sure how I would feel about reading Romantic Suspense story, but something about the excerpt I read kept gravitating me towards reading this story from Liva Java. After reading another short blurb and seeing visual evidence of Gleen and Myra, I was sold, so it was a no doubter to One Click this book. This was my first Liva Java book, but definitely will not be my last. This story followed intriguingly from beginning to end. So much so that I hope to see these characters' adventure continue in something else soon. I doubt do spoiler, but must comment on the character chemistry between Danae and Max. Hopefully we'll hear more from these two as well in the future! T
Awesome story! Brilliantly written! Splendid love story! And such a thrilling ride through the mind of a stalker. I don't want to tell too much about the story because I want you to have the thrilling ride I did -- not knowing what was going to happen next. You'll really get to know the characters so well that they feel like neighbors. I highly recommend this book.