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Toxic Blonde: A Johnny Delarosa Thriller (The Delarosa Series Book 2)

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Infidelity pays the bills, so says a wise old private eye. But for PI Johnny Delarosa, his routine cheating spouse case turns into a tangled mess when his client, Mary Ann Bellamy, is run off the road and left for dead. Her husband, the owner of a cutting-edge aerospace technology firm, puts his career and marriage at risk by having an affair with his senior executive, the ...more
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Published April 24th 2018 by Cinder Path Press, LLC
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Michelle (Michelle's Book Ends) Shealy
"The drinks broke the ice and she relaxed and gave me the story. She explained how the company did win the approvals and contracts were signed between BST and the Department of Defense. The new cash infusion improved Tom's mood but their home life also changed. Tom had brought on a new employee. a woman who was some sort of expert in aerospace technologies."....


Private Investigator, Johnny Delarosa, is back for the second story in this series. With the help of his friend and waitress Katie and
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Angela
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

Meet Johnny Delarosa, ex-cop turned PI in this gripping thriller, Toxic Blonde, by David Stever. It is the second book in the Johnny Delarosa Thriller Series, but can be read as a standalone- having said that though, the first book is a great read and a fantastic introduction this series. I thought it would be hard to top the first book, but this one is even better, and now my firm favourite of the two.
This is a detective story with a great mystery, twists and turns, layers to reveal,
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Liz
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore the Johnny Delarosa Thrillers and Toxic Blonde was no exception to that. This book once again brings it all home with action, adventure, drama, suspense, and a bit of romance to keep things sweet, or spicy depending on how you want to look at it.

In Toxic Blonde we find Johnny Delarosa at it again trying to work a cheating spouse case. These tend to be what he is best at and despite the fact that things tend to get a bit more messy and complicated only seems to fuel his desire
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Jenni Bishop
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Toxic Blonde: A Johnny Delarosa Thriller (The Delarosa Series Book 2) by David Stever is full of mystery and action, suspense and secrets. David takes us on a trip into a world where Russian spies, lies and deceit show how fickle some men can be. Espionage and a brutal femme fatale lead the gang on a wild chase where she is one step ahead. I enjoy the way David tells a story that is easy to lose yourself in. Just when you think you have it all worked out you are suddenly thrown off in another ...more
Sara Oxton
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Toxic Blonde by David Stever a five-star read that will keep you on the edge of your seat. This is the second story in the Delarosa Series, and I have read them in order and enjoyed them that way, I would recommend you read them in order to get the most out of them. Johnny Delarosa is described in such a great way that he is exactly as you picture an old time PI, he keeps the story going. The suspense is done very well, it keeps you hooked all the way through. The action is powerful enough to ...more
Erin
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I give Toxic Blonde: A Johnny Delarosa Thriller (The Delarosa Series Book 2) by David Stever, 5 stars.

PI Johnny is back and this time his case involves yet another cheating spouse. But hey, there's good money in it. Only, this isn't so simple. His client quickly fears for her life, and then the client's uncle comes to him and says that there's much more than just the husband cheating. He sounds a bit paranoid, but Johnny quickly realizes that it may all be true. But who or what is behind it all?
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Julie Howard
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book
This is the first book by this Author that I have read or listened to but I quite enjoyed it. This is book two but I don't think you need to listen to the books in order and going from this book they seem to be stand alone stories. I liked the characters and the introduction of computer Dude, I hope he sticks around for another book as he was a lot of fun although he might have to learn some new words not everybody needs to be called Dude.
Finding out if a man is cheating on his wife is Pi Johnny
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Madison Degraffenreid
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019read
Toxic Blonde (A Johnny Delarosa Thriller Book 2) by David Stever

5-Stars

Toxic Blonde (A Johnny Delarosa Thriller Book 2) by David Stever was an excellent, exciting, and invigorating mystery/crime novel! I was hooked from the start and having read book one, I think I have a new favorite in the series. I loved the various characters and how each of them tied into the story. They were organized and developed well. I had no issues imagining them as I read. I also loved how much detail the author out
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Debi
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Toxic Blonde (A Johnny Delarosa Thriller Book 2) by David Stever

5+++++ Stars

This is my second book by this author and as with the first I am totally in love with this series. This is my chosen genre and this author sits in the top with my other favorites and with the way this one ended I just know I will go crazy waiting for the next one.

This book brought back all my favorites and added a new favorite into the mix, or maybe two. I love the fast pace of this book, it is never boring and you
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Karyn Taylor
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Toxic Blonde is the 2nd book in the Johnny Delarosa Thriller Series by David Stever. I had loved the first book in the series and this one was even better. It is an action packed thriller that will grab you from the very beginning and have you on the edge of your seat right up to the very end. Stever sure knows how to write an amazing thriller. The story continually flows and is full of emotion, drama, suspense and intrigue. I could not put this book down.
In this book Johnny thinks he has taken
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Sarah
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great reas about intrigue. Johnny Delarosa returns to investigate a new mystery..he takes a case where a young woman wants revenge on her cheating husband by any means necessary. But there is more to the story with technological giants and Russian mafia get involved. Can he solve it all?
A great read. Well developed plot with twists and turns. Although at times it felt a little complicated with a lot going on and was hard to read. Well developed characters like Johnny determined to get to the
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Michelle Austin
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Toxic Blonde was a great 5 star read and book two in The Delarosa Series. I enjoyed the first book in the series and I couldn’t wait to read this one.

Johnny is working on a new cheating case. HIs client is fearful and concerned her life is in danger. He learns from a family member that there may be more to the story than he originally thought. Moving forward the Russian Mafia and the FBI come into the story, making things much more interesting for Johnny.

Can he keep his client safe?

There were
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Tausha Treadway
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Toxic Blonde (A Johnny Delarosa Thriller Book 2) by David Stever. I LOVE this series. This is another wonderful story about P I Johnny and this case involves another cheating spouse. Don't they all! But this one turns into a hot mess when his client is run off the road and left for dead. Mary is left feeling scared and afraid for her life. Mary's husband is the owner of a cutting edge aerospace technology firm and he risks it all by having an affair with a Senior Executive Keira Kaine. She comes ...more
Laura Furuta
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Toxic Blonde: A Johnny Delarosa Thriller (The Delarosa Series Book 2)

By: David Stever

5 out of 5 stars

This is an awesome book. It is an amazing mystery story that pulls you in from the very beginning. I found myself taken on a journey that was nonstop until the final page. I love the character of Johnny Delarosa. If I needed help he would be the one that I would go to. How will his latest case end? Read this book to find out. This story made me feel like I was right there with the characters. I
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Elsa Wolf
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense
Delarosa is hired as a private detective to investigate an unfaithful spouse. In this novel, his second, everything goes into a serious femme fatale, espionage story beyond Delarosa’s expectation. Some of it was painful to live through, or shall I say read through, because of the actions that occurred in the story; murder, and then torture toward the end. So, I’d say the descriptions were quite effective. Yet, I’m not sure the long WWJBD acronym worked too well. I locked into the story and ...more
Erica Fish
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Toxic Blonde is the second book in A Johnny Delarosa thriller series by David Stever. If you like thrillers this will be right up your reading standards. David Stever can keep you guess on what the outcome will be. His stories have a deep mysterious plot line, plus complex characters. I love Johnny Delarosa. I can picture him in my mind’s eye and to me that makes me enjoy the story even more. There is everything to make this story a thriller. From Russian mobsters, FBI, whistle blowers, and a ...more
Anastasia
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Toxic Blond is the second book in the series and PI Delarosa is back at it again. This story is full of all the good stuff... mystery, suspense and lots and lots of action. Delarosa picks up a case he thinks will be simple open and shut case, but that is so far from the truth. Two people he knows are caught up in the middle and it keeps getting messier and messier. Will he be able to solve this case before anyone gets seriously hurt?
The characters in this book are great. The author put a lot of
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Lisa
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ibbb-year-4
This is a great story! This is the second book in the series. It is just as thoroughly enjoyable as the first one. The story starts off pretty basic as far as PI work goes but something changes and it becomes everyone’s nightmare. The characters are full of life and charisma. We have quite a few new characters to enjoy as well as the old favorites (Mike, Johnny and Katie). I will mention that Eric is my most favorite new character in this story and I hope we haven’t seen the last of him.

This
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Kerry Baker
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Toxic Blonde: A Johnny Delarosa Thriller by David Stever is the second book in the Delarosa series. you can read this as a standalone however it is the same character as the first book so you will miss a lot of the character development. I would recommend reading them in order.
These books are brilliant they are exciting and fast paced, full of suspense and twists and turns. The whole way through the book I kept waiting for the next thing to happen because I just knew it was going to come.
This
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Ralph Phares
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A PI With Heart-Who'a Thunk?

Johnny Delarosa is a PI who is a former cop that still has a heart for the downtrodden and their legal and personal entanglements. He has a 20-something sweetheart working for/with him who helps him remember what's important. There's also the ex-cop friend and bar co-owner, Mike, who provides muscle and backup and the top-of-his-peer-class hacker, Eric, who has just joined the PI agency. Together they find themselves deep in an espionage scheme with world-wide
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Kerry  carr
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the 2nd book in the Delarosa series.

In this book we find Johnny on the case of a cheating spouse. However things aren't as simple as they seem.
When his client Mary- Ann is run of the road in her car things start taking a dangerous twist.

Add into the mix, the fact her husband works for a company that has links with the DoD, he is having an affair with his colleague who is a pretty blonde but is also ruthless and deadly, and the FBI doing an investigation on them as well. It all makes
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Susan Lister
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love a good thriller and it feels like forever since one hooked me like this one did! This book is pack with everything that you would want in any book! Action, suspense, and drama were all paced into this story. The one thing I do love is the secondary characters that David Stever writes. They always bring a new dimension to the story!

Johnny Delarosa is back at it again with an infidelity case, because cheating spouses pay the bills, but what he thinks is another classic boring case turns
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Chantelle Smith
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
David Stever is back with Book #2 Toxic Blonde. This book will leave you wanting more. It’s full of action, adventure, suspense and mystery.

It will have you on the edge of your seat with the twists and turns throughout the book. David Stever creates characters that pop off the pages with this read, it makes you believe you are there alongside them following their story throughout. He creates a story that is captivating and riveting from start till finish.

This isn’t a genre of book I usually
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Lyndsey Fairley
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Toxic Blonde (A Johnny Delarosa Thriller Book 2) by David Stever
5 stars


Here we are follow Johnny again on what should be another cheating spouse case but it is anything but easy.
I really enjoyed this book as it kept me guessing and hooked from beginning to end.
What a ride this book took me on and all the moving parts come together for one intense ride. We see a little more to Johnny this time around, but the story takes the limelight as its very small snippets of Johnny outside of work. I
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Sheri
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Toxic Blonde: A Johnny Delarosa Series by David Stever is the second book in The Delarosa Series. If you are a fan of a good crime story this will not disappoint you. Delarosa is a detective who gets a lot of cases of infidelity cross his desk and this is no exception. The only issue is the client is run off the road and left for dead. Who is to blame in this whodunit?
I really enjoyed this book as well as the first one in the series. These have twists and turns and leaves you wanting more. I
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Maura
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
TOXIC BLONDE is book 2 in The Delarosa Series and can be read as a stand-alone.

Johnny Delarosa is a private investigator and because this book is told in first person, I find myself narrating it in the old timey detective voice. Very noir in nature. There are layers and twists and suspense and everything that makes a detective series good.

This is an enjoyable read that was easy to follow and I definitely recommend it.
Bobbi Wagner
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in this series and PI Delarosa is back. This is a story full of action, suspense and mystery even some sitting on the edge of your seat page turning. In this installment Delarosa is back on a case. He takes on a case he thinks will just be a typical case until he has to invest his two friends help in solving it. These are a great group of characters that make you feel right there with them. I highly recommend reading this book and the previous one in this series.
Heather Lovelace
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am very glad to have found Stever and enjoyed this second book in the series as much as the first. Fast paced, action packed, and it kept me guessing. I really enjoy Stever’s writing style and character development. The plot moved quickly and I found myself zipping through the pages to figure out how everything would resolve. Very enjoyable read and one I would recommend to others.
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David Stever is a novelist, screenwriter, and film producer. He is a member of the Private Eye Writers of America, the International Thriller Writers and the Maryland Writer’s Association. He lives in Columbia, Maryland with his wife and family. www.davidstever.com