Friends in Low Places

Romance - Suspense
297 Pages
Reviewed on 10/10/2018
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

Friends in Low Places by Evelena Evans is the first of a brand-new series. Jacy Adams quits her job at an accounting firm for a quieter life and a new job at a charter airline. Things go wrong when she discovers some suspicious transactions in one of the accounts and suddenly her only objective in life is to survive. The last accounting controller turns up dead and Jacy’s investigations open up more than one can of worms. Organized crime, drug trafficking, homicide, even tragedy from her own past; it all comes bowling out at Jacy but there is help at hand. The mail room manager comes to her rescue, breaking rules and helping Jacy to uncover large-scale corruption and escape from thugs with guns. There are secrets everywhere and not all of them are to do with the airline.

Friends in Low Places by Evelena Evans is one of the best romantic thrillers I have read. The main protagonist, Jacy, was exceptionally well developed with a believable background in a story that hits the ground running and doesn’t stop. I’ve read many stories in this genre and none captured me or my imagination in the same way as this one did. The plot is intricate yet not so complicated you can't follow it; there are twists everywhere and action at every turn. There is not one part of this story that slows long enough to let you catch your breath so, before you start reading, take a deep breath and hold it – you’ll want it until the very end! This is a fantastically written story, full of intrigue and suspense, romance, laughter and a few tears too. Excellent, and I'm really looking forward to part 2.


The characters were entertaining and well-developed. I love the plot and how the subplots intertwined with the main one. I had some of them figured out, but a few took me for a wild ride. I love unexpected twists and turns!

Belle Ami

Friends in Low Places is an action-packed crime thriller with plot twists galore. The heroine, Jacy Adams, hasn’t let her tragic past sway her from her search for a better life. She quits a rat-race accounting job for what she believes will be a less hectic lifestyle job at a boutique airline. Little does she know that she’s signed on to a position that will bring her into direct conflict with members of a South American drug cartel. But never fear, Chad Turner, the office supply manager, is really an undercover FBI agent and he and Jacy with the help of friends will make a formidable team unraveling the best-laid plans of the criminal cartel.
Friends in Low Places is a roll-coaster ride of emotional up and downs, murder and intrigue, action and adventure. But most of all it’s about second chances and a hot romance.

Michael D Golvach

While I haven’t yet read the books following this one in the “Friends In Low Places” series, this is a great start. My review, without spoilers (I hope)

The book begins with a nice slow-burn. Jacy’s found a new job and she’s excited to get a start. Unfortunately for her, forces are working against her from minute one. Even her friend, Krista, (who means well) puts her in a tight spot using her lipstick to label Jacy’s new boss’s car with a ‘bad’ word he can’t help but notice. Jacy receives mysterious warnings which all seem to have to do with her new place of employment and the woman who she’s replacing (A woman who was “let go” but then is found murdered). The warnings don't stop there, though!

The more Jacy digs into the mystery behind her workplace and its workers, the more she realises she hasn’t landed her dream job and, as she’s trying to put the pieces together, she starts looking for another place to work. No such luck. She’s in deep, she’s in for a while, and she’s in trouble. Thankfully she has 'friends in low places' to help her along.

This was a really enjoyable book. Lots of interesting mysteries and realistic, exciting plot twists.

If I had to criticise any part of the book, it would be the amount of characters. While that goes a long way toward building a complex and confusing world (which a multi-layered mystery absolutely needs) there are a few characters (office staff) that seemed to exist only to bounce dialogue off of. This was done to such a minor degree that it didn’t pull me out of the story, or distract me.

All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and I’m curious to find out who isn’t who they seem (and what isn’t what it seems) in the next instalment. This is a book that will keep you guessing and provides satisfying conclusions for all of the mysterious threads it opens.

A job very well done by the author!

A.L. Long

Author Evelena Evans’ “Friends in Low Places” has to be one of the best books that I have read this year. Her characters are well developed, and the plot keeps you interested and entertained. I had a hard time putting the book down once I turned the first page. Jacy Adams is a hard worker, and her only goal is to get ahead in life, but working 80 hours a week has taken a toll on her social life. When her job recruiter finds her a 9 to 5 job with an airline company, Jacy jumps at the chance to finally be able to enjoy life. Landing a great job, with a super-hot boss, isn’t what it is cracked up to be. When he puts the moves on her, she has to decide whether to quit or stay. With the help of a sexy co-worker, they devise a plan to get back at him, but her plan reveals more than she bargained. This book is a must-read, and I recommend it without a doubt. It will keep you wanting more with every turn of the page.