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Are rules really meant to be broken? Jake Carrington finds out the hard way and the answer is no! Dating Chloe Wagner was a huge mistake, and Jake should have known better—he’s investigating the murder of Chloe’s sister. Now Chloe is the number one suspect in that murder. If she’s convicted, Jake could lose not only his rank, but his job. If that’s not bad enough, he’s gotAre rules really meant to be broken? Jake Carrington finds out the hard way and the answer is no! Dating Chloe Wagner was a huge mistake, and Jake should have known better—he’s investigating the murder of Chloe’s sister. Now Chloe is the number one suspect in that murder. If she’s convicted, Jake could lose not only his rank, but his job. If that’s not bad enough, he’s got a stalker on his hands, someone who’s threatening his fledgling relationship with the lovely Mia. Things are getting just a little too personal for comfort!Show more Show less...

Title : If I Fail
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ISBN : 9781771274142
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 278 Pages
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If I Fail Reviews

  • Berit☀️✨
    2019-03-19 04:18

    4 favorable stars🌟🌟🌟🌟This was a police procedural, and admittedly this is not my favorite type of mystery/thriller.... however, I did find this book interesting and the characters quite engaging....Jake and his partner Louie’s relationship and banter was really the best part of this book for me.... I thought these men both as partners at work and as characters in this book balanced each other out really well.... and bonus they were both very manly without being complete jerks.....In the first half of this book there was a lot going on, really a little too much.... the second half of the book really focused on the two main cases in this book, and I found that part of the book very well done.... I was solving the crime right along with Jake and Louie....There is some romance in this book between Jake and Mia... really liked her character, and I think she struggled with something a lot of Women do, including myself.... wanting to be that strong independent woman, and yet wanting someone to be there for you when you want them to be..... of course this confuses Jake, because really it is quite confusing.... warning to my Friends with an aversion to romance your eyes will be rolling....Steam rating from 1-10 is a 4🔥🔥🔥🔥Movie rating if this were a movie for sex, violence, and language probably RAbsolutely recommend this book to fans of police procedurals with a pretty fabulous partnership.... you could always skim the romance if that’s not your thing😉*** thank you too Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book, the opinions above of the book are honest and my own ***✨✨ for more of my partner in crime V and my reviews please visit our blog....

  • Linda Strong
    2019-02-24 05:15

    Homicide Detective Jake Carrington certainly has his hands full. Newly appointed to the title of Lieutenant with all the responsibility that entails, he's still working cases.He has a stalker ... the sister of a woman who was murdered. He is still working the case, but he made the mistake of dating the sister a time or two. Sister is not pleased at all. And since Jake has since started dated another woman, the new lady friend is also being stalked ... but is it the same woman, or is there something else going on?The woman found dead is a not so subtle reminder of Jake's own sister who was brutally murdered some years ago. The man responsible was caught and is now in prison. However, because of DNA testing, he is requesting to be tested and filing for a new trial. The thought that this man might walk the streets again make Jake literally sick with anger.Another woman is found murdered and according to her children and friends, she had no enemies. Unless you count her ex-husband and his new wife. They don't gain anything by her death, so who else would want the lady dead?ALL THE DEADLY LIES is well-written with characters that are stand out. Jake and his partner, Sgt Louie Romanelli ... one Irish, one Italian... are closer than most brothers. I love how they interact with each other and with Louie's wife and kids. They are both focused on their careers and finding justice for the victims and their families.The story premise is a good one ... easy to read, easy to follow. There's a lot of door-knocking and interviewing possible suspects, most times more than once. This is not a CSI look-alike, there's a lot of credibility in this author's storytelling.Not all Jake's cases get solved in this go-around. A small cliff-hanger is involved. I'm really looking forward to see Jake and Louie in their next adventure.Many thanks to the author / Kensington Books - Lyrical / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy of this crime thriller. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  • Gerri Brousseau
    2019-03-15 09:25

    If I Fail did not fail to deliver. Ms. Lanouette takes us into the relationship between homoside detective, Jake Carrington and his partner, and explores the tragic losses in Carrington's past. The story revolves around the investigation of three murder cases which keeps the reader rivited. One of the elements of her book which I really enjoyed was that of her fictious town, which really hit close to home. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. I can't wait for the sequel.

  • Marian
    2019-02-22 06:26

    I want to thank everyone who has read Jake and his crew. I hope I can continue to entertain you. Marian

  • Ashley Hite
    2019-03-16 03:12

    I enjoyed most of "All the Deadly Lies" a new crime thriller series featuring newly minted Lieutenant Jake Carrington. I liked that the novel follows him and his best friend/partner's day to day activities working in the homicide department trying to close multiple cases instead of just focusing on one as most thrillers do. They specifically focus on two murders and are following the various leads. Jake is a well developed character with a tortured past. The relationship between Jake and Louie (and Louie's family) is fun and feels very real. Where I began having trouble with the story was about a quarter of the way through there is a love interest introduced for Jake, up until this point the novel was told from his perspective then it flips to her point of view. It was a bit jarring and I did not understand the reasoning. The remainder of the book delves a lot into her feelings and story even though it has nothing to do with the cases. I actually found myself rooting against her. I would like to continue the series if it stays focused on Jake and his career.

  • Joy Smith
    2019-03-17 08:15

    An authentically crafted detective storyIn this page-turning, crime-driven novel, Marion Lanouette sets the tone for her detective series with complex characters that pull at your heart strings. As a detective, Jake Carrington is noble, dedicated, and caring. He relives the death of his sister, which led to the deterioration of his family, each time he works on a major crime involving a murder. In IF I FAIL, he deals with three separate cases. Jake's love for children and respect for the institution of marriage is revealed through his close relationship with his partner, Louie, and the man's wife and children. When Louie's and his wife introduce him to the lovely Mia, Jake sees a chance at love. Yet, with Mia and Jake carrying personal baggage, plus by the demands of Jake's job, they struggle with their attraction. The couple's budding relationship is further threatened when Jake's old girlfriend, a suspect in the most hideous of his murder cases, stalks Mia. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy a fast-paced mystery.

  • Gerri
    2019-02-18 06:18

    This is a debut novel, and it earned the five stars given. A murder mystery, several actually, a police-who-dun-it, romantic elements, great characters and great writing make this a book you really hate to have to put down. I've never worked in a police station, but the writing put me in there, listening and watching the detectives do their thing. Never once was I pulled out of the story. I really liked the main character, Jake, and his partner, Louie. If you like murder mysteries, you will love this book. I highly recommend If I Fail, A Jake Carrington Mystery.

  • C H
    2019-03-05 06:13

    What a great book! Couldn't put it down, read it every moment I could! Story was fast paced and the characters were so good. Can't wait till the next book to find out what happens to some of them. Mia and Jake were hot! hot! hot!

  • Colleen Blackstone
    2019-03-21 08:03

    Excellent story from a debut author. Wasn't ready for it to end when it did!

  • Trina
    2019-03-04 11:00

    I received this arc from Netgalley. This was a pretty good read. It got off to a strong start. There were a few places that it became long-winded. The ending could have been better.

  • Diane Yonchuk
    2019-03-02 07:11

    I received this this book through Goodreads Giveaway. First of all it is a police procedural, not a thriller. It wasn't bad, but didn't "rock my world". At times it seemed rather disjointed. I did enjoy the relationship between Jake and his partner Louie.

  • Alexis
    2019-03-17 09:24

    Could have been more. Not compelling reading.A "police procedural" this book follows two police detectives trying to solve two murders. I felt the book lacked in depth character development as well as a smooth flowing story line. Writing was disjointed, POV changing multiple times, for no discernible reason. I had actually given up reading it (rare for me) and picked it up again after a couple of weeks.I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway.

  • Lynda
    2019-03-04 11:26

    Thanks to Goodreads First Reads book giveaway, I received “If I Fail, A Jake Carrington Mystery” for free. It began with a great opening that grabbed me and pulled on my emotions. How could I not continue to read…I needed to know the outcome? The beginning scene was set within a few sentences with a heavy sadness. The day-to-day accounting of Jake Carrington as a detective whether at work or at play established a firm storyline. As his character unfolded the reader was presented with a pleasing visual of a good looking, charismatic, strong man who took his job seriously. His caring nature, friendliness, and sense of humour made him more endearing. Jake’s frustration, impatience, and distractions made him more dimensional. The reader was given a peek inside the life of a detective handling several criminal cases and the effort and the time required to solve them. To widen our eyes more, we learned how intrusive the work can be when a quick response was needed. Teamwork played a key role introducing sarcasm, intensity, and tenderness within the pages. The wide range of personalities and viewpoints added interest and helped propel the story along smoothly.The layout of the chapters enhanced the reading enjoyment. Levity was employed in many of the conversations providing a few chuckles and the dramatic scenes were given serious focus. Several red herrings kept this reader guessing and in the end realizing I jumped to the wrong conclusion. “If I Fail, A Jake Carrington Mystery” ended unexpectedly and left me wanting more. Wow! A cliffhanger, what a surprise, I was stunned. You have me on a hook; I will be reading the next book to find out more.

  • Doreen Ashbrook
    2019-03-08 07:13

    I really liked this book. Jake Carrington is a likeable protagonist and the story line(s) kept me not wanting to put the book down. I did, however, feel like I hit a brick wall when I got to the end - it was very abrupt.

  • Virginia McKevitt
    2019-02-20 05:03

    My review of Marian Lanouette's IF I FAIL5.0 out of 5 stars A Crime Thriller You Can't Put Down, July 15, 2015By virginia mckevitt (New Orleans, LA, USA)This review is from: If I Fail: A Jake Carrington Mystery (Paperback)I really loved this book. This is a ‘who done it’ that grips you with the first page and keeps going. Lanouette does an incredible job in keeping up the suspense in this fast paced page turner that is a first in the seriesDetective Jake Carrington has his hands full trying to solve three crimes, while dealing with the death of his sister and maybe a chance at love, if his partner, Louie has anything to say about itThis mystery-romance gives you characters that are fully fleshed out and makes you care what happens to them. There is nothing predictable about this story and it kept me wanting to see what happened next.Jake Carrington’s love interest, Mia gives the crime thriller a softer side but the baggage the two carry with them might destroy the relationship, or worse yet, Mia has a stalker who is a suspect in one of Jake’s cases. You’ll have to read the book to know more. I highly recommend IF I FAIL by Marian Lanouette and give it five stars!

  • H.K. Carlton
    2019-02-18 09:26

    I very much enjoyed If I Fail. I fell in love with Jake Carrington from the first character summary that I was lucky enough to read. The fact that he is damaged just makes you love him and pull for him all the more. Marian Lanouette writes in that unique way that helps you to actually watch the scene unfold before you. I could totally see this as an episodic drama. I enjoyed the relationship between Jake and his partner Louie immensely. It is a working relationship that is based on mutual respect and friendship. The cases were real, believable and at times heart wrenching. I also enjoyed the developing relationship between Jake and Mia. I not-so patiently await the next installment in the Jake Carrington Mystery Series, Burn In Hell. Come on January!

  • Ash
    2019-03-20 03:08

    I received a copy of this novel as a firstreads giveaway so thank you Goodreads and Marian.Marian Lanouette's debut novel If I Fail, A Jake Carrington Mystery is a page-turner that gives you a view into the lives of the police. The story felt genuine as the characters, especially the titular character Jake, were believable and easy to relate to while the way multiple cases and Jake's personal life entwined throughout the novel made Marian's writing feel more realistic and lifelike than a simple story, instead giving what I feel is an accurate view of the life of a cop. My only gripe with the novel is that the ending felt a bit anti-climatic, however it adds to the believability of the story as a whole.I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a believable police procedural or murder-mystery novel. I look forward to reading more of Jake's adventures in the future!

  • Gail Chianese
    2019-02-21 06:21

    I love Jake. He's not perfect. He's got baggage that weighs him down. He can be a bit pushy and all alpha male at times. He makes mistakes. But don't you just love a real guy? He's also dedicated to his job and best friend. He's compassionate and filled with passion and empathy. Mia is a great match for Jake. She's not going to let him get away with crap and isn't afraid to stand up for herself. Marian Lanouette did a great job keeping the pages turning with If I Fail. Multiple cases to solve, a stalker, and a hot love story. She's a breath of fresh air in the mystery genre and I can't wait until the next book comes out!

  • R.M. Simoné
    2019-03-09 04:05

    Hi Marian finally got my copy to read and put my feet up and got into your BOOK. Loved it. You do bring in this feeling of a 'real cop' like life and story weaves nicely to keep the read moving along with twists and intrigue. I VERY MUCH ENJOYED this....on going success dear and keep writing on. Can't wait to see more of how this follows up....on more of Jake... Love looking into a strong male character's heart that is real and has feelings behind a tough world he functions in. Roshandra warmly sharing. R.M.Simone'

  • Roberta Lerman
    2019-03-04 05:04

    Marian Lanouette is now on my favorite author list. I loved this book. If I Fail is a page turner from the first paragraph to the last. The story is fast paced and filled with unique, wonderfully developed character's. The plot with its three murders engrossing. I loved the relationship between Jake & Louie and Jake and Mia set the pages on fire! Did not want to put this book down. I can't wait for the next one to come out

  • Carol Miller
    2019-03-11 10:26

    In her debut book, Marian Lanouette, has delivered the goods! Won't be long before we see her on the Best Seller's List! In richly developing her characters, she makes me love them, hate them, or want to be them. The book is a riveting page turner that I most certainly did not want to see end! Thank goodness the next book in her Jake Carrington series is coming in January so I don't have to hold my breath too long!

  • Madeleine McLaughlin
    2019-03-14 03:26

    I gave this book five stars because I liked the originality of not having just one case throughout the book but a few, which I think is like it is in reality for a police force. Jake Carrington is an engaging character, as was Louie, his sidekick.The romance was a nice touch and there was enough mystery to keep me reading.

  • Brenda Clark
    2019-02-22 04:21

    Good bookGood in terms of I was interested in seeing where the story was going, so kept reading. I did not like the sex scenes/descriptions - thought unnecessary. Also, did not think the relationship between Jake and Louie rang true. I enjoy Connelly's Harry Bosch books so much more. Can't imagine that I will read more of her books - sorry

  • Casey Wyatt
    2019-03-06 04:18

    The characters in this book really stand out. They are real, gritty people that I want to learn more about. In addition to not one, but three murder mysteries, the story delves into the inner workings of a cop's life and their families. I loved Ms. Lanouette's humor and snappy dialogue. I can't wait to read the next installment - Burn In Hell!

  • Lhenry
    2019-02-25 09:17

    Good, I liked the plot and the way the reader saw the many cases the homicide unit dealt with. Jake is a very likable character and I loved the other detectives, especially the partnership relationship between Louie and Jake. I did not like Mia as much but that was because she was very believably flawed, while being a smart, independent woman.

  • Frank Pellegrino
    2019-03-18 10:21

    Tough read. Continuity mistakes, unlikeable characters, nothing new. Story done before and done better. Really hate to give bad reviews but I really struggled through this book.

  • Black Butterfly
    2019-03-03 06:26


  • Brenda
    2019-02-18 06:15

    This book was fast paced and moved from one crime scene to another.. There was never dull moment. I could't help but root for Jake and Mia. When I got to the end I turned the page expecting more. I don't think the next book will come out fast enough.

  • R. James Turley
    2019-03-02 11:26

    If I fail was jam packed with action wit characters that seemed very real. Marian Lanouette hit a home run.

  • T.L. Costa
    2019-03-09 05:04

    I loved this book!