Angelina Rivera was at the prime of her life. Surrounded by white sandy beaches, a good job and a condominium she called home. She relished in the peace Miami, Florida had to offer. But her life took a horrible turn when her mother fell ill; forcing her to leave her idyllic life and return to Taft Projects at New York's East Harlem, a place where memories of abuse, alcoholism and abandonment awaited her return.

Daryl James ruled The Marcy Projects in Brooklyn, NY with his crack cocaine business by his twenty third birthday. He had it all; money, women and the protection of his former crack addicted mother who spoiled him rotten. One fateful night cost Daryl seven years at New York's Attica Correctional Facility. Upon his release his finished manuscript "Betrayal" was ready for print. Back home with his mother who now resided at West Harlem's Foster Projects, Daryl used money stashed from his hustling days to begin his new life as an author and publisher.

From the moment they met Angelina and Daryl began a hot and heavy love affair like either had ever experienced. She stood by him, working hard to turn his dream of writing into a reality. Daryl's rise came at a painful cost when a one-night stand with a street chick named DeeDee became his worst nightmare. Soon Daryl, Angelina and DeeDee were entangled in a deadly game of lust, betrayal and murder; sending Angelina into a world of despair like she never imagined.

About the Author


Maria Hernandez is an author of Puerto Rican descent born and raised in East Harlem, NY. Growing up in Taft Projects on 115th Street, she would often let her imagination flow freely with tales and story lines that transported her imagination into a world of mystery, romance and action-adventures in faraway lands.


As an adult, Ms. Hernandez re-discovered her passion for writing and wanted to include her beloved "El Barrio" into her first novel, so she began writing on her spare time and soon after, her first novel was born. Trapped has created a great fan base for this author because her readers relate to the reality her characters bring. Every joy, tear and heartbreak can be felt on each page, and its plot twists are riveting. Trapped and Trapped 2 are currently available online and in book stores.


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With the love and guidance of her long-lost father Victor and her guardian Nelson, Angelina Rivera had finally found peace and happiness. She clawed her way to become one of the East Coast's most ruthless players in a world where women were considered non-existent. Finally, true love came her way through her sexy and caring husband Manolo, thus allowing her to put the painful memories of abuse and betrayal behind her from her sinister ex, the once infamous Daryl James. One phone call from her attorney threatened her future as a free woman and brought back the memories of that fateful night buried deep in her past.

Angel James, now all grown up and thirsty for answers about a father she barely knew was now living in New York and attending Columbia University’s prestigious Law School. She used what she had learned in the classroom to investigate her father Daryl's disappearance. Her strongest supporter was her boyfriend Fernando Buchanan, a fellow law student who grew up in Westchester County, N.Y. and was following his upstanding father’s legal footsteps. Their dream was to marry and enjoy happiness like his parents, but Angel felt it would not be complete until she discovered what really happened to her father.

Two women with different agendas brought together by one man. Angelina was determined to keep the past where it belonged, while Angel was determined to dig into that past to get answers. In their opposite quests, these two women unlock secrets that will test their very core, leaving one with her foundation intact, and the other falling into an endless world of despair. In other words, Trapped.