The Game / A.J. Carella
Synopsis – A high-class prostitute falls in lust with the hired hand of her high-class pimp. The pimp doesn’t like this, and so he punishes the prostitute. But the prostitute doesn’t learn her lesson, falls in love with the now-fired hand, and leaves her boss to live happily-ever-after with her beau. The pimp really doesn’t like this, and makes plans to punish her like none of his girls have ever been punished. Will her knight in shining armor have the wherewithal to come to her rescue?
Reaction – This was an easy, breezy beach read with shallow characters and clichéd motivations. A lot of “telling” of characters’ emotions. The storyline was implausible, but the further I read, the more intrigued I was. Several subplots added interest to a damsel-in-distress story. By the end of the book I was invested in the characters and the conclusion.
Recommendation – You’re taking your chances with this hit and miss book.
Perfectly Flawed / Nessa Morgan
Synopsis – A teen struggles with the highs and lows of high school, friendships, bullies, and first love. A typical coming of age story in a typical American town. Only this teen isn’t so typical. She’s the only survivor of her dad’s murderous rampage on his family when she was eight. Mercifully, the memories of the years of abuse she endured are locked away in her mind. But as she moves on with her life, her mind slowly picks the lock on the secrets of her past. Will she ultimately find strength and happiness, or terror and despair?
Reaction – This story is told in the perspective of a typical self-absorbed, put-upon teen… except this teen just happens to be a knife attack survivor. The attack is revealed right away in the book, but then the storyline only briefly touches on the violence and the aftermath until the end of the book. The middle is a lot of often annoying – yet accurate – teenage stream-of-consciousness filler, with a fair number of dramatic scenes played out with stereotypical teen characters. The conclusion, however, is a surprise.
Recommendation – You’re taking your chances with this hit and miss book which renewed my will to live.