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Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2012
SONJA GR EY, a narcotics detective, and her nemesis, Max Trent, are handpicked to go undercover to capture a thug Johnny Stone, aka Rock who's dealing drugs at Sonja's church. Their operation is unwittingly aided by the interference of Sonja's eccentric aunties.
Max is in love with Sonja, but she's kept him at a distance by staying entrenched behind a wall of antagonism. For Max, this assignment has two objectives: get their villain and capture Sonja's heart.
The drug dealer, Rock, is a product of choices made by others when he was a child. He's emotionally damaged and holds a deep-rooted anger at God. He lives a dark, violent life. Could prison be his path to freedom?
Will Sonja break free of the shackles of her past and embrace Max's love, or will they be destroyed by danger?
Jennifer M2 Stars Out Of 5PrisonFebruary 5, 2016Jennifer MQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I really wanted to like this book. The plot sounded so interesting: Sonja Grey and Max Trent are narcotics detectives who are chosen to go undercover to capture a "thug" who is dealing drugs at Sonja's church. Promising mystery, suspense, and romance, it was indeed the makings of a good book.
Unfortunately, this kernel of a good story was completely lost in a bunch of cliches, overly stereotypical characters, and unbelievable dialogue. Sonja and Max go from acting like immature grade schoolers - dealing with their attraction for each other by picking fights - to becoming the stuff of a Christian version of a Harlequin romance. I lost track of how many times Sonja admired Max's "bulging, rippling muscles," and at one pointed she deemed him "looking good enough to eat." For his part, Max struggled with controlling his fleshly desires, allowing himself only to "kiss her senseless" (more than once), and delivered lines like, "Don't you know my heart beats in time with yours?"
The secondary characters, including the young man they were trying to capture, were basically caricatures, rather than believable, three dimensional characters. We're also led to believe that the bad guys are going to be covered in tattoos and wear dreadlocks, because obviously, tattoos and dreadlocks equals a thug.
Ultimately, I was disappointed and frustrated while trying to read this all the way through. I did finish the book, but found myself skimming at times, because it was just too difficult to take seriously.
*I was given a free copy of this book as part of the Booklook Bloggers program, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*
booksbystephWIAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Too TidyAugust 24, 2013booksbystephWIAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Johnny Stone decided to move his drug dealing operation to Prayer Tabernacle because the police would not look for him at a church. But the police do know where Johnny, aka Rock, moved. They want to put an undercover team in the church's congregation to gather evidence to put Rock away.
Detective Sonja Grey is disgusted that someone has the nerve to sell drugs at her church. Because of her membership with the church, Sonja was picked for the undercover assignment, along with Max Trent.
Sonja does not have any family but she does have a surrogate family through the church, including two old ladies dubbed the Aunties. The Aunties are in everyone's business. They know all and will do anything and everything to make sure things are done the right way or they will make it that way.
The Aunties have noticed Rock and decided to take him under their wing. Get some God in him. The more the Aunties drag Rock to service, the more frustrated he gets. And so do Sonja and Max. They are afraid the Aunties will scare Rock away before they have a chance to gather enough information to make an arrest.
I GIVE THIS BOOK: 4 Stars
I was a bit disappointed with this book, especially compared to the caliber of books available for review through BookSneeze.com.
Everything in this book came too easy. It sends the message, at least in my opinion, that if you are a good Christian then you get what you want. That is not a message that should be sent. There are a lot of devout Christians who have a tough life. This book wraps everything with a big red bow and I do not like that. Not with this type of story line.
I also do not like the title of this book, based on the story. I know that it is really a metaphor for how Rock's life has been like. At least I hope that it is deeper than just where Rock ends up.
Where is the talent of the author at describing things? What does Max look like? A specific celebrity. Where is the talent of descriptive writing?
If you like a stereotypical book wrapped up with a bow, then this book is for you. If you would like a little more of a challenge in the story that you read...move on.
Until next time, live life one page at a time!