Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Book Review: 'Strength' by Roxie Odell
Roxie Odell is an erotica romance author whose list of prize-winning books continues to grow. She writes in series, inviting her readers to fully explore her thoughts on a concept. To date her book include Billionaire in Paris Series, Tropical Fever Series, Motorcycle Club Romance Series: Black Riders MC series, Billionaire's Assistant Series, and of course Sinner-Saint Series – of which this is book 1.
Roxie makes her characters credible, like the people we know or encounter on a daily bases- but it is the situations into which she places them that pulls the erotica into the picture. And she knows how to launch a story – ‘The granite of the metro bench was a welcoming cool from the sweltering D.C. heat. Cheri leaned back against it, enjoying the chill as the summer heat drained from her body. Her cotton sweater was wadded up in her backpack. It was ridiculous she even had to wear it in the office at this time of year, but her slip dress was a dress- code violation without it. Sleeveless attire was deemed too hot by the higher-ups, and temperature had nothing to do with it. Rather, management was afraid the high-earning nerds and computer geeks would have trouble focusing on their data entry and IT problems if Cheri and the other girls in the office dressed too comfortably. Her train was late. The transit system for the nation’s capital was going through a major makeover, and the schedule was beyond unpredictable. This time it left her waiting at Forest Glen, the deepest metro station in the system. Something about being alone and waiting nineteen stories underground made her feel vulnerable, so she remained vigilant. Every little scuff on the pavers that gridded the metro deck made her jump a little. After the first few false starts, though, she became desensitized to the potential danger and stopped paying the noise any mind. Unfortunately, she let her guard down a bit too soon; the one time she should have paid attention, she only looked too late. She didn’t know if she felt him first or saw him first, but eventually she was doing both simultaneously. The next thing she knew she was looking up into the barrel of a gun, held in the shaky hand of a very tense man. “Gimme your purse,” he demanded in a growl. He was dripping with sweat, and dark patches of wetness blotched his shirt. His face was shiny with oil, and his hair matted. He was a disgusting example of humanity, filthy and smelly from head to toe, rotten from the inside out. His breath reeked of liquor and desperation and she didn’t want him to touch anything of hers, not even so much as the strap of her bag.’
Roxie writes her own synopses, and this one outlines the action well - ‘On the way to work, Cheri Holt encounters two events she certainly didn’t expect and isn’t at all prepared for. First, she’s robbed at gunpoint, and second, a good Samaritan by the name of Thomas Graham—the hottest man she’s ever seen in her life—literally bursts out of the darkness and saves her from the bad guy. Though her knight’s armor is slightly tarnished Cheri is completely smitten, a damsel ready to undress. Unfortunately, her impromptu bodyguard disappears, and so does the only witness who can back up her version of what happened during the robbery. The gunman is destined to walk free without any corroborating testimony, giving Cheri yet another reason to continue stalking her gorgeous mystery man. In a chance encounter and a passionate exchange, Cheri asks Thomas for his help, but this time the answer is no. He’s a man with a past, which prevents him from being there to rescue her again. He tells her to turn and walk away, but Cheri finds that an impossible thing to do. Their attraction is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of feeling, and they both know it. In the end, it’s Thomas who can’t let her go. Just when it looks like they might be heading for a white picket fence future, his old ways revisit him, threatening to destroy the best thing that’s ever happened to him…and to her. Can Thomas and Cheri find the strength to love each other and share a future that might be tainted by the past?’
Hot story well played. Makes you wonder what will happen in the next installment of Saint-Sinner Series. Grady Harp, March 17
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