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Jess C Scott
on June 27, 2010 :
I noticed the words, “quiet fury,” upon first reading this novel (on the copyright page, not within the story itself). Actually, a quiet fury seems to run through the characters/story--like a golden thread of intensity, quietly simmering under the surface, which holds the story together. Speaking of intensity, I noticed the line “Nickelback blasted from her speakers” on one of the book's pages, as I was pondering over this whole element of intensity. Everyone who knows Nickelback’s music knows how intense those guys can be, heh!
Ms. Helle has a great, unforced writing style. Nothing makes me more tired than variations of purple prose, which thankfully do not feature throughout this book. For instance, here is the opening paragraph of Chapter 33:
“…Dante watched as Kiera effortlessly cut through the water, swimming with easy strokes. The white bikini she wore covered as little as possible. He liked that she wasn’t shy.”
Less is more--and I’m referring to both the white bikini, and the style of writing.
Brandy, oh man, I liked Brandy, lol. I liked the portrayal of her sexuality, and that the drug aspect is part of the plot (not there for “sensationalized” purposes or to “glam up” the storyline). Actually, I felt a little bit like a voyeur (having a look into the characters’ lives), despite the disclaimer at the start that it is a work of fiction. I’m left with the feeling that these were real people I was reading about--fact combined with fiction usually is a necessary thing for characters to come alive. Ms. Helle has this down pat.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on March 22, 2010 :
Sun, snow, suspense and... sex...
What do you do – as a man – when you arrive home and find your wife in bed with your best friend? You don’t know? Well, pick up this Miami-based suspense novel and take a lesson in life.
Life happens to us – we are presented with circumstances and options on a daily basis, many outside our own control. Sometimes fate constrains our options and drives up down a path that is not of our choosing… And so it happens that Nick Donovan is driven away from the comfortable, happy world he has known and becomes seduced by the sexual allure of Brandy – not knowing he is being sucked into a whirlpool of drugs and deceit with the power to strip away and destroy everything that remains most dear to him...
Darcia Helle has written a compelling account of a divorce from a male point of view. She provides great insight into the spiral of decay that can occur when the only option remaining is to swim in a sea of seduction or drown. But this is not an academic text on divorce – it is a hugely entertaining romp around a world where risk and danger provide the fuel of life. And sex… plenty of sex – on the back of it, Nick Donovan’s life changes for ever!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)