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Release date: 06 11 2017
Price*: Kindle £0.99 (GBP)
Kindle $1.33 (USD)
Pages: ~ 324
My rating: 9/10
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What I learned from this book: that even the best people have their evil side.
Description of the book: Revenge, murder and meeting the Family at Christmas. When London mob boss, Jack Murray, discovers he has a son, his joy is short-lived: Nicholas is not a chip off the old block; he’s a nurse whose patients call him an “angel”.
Jack is not happy. He needs someone with balls – not a halo – to inherit the Firm. Zenka takes charge. Using her feminine wiles and gangland contacts she will bring out the gorilla in Nicholas. Her tactics are unusual and illegal, and things soon start to spiral out of control.
How this book made me feel: I would like to begin by saying, that Alison is incredibly pleasant to work with. She is very sweet, supportive, friendly and knows bloggers really well. When I got her email with the request, she said all the right things in that email and you have to be heartless to say NO. 🙂
Even though the name of this book is Zenka, she is not the main character in this book. The main character in this novel was Nicholas, a very good-hearted nurse, who works with old people and is a coward. He is scared of any conflict and does everything to please people. Jack is a mob boss with principles, and when he finds out that he has a son, Zenka and him, decide to make Nicholas a “real man”, and that is where all the fun begins. I really liked, that A. Brodie chose to tell this story through Nicholas’s and Trevor’s (Jack’s Lawyer) perspectives, it has a fresh and different approach to the characters and I really enjoyed how the story was told. I really liked, that there was a wide variety of characters and that the mob gang was not very cruel, they had class in what they did. My favourite of all was Nicholas, first of all, I love his name, secondly, I really enjoyed his journey to “manhood” in this novel.
The beginning went a little bit slow for me, but when I was about halfway through, I could not put it down. The turns and twists in this novel left me very surprised and pleasantly baffled. I really enjoyed A. Brodie’s sense of humour, and I was laughing out loud while reading this novel.
The writing style of this book was very creative, I liked that Zenka’s thoughts were written through the letters to her friend Olga, using a different accent. That accent, as well as the slang used, made this book more lively and believable. I am grateful, that author gave a slang explanation page at the beginning, for me it was really helpful. The chapters were a decent length and it did not drag to me. I really really enjoyed the ending, it rounded up the whole story very nicely and at the same time gave a tight slap of surprise. Great way to finish the story! So to conclude, it is a very funny comedy with a dash of romance, crime and Christmas spirit, filled with very statuesque, charming and charismatic characters, which won’t leave u bored. I do strongly recommend to read this book, and like always, don’t forget to Enjoy! 🙂
About the author: Alison Brodie is a writer and animal rights activist. Her books have been published in hardback and paperback by Hodder (UK), Heyne (Germany) and Unieboek (Holland). Alison has gone indie.
Website – http://www.alisonbrodiebooks.com/ Twitter – @alisonbrodie2
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