Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Book Review: I Like 'Em Pretty (N'awlins Exotica Series #1) by Michael Mandrake

2.5 stars

When Detective Frankie Choteau is called to investigate an alleged suicide, he never thought he'd be so strongly attracted by the victim's lover. He finds Kajika Fortier absolutely breathtaking, from his long, ebony hair to his smooth caramel skin. Even though Kajika had nothing to do with his lover's suicide, he's still part of an investigation, and therefore off limits. It also doesn't help that Frankie is still firmly in the closet and pretending to be in a relationship with his partner, Kenina. Will he let go of his fears and pursue the man he wants or will Frankie always remain in the closet and unhappy?

This book was a really easy read and captured my attention at spots. However, I found the vernacular language excessive. I also felt the word, "damn" was used a little too often to show surprise, anger, sadness and pleasure throughout the story. I fully understand that the author was trying to immerse the reader into the setting, but, for me, it was overused.

Frankie's partner, Kenina, was quite an unlikeable character. I couldn't really feel sorry for her because she knew the truth going into the situation and chose to ignore it, thinking she could change Frankie. When she didn't get her way, she became quite hateful and spiteful. I often wondered why Frankie didn't just tell her off once and for all, and how someone who called herself Frankie's best friend and loved him so much would do and say such ugly and hurtful things. It seemed like he walked on eggshells with her too often, and I think that gave her license to act they way she did - she knew she'd get away with most of it because there were no consequences.

The author provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Buy I Like 'Em Pretty here.

~ M

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