4 / 5 ★★★★
Cross-Eyed by Dawn Skyy is a mash-up of Chick Lit, suspense, and romantic comedy that makes for an entertaining read.
A fan club devoted to line backer Russell Cross, aptly called Cross-Eyed, serves as a front for crazed fan Jenna McPherson to steal from members and stalk Russell. Former New York City Detective, Darlene Holt, herself a member, breaks out of the group upon learning about the scam perpetrated by Jenna. She teams up with her friend, Private Detective Lexi Delarosa, and sets up a sting operation to thwart Jenna’s sinister scam. The plot thickens when Russell, now a jazz musician, makes a move on the starstruck Lexi.
The story moves along quickly, one outrageous scene after another. It’s quite hard to imagine two New York City detectives acting like blundering starstruck fans, but the circumstances in the story warrant such demeanor. Plus, it adds to the comedic effect that the author has going on.
The author tends to over-explain things in the dialogues, but there are snappy conversations that are hilarious you’ll find yourself chuckling as you turn the page.
This is just part one, so don’t go on complaining about the cliffhanger of an ending.
Dawn Skyy is the winner of the club's #PUSHTUESDAY campaign.
4 / 5 ★★★★
Deadly Vows by Robert Marsh is a rupture of raw emotions boldly manifested in short cryptic chapters. The unnamed targets are at the receiving end of verbal lashing from a man who appears to be engulfed by fury.
The author speaks in cryptic prose that hints on crimes so great that they are almost unspeakable. The writing style is non-linear, which somehow gives the feel and urgency of reality.
And just when you thought everything is about revenge and retribution, the author drops his dark side to reveal a bit of his vulnerable side, the side capable of loving. It’s an unexpected shift, but it’s a welcome surprise nonetheless.
There are minor editing glitches, but they do not detract from the reading experience. To say the book is an eclectic mix of emotionally-charged maunderings is an understatement. It’s so fired up that it’s difficult to get a handle on it. More than the message it conveys, the book is essentially inviting us inside the author’s mind and into his tortured soul.
Robert Marsh is a member of the Rave Reviews Book Club