BETRAYED - Sharon. C. Cooper
REVIEWER: Brenda Larnell | RATING: A
REVIEW: First, Atlanta’s Finest is a great series, and it continues with the story of Angelo Gonzalez, former DEA agent, and Zenobia “Zen” Westfield, celebrity singer, who, in her own words, has been “used, abused, and betrayed”. I like what talented author Sharon C. Cooper does with a very familiar trope, the fake relationship. As a member of Supreme Security, Angelo is tapped to protect Zen by posing as her love interest after a thwarted kidnapping, and other flagrant actions against her. The storyline is fast-paced, intriguing, and full of twists and turns from the start to the finish.
Along with the obvious threats made against Zen, there are hidden secrets and lies that have existed entirely too long that only Zen and Sophia, her housekeeper aka Mamita are privy to. The tension is thick as Angelo and the men of Supreme work diligently to uncover whoever is trying to destroy Zen. Who is after Zen and why becomes the focus of this story as Zen and Angelo’s “fake relationship” gets very real? One of the best features of this story is experiencing the diligent work of the men of Supreme Security to protect the heroine, and to bring an end to the threat on her life. Meanwhile, the attraction, between Angelo and Zen continues to simmer and steam. When you couple that with the intrigue, deceit and murder that develops right along with their relationship, you have one heck of a story.
As I mentioned before, the men of Supreme Security, Atlanta’s Finest team, are primo side characters. It was great to see Mason, Hamilton, Lazarus, “Wiz” and the others in action again, and to catch up with Egypt and Kenton (ACCUSED) at their wedding. However, the Outstanding Side Character Award is awarded to a duo, Sophia and Monty, and the Boo-Hiss Award to Elijah. You’ll get that when you read the story. I will be remiss, if I fail to mention the beautiful lyrics to the song that Zen recorded that reflect her past and present life. Nice touch, Ms. Cooper!
BETRAYED is an engaging and compelling story, and I recommend it. I also encourage you to read the other four stories in this series that highlight the men of Supreme Security and their women. I look forward to reading Myles’ story. You can read BETRAYED as a stand-alone, but Atlanta’s Finest Series, composed of A PASSIONATE KISS, ACCUSED, VINDICATED, and INDEBTED are equally good reads. Try them; I think you’ll like them.
2nd February 2020 | firstname.lastname@example.org