Review: Betrayal

BETRAYAL - Naomi Chase
Kensington Dafina/Fiction
PRINT | EBOOK
April 2014
MAINSTREAM FICTION
REVIEWER: 
Beverly Jackson |  RATING: B+ 
SYNOPSIS: Since she was acquitted of murder, Tamia Luke has been on a mission to prove she's a changed woman--especially to the love of her life, Brandon Chambers. She thinks she's succeeded--until Brandon reveals that his ex-girlfriend is pregnant, and it's his duty to marry her. With time running out, Tamia is determined to have one last rendezvous to win him back.

REVIEW:
Tamia Luke is at her wits end. She is jobless and the love of her life, Brandon Chambers, is about to marry the woman carrying his baby. Therefore, accepting a business proposition from an unsavory source seems like the best solution to help her move forward and mend her broken heart. Past events muddle the present, and as betrayals surface Tamia will need to figure out who is trustworthy and who is worthy of her friendship and her heart.

After a slow beginning of recaps and familiar character behavior, the plot takes off and once again Chase shows her flair for knowing exactly how to toy with readers’ emotions. Tamia will be challenged by friends, lovers, and adversaries, each with their own agenda and secrets liaisons. Sage whisperings from Mama Esther and Tamia’s growing maturity ground her against these conniving actions. Brandon’s constant waffling of who he will commit to may be annoying but there is no denying the blistering heat and sensual hunger between Tamia and Brandon, creating the palpable tension fueling the devious actions of other characters. Of course, there are the Chase-signature lush erotic sex scenes.

While the clues are effectively layered so readers often know more than the characters, the pending compelling emotional punch will still keep readers on the edge of their seats until the last page, and then they can sigh with relief and a smile on their faces. The political staging, dishonest dealings, blistering betrayals, and just plain craziness is set against the Houston landscape. This book certainly illustrates that those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

BEYTRAYAL is the third book in the Exposed series. While it is not necessary to read the previous books in the series, it may aid in a better understanding of how significant and deep the connections are. While fans will get the ending they have been cheering for, the door is wide open with possibilities for new adventures.

1st August 2014 | romcol@caribsurf.com