LOTUS FLOWER BOMB - Kenya Goree Bell
REVIEWER: Brenda Larnell | RATING: B
REVIEW: This is my first Asian man/African American woman romance story. The characters, Flower Carrington and Akchiro Takeda, are instantly attracted to each other from their first meeting at a club in Tokyo, Japan. Flower is in Tokyo for some R&R, self-care, and a much needed break from her position as COO of her family’s famous music empire, Creative Chaos, that is responsible for the world-wide success of her brothers, FADE and Ghadi (RAPPER’S DELIGHT, Book One) in the entertainment world. In his own right, Akchiro, is a Japanese tech mogul, and the man in charge of his family’s billion-dollar family business. He can trace his lineage back to the age of the Samurai. New money meets old money.
Flower and Akchiro’s relationship is, to say the least, different. The air literally crackles with sexual energy when they are together, but in spite of the sex, which is erotically hot, they have problems connecting on a level that is necessary to sustain any relationship. They have a failure to communicate, to put it simply. Akchiro’s “dragon” persona (akin to the Alpha-male) is a little overwhelming and collides with Flower’s semi-innocence and romantic sensibilities. Their “arrangement” is at times confusing and unstable. It takes a while to acknowledge them as a romantic couple. The flow of the story, at times, is choppy. I found myself going back a page or two to reread, because I just knew I missed something that was important to the storyline. For example, Flower goes through a traumatic experience that Akchiro knows nothing about. Although it is an important segment of the storyline, it is delivered in bits and pieces that prevents the reader from smoothly following the story. On the other hand, I love how Ms. Goree-Bell gives her readers an insightful and spot-on experience through her precise research of the Japanese culture and how she effortlessly blends it into the story. It’s one of the strong points of the story.
The minor characters, composed of Flower’s family and friends, and Akchiro’s family do their part in supporting the main characters, contributing to their development and the intrigue of the story. The HEA is so welcomed and wonderful after all the uncertainty, secrets, and angst that the hero and heroine deal with.
I enjoyed LOTUS FLOWER BOMB, and I recommend it. It’s a story of two people from different cultures who, in spite of those cultural differences, and their own foibles, get it together.
15th August 2020 | firstname.lastname@example.org