TITLE: Play Him Sis
AUTHOR: Carmel Delight/Vickie Vixen
PUBLICATION DATE: August 15, 2018
PAGES: 74 (Kindle)
COVER DESIGNER: Unknown
SYNOPSIS: Hell hath no fury like a lover scorned.
Celeste is in the unique business of avenging said scorned lovers, male and female. One day, Celeste receives yet another client into her office, a woman named Diamond. Her beau, a personal trainer named CJ, has cheated on her. To add insult to (literal) injury, four women, including the fiancé’ of CJ, who bore him two children, savagely beat up Diamond, when they learn of hers and CJ’s relationship.
Celeste knows exactly how to deal with scum like this, so she decides to take this case on herself. But, once she gets in too deep with her plans for Diamond, a very unwelcome blast from her past comes into the picture, threatening to blow her intricate plans of revenge up in smoke.
Hell-bent on getting the job done, Celeste fights both demons and self-doubts, all before her plans-and her life-crashes and burns. She’d rather make the prey do that, instead.
EXTERIOR / COVER DESIGN: The cover of this book is simple. It displays a woman with long flowing hair and the title at the top. After reading the story, the cover model could be Celeste or another character named Diamond. The title of the book grabs your attention more than the cover art.
INTERIOR FORMATTING: The interior of this eBook was formatted nicely. There were different fonts and drop caps for each chapter, although the phone display made it seem as if the chapter headings weren’t centered. It is unknown what the interior of the paperback looks like.
REVIEW: One of the first things that was noticed was the author name is different on the front cover and the interior pages. On the cover, the author is listed as Carmel Delight and inside the book, as Vickie Vixen. It is unknown why there are two different authors listed for this book. The title of the story had me wanting to read it immediately. Once I got into chapter one, I was expecting Just Dessert to be some sort of therapy service that would build a woman up to the point a man couldn’t break them down. Needless to say, I was off the marker. The company turned out to be a revenge service for people to get back at their exes. This was a very good storyline and I was anticipating each chapter, wondering what would happen next.
The story was unique and entertaining. Although portions of the story were predictable, such as Diamond being a stripper and bank teller, it didn’t take away from the story. The author allowed us to get to know Prey very well during stage 3 of the Just Dessert process. There was a lot of telling in the story, which didn’t allow readers to paint a picture in their head as they read. The one instance was the introduction of CJ aka Prey to the readers. As they were describing him, you automatically begin to assume he is the “player” type, but he immediately is called “hoe” three times by different characters in the introductory paragraph. Not only was there telling, but it was also in obvious locations in which nothing needed to be said at all. The story read for like an essay or article. It needed a better flow, and it would have been a very good read.
There were a few errors in the story, which didn’t take away from the storyline. Besides minor grammatical errors, the author referred to CJ having a fiancée but also called her his wife on several occasions. At first, this was confusing because I wasn’t sure if they got married at some point or if other women were being told he was married. Either way, this was confusing.
The sex scene in the story was comical and amusing. Knowing Prey was so into the moment, and Celeste wasn’t based on the things she was saying (thinking in her head). I would have personally enjoyed more moments like this one to bring out the humor in such a deep issue. Especially since revenge was the basis of the story, we knew Celeste was setting Prey up but to get into her head was perfect for the story. Speaking of the revenge in the story, it could have been more done to Prey. I don’t believe gaining weight and losing your job was sufficient punishment for him cheating on multiple women. Diamond was satisfied with the service, but I would have been asking for a refund.
RATING: 3.5 out of 5 STARS
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