Tuesday, July 15, 2014

NEW REVIEW : No Turning Back by Brenda Hampton & Oasis

4 out of 5 books

Lola Jones is a beautiful thirty-seven year old woman of three children. Three years prior, Lola and her husband divorced, so the income that the household had was immediately cut in half. Lola was not worried though because she was a successful independent, high producing health/life insurance broker and felt confident that she was set to maintain the lifestyle her and her children lived. They have a beautiful five-bedroom house on 2.5 acres of land, and wanted for nothing. About a year after her divorce the economy took a turn for the worst and it began to affect her income. The money she had saved was totally dwindling away and she was so far behind on her bills and house payments that she was in danger of losing their home.

After talking to a close friend and co-worker about some of her struggles and the guilt she felt that she no longer could afford to do for her children the way she once was and that they were close to losing the only home they knew, she casually mentions that she was willing to do ANYTHING to get the money to take care of her family. With the kind of money Lola needed, her friend gave her two options, to either work as an escort since that was a sure fire way to make good money or to meet up with a man by the name of Blasé that could be of help in another way. The second option she had to think over carefully. The reason being is that once she agreed to Blasé terms, there will be ‘No Turning Back’ after she has made her decision. Ultimately this will wipe out her debt but the ramifications of this decision will affect her family in more ways than she could have imagined. The question is does Lola have the heart to do either one of these things?

I am going to be honest, I purchased this book knowing that Brenda Hampton is a great writer and I am especially a fan of her Naughty series. Not to mention the fact that she teamed up with Oasis who is another talented writer. I had no idea what the book was about because there was no synopsis on amazon. When I got the book I just cracked it open and started reading it. I never bothered to look at the synopsis on the back. Which I am going to say was to my benefit because once I glanced at the synopsis on the back cover prior to writing this review I felt the synopsis gave a part of the plot of the story away. But I digress, I would like you (the reader) to really think about this question while you are reading this book, if you were a single mother and had no help would you even entertain either one of the options that Lola felt she had in order to keep up the lifestyle you and your children were used to? This novel would make for an interesting book club conversation.  The story is drama filled and has quite a few twists that the reader does not see coming. Author Oasis really brought out a different side to the Brenda Hampton we are used to seeing. Which is a good thing, because she teamed up with someone else and they both brought out the best in each other. This is definitely a book I would recommend.

Reviewed by Leona
Urban Reviews

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