April 17, 2018

Bad Men and Wicked Women

"Like a prisoner, I sat in my mental cell, eyes closed, surrounded by a wall of old memories." ~ 8%

Ken Swift is a complicated man: tangled in romance by day, dangerous enforcer by night. Divorced from one woman, in love with another, in lust with a neighbor, and a strong desire to know a fourth woman. He is haunted by old memories that are suddenly in his face. His daughter Margaux appears out of nowhere demanding a large sum of money. Meanwhile, Ken Swift is actively working a major job that puts his life at risk.

The father-daughter reunion is bittersweet. Ken Swift wants nothing more than to rebuild a relationship and catch up on all he's missed in Margaux's life. But she is concerned with one thing only: getting $50,000 to solve a problem and help secure a future for her unborn child. If she has to blackmail her own father, then so be it.

Looking back on EJD's earlier works, it is evident that he has grown as an author and has a new writing style...a whole different genre actually (sensual thriller). His books were great then and classics now. Reading Bad Women and Wicked Women made me miss the older books: Genevieve, Milk in my Coffee, and Cheaters just to name a few. The lust is still there. The intense passion is magnified. But I miss the relatable characters. The characters in this new novel have little in common with the every day person. But kudos to the book cover that is an eye-catching representation of black art today.

"The eyes can never see their own face." ~ 58%

My main dislike of Bad Men and Wicked Women is the social activism rants disguised as lengthy dialogue. There are whole pages of one character rambling about bits of culture and politics. Yes, there are very good points addressed and topics mentioned that make you think. But it's just too heavy! In fact, it gives the impression that this is EJD spewing his own opinions through the pages of fiction. Perhaps this is the author's way of using his platform to bring awareness. I have come to expect a new EJD novel every April. Sadly, this one has let me down.

Happy Pub Day, Eric Jerome Dickey! Bad Men and Wicked Women is now available.

Disclaimer: This book was received directly from the publisher for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.

Title: Bad Men and Wicked Women
Author: Eric Jerome Dickey
Published: April 2018
Pages: 384
Edition: Galley
Rating: 🖤 🖤


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