Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Review ~ Diamond Duplicity (Jewels of Desire, #1) by Erica Lucke Dean with Elise Delacroix

Diamond Duplicity (Jewels of Desire, #1)eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: June 9th 2015

Publisher: Cinnabar Silk

Passion hotter than stolen diamonds

Lucy Matthews can’t believe her crazy luck. While she’s on a date with Mr. Wrong, her evening tilts from merely unfortunate to downright surreal when his attempt to sneak them into a club lands them in the middle of a diamond heist.

When gorgeous Max Callaghan discovers a hot and disheveled Lucy clutching his bag of diamonds at the crime scene, he brands her with a fiery kiss. His gang wants her dead, so Max rescues her by claiming her as his girlfriend. Lucy soon realizes with sudden, pulse-pounding clarity that she needs Max for another reason entirely, but their passionate ruse might not survive the intense pressure of a high-stakes mob war.


My Opinion

Diamond Duplicity sounded like an interesting read. I did read some reviews before requesting it so I went in knowing it was short. I'd also seen some comments about the believability, but I decided to take a gamble on it. However, what I didn't expect was for it to be so unbelievable. With this book you really have to suspend reality and roll with it. If you questions everything you'll never get to the end.

The plot basically revolves around Lucy who's in the wrong place at the wrong time. She gets caught up in a gang's operation and falls for the leader Max. The whole story covers one night and that's where my problem lay. Everything was rushed.

There's no character development because really, how could there be? The sex is instant, leading me to dislike Lucy for being too easy. There a whole load of insta-love, and for a guy high up in some kind of mafia to admit to wanting a girl forever after one night seemed unrealistic--even if he wasn't in the mafia it would have been unbelievable. I don't mind insta-love but the books have to be longer so there's development and growth. I just couldn't buy into this. From the amount of sex it was more lust than anything.

Overall, this is a quick read. If you don't mind suspending reality and all beliefs then you may enjoy it, but for me there were too many unrealistic qualities and it was too short to dispel them.


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