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Contraband Paperback – January 15, 2010
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More About the Author
Her novels include the Island Adventure Romance series, which currently has five exciting, stand-alone stories and features feisty women and determined men. Campbell's mission is to write stories that entertain and educate readers. She also writes under the pen name Jayda McTyson.
She is a certified editor, who also writes non-fiction.
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Visit her on the web at http://www.joylcampbell.com
Top Customer Reviews
Paul, who was raised with his cousin Mark, found himself protecting him as a young boy and as a result continues to do so even though he is now a man. But Paul cannot seem to help his cousin slow his role and stay out of trouble. After finding himself in turmoil with a gang and trying to avoid the hit put on him, they are up against many problems that threaten to bring Paul down. Paul encourages his cousin to shape up, but his own actions aren't exactly reflective of an upstanding citizen.
To complicate matters, Paul is falling for Janine Phipps, whom Mark had a car accident with, leaving her wounded and in the hospital. Unfortunately, she is the niece of the man whom Paul has come to despise, the disgruntled officer.
J L Campbell presents an interesting story, set near Jamaica on the fictitious Island of Xantrope, which is described beautifully and vividly. The story is paced well, and the plot is strong. This author's debut novel will lure you into mystery, romance, kidnapping, suspense and murder, which is just the tip of the iceberg. CONTRABAND is an exciting and interesting read.
Reviewed by RM Jackson
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Set near Jamaica on the beautiful (though fictitious) island of Xantrope, "Contraband" is fast-paced and addictive, with gritty realism and a cast of characters you won't soon forget. Paul finds himself up to his ears in trouble, and it's up to him to handle it all. A major crime lord sets out to kill Mark in retaliation for his brother's death, Singh tries to extort more money from Paul, and Paul finds himself falling for Janine but knows she'll never approve of his illegal business.
I loved this book and highly recommend it. The author has another book due out later this year, and a sequel to "Contraband" in the works. J. L. Campbell is sure to find herself on the bestseller list.
* Paul is the MC who owns a farm producea and export business that he also uses to camouflage his less legitimate activities.
* Mark is the spoilt younger cousin who Paul raised since the age of twelve when they lost their parents.
* Janine is Paul's love interest and a niece to Paul's nemesis, a sergeant in the police force.
THIS WAS HOT....
* As always J.L's novels are always full of action and suspence. This one was no different. The twists and turns kept the pages turning. I like that in her writing because it means the story never just rabbles along and you never find those doldrums moments where the writer tries to fill up the pages to meet word count. This is one of the things that make her writing so enjoyable.
* I really didn't like Pauls's cousin, Mark at the beginning but I could see him in real life. Some of us have a brother or cousin like that so he is totally credible I enjoyed seeing how J.L took him through certain experiences which made him realise that if he didn't change, he would die a horrible death. Those were life changing and helped mould him into a better person . I can't wait to see what he's become in Taming Celeste.
* The morale issue in this novel for me was how justifiable was it for the main actor to do what he was doing? Exporting a contraband product. Its interesting how as a reader you fell so in love with the character that your ampathy for him skews your judgement. It demonstrates in a way how criminals manage to evade the law for so long as those who are close to them have different experiences with the person they know.
* The relationship that develops between Janine and Paul was really sweet.Read more ›
Paul has a terrible car accident with a female, Janine Phipps, who is tied to a rival, Sergeant Jonas Singh. Sergeant Jonas is a crocked cop that taxes Paul frequently for moving his drugs into Xantrope. He only has greed on his mind and likes to take advantage of Paul in any and every way possible. Paul develops feelings for Janine but later discovers she is kin to his enemy. Sergeant Jonas senses the feelings between Janine and Paul while at the same time attempts to extort more money from Paul as revenge.
"Contraband" by J. L. Campbell is a grimy, romantic, and suspenseful read. I recommend to ALL! This is a very good novel and a definite read to all REAL readers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was way more adventure and drama than I'm used to. It had a romantic setting with clean love scenes, which I'm definitely not used to but it didn't take away from the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Hallahan
Absolutely enjoyed this romantic suspense. Paul Weeks had me rooting for him all the way. The storyline moved at a fast pace and never wavered in keeping my attention. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lynette L. Shelton
Jeesz, Contraband hit all the right mystery spots, and combined with the romance between Paul and Janine, it’s sure to make an excellent read for those who love to engross... Read morePublished 6 months ago by S.E. Felida
The saga continues with JL Campbell's island adventures.
A must read before "Taming Celeste". Read more
Paul and his cousin Mark are interesting reflections of one another. Paul considers himself more responsible. I didn't really think so. He was just more successful. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mary Pax
I really love Paul even though he started out as a criminal. The story offered and exciting look into the life of a man trying to make a better life for himself. Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by Regina R.
Great book, Joy and I went to high school, but that is not why I got the book. Someone told me the book was great and it was I am not a big novel person. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Contraband by J.L. Campbell is filled with mystery, action, suspense and surprises. But what I think I liked most about this novel is how it transports you to this beautiful... Read morePublished on July 20, 2010 by Sl Nelson
Joy Campbell's novel Contraband raises some interesting moral questions, such as, is Paul Weekes contraband business justified in view of his past? Read morePublished on July 6, 2010 by Diana M. Hockley