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Distraction (Mature Love Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Product Details

  • File Size: 587 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Little Prince Publishing (June 4, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 4, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00892AWEK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,811 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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J.L. Campbell is an award-winning, Jamaican author who writes romantic suspense, women's fiction, new and young adult novels. She has written thirteen books, two novellas and two short story collections.

Her novels include the Island Adventure Romance series, which currently has four exciting, stand-alone stories and features feisty women and determined men. She also writes under the pen name Jayda McTyson.

She is a certified editor, who also writes non-fiction.

Feel free to join her mailing list for news and updates and visit her on the web at

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mina B. on August 31, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Distraction by J.L. Campbell is an incredible, all-consuming tale about friendship, love and betrayal. Distraction features three Jamaican females who go through their adulthood, dealing with their own personal trials and tribulations. It wonderfully intertwines the lives of Justine, Dionne and Kyra so that the reader gets a front seat into their distracted lives.

There were three aspects to this novel that kept me pondering it for weeks if not a month after I read it. Those aspects were friendship, real-life drama and consequences and perseverance!

Justine, Dionne and Kyra are close-knit friends who meet often to bond and even vent about their lives. Their unconditional friendship was the first aspect I enjoyed. In life, it's often challenging to find friends that will accept you despite your faults. And trust me, these women had their faults, but was most refreshing was their willingness to support each other regardless of their life choices. And isn't that what friends are for?

Real-life Drama & Consequences
All three of these women are uniquely flawed not only by their circumstances, but their decision-making. As the reader, we get the birds-eye view how their situations evolved due to lying, infidelity and sadly physical and emotional abuse. Not everyone deals with these issues in their everyday life, but unfortunately most of us know someone that is dealing with it right now. There were somber moments within this book that were griping. Justine, Dionne and Kyra like TNT know drama and WOW was it intense.

There's something to be said for the three heroines that persevered during adverse times. They each had to find strength to deal with their personal lives and eventually move forward.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Molly R. on July 22, 2012
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J.L. Campbell is an excellent writer, and proves it in this novel, where she takes some difficult and sometimes taboo themes (adultery, addictions, domestic abuse, sexually transmitted diseases) and writes with beauty and compassion about them. My heart went out to these three women and their lovers and families, who live through an exciting soap opera of problems as this novel develops. Though this is "women's fiction" rather than "romance"--because the romance genre often doesn't dare touch said taboo themes--there is plenty of romantic interest that had me sighing and cheering and feeling bereft as the relationships twisted and changed. Take for example Xavier, a serious distraction to the married Justine: he's tall, gorgeous, patient, understanding, *and* can play guitar and sing. Yeah, I see how she got distracted. Yum!

Best of all was the flavor that the setting lent to the whole story. Campbell excels at sprinkling enough Jamaican dialect and cultural details (foods, plants, gorgeous beaches...) into the novel to make me feel like I got to know the island, without it ever being confusing. Since I've never been to the Caribbean, and wasn't sure what to expect of the culture, that was especially interesting and fun.

From the teaser chapter of the sequel, at the end of this novel, I get the impression there'll be more coming from these characters, for which I'm glad. I want the soap opera to go on! Great beach read, whether you're anywhere near the Caribbean or not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MS on June 30, 2012
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DISTRACTION follows the lives of three friends, Justine, Kyra, and Dionne. Justine is cheating on her husband, who has become emotionally cold and secretive with her. Kyra keeps allowing her on-again, off-again boyfriend into her life; he's a moocher who won't let her go, even when she finds the real deal in another man. For the sake of business, Dionne has an affair that threatens to ruin her solid family.

This novel deals with friendship, family, motherhood, infidelity, domestic abuse, and sexual abuse issues among these three women. I've read other works by Campbell and she always creates such emotionally detailed characters that it's like taking a glimpse into the lives of real people. This book is no different. DISTRACTION is more character-driven than action-driven; the suspense is there, but it was a slow simmer as I became acquainted with Justine, Kyra, Dionne, and their respective problems. At the end of the book there are a few pages of RETRIBUTION, the sequel. I'm eager to pick up where I left off with these three friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda Ulleseit on June 24, 2012
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The women in this book are definitely distracted from their families and their work. The strongest relationship in the book is the one between the three friends. These are not the typical novel heroines. They are flawed like we all are; they have trouble making the right decision and suffer for their inability to do the right thing. Nonetheless I found myself liking them and rooting for everything to turn out.

I very much enjoyed the Jamaican setting and colorful proverbs sprinkled throughout this story. My only criticism is that the struggle part of the book went on a bit long, and the reward for getting to the end was too brief. Too many surprise twists were delivered too quickly compared to the long buildup. Having said that, the book still delivers on a lot of levels. It's a book that showcases the strength of friendship despite personal imperfections, and that's a theme that everyone can relate to.
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