This book was quite an interesting read, from beginning to end. You will never get bored or feel like the events unfolding are overdone or predictable. The book is exciting and energy packed, and it reads much like an action movie--shootouts, sharp-shooting, warehouse scenes, hostage scenes...and don't forget the steamy sex scenes. If this is what you're looking for, then pick up this book and dig in! However, if you are expecting to read a book with rich character development and characters that you can truly relate to, then leave this book on the shelf. It seems like the authors got so engrossed with the plot line and scenic action that they forgot to fully develop and flesh out their characters. You don't leave the story feeling like you really KNOW these characters--for example: Mama, Junior, Vegas, Sihad, etc. Orlando plays a major role in this story, but by the end of the book, you still don't feel like you truly know him. And LC...he is such an unlikable character. Even unlikable characters should have some kind of redeeming quality, but he has none. You don't get to truly invest in any of the characters, except Paris. Because even though she's a badass, the reader is shown her vulnerability--her desire to be loved and accepted by her Daddy. I also like Rio because we're shown his vulnerability too. But everyone else...I feel like the extensive cast was too large of a ship for the authors to maintain full control over. That being said, if you are looking for a gritty but sophisticated street-tale with interesting characters and a plot line that will keep the pages turning, then this is the book for you. If you're looking for well-developed characters who aren't just action figures but are actual people, then keep it moving; this will not be your cup of tea.
Jessica Barrow-Smith, author of CONFESSIONS OF A DIVA and co-author of DESPERATE