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Distraction (Mature Love Book 1) by [Campbell, J.L.]
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  • 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 LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00892AWEK
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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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AN APB PERSPECTIVE:

This was an okay read for me. I really don't enjoy everyone cheating on everyone (especially husband and wife). However, I do understand that is part of reality. The characters were definitely believeable, but I just could not relate to them. The ladies brought the drama on themselves and their family, whom they claim to love, and wondered why this was happening to them, especially Dionne. I really felt bad for Justine but just because your husband is not communicating with you does not give you the permission to have an affair. The very realistic part of the story was the husband and Kyra's boyfriend their sleeping together and unprotected sex they were having. That really brought awareness to HIV/AIDS, and how lucky they both were not to have been infected since Kyra's ex-boyfriend had it. I was really disppointed when Justine kept her son hidden from his father, I guess I will have to read that in the next book!
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SPOILER ALERT: READ NO FURTHER IF YOU HATE HEARING PLOT DETAILS. Oh what can I say about "Distraction" that won't make me come across as judgmental because of the subject matter? First off, I want to say that J.L. Campbell (or Joy as some may know her), is a great writer. She has paid meticulous attention to providing what I think is a genuine representation of Jamaican culture in this book. And "Distraction" is a physically beautiful novel, providing Jamaican proverbs at the top of each chapter and a corresponding translation as the accent may be difficult for non-native peoples to understand. Additionally, the book has wonderful prose and in my reading, I don't think I spotted a single error. Also, each chapter is graced with a silhouette of palm trees. How can one not be pleased with palm trees?

"Distraction" is a book that follows the lives of three very interesting but destructive women. Their names are Kyra, Justine, and Dionne. And when I say "destructive" what I mean is this: they are liars, cheats, and victims who make choices that are a little difficult to get through without squirming. I had an impulse to invite them into a room, sit them down, and then stand before them on a soap box to make them accountable for all the things that they are doing while others chanted "preach on brotha!" in the background.

Kyra has trouble with an abusive man named Warren. He's a deadbeat that insists on sucking her dry of all monetary resources, on basically raping her, of trying to sabotage everything in her life, and on top of all that, he's a criminal. He's a pretty dispicable character in just having those qualities.
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I was introduced to author J.L. Campbell via a free Kindle book that I really enjoyed. Seeing that she had other books I ordered Distracation and was completely captivated by this story, from beginning to end. After reading a few pages I suggested this book to my book club to read in January. Unfortunately most of the members own a Nook and this book was not available to them. Just another reason I love my Kindle. Anyway, this was a really good story and the twist and turns at the end blew me away. I simply loved the friendship beteen Justine, Kyra and Dionne. Dionne with her No Holds Barred attitude was my favorite but all three stories were good. Justine was a little too patient with Milton. Sick or not I would have kicked his butt to the curb. Warren was just a lazy, hot mess of a user. I figured him out long before the big revelation at the end. When he asked Kyra about having regrets about something you've done and when Milton started gettng those mysterious text messages from "W" I knew exactly what was going on. Although I hate a cheat and a liar, Xavier got a pass from me. He was so sweet and caring to Justine I simply could not stay mad with him. This was a really good read and I am not-so-patiently waiting on "RETRIBUTION."
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If you can't travel to Jamaica with a suitcase, traveling in your imagination is the next best thing. Hot and sexy lovers Justine and Xavier steam up the pages, but unfortunately, they happen to be married to other people. Justine's husband Milton is keeping more than a few secrets of his own, some of which involve Kyra's loser boyfriend that she just can't seem to cut loose. Then there's Dionne, who's willing do whatever it takes to get ahead.

These are not "nice" women, these are INTERESTING women, women with complicated lives and children (yes, women can have children AND an interesting life!) and I became fully wrapped up in these women and their stories. Campbell does a great job of including Jamaican proverbs, meals, and other touches that give a taste of the island culture. Yet the friendship dynamic among women seems universal.
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