- File Size: 1671 KB
- Print Length: 67 pages
- Publisher: Kindle Worlds (April 9, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 9, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00VQWUBUU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,602 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Lei Crime Series: A Snake in Paradise (Kindle Worlds Novella) Kindle Edition
"Bones Don't Lie" by Melinda Leigh
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I recently was contacted by the author. Eden Baylee offered me a complimentary review copy. I told her, "Your writing is good enough that I don't want a free copy. I will buy it and do an honest review."
Seriously, I hope the above statement makes it clear that I am a real fan of this writer.
What I most appreciate is that she has a good imagination and a good feel for drawing the reader into her world, without bludgeoning her readers with horrid graphic scenes or by having her characters speak in a language that sounds like Eddy Murphy on steroids.
Sure, there are some people he spit out f-bombs at three per sentence, but the really scary crooks and rapists are the guys who look and act just like you and me.
I thoroughly enjoyed A Snake in Paradise.
At almost fifty, she has to learn how to be comfortable on her own again. She sheds her skin with her marriage and gets a tattoo that represents herself and her new journey: a coral snake.
News of sexual crimes and murder reminds her to keep her wits about her and stay safe. This wasn’t the Hawaii she read about in brochures! Still, she’s determined to enjoy herself on this vacation.
But then, a creep bothers her at a resort bar and a charming man named Julian swoops in to her rescue. This vacation is starting to look up… or is it?
First, I’d like to say “mahalo” to the author for the complimentary copy of A Snake in Paradise.🙂 I spent an enjoyable afternoon reading it!
This empowering novella pulled me in right away and had me at the edge of my seat throughout. It was also great that the themes of this novella are self-discovery, self-growth, and triumph from evil. A Snake in Paradise also has a satisfying conclusion.
I loved Lainey and all of her astute observations. She was super intelligent and the wrong “little lady” to mess with!
I loved the rich setting of this story and enjoyed reading about the turquoise waters and the different terrains of the island. What I love about reading is living vicariously through the characters so I really appreciated the setting! I felt like I was in Hawaii.🙂
I would recommend this short read to fans of crime fiction and psychological suspense aimed at empowering women. A quick, yet satisfying read!
There are many wonderful elements woven into the plot, the kinds that resonate with me deeply: liberation, transformation, collaboration, courage, and friendship. Baylee’s use of subtlety within the story’s dialogues and details involving time and place was masterful. It was more entertaining to sit back and read, let the story unravel the mystery instead of trying to figure it out myself. I didn’t want to miss any subtle nuances embedded within the plot.
Baylee’s theme of liberation is powerfully presented. Lainey Lee’s transformation from a people-pleaser with little backbone into a confident, perceptive, and proactive woman was poignantly rendered. I was delightfully entertained by a slew of quirky, raucous, delightful, rude, slick, and witty characters. Their encounters and interactions with Lainey were memorable ones.
Without giving away the details in the story, there is one aspect that continues to resonate with me. It relates to a tattoo, and how the author uses this particular one as an analogy, a reflection of Lainey Lee’s psychological metamorphosis. I'll say no more, though, so readers can experience this gem for themselves.
A SNAKE IN PARADISE is well worth reading, one of my top-shelf stories.
I’m such a fan of Baylee’s work because she creates her worlds with great artistry, paining scenes so realistic that you almost forget you’re reading and instead see a film playing out before your eyes.
With distinctive characters and just the right amount of description, A Snake in Paradise pulled me into the locale, the story, and the intrigue. In a lesser book with the same story, I would have hurried to see how it ended, but I love this author’s writing so much that I slowed down to savor every word.
For lovers of great writing and an engaging story, I hope you’ll enjoy this work as much as I did.
This Kindle World novella (based on the Lei Crime Series by Toby Neal, which I have not yet read, but yearn to after reading and reviewing these associated novellas!) taps into the strength in all of us and into the way that women need women friends. Eden Baylee’s writing is inspirational and well-crafted, with great descriptions (“a machine-gun quick smile”—hah!), leaving clues as to what was coming. Sometimes I re-watch a particularly-involved movie once I find out the ending just to see what clues I missed the first time; this is one of those stories. I will be looking for Eden Baylee's other work.
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