Violets & Violence by Morgan Parker (ARC Review by #NerdGirlJulie)


Title: Violets & Violence

Author: Morgan Parker

Published Date: Expected December 31st 2014

Genre:  Suspenseful Romance


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Violet has magical talent. She can levitate, walk through glass, and be in two places at one time. What happens when Violet discovers true magic in the arms of a new man?

Luke Kemble enjoys the luxury of having Violet, all of her magic and all of her beauty, all to himself. What happens to Luke’s illusion of reality when he and the love of his life are threatened by another man, a dangerous one that holds grudges and anger?

Carter Borden never fully recovered from the heartbreak of his ex-wife leaving him. What happens to a damaged man who begins to believe in magic once again?

Follow two men — Luke and Carter — as they learn the one truth about Violet’s magic (that it’s an only an illusion) and the one truth about her love (that it’s not).


***Contains Graphic Sex, Strong Language and Adult Situations. Not for young readers***
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***#NerdGirlJulie’s  Review***
Morgan Parker is a nom de plume for a man of mystery and former Canadian banker who has found his new career.  His latest book, Violets and Violence is a home run.  Violets and Violence is an intensely intriguing, suspenseful thriller that is set primarily in Detroit.

This story is rich with detail, and Mr. Parker masterfully added layer upon layer as he spun his story.  I was so deeply engrossed in the plot that like a member of the audience at one of Violet’s magic shows, I missed the small details that might have given me a clue to the illusions in the story.

“Magic happens in life’s seams, the tiny space, like this, that exists between the moments that count.”

Just as the latest player, Carter Borden, learns about Violet and those who surround her, the reader slowly gets the details on all the characters and how they are involved.  By slowly, I don’t mean it wasn’t done well.  On the contrary, Mr. Parker’s slow-drip of detail kept this reader’s senses heightened, glasses on and nose in book.  I could not put this book down!  That slow peeling back of the characters personalities, backstories and possible future amplified the mystic and suspense in the story.

The characters in this riveting tale are fully developed and complex.  The story is told from the dual perspectives of Carter, the new love interest, and Luke, the long time love interest.  Their stories don’t overlap all that much except for their interest in the beautiful and beguiling magician named Violet.  The characters all collide in the unimaginable and dramatic culmination of the story.  In order to avoid spoiling the story, I cannot gush over any more details.

If you read only one book in 2015, make it Violets and Violence.  I am already planning a re-read of this well-written tale.

“Love is the biggest illusion of all, and all it takes is a bit of work —the very thing you hate —to keep it alive.”


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