Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love book review

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Synopsis

The Crenshaw Six are a small but up-and-coming gang in South Central LA who have recently been drawn into an escalating war between rival drug cartels. To outsiders, the Crenshaw Six appear to be led by a man named Garcia . . . but what no one has figured out is that the gang’s real leader (and secret weapon) is Garcia’s girlfriend, a brilliant young woman named Lola. Lola has mastered playing the role of submissive girlfriend, and in the man’s world she inhabits she is consistently underestimated. But in truth she is much, much smarter–and in many ways tougher and more ruthless–than any of the men around her, and as the gang is increasingly sucked into a world of high-stakes betrayal and brutal violence, her skills and leadership become their only hope of survival.

Review

Soooooo this book…….. I found the central plot to be vastly entertaining. The writing was intriguing and Lola’s character was very well written. However my complaints outway my positives about this debut novel. My first problem was with all the things that was wrong from a medical stand point. I have to agree with another reviewer that these could have easily been fixed with a quick consult from someone in that field. I worked in the medical profession for several years and was nearly cringing at the HIPAA violations as well as other medicals problems that i will leave out for spoilers. My second complaint was that there were too many characters and relationships going on and it felt difficult to keep up with all of them and discern who was with who, etc. It also made it more difficult to relate to characters and to care enough to root for any of them. With all this being said this debut author I think can improve and I would love to read more as she progresses as an author. The writing was done well given the few flaws in the story and the plot was entertaining. Perhaps this would have been better if i was not in a reading slump at the time so for now 2.5 stars from me. Thank you Crown and BFB’s for sending me this in exchange for my honest review.

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