Author – Megan Goodenough
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 4/30/16
The primary character of A Company of Roses is Chastity Morgan. Cas is an insecure, alcoholic, naive, passive aggressive personality who has been subtly prepared for a role in an ancient secret society.
Cas's best friend is Lacey Lovelorn, an arrogant, high strung artist who sets off a chain of events that places Cas in danger.
Reuben appears as an unknown quantity one night when he shadows Cas and Lacey through a series of bars. His role evolves as the story progresses and his actions paint him alternately back and forth as good guy and bad guy.
This story should appeal primarily to female readers who may relate to Cas getting weak kneed every time she saw or thought of the handsome, roguish Reuben. In her dealings with Reuben, Cas constantly let her emotions run wild and jumped to the wrong conclusions which led her to get even deeper in trouble.
The plot is fresh and complex and held my interest with many unexpected twist and u-turns.
The story maintains conflict and a high intensity but some of the scenes are over the top; Cas outwitting and subduing not one but two trained assassins was not believable.
Character development was good and in depth.
The writing style is sophisticated, flowery, and for my taste, overly emotional.
Now the downside. Internal thoughts need to be in italics. Editing is mostly good except for occasional missing, extra and misspelled words.
Many details registered as contrived: like a loose floor board in a house she was using where she could hide papers.
Lack of research was exemplified by an over the top statement of a small pistol kicking so hard as to rip tendons in the arm.
It was beyond me how Cas could slip out of a hospital wearing a hospital gown in cold weather and wander the streets late at night for forty minutes without being accosted or picked up by the police.
I recommend A Company of Roses for a fun, complex read.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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