Author: Ellie Fox
Release date: November 3, 2017 Price: .99
Reviewed by Lilith
Cover art: Cover shows a young dark haired man wearing a black tank top looking out somewhere beyond the camera against a background in a dark color. Seems to represent Rho the main character. There are two fonts used on the cover. The title is in bold white letters with Episode one and author name in a different font. While not matching, it is a very striking cover.
Synopsis: Seems to give insight into more than one part of the series and hints at parts not covered in part one. Also there is a part of the blurb which doesn’t exactly match the story. No warning for adult content, but there is a rather descriptive scene involving prepping for sex and a rape scene, also mention of inappropriate touching. So I would advise as only suitable for 18+ readers for this one.
Plot: Rho saves Adam from suicide. Adam has been beaten and has taken pills to overdose. Rho’s intent is to keep him safe but he can’t protect him from all dangers, not when that danger also has power over him.
It’s a good start for the series, the plot twist in this episode left me in shock and asking what did I just read? Looks promising for future installments. That is a plus for me as I get bored with predictable storylines.
Main characters: Rho Bennett has never had it easy, a foster kid who was abandoned and his only parental influence was a mob boss. He finds a kindred spirit in Adam whose story is similar. At 19 he’s at the end of his rope and ready to give up. With the head of the Russian mob after him and no way to escape he ends up on the Brooklyn Bridge ready to end it all.
Both characters are well written and have qualities that keep you reading, Rho with his tough guy exterior who helps a kid he perhaps sees a little of himself in and Adam as the young innocent who needs help. It will be interesting to see how they develop as the series progresses.
Secondary characters: Marcus Troy a man in his 40’s who is the role model for Rho as well as his boss and is pursuing Adam. He’s the sleazy type you love to hate, who meets his end as you would suspect.
Editing and flow: There were a few editing problems and minor plot holes, though none that affected story flow unless you get caught in minor details like age. It’s stated that Marcus is in his 40’s and Adam is 19,however in other parts Rho is 15 yrs older than Adam and somehow a just over a decade younger than Marcus. If you don’t get hung up on numbers then these wouldn’t be a problem for you.
Conflict and climax: The story starts and ends the same day, with the middle chapters filling in details of the past. How Rho and Adam met and the circumstances that landed Adam in danger. Like I stated could be a good start for the series as this was roughly the length of what I would call the introduction phase of a book, where you are introduced to the characters and their backgrounds.
Formatting: There was some formatting issues, chapters started in the middle of the page. Though they were clearly marked so it didn’t interfere with reading.
Summary: This is a very good start to a series, and reasonably priced. I don’t like to give out spoilers so I will just say that the twist ending makes me want to continue to read to find out how the character gets to that point. What torture drove him that far? We only get a small glimpse in this installment. Ellie manages to build suspense that keeps the pages turning and you see not everyone is who they appear to be. I would have loved for it to be longer, I wanted to see what happened after the plot twist.
I give this a 7 out of 10*