Travis is stuck working behind the desk ever since he got shot. Being away from the action is negatively affecting his relationship with Val and pushing him closer to beautiful coworker, Lauren. Can they keep the sexual tension at bay to solve the case?
Lana is out of jail and all alone. She begins dancing to survive and meets a slick-talking businessman, Shawn, who seems to have deep pockets. Lana falls hard and loves being a kept woman, but she soon finds that not all that glitters is gold. Shawn and his business partner ask Lana to begin delivering mysterious packages for them, but they seem to bring her more troubles. Lana reaches out to the one person she knows can help, Travis. That decision may lead to the end of her life.
3.5 out of 5 stars
The most recent installment in A Series of Choices, Friend or Foe, focuses on the experiences of Travis, a detective, and Lana, a down on her luck woman facing the consequences of her actions. Friend or Foe continues exploring the themes of the prior two novellas – the complications of love and the dangers of gang involvement. Lana and Travis are forced to experience difficulties such as PTSD and abuse while also attempting to navigate love and the law. Lana, recently released from jail for stalking her ex, Leo, is forced to be an exotic dancer in order to make money before she meets a mysterious wealthy man – Shawn. Travis, on the other hand, deals with PTSD and his strained relationship with his pregnant fiancée while also trying to find the man who put him in the hospital.
I was pleased to find Lana is a much more likeable character in this novella than in the prior two, which made sympathizing with her much easier. In addition, it was nice to see that Lana’s pole dancing was treated tactfully and not in an overtly sexual way. Furthermore, the character development was much more satisfying in this book and I found myself really rooting for the characters. Also, Friend or Foe was much more suspenseful and exciting than any of the prior installments.
However, one of my main issues with Friend or Foe was how completely unlikeable Travis was. In order to avoid spoiling the book, I’ll just say that his actions in regards to his relationship with his pregnant fiancée, Val who is honestly just a stereotypical angry pregnant woman, didn’t seem to have any merit or reason behind them. Finally, the telling rather than showing writing style of the novel leaves much to be desired as the scenes seem to be really just summaries of actions rather than descriptive explanations of ideas or thoughts. I am giving Friend or Foe 3.5 out of 5 stars as it is clearly the best installment in Series of Choices but it still leaves much to be desired regarding characterization and the writing style.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sharryn Dotson was born in Detroit and raised in Southfield, Michigan. She graduated from Wayne State University with a bachelor’s in journalism. Sharryn lives with her family in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for writing a review. I was not obligated to give a positive review, and all thoughts are my own.
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Page Count: 100 pgs
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Friend-Foe-Choices-Sharryn-Dotson/dp/1517362334?ie=UTF8&ref_=asap_bc