Tuesday, February 28, 2017

This Lola Is No Showgirl!

Author: Melissa Scrivner Love
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication Date; 3/21/17

Lola, by Melissa love, is the kind of book that you find yourself thinking about when you should be concentrating on other things.

This is an epic tale of one woman’s rise to power in South LA gang territory.  People know Lola as the girlfriend of the leader of the Crenshaw Six  - a gang that controls a small area of South LA.  What they don’t know is that Lola isn’t just the girlfriend – she’s the actual leader of the gang – and everything that happens only happens on her say.   When the Crenshaw Six is asked to assist a cartel in a dangerous job, it’s death or glory for Lola and the people she cares about.

Lola herself is an amazing character.  At first, you think she’s stone cold.  She can put a bullet between your eyes simply because it’s necessary and not think twice about it.  But despite her practicality, she’s also fiercely loving.  And she’ll do anything at all to protect a young girl from being used and abused.

I’ll admit that I had a few struggles believing that, given the gang cultural aspects,  the men in the book would have accepted Lola as their superior.  While Lola was a force to be reckoned with, I didn’t really expect so many of the men to simply bow to her.  But that notwithstanding, I loved her character and her story and that didn’t impact my rating at all.

Highly entertaining story and unusually compelling main character!

·         ARC Provided via Net Galley