Genre: Thriller/Erotic Elements
Author: Steve Ruediger
Publisher: I Universe, 2011
Source: Free from the author for review
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
As a new employee for the Sanibel Island Environmental Conservancy in Florida, Lizzie Grant thinks she has it made. She is helping to preserve wildlife and working on a Florida beach. Life is ﬁnally good-but it won’t stay that way for long.
One night while researching sea turtles on the beach, Lizzie sees illegal aliens being brought ashore by a smuggler. Her accidental observation leads to her being threatened and stalked by the smuggler until he suddenly shows up dead in her apartment, and Lizzie is wanted for his murder. With the help of a semi-retired Maﬁa don named Joey, Lizzie tries to uncover evidence to clear her name. What she discovers is chilling: the illegal aliens are being used as slave labor on a farm next to her friend’s wildlife refuge. In spite of Joey’s help, Lizzie becomes a prisoner on the slave labor farm, where a forced marriage is planned.
Pursued by the police and men that want to kill her, Lizzie is running out of time. Will Lizzie ﬁnd the strength and courage to ﬁght her way free and prove her innocence?
First let me give some background as to why I agreed to review this book. The author Mr Ruediger attended a Barnes and Noble presentation event in the audience where I was also a spectator. The panel was 5 authors from a writing society of which Mr. Ruediger was a member. Since it became known during the discussion that he was a self published author, following the meeting I stopped to talk to him. He asked me to read and review his book, I accepted the offer, promising an honest review.
The author has a background as a newspaper reporter which led me to think this book would be more polished than it was. The main character, Lizzie, was not likable. She was silly and stupid. Continually making disastrous mistakes that made her look even more unintelligent. Almost all the male characters were misogynistic. The slave-farm portion of the book felt like it’s only reason for going on for several chapters was to either titillate or to act as filler. There was no romance in this book. There were plenty of scenes with men ogling naked Lizzie and rape scenes. There was violence throughout most of the book.
I was disappointed hoping for better writing. The character development was adequate but I’m afraid not to my taste; the characters were loathsome. The plotting suffered from stagnation during a portion of the book that involved a slave farm, or perhaps it was just so unappealing to me that I felt it would not end. I can’t recommend this book.