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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Review: Brightwing by Sullivan Lee

Brightwing, a criminal love story, is a contemporary action/adventure with a touch of romance. Brothers Edgar and Mallory Battle – one a gentlemanly criminal, the other a sociopath – are on the run after a violent escape. They take Lucy Brightwing hostage, not knowing she's a thief fresh from her own heist. Lucy leads them into the Everglades, determined to kill them. But when she falls for Edgar she must decide whether to risk her heritage and the future of her tribe to save the doomed brothers.
(From the author)

ebook, 314 pages
Published July 8th 2011 by Laura L. Sullivan (first published July 6th 2011)
ISBN 0012842540 (ISBN13: 2940012842541)

Lucy is the last of her kind, and doing a major heist to get the coin to buy her people their own land is her purpose in life, to recreate the Tequesta Nation and save her people.  It’s honorable in the sense that she’s saving a tribe, but she’s stealing to bring it to fruition.  This is a criminal love story.  It’s not a good girl meets bad guy, it’s bad girl with a moral streak meets bad guy who’s a product of his situation in life.

Mallory is evil.  I mean, he’s a fictional character, but reading about him makes my skin crawl.  I wanted to read over his parts of the book so fast to keep from the icky feeling creeping up my spine.  Lee did an amazing job and making him sociopathic without giving too much detail.  This isn’t a blood and gore story, it is after all, a love story.

A major component of Brightwing is the love story between Lucy and Edgar.  It was an unbelievable love-at-first-sight kind of thing.  Nearly, from the instant Lucy laid eyes on Edgar, she had feelings for him.  I found this hard to believe since she was on the tail end of her multi-million dollar heist, and Edgar and Mallory were running from the police.  Someone as distrusting as Lucy would not have instantly fell for Edgar.  It doesn’t seem to ring true to her character.  Now, what I do like about their story is how their relationship developed throughout their days in hiding.

The majority of Brightwing takes place in what will become Lucy’s tribal lands.  Weaving together (what had the authenticity to maybe be actual) Tequesta lore with the developing love story against the background of the Everglades makes a very interesting story!

There were some of the usual grammatical errors and “missing” words, but for an independent publish, Brightwing does not disappoint!  There’s some movie-quality stuff that happens in there!

4 Trees: Sexy, intriguing, & adventurous.
Get to reading,
*This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Be sure to come back Thursday for an interview with Sullivan Lee and giveaway of Brightwing!

1 comment:

  1. Newest follower here. I write dark fiction myself and love a good book blog. Linked you on FB this morning as well.

    Thanks for the good reviews!

    The Demon Stole My Pencil


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