I Like Em Pretty N'awlins Exotica Book 1

Michael Mandrake
I Like Em Pretty N'awlins Exotica Book 1
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Triad Literary
Release Date
April 2013
Book 1 of N'awlins Exotica
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Multi-cultural/Multi-racial Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

New Orleans is supposed to be the big easy. One night changes everything for Frankie Choteau.

New Orleans. A city rich in tradition, diversity, and on the comeback trail from hurricane Katrina. Francois "Frankie" Choteau, a resident of this town, a cop with a hot temper and low tolerance for bs. Kajika Fortier, a transplant from Oklahoma came here looking for a dream and unfortunately it's turned into a nightmare. On a hot summer night, they meet and cross paths during a very difficult situation. Despite this, the attraction between them is evident and loneliness for both men is a fate worse than death. They'd both like a chance at happiness but will the circumstances and Frankie's uneasiness prevent their happy ever after?

Book Review by Susan Mac Nicol (author)
Jul 11, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
204 people found the following review helpful
I want to give this book 2 and a half stars really, because a 2 is too low a rating. The reason I'd do this is because the story itself was imaginative, set in a place that really captured my imagination, having been there before, and the plot line itself held my interest.

Detective Frankie Choteau is called to a scene to investigate what everyone believes is a suicide. Frankie is gay but pretty much in the closet and pretending to be in a relationship with his female partner, Kenina. Imagine Frankie's surprise when he's faced with the beautifully delectable Kajika Fortier. From the locks of his lustrous, long, black hair to the beautiful luster of his honey colored skin, Kajika is the epitome of sexiness and perfection to Frankie.

Frankie knows the other man should be off limits, as it's his lover lying dead on the floor, and Kajika could still be responsible for what Kenina thinks is murder. But as the investigation continues, Kajika and Frankie find themselves in a relationship that is both sultry and simply sizzles like the Louisiana heat itself.

The story was entertaining, had plenty of great moments and the setting reminded me of the hot, humid days I spent there. But I found the dialogue to be a little stilted at times and use of the colloquial language too often put me off. I found the dialogue was trying to tell the story through repeated phrases and words, instead of using the surroundings and the characters themselves to weave the author's magic.

I also really didn't take to the character of Kenina, finding her manipulative, whiny and just a little too nasty for her own good. Frankie is a gay man, woman –get over it! He really doesn't want you, I wanted to shout.

But this book was an easy read, had plenty of other attributes to capture your attention, the surroundings and hot sex scenes being a couple so overall, an enjoyable read.
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