Monday, April 6, 2015

Book Review & Recommendation of Diamond Girl (G-Man #1) by Andrea Smith

What happens when a 35 year-old soccer mom from Indianapolis, Indiana sends her only child off to college and suddenly discovers that she has no identify of her own?

That's exactly what happened to Samantha (Sammie) Dennison. Her marriage was loveless from the start; her 'mannequin' husband has his own agenda which has never included her, and she feels lonely, ignored and downright frumpy.

Her best friend tells her to get a life, and that's exactly what Sammie does, starting with a Kickboxing/Pilates class to get into shape, and then continuing her regiment by signing up for pole-dance lessons. Sammie graduates at the top of her class, and ultimately ends up with a secret career as a pole dancer at a Gentleman's Club in Indy called 'Jewels.'

Known only by her dancer name, "Diamond," she is well on her way to finally carving out a secret life and identity all of her own that brings excitement and mystery to her otherwise mundane existence. The thrill of the dance and sexuality she discovers within herself is a potent mixture, but it's all about the dance with Sammie.

That is, until bad-boy biker Slate enters the picture. He is the ultimate 'alpha' male and quickly draws the attention of the dancers - including Sammie. Slate is a 'prospect' for the notorious Outlaw Motorcycle Club, but he is also inexplicably drawn to "Diamond." Sammie is totally out of her league with Slate and the dangerous people he associates with in Indianapolis during the summer of 2010.

No spoilers here, but something BIG is brewing in Indy; and it ain't about race cars either.

'Diamond Girl' will keep the reader on the edge of their seat from beginning to end; this book has it all: passion, erotica, romance, danger and possibly more . . . much more.

Note: This book is based loosely on actual events that occurred in Indianapolis, Indiana in the summer of 2012 involving certain members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club after a two-year investigation conducted by various federal agencies. The names have been changed to protect the parties. Other events depicted in this book are purely fictional for entertainment purposes.

Overall Rating:  4 Rockin’ ★★★★
Diamond Girl is the first book in the G-men series by Andrea Smith.  When this book was first released, I was skeptical and unsure about purchasing it, however after reading it I became an avid cheerleader for the G-men team.  I had no idea about what to expect and I absolutely love that when it happens in a book.  There was a surprise on every page as well developed characters continued to grow and the story progressed.  The plot is completely unexpected and leaves you returning to reread the book again and again to make sure you didn't miss anything vital.  This is Eric Slater and Samantha Dennison's journey and it will not disappoint you.

Samantha becomes a bride when she finds out she is pregnant in college. She and her boyfriend, Jack Dennison, are expecting and are coerced by her parents into getting married. Trying to make the best of it she conforms to the "perfect wife" image that she believes she should be.  Jack is taken under her father's wing and learns the family business.  Over the years, the already strained relationship continues to drift further and further apart until one day Samantha decides to add a little spice back into it.  She begins taking pole dancing classes to lose weight and hopefully catch the attention of her husband.  The plan backfires and she is left wondering what's wrong.

She takes a job as an exotic dancer to escape from her suburban lifestyle and becomes Sunny.  During one of her performance she meets Slade a sexy biker and is instantly drawn to the younger man. Their journey is bumpy at best and hot as hades at moments.  It's one that grabs your attention and reels you in, refusing to let you go.  While reading, I continued to cheer for Samantha during her plight to find her inner strength and self.  When she is finally rewarded with her HEA, I was ecstatic! Great book, excellent writing and thrilling plot makes this a must read for me.

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