(Tip of the Spear: Book 1)
by Belle Ami
Review by Barry Boy
Escape (Tip of the Spear: Book 1) by Belle Ami was given to me in return for an honest review while it was OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day.
Escape is a difficult novel to categorise (but I could say that about most novels); it is a thriller involving a kidnapping and told in the third person with several steamy erotic scenes. It is set mostly in Iraq and the Middle East, and tells the story of the handsome agent Cyrus Hassani and Layla Rose Wallace, the beautiful daughter of a top Israeli scientist who works mainly in America.
The story involves plenty of local colour in the countries where it takes place, and I have no reason to assume that it is inaccurate. The place names and the detail certainly enhanced the tale for me, which I found a compelling read anyway… it often made me want to read ‘just a few more pages’, if you know what I mean.
I could have done without the sex scenes being described in quite such detail, but, then Ami might be aiming at the erotic genre. I don’t know. I can tell you though, that because of the language used in those scenes, I couldn’t help but wonder whether the author is male or female. The name on the cover does not give a definitive answer to the question, as it is in grammatically incorrect French (belle referring to a beautiful female, but ami suggesting a friendly male).
Perhaps a gay or lesbian, I thought, but I’ll leave you to find out for yourself.
The Escape part of the title accurately reflects the contents of the novel, but the rest doesn’t make any sense to me yet, and I thought that the cover could have been better too, since he is supposed to be a blue-eyed forty-something and she a green-eyed, red-headed young student.
I enjoyed the story, but not the sex scenes… I thought the swearing was contradictory to the tenderness the lovers felt for each other. Still, that’s just me.
Escape is a good, erotic thriller, and if you think it’s your kind of book, I’m sure you’ll like it.
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