About the Book:
Dylan relocates to Florida and becomes a successful private investor, but people and events affecting his exciting new lifestyle on the Sunshine State’s west coast cause him to realize, with the help of his old friend, that many things going on in the world simply don’t make sense. He vows to use his wealth to make a difference in the world when he’s not sidetracked running into nefarious characters or busy keeping his best friend, wealthy playboy Alex Malloy, out of hot water. With corruption, debauchery, deception, and murder swirling around him, Dylan proves nice guys can finish first.
I have mixed feelings about this novel. It is a good coming of age type novel with a young Dylan learning how to be a fine man, responsible and successful. He has a great mentor in an elderly woman. The plot has some clever aspects, like accusations against the relative of a powerful politician and a missing laptop. I always like to learn something when reading fiction and there was quite a bit about investing, the newspaper industry and the myth of objectivity, crooked insurance practices and crooked politicians. Characters are drawn well, both the nice ones like Dylan and the horrible ones.
Romanello's writing style is predominantly prose, something I find not very engaging. There is much detail when giving the setting and initially describing characters. The historical setting is done well with things like period television shows and clothing mentioned. What I liked least about the novel was the amount of descriptive sexual encounters. There were just too many. Some were just way too explicit and that was not needed at all to move the story forward.
This is a good debut effort. It would appeal to readers who like lots of prose and less dialogue and action and don't mind too many explicit sex scenes. I look forward to another novel featuring Dylan as a capable hero. I just hope the sex will be toned down.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author:
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)