Tuesday, November 7, 2017

New Release+Review: Zenka by Alison Brodie

ZENKA by [Brodie, Alison]

Title: Zenka
By: Alison Brodie
Publication Date: November 6, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Ruthless, devious, and loyal, Zenka is a Hungarian pole-dancer with a dark past.
When cranky London mob boss, Jack Murray, saves her life she vows to become his guardian angel – whether he likes it or not. Happily, she now has easy access to pistols, knives and shotguns.
Jack discovers he has a son, Nicholas, a male nurse with a heart of gold. Problem is, Nicholas is a wimp.
Zenka takes charge. Using her feminine wiles and gangland contacts, she will turn Nicholas into the son any self-respecting crime boss would be proud of. And she succeeds!
Nicholas is learning fast that sometimes you have to kill, or be killed.
As his life becomes more terrifying, questions have to be asked:
How do you tell a mob boss you don’t want to be his son?
And is Zenka really who she says she is? 

Zenka by Alison Brodie

Zenka is a Hungarian immigrant who arrived in the UK thinking she was getting a nice job while in fact she was a victim of the white trade.  After being rescued from what would have likely been a life of drugs and prostitution by Jack Murray, a local mobster, Zenka remains by his side and works as a pole dancer in one of his clubs.

Nicholas Jaffrey is a mild male nurse working and living in London after his mother’s passing.  Constantly afraid of confrontation, he’s bullied by his roommate, his girlfriend and even his patients.

When a long lost letter finds its way to Jack telling him he has a son, Zenka starts plotting the strangest scams for him to give his newfound offspring everything he might possibly want until they’re free to reunite.

A mob war, a shy and frustrated accountant, a disgruntled hitman, a nosey neighbor and a slob roommate are some of the characters that help shape this story.

As the previous book I read by Ms. Brodie, Zenka is a story about more than two people, with a few subplots tying into the main story and with the main character being instrumental into the lives of all these other people.  It’s a fun story in which each and every character will have to go through a lot of mishaps to find their HEA.

I really enjoyed this book and if you are looking for a different kind of story that goes completely outside the box, in a Quentin Tarantino style, Zenka might do it for you.

4 Book Corner Stars
*ARC Review*

Amazon US - http://amzn.to/2hJfKph  
 Amazon UK - http://amzn.to/2gLNTDh
Amazon CA - http://amzn.to/2gLOUef
Amazon UK - http://goo.gl/58v0r5
Amazon CA - https://goo.gl/duU52G
Alison Brodie is a Scot, with French Huguenot ancestors on her mother’s side of the family.  Alison was a photographic model, modelling for a wide range of products, including Ducatti motorbikes and 7Up.  She was also the vampire in the Schweppes commercial. 
A disastrous modelling assignment in the Scottish Highlands gave Alison an idea for a story, which was to become Face to Face.  She wrote Face to Face as a hobby and then decided to send it off to see what would happen.  It was snapped up by Dinah Wiener, the first agent Alison sent it to.  Three weeks later, Alison signed a two-book deal with Hodder & Stoughton.  Subsequently, Face to Face was published in Germany and Holland.  It was widely reviewed, ie:  “Vain, but wildly funny leading lady.” -Scottish Daily Mail.  It was also chosen as Good Housekeeping’s “Pick of the Paperbacks.” 
Unfortunately, Alison then suffered from Second-Book Syndrome.  The publisher’s deadline loomed and she was terrified because she didn’t have an idea for a story!  She found the whole experience a nightmare; and this is why she cautions first-time authors to write more than one book before approaching an agent.  She managed to finish the book – Sweet Talk – but it bombed.
While writing Sweet Talk, she moved to Kansas and lived there for two years.  She loved the people, their friendliness, their free-and-easy way of life, the history and the BBQs!  Sadly, her visa ran out and she had to come back to the UK – although her dream is to one day live permanently in America.  Now, Alison lives in Biarritz, France.
Alison has taken the exhilarating steps to becoming an indie author.  Her second ebook, THE DOUBLE, is out on Amazon Kindle with some great reviews.  “Excellent.” –San Francisco Book Review.
Alison writes contemporary romance.  She aims for a strong plot line, set against the background of a world-changing event, coupled with touches of humour, sexual tension and character transformation.
She loves to hear from her readers.


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