Monday, February 12, 2018

Review: Madman by WS Greer

Madman (Love & Chaos #1) by [Greer, WS]

People fear what they don’t understand. Maybe that’s why they all fear me. I’m sure they have their reasons, I just couldn’t possibly care what any of them are. As long as they’re afraid. 
Born to a drug dealer father and a drug addict mother, I’ve been through enough to make a normal person lose their mind five times over. I’m not normal. Normal is for weak people, and I'm anything but weak.

My childhood was made of nightmares, but there was one light in all my darkness. Her name was Reina Wilde, and when my mother would hit me or pass out in the middle of the living room on her high, I would confide in her. We were from completely different worlds, but she meant something to me, though I never figured out what, because she left. In the years that followed, I built a reputation for myself, and let go of any and all deluded notions of love. 

I’ll never go straight now. It’s just too much fun taking things from people who are powerless to stop me. And make no mistake about it, I take what I want, from who I want, when I want. 

I'm infamous in this city. But everything changes when, after years apart, I finally see Reina again, and she’s standing next to my enemy--the underboss of the Philadelphia mob. 

It’s not just about power anymore. It’s not about respect. No, this is personal now. 
Gasoline has been thrown on the flame, and for Reina, I’m about to burn the whole world to the ground.

Solomon King is young man living a poor neighborhood in Philadelphia with a junkie mother and this is the story of his rise as a powerful underworld boss.
Early on he meets Reina Wilde, a rich girl who ends up in his side of the city running away of a life she doesn’t want to conform to.
Solomon and Reina befriend each other while understanding the similarities of their circumstances, but when she suddenly disappears, he’ll focus his energy on moving on in the world until she comes back into his life years later when he’s about to start a gang war.
This was my first read by the author and, though I found most of the story intense, extremely detailed and somewhat entertaining, I felt some elements rather farfetched and I wasn’t completely sold on it. I had mixed feelings about Solomon and I honestly liked the characters better when they were teenagers than their grown up versions, especially Reina. I could not relate to her grown up persona even after knowing all that had happened during their time apart.
Madman is still an interesting view on the evolution of a criminal, but it didn’t meet my expectations.

3 Book Corner Stars
*ARC Review 


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