Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Publish Date: February 15, 2013
Origins: From Author for Review
Order Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Synopsis: Jack Trotter and Amber Fontana enjoy a platonic relationship; that is until one fateful evening when they dine at Jimmie’s Crab Shack, a tiny bistro lying in seclusion off the coastal highway outside of Santa Monica. An out of the way place, Jimmie’s legendary seafood is as notorious as the movie stars and gangsters who have wined and dined here since the Roaring Twenties. It is here, in the aura of secrecy where clandestine meetings amongst lovers; deceitful schemes; and revenge riddled plots, have abounded for decades, where Amber reveals her intimacy problem, and Trotter finds courage to reveal his own disturbing dilemma.
Together, Jack and Amber overcome their sexual inhibitions and learn how to love. Then the two lovers mastermind a plan to take what they feel is rightfully Amber’s…forty million dollars from her greedy twin sister who became a sensational singing diva due mainly to Amber’s writing her twin’s hit songs, for little pay and no recognition.
Born of Greed is a fascinating epic fictional biography where greed, love, and revenge collide with sex, drugs and rock and roll.
Review: Jack Trotter is the hottest thing since sliced bread (according to himself) and a Narco detective. When he goes undercover as a bodyguard for Fontaine, a famous pop star, he meets Amber Fontana. When he starts to fall for Amber, he decides to help her better her life through a bigger con than even his father pulled on his own brothers (Jack’s uncles).
‘Born of Greed’ starts out with the Trotter family history of hatred and conflict. Then Jack’s all grown up and somewhat of a bully himself. He has power as a cop and as a muscle-bound ex-marine drummed out on a dishonorable discharge. Of course, he fixed that for himself. I think tries to make up for his impotency and feelings of childhood inadequacy by pumping a ton of iron and abusing his authority. When he is working for Fontaine and meets her twin, Amber, he’s instantly attracted. Yet he makes sure to stay professional, until the attraction is determined to be mutual. Jack sees how crappy Fontaine treats her sister and decides to help Amber get free by pulling a complex con. The writing is solid, but the author has created characters who really weren’t sympathetic at all – except for Amber. Somehow, though, I think this is the point. There were certain parts and people who I thought were definitely over-the-top and some issues which I felt were glossed over or resolved unrealistically. ‘Born of Greed’ is well-written, but is definitely a polarizing tale.