Title: Shadow of Doubt
Author: H. Beryl
Genre: Erotica, Paranormal
Length: 110 pages
Publisher: eXtacy Books (17th January 2017)
Heat Level: Explicit but tame
Heart Rating: ♥ 1 Heart
Blurb: What happens when one man has such a great talent that the US Government could use his help? A talent that the military could use as a weapon that makes the man frightened and even the Department of Homeland Security finds an interest in the sparks he produces.
One cop from a small town turns to help and protect him and even finds love where this cops wasn’t looking for any relationship.
Reviewer: Napoleon A. Chase
Review: At this point I’ve learned to read eXtacy books as self-published, with all the range that that entails.
There’s a sort of melancholy that takes me a while to shake every time PoC presence is invoked as a [villainous/expendable] backdrop. That melancholy is ramped up to full-fledged horror here.
All the black characters talk in the same style of satirized, childish Ebonics, including the kids. There are southern white accented characters who aren’t written with ‘accents,’ despite their accent being emphasized. The plot is cardboard, and none of the characters come off as particularly distinct beyond professions and the love interest’s superpower which he literally uses to fry an entire ‘gang’ of Black guys without remorse. Not sure it’s ever explained why a bunch of “stupid” Black guys are the villains in a government conspiracy.
Quote: “They were all dressed in what one would see in the movies, all in low hanging pants and too many necklaces and carrying knives” was the last line I managed to read.
Sex scene was rushed instaromance.