Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Book Review - Brother Number 3 by Judy Serrano
There are 3 books in this series by Judy Serrano, the first being 'Easter's Lilly', which I reviewed a while ago. The second in the series, 'Brother Number 3' is the continuation of the main characters and the lives they lead. It too is a Romance Action Thriller novel, and it also is impossible to put down.
Be aware that these books delve into some of the more violent issues of drug trafficking.
I thought 'Easter's Lilly' was an excellent read, so I was curious as to where the author could and would lead us in this 2nd book of the series, 'Brother Number 3.' She certainly did not let the readers down. Judy Serrano did an exceptional job of moving the readers emotionally deeper into the lives of the main characters. Chapter by chapter, I couldn't wait to see what would happen next.
Judy has successfully written about life in the drug world. In Book one 'Easter's Lilly' the main character, Lilly falls for a man named Johnny. Against her father's advice, she continues to see Johnny. Problems arise and Lilly ends up with the head of this particular drug cartel, Diego. I don't want to give book one away, so I'll stop here, but I will tell you book one was hard to put down because there was intrigue, romance, and action on every page.
In 'Brother Number 3' Lilly, now married and with children, is pulled even deeper into this dark world, but she does not face it alone. Diego, Max, and Hector love her and protect her as best they can. In this book, we find wars among drug dealers, family members against family members, violence done to loved ones, and retributions. Carrying a weapon at all times is a normal part of life to these men. Lilly is still trying to find herself and who she loves, and some peace and security into a world she did not choose, but from which there is no escape. Lilly's oldest son Junior, now 13, faces the reality of who his family is and the temptations of drugs and alcohol. But Junior is one small part of this fascinating story.
I love the way Diego, Max, and Hector relate to each other and how they care for Lilly, who is now a part of their lives that they could never live without. I love the way they cook for her and watch over her. These are very tender moments in the book. I don't know much about drug trafficking, and it is a subject I'd rather stay away from, and like so many people, wish it didn't exist. But it does. And in these books, Judy Serrano does an expert job of showing us how they must live and what it takes to survive in this world.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves intrigue, romance, and a thrilling read. I remind everyone there are some violent scenes, but Judy does not go more in depth than she has to, so kudos to her for this. I cannot wait to start Book three!
Like 'Easters Lilly', 'Brothers Number 3' ($4.99) can be purchased from Amazon for Kindle by going to Amazon.com or clicking on my Donna's Amazon One Stop Shoppe Tab above.
I give Judy Serrano and 'Brother Number 3' 5 lilys for this great read!
LHR my sweet friends, and PAWS for Success.