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.

12 comments:

The Desert Rocks said...

Sounds sad and exciting too. I agree that it's hard to write about drug trafficking as that is something I put into my manuscript--but I treat it very lightly and I don't delve too deeply into the dark side of it. Nice review!

Donna Yates said...

The Desert Rocks, thank you so much for your comment. I think maybe it's a topic we all need to be more aware of.

Kelly Hashway said...

Great review. It sounds like a really good book.

Jess @ The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow said...

This sounds like an interesting book. I just started Trafficked by Kim Purcell, which seems similar. The title of the book is so deceivingly innocent. Thank you for the review, I haven't heard of this series. ~ Jess

Donna Yates said...

Kelly and Jess, thank you for your comments. It was a great read.

Barbara said...

Great review. It sounds like an interesting read.

Donna Yates said...

Thank you for your comment, Barbara. It is an interesting read.

Stephanie@The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow said...

I remember your review of the first book and this one sounds very intriguing. I don't think I have ever read a story about this topic. Sounds like a book that will be an emotional rollercoaster for me. :) Thanks for sharing- your review is excelent and makes me want to start this series!

Pammy pam said...

interesting contrast: drug lords and romance.

Donna Yates said...

Stephanie, there were parts that were emotionally difficult. I'm very sensitive, but I want to finish the third book too. I love the characters, but also it opens my eyes to that world. Thank you for your comment.

Pammy pam, lol yes, very interesting contrast, but a great read.

Joleene Naylor said...

A good review! I need to get some time and read these, I think!

Donna Yates said...

Joleene, thank you for your comment. I think you'd really like this series.