Book Review Challenge – Review from Angie

Our Book Reviewer today is Angie.  Angie blogs at http://angieslifeblog.wordpress.com/

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She chose to read and review “Business As Usual” By E.L. Lindley.

Business As Usual - E.L. Lindley

Business As Usual – E.L. Lindley

Let’s read her review.

Business As Usual by E.L. Lindley

 

Format: Kindle
Released: 9th Oct 2011
Genre: Crime/Thriller

Georgie Connelly is a documentary film maker who is ordered to do community service, after she is found guilty of driving under the influence (a silly misunderstanding). She thinks that things couldn’t possibly get any worse until she meets Josh and Terri, two students in her class where she is completing her community service as a media teacher.
Through Josh and Terri, Georgie is introduced to Maxim Petrov, a Russian gangster involved in drug trafficking and prostitution. She decides to make Maxim her next documentary project leading her into a world of corruption and danger. She wants to make Maxim pay for all the things he has done, but in doing so she puts not only herself at risk but also James Finn, Eric and Sean at risk.
Eric is not only Georgie’s boss but also one of her closest friends, especially since he is married to her best friend Callie. He hires James Finn to keep an eye on Georgie due to a vengeful white supremacist being on the loose, who is seeking revenge after Georgie exposed him and his family in a previous documentary.

Sean is the officer who Georgie helped to put Dwayne Carmichael (the white supremacist) away, and comes to the rescue with the aid of Julie Sellars, an FBI agent who has been working undercover to bring down Maxim Petrov.

This is the first in the Georgie Connelly series and I really liked it. From the moment I started it, I liked pretty much all the characters in it, I even felt for Maxim in some parts, especially when he talks about his relationship. Although, those feelings are short lived by the end of the book and I couldn’t wait to see if karma was going to get the better of him at the end.

My favourite characters has to be James and Melvyn, the cab driver who Georgie becomes fond of and builds a friendship with after she asks him to follow James to a restaurant one day, convincing Melvyn that James is her husband who she suspects is cheating on her.

James comes across as a closed book who is quite moody, but at the same time you can see that he is an honest, loyal ex-marine who wants to protect those closest to him. The relationship between Georgie and James is a love/hate relationship, but it’s clear to see that there are some feelings between them that need resolving.

I also loved how E.L. Lindley showed the characters from the strip clubs such as Steve and Melanie. I don’t know if the author intended it but I liked that their characters showed them as being human with sad stories to tell, and regardless of their professional world, they are just like the rest of us.

All in all, I definitely enjoyed this book and would give it 5/5 stars, due to the fact that the story kept me hooked with the twists and turns but I found it really easy going to get into.

I look forward to reading the next instalment of the Georgie Connelly series.

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