Thursday, October 1, 2015

REVIEW: Plenty (+$25 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: Plenty
Author: Kelly K. Lavender
Series: N/A
Pages: 309
Date Published: 2015
Publisher: Kelly K. Lavender Press
Format: Kindle
Genre: Suspense/Thriller 
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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When Camille volunteers for the youth outreach program in the small town of Prosperity little does she know that she has put herself in harm's way. Sheriff Griffin, the program leader, and his son, Grant, lord over an empire of criminal activities- ranging from illegal drugs, robbery, murder, political corruption and pornography. In short order, Grant becomes Camille's lover and introduces her to life as a recreational drug user. After Camille weathers a brutal beating by Grant's disapproving dad, she turns to her newly-widowed, fiery friend Jennifer for help. What can two downtrodden women do to rid a tortured town of its misogynistic Machiavellian sheriff and malevolent mayor? Plenty.

Plenty the powerful feminist flip side of Fifty, captivates as a fast-paced, meaningful, suspenseful coming-of-age story about the risky yet all-important road to self-actualization and happiness in spite of a horrible family situation and consequential bad decisions. The dark side of sex kitten training will prove jarring to some readers, but others will see how evil insidiously manifests itself in the lives of injured souls - especially trafficked teens. As in life, a dysfunctional childhood, sets the stage for victimization, while violence and heroin, create the craving to please - all represent tools of the trade to control and peddle young women. Plenty holds special appeal for resilient, smart, resourceful women who rescue themselves and the men who love them. Plenty infused with spice, a lot of naughty-never nice. Not for the faint of heart or for those looking for a slow, tame, sleepy time story. 

~My Thoughts~
Camille was tough to really put your finger on. You really start to cheer for her during the beginning, but she makes a lot of poor decisions along the way that had me questioning her character and if I even liked who I was reading about. Eventually though, her quick wit and personality shine through and make you glad you are on her side. Grant on the other hand...He's kind of despicable. While there's a lot of saucy-sizzling scenes at play, I never really liked him or any of the guys here. 

 My favorite thing about this book was the feeling of tension and suspense that filled me during the entire experience. The plot moves at a quick pace, steadily building until you're more invested in it than in your own life for that brief moment in time. The rapid-fire action will keep even the most easily-bored readers with plenty to occupy their minds and time. 

Kelly writes with a distinct style that hints at visuals rather than explicitly states them. She paints pictures with metaphors and analogies well, that never detract from the flavor and tone of her own unique style. I'd read another Kelly K. Lavender piece any day. 

~Try an Excerpt!~
“He grabbed his bipod and his rifle, gasping as if burned before he cuddled his treasure to lie prone on the ground. Deeper breaths escaped his lips as he looked through his new $2,000 scope. The highway lay within range, just four hundred yards away. The brush provided perfect cover for his car and him. His target would be unmistakable—an old blue Ford truck, speckled with Bondo, pulling a flatbed. A scheduled drop would make the task easy. Purvis—too sloppy, too addicted, too stupid to be valuable . . . anymore. Nestling into a spot, the hit man grinned and sighted his gun on the highway in full view. He grimaced for a moment as he realized his hands still trembled.

I’m a little shaky, but I can hit a moving truck. After all, that’s what hit men do.
~Meet Kelly!~ 
Kelly K. Lavender, a Multi-Award-Winning Debut Author, has written two novels, Beautiful Evil Winter and Plenty. Beautiful Evil Winter earned a bouquet of book accolades including an Eric Hoffer Award and a Readers’ Favorite International Book Award. The prestigious Eric Hoffer Award honors “…writing of significant merit...” and the hotly contested Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards include celebrities, like comedian Jim Carey, and New York Times Best-Selling Authors. In 2015, Barnes and Noble selected Kelly’s book to be featured on their shelves in the Dallas and Fort Worth Metroplex areas.  Aside from a love of wildlife, horses, dogs and cats, Kelly has an enduring passion and respect for suspenseful stories and cliffhangers, most notably, anything James Bond. She credits UCLA Extension Writers’ Program for providing the perfect opportunity for a wallflower dreamer to catapult into the writers’ world. 
 Kelly will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


  1. A great bio & I love the events picture.

    1. Thanks for your interest, Mary. Such a happy surreal experience to be on tour. I hope to travel with Plenty in next year. Fingers crossed!! What's your favorite book?

  2. How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?

    1. Titles and covers must be magnetic in the highly competitive book market. While on tour with Barnes for my first novel. I noticed that the movie size poster of my book cover proved to be mesmerizing, and the title helped me anchor sales. I base titles on subject matter. If there's a particular phrase in the book that aptly encapsulates the story, I'll use that too as in the case of Beautiful Evil Winter. I don't use choosing resources.

  3. Thanks Andra for hosting. So thrilled that you enjoyed the novel!!

  4. Sounds like an interesting read, thanks for sharing it and your thoughts.

  5. A "wallflower dreamer". Hmmm. I think that describes me too!

  6. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. :)

  7. Quick paced with tension & suspense... I like!!

  8. Thanks for sharing your review, I'm looking forward to the suspense :)

  9. The excerpt, taken from the first page, sets the tone for the entire book. Thanks again, Andra, for posting the excerpt and the compelling review!