Black Diamonds by Vogue

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Black Diamonds by Vogue
Publisher: Self
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (215 pgs)
Rating: 4
Review by: Rose

Within the last year, acclaimed fashion designer, Carmen Davenport, has witnessed the ups and downs of being romantically linked to one of New York’s most prominent men. On the heel of her engagement to Jay Santiago, a Puerto Rican businessman, she learns her oldest daughter has been kidnapped. A direct result of an ongoing war between her fiancé and a disgruntled drug kingpin, Carmen becomes determined to put an official end to the conflict. She sets out to track down her daughter only to be met with unforeseen obstacles. A criminal investigation, led by her soon-to-be ex-husband, Michael Kane, leaves her fiancé behind bars. Due to Jay’s incarceration, Carmen is placed in the care of his estranged cousin, Gully. He constantly reminds Carmen of the price of fame, ultimately forcing her to take matters in her own hands. Determined to bring her daughter to safety, she takes a no holds barred approach to ensure her daughter’s return.

This is the fourth book in the Diamond Collections series by Vogue, continuing the saga of Carmen Davenport and her relationship Jay Santiago. Now, his past criminal enterprises have reached out and touched Carmen’s daughter, Kristian, and Carmen is determined to make things right.

I’ve not read the previous three books in the series and was able to follow the action—the author does a good job at explaining the characters and their relationships to each other—but I feel like a reader would more fully enjoy the book is she were to start with the beginning and see how the characters grow and develop in their relationships. There were a lot of anger issues going on that made me wonder why Carmen and Jay were even together, and I feel if I truly understood the entire dynamics of their relationship some of the dialogue between the two would make more sense to me.

Even with that, though, this book was enjoyable. It’s definitely fast-paced, and the reader didn’t know what was going to happen next. I could definitely see this as part of a TV series—and it would be interesting to see who the author would have in mind for the main characters. It’s dark, gritty, and in your face—filled with secrets and revelations.

I understand it’s part of a proposed 10 book series, so it would be very interesting to see where Vogue takes her characters next.

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Comments

  1. Thank you for hosting

  2. Thank you for hosting! I appreciate your honest review and feedback. I will be checking in periodically throughout the day, but I would like to know, who in particular, if any, would you like to see play the characters on the small screen?

  3. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

    • Are you asking along the lines of which writer I would like to have as a mentor or which writer I look to as a mentor? Currently, I do not have a writing mentor, but that is probably about to change. I start the Masters of Fine Arts program for Creative Writing in May so from that experience alone, I most definitely should find one. If I could choose who I would like to be a mentor then it would be Shonda Rhimes. I love the diversity within her shows and the plots are amazing.

  4. Great review.

  5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and, if so, how do you overcome it?

    • I have suffered from writer’s block, plenty of times. When it happens, I step away from the story for a bit. During that time of not writing, I usually see or hear something which sparks a thought or idea. When that happens, I go right back to writing.

  6. Rita Wray says:

    Sounds like a great read.

  7. Becky Richardson says:

    Sounds like a great read.

  8. Victoria says:

    I’ve really enjoyed following the Black Diamonds blog tour and learning about the book. The excerpts have been great and I’m looking forward to reading it – thanks for sharing 🙂

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