Black Diamonds by Vogue
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (215 pgs)
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.