Rating: 3 stars out of 5
At the end of a bloody trail, Johnny Redd finds an incredible secret.
While struggling with a bullet in his chest, he crawls along the ground until he finds himself surrounded by a maze of quaint carnival tarps. Inside is a world of color, costumes, false hair, nails, eyelashes — and a man who dresses like a woman. It’s a world of trickery, deception, and lies. Johnny makes it just inside the tent when his strength fails and he faints dead away. When he awakes, he’s reminded of the bizarre reality that surrounds him.
It’s that he learns he has been taken care of by a man – er. woman — by the name of Frenchy Starr. The name rolls from the tongue of this fallen angel, this princess of darkness, this twilight queen. She’s a mystery, a dangerously beautiful mystery, and Johnny slowly becomes ensnared in the trap which she sets.
After one night of incredible love, a jealous fan shoots Frenchy. Thinking her dead, Johnny’s heart is broken and he leaves in search of something to fill the hole she left in his heart.
Enter Kit Dalton.
I’m not really sure what to say about this story. I didn’t like the whole fend for yourself and it doesn’t matter about anyone else attitude that went on in the story, maybe it was right for the time period but it made it hard for me to enjoy the story. Also, the characters didn’t often talk directly about subjects and it was frustrating.
Johnny and Kit have a connection but they both need to come clean first which takes most of the book. I didn’t feel like I was able to connect with these characters or understand them all that much. Most of the writing just felt disconnected from the characters. I didn’t not like it but it didn’t connect with me either.
The cover art by Written Ink Designs works well for the story.
Ebook, 21,050 words
Published: September 22, 2018 by JMS Books
Edition Language: English