Monday, June 9, 2014

Smugglers 1: Nikki Book Review

Nikki's nightmare--with her marina in foreclosure and her husband leaving her for an heiress with an opulent yacht, Nikki needs money and fast! 

A drug runner in love with Nikki seizes the opportunity to rescue her from financial ruin. The catch, he wants half ownership in the marina and silence about the source of his money. 

Enter Nikki's unscrupulous lawyer, the DEA, and harrowing adventures in the Florida Keys. Murder is only a breath away, and soon Nikki is up to her pretty blue eyes in cash and cops. 

Nikki finds she not only likes a life of intrigue, but that she is good at her new calling. Soon, men and women alike fall for her manipulations and sexual exploits until she meets her match in the darkly beautiful young dancer, Isabelle. 

Nikki's nightmare plays out on a backdrop of sunlit skies, emerald waters and ebony nights in the Florida Keys.


Nikki looked like a magazine model and had brains to boot. She owned and managed the Harbor Marina. With a looming foreclosure, she had to find money somewhere and fast. That somewhere came from Glenn, one of her tenants, who offered her the quarter million in cash that she needed. She knew the money wasn't legal but being desperate, she took it anyway.

On a cocaine run, things go sour for Glenn when an agent is killed. Things really start getting interesting after that. With five million dollars on the line, the bodies begin piling up, the money switches hands back and forth, and Nikki gets deeper and deeper in criminal activities.

I immediately liked Nikki and could relate to her money woes, and being so dependent on her tenants. But as you get further into the story, her character flaws really start showing. With so many twists and turns, sex, drugs, and backstabbing, it was like watching a soap opera. I started out rooting for Nikki, but as her character became darker it was harder to feel anything more than pity for her. Which could actually be said about everyone at the Harbor Marina.

I love the picture of Nikki on the cover page, and feel it fits her well. I like the way the author made you question everyone’s move and left you wondering exactly who had done what. I would have liked to read more of the Sheriff’s point of view, but maybe that will be in the second book. And you've got to love the way the book ends. I really didn't see it coming.

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Gerald "Mack" McCallum is an entrepreneur with the spirit of a true adventurer. He started out as a 15-year-old runaway who ended up on a Mexican beach where he and all the other Americans there were arrested. After 11 days in a Mexican prison, his aunt bought his freedom for $1000. Mack soon joined the Navy where he flew off an aircraft carrier to patch planes in war zones. Later, he became a successful sales executive for a national company, his work taking him from Las Vegas to Tucson and on to Florida where he lived on a houseboat in the Keys.

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**The above opinions are 100% my own, whether I purchased the book or it was given to me.

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