Monday, December 31, 2012
The Penthouse Man by Kea Noli
Socialite Stephanie Borge and her sister Trixie Brandt are co-owners of Lavender and Lace Lingerie. Steph’s husband, Vell, is the director of the company and their cousins are shareholders. Steph and the cousins all think everything is going perfectly well, but Trix is ready to turn their world upside down, with the help of Vell.
The company isn’t doing as well as the women think. Trixie and Vell are planning to take it over and oust Steph and the cousins. Not to mention that Trixie is in love with her sister’s husband while her sister appears to live in her own version of reality in which she identifies pain with love.
When I first started reading, I was turned off by the fact that Trixie was in love with her sister’s husband. Then, Steph was so self-centered and mean that I didn’t care. Their family was made up of dysfunctional people from the cousins to their mother and Vell was nowhere to be found for most of the story. However, it worked. It all played out in a way that I could see what motivated the characters, even if I didn’t agree with the way they handled things.
This is a short story, but very powerful. I think it’s screaming for a full length novel so we can learn more about what drives these characters. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. I became totally engrossed in the drama of the situation. I wanted to find out how this would all end and why the characters behaved as they did. Kea Noli succeeded in keeping my interest and succeeded in keeping me up late until I finished reading.
FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.