Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Review by Niki: Ordinary People by

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 5/5 Hearts and 5/5 Hyperbolic Smooches


When Queensland Police Force Constable James Laramee raids a hotel room, he finds Vinnie Canterbury on top of a naked, dead man, covered in blood. Vinnie promptly vomits all over James’s shoes.

Thanks to a cocktail of horse sedatives and Hendra vaccine, Vinnie’s memories of his ordeal are fractured. Finding the culprits and the reasons behind his abduction will be a challenge. With his apartment trashed, his building set on fire, and his clothes, phone and wallet gone, Vinnie needs a place to stay. To his surprise, James not only takes him in, but also lets him cry on his shoulder. It must be true love. Vinnie has plans for his future with James all mapped out, and he hopes he can get James on the same page.

Review:  Niki-O’s Down Low on Ordinary People by E. E. Montgomery
5 out of 5 Hearts and 5 out of 5 Hyperbolic Smooches

Heh. I need to start by saying that I think I might need to change my name to E.E. something or other, because clearly those with the double ‘E’ initials before their penname are destined to be fantastic authors. Cummings (poet), Montgomery (current review is about), and Ottoman (recent 5/5 review by moi) all prove this point for me.  Okay, now that the scattery tangent part of the review is done, let’s move on to the meat of the matter.

Ordinary people was an over the top, hyperbolic fun house of a story, and I loved every single second of my reading experience. I loved the way the author didn’t shy away from the crazy things that can all pile up on top of each other in real life, but that in fiction all too often get watered down or have pot shots taken at them as being too out there. The pacing of the story was simply delicious, the tone always spot on… it wasn’t trying to be an everyman’s story. Yet Vinnie and James’ story is so engaging, so perfectly told for these two men that it became the story of everyone who has every had an unbelievable set of events unfold in their life.

*raises hand* I know I’ve had days like the one Vinnie kick-starts the story with, and I’m betting some of you have as well.  Not every person on the planet is going to have a wild rocket ride of a week like Vinnie does in this story, and not all of us are going to find our one true love… but if you’d like to, or would just like to be wildly entertained for the length of a story, then E.E. Montgomery’s Ordinary People is a must read.

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