Loyalty and The Bed You Lie In

by T.R. Nairn
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Reviewed by: Michelle Bishop
April 2011


Rarely has a novel proven to be both nearly incomprehensible and entertaining at the same time.  Loyalty and the Bed You Lie In by T.R. Nairn manages to do just that.  Shay, who at first glance seems to be an aspiring clothing designer, introduces us to other main characters of the book: Diamond, Meko and Rae.

Diamond, Shay’s older sister, is the leader of her gang of drug dealer/robbery set-up women.  Shay, in the beginning of the story, seems to be outside the chaos of Diamond’s, Meko’s, and Rae’s but longing to get inside. Suddenly, at some undefined point Shay became a gun-toting, man shooting target for revenge by people who have been offended by Diamond’s activities. That’s all well and good except there’s no real explanation for this transformation. Naturally, there is a great romance in the novel. Diamond finds her soul mate in the drug trade, T.O., who is running his father’s drug business while he’s in jail.  Soon enough the two of them are living together with each running their own crime operations.  Both have developed enemies who are looking for ways to take them down.

Nairn has provided us with a solidly entertaining read using the standard urban novel formula: love, betrayal, drugs, and jealousy to the point of insanity.  I’m not convinced this is the best formula for nearly every single novel targeting the urban market but Nairn almost makes it work.  The biggest drawbacks are sloppy editing and overuse of pronouns that lead to a certain amount of confusion as to who is doing what sometimes. A good editor would help with these flaws.

Nairn’s novel, although not original, is entertaining if somewhat confusing at times.  Since the end is the set-up for a sequel, I won’t be spoiling anything by saying things are hot for Diamond at the end of the story.  Hopefully, Nairn can tighten up the editing enough to make the story easier to follow next time around.  I look forward to seeing how Diamond and her clan deal with the challenges at hand.

What did you like about the book?
An entertaining, fast-paced read.

What did you dislike about the book?
This story tends to jump around and there’s sometimes no lead up to certain characters’ behavior.

What could the author do to improve the book?
Overuse of pronouns, occasional misuse of words, and poor sentence structure make the story hard to follow at times and distract the reader. 


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Piie :
Posted 1807 days ago
This is a great book! Full of drama, keeps you interested, and definitely a page turner if you love urban novels like me.. 5 stars :)
Viney :
Posted 2060 days ago
You've got it in one. Couldn't have put it bteetr.
 




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