Today I have not only a review of this fabulous book, ZENKA by Alison Brodie but also an excerpt too.
Ruthless, capricious, and loyal.
Zenka is a Hungarian pole-dancer with a dark past.
When cranky London mob boss, Jack Murray, saves her life she vows to become his guardian angel – whether he likes it or not. Happily, she now has easy access to pistols and shotguns.
Jack learns he has a son, Nicholas, a male nurse with a heart of gold. Problem is, Nicholas is a wimp.
Zenka takes charges. Using her feminine wiles and gangland contacts, she aims to turn Nicholas into a son any self-respecting crime boss would be proud of. And she succeeds!
Nicholas transforms from pussycat to mad dog, falls in love with Zenka, and finds out where the bodies are buried – because he buries them. He’s learning fast that sometimes you have to kill, or be killed.
As his life becomes more terrifying, questions have to be asked:
How do you tell a crime boss you don’t want to be his son?
And is Zenka really who she says she is?
HERE IS AN EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK
Jack glanced sharply at the gun in Zenka’s hand. ‘Put that down!’
‘I didn’t order those shooters for your benefit.’
She shrugged and picked up another gun.
Jack bristled. ‘I told you to wait in the car!’
‘You can’t have that. It’s illegal.’
She was aiming the gun at the wall, one eye closed as she looked along the barrel. ‘I need gun to protect myself from people.’
‘No, Zenka, people need gun to protect themselves from you.’
She laughed, a full-throated laugh, her face suddenly alive and sparkling. Jack was staring at her in fury, but he was helpless. How can you reprimand someone so beautiful, so fearless?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Having read one of Alison Brodie’s books previously I knew before I even began this book that it would be a super read and she definitely didn’t let me down. After Jack Murray, a feared London gangster, saved Zenka from a prospect of a terrible life in the hands of another gang, she swore her alliance to him. Now a pole dancer in one of Jack’s clubs she has the protection of Jack, who is more like a father figure to her than anything else. Jack definitely has a soft spot for her and she gets away with more than most with him.
When Jack discovers the possibility that he may have fathered a son, many years ago, he is desperate to find out the truth and embrace him into the fold. Zenka sees this as her opportunity to repay Jack for everything that he has done for her. How sweet I thought but I didn’t really know Zenka then. What follows is at times a hilarious, romantic shocking and dark thriller, come full-bodied entertaining read.
Nicholas is the complete opposite of Jack, kind, gentle and known as an angel as his role as a nurse. A giver, not a taker. Zenka takes on the task of toughing Nicholas up and making him a son a top London gangster would be proud of!
Zenka is Hungarian and throughout the novel she ‘speaks’ and thinks with an Hungarian accent which I loved. It gave her character straight away, the little play on words and how she described different things really tickled me at times. She gave me many laugh out moments throughout the story. You simply can’t help but like her, she wins everyone over she meets too.
The dark humour works perfectly as there were a few fatalities in the story as dead bodies did seem to turn up at regular intervals, but the scenes they were set in and how some of these deaths occurred was just pure gold.
This is one of those books that I didn’t want to end. I loved Zenka but at a distance just to be on the safe side! It was going to be a Christmas they would never forget.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alison Brodie is a Scot, with French Huguenot ancestors on her mother’s side.
Brodie is an international, best-selling author. Her books have been published by Hodder & Stoughton (UK), Heyne (Germany) and Unieboek (Holland). Reviews for her debut, FACE TO FACE: “Fun to snuggle up with” –GOOD HOUSEKEEPING Pick of the Paperbacks. “Vane but wildly funny leading lady” -Scottish Daily Mail.
Brodie has now gone “indie”. Here are some editorial reviews for her recent books.
BRAKE FAILURE: “Masterpiece of humor” -Midwest Book Review
THE DOUBLE: “Proof of her genius in writing fiction” -San Francisco Book Review.
ZENKA (to be released 6 Nov, 2017): “ZENKA is top of my list for best fiction this year. If Tina Fey and Simon Pegg got together to write a dark and hilarious mobster story with a happy ending, ZENKA would be the result.” -Lauren Sapala, WriteCity