I Like Em’ Pretty, by Michael Mandrake, is the first installment in the N’awlins Exotica Series. This series is a parallel series to the N’awlins Exotica Paranormal Series. I chose to read this book after reading the blurb provided by the author and discovered that the blurb in no way describes the book.
This is the story of a lonely, gay New Orleans police officer, Francois, looking for love. This quest for love leads him to become infatuated and eventually fall in love with a suspect in a crime he is investigating. It does delve into his uneasiness, as described in the blurb, but the experiences of Kajika are in no way a nightmare. Mixed this with the main plot, are some additional subplots: his partner, who is pretending to be his girlfriend while secretly in love with him and hoping he will decide to no longer be gay; a number of cold cases he is investigating; and his other partners claiming to be straight but showing increased interest in his lover.
As you can tell by this description, while the book was easy to read, at times it was choppy and disjointed. There were too many plots intersecting with the main characters that made it difficult to keep some things straight. The one subplot that I am still confused about is how Nathan and Bryant fit into the larger scheme. We know Nathan is an artist that is using Kajika as the subject for an upcoming art show, but that is about it.
Despite my previous comments I will read the sequel, I Love It Rough, and did like the main plot of the story.
-Reviewed by Selina
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