I was drawn into this story just from reading the introduction provided before Chapter 1. The author has developed the craft of making you believe you are part of the story and makes you cheer for a happy ending. I enjoyed how she describes the characters. They are brought to life immediately and you can feel the very heated, intense connection between Lottie and Elah.
As the story continues, the writer provides the necessary background information on Lottie and Elah, along with various family members. This allows the reader to understand some of the decisions that are made and how they play into the development of Lottie and Elah’s relationship.
The author manages to interweave humor throughout the story along with creating an emotional buy-in with the reader and the characters, especially Lottie and Elah. The story quickly progresses with Lottie and Elah discovering they really have feelings for one another and not sure how to handle them. Their sexual connection is very intense with a little bit of spice. Even though Elah comes across as domineering, cold and hurtful, he has a special place in his heart for Lottie; but he struggles with his growing feelings for her.
The character of Lottie is a strong Black woman who knows what she wants and is not afraid to fight for Elah’s heart.
Elah’s Plaything portrays a real love story between two people who have been disappointed and hurt, but find the way to give love a chance. It is your classic love story with twist and turns.
I would recommend this author, and look forward to reading additional books by her.
-Reviewed by Tanya