By: Victoria Scott
Publication Date: May 16th, 2017
Domino: A runaway with blood on her hands.
Cain: A silent boy about to explode.
Madam Karina: A woman who demands obedience.
Wilson: The one who will destroy them all.
Her name is Domino Ray.
But the voice inside her head has a different name.
When Madam Karina discovers Domino in an alleyway, she offers her a position at her girls’ home in secluded West Texas. With no alternatives and an agenda of her own, Domino accepts. It isn’t long before she is fighting her way up the ranks to gain the madam’s approval…and falling for Cain, the mysterious boy living in the basement.
But the madam has horrible secrets. So do the girls in the house. So does Cain.
Escaping is harder than Domino expects, though, because the madam doesn’t like to lose inventory. But then, Madam Karina doesn’t know about the danger living inside Domino’s mind.
Madam Karina doesn’t know about Wilson.
A dark contemporary thriller that reads like a surreal fantasy, Violet Grenade is one awesome ride. Witty and sharp, Domino is a heroine who coats herself in an armor of wigs and piercings to protect herself from life on the streets. Finding herself stuck with no money and a friend that needs bailing out, Domino takes a job at Madame Karina’s home for entertainers. The challenging hierarchy and groups of backstabbing and vindictive girls were not what Domino expected, but to have enough money to eventually get out and save her friend, she’ll have to learn to navigate not only the people who inhabit the house but the patrons as well.
The cast of characters we meet are a delight: Domino, Cain, Poppet, are each unique and wonderfully real. Cain is a gentle giant and a sweet love interest. His support for Domino and silent strength were endearing. Poppet is a sweetheart, and you’ll want nothing more than to wrap her in a blanket and hide her away from the world. And Wilson. I’m not so sure I was suppose to like you as much as I did, but I do.
Violet Grenade is an un-put-down-able read. It is intense and gritty, with a layer of dark humor thrown in. I can not recommend it enough.
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