Friday, July 1, 2011

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥: Easter's Lilly by Judy Serrano

Release Date: December 16th, 2010
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Page Count: 293
Source: Complimentary copy provided by author, via Virtual Book Tours by Tristi Pinkstonin exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you both!!)

It was Easter Sunday; the day Lilly's life went from safe and comfortable to dangerously unfamiliar. Her transformation takes her from a small town girl having an affair with a low ranked gangster in the Montiago crime syndicate, to a woman of grace and fortitude married to the head of the organization.

Easter's Lilly is an inspired journey from the idyllic to the darker side of self-discovery. Read as the over-privileged brothers embark on their journey that twists and turns down the road of unbridled passion in this first book of the series.
The world is unimaginably terrifying to innocent and absurdly naïve Lilly. Danger, paired with her insatiable rebellion, allures her to the obscure and illicit drug market. She soon finds herself in the hands of the handsome, but abusive Diego Montiago: powerful drug lord and shameful scoundrel. The largest of problems arises from his three brothers, however: Hector can't seem to keep his hands off her, Max just might be falling in love with her, and Jorge wants her dead.

Serrano creates an
ambitious drama-filled suspense and love story in Easter's Lilly. A lot of the plot seems very farfetched to me; all the actions taken and words spoken would likely only be found in a soap opera. The realistic factor is therefore not very high, but that doesn't mean the book is any less intriguing. Why do people watch soaps anyway? For the high tension and cutthroat theatrical, of course. Easter's Lilly is similar to high-strung daytime soap operas because of its near fantasy scenario. It's an escape from the lows of actuality, which keeps each of us holding on.

I, at first, based off Lilly's character, thought the author was painfully
foolish. Lilly is a bit of an idiot; she just can't seem to make up her mind and doesn't seem very confident about her beliefs and decisions. However, Serrano makes up for it by making the other characters wise and knowledgable. Even though Lilly acts immaturely for her age, she's a lively, lovable character, and though while reading, I just wanted to smack her upside into reality, I also often felt the pain of her dilemmas.

There's
continuous action throughout this novel, which makes it hard to put down. That being said, one thing that surprised me is how nonchalantly all the characters react to all the racket. Each of the Montiago brothers end up in the ER (more than once each, I should add), but they mostly shrug it off like "Oh, it happens all the time." Also, when Lilly realizes she's in love with her husband's brother, her husband just lets it slide. I won't say any more for now, as I don't want to spoil it for you, but that's just something that irks me.

The ending is
gripping—an unexpected and abrupt conclusion to a drawn-out tale. It obviously isn't an ending of course, as there is a sequel in the making, and I can assuredly say I will be picking it up upon its release.

Stephanie Loves: "'You are my reason for drawing breath every morning.'

Radical Rating: 8 hearts: An engaging read; highly recommended. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥