Dear Ms Sharp,
If readers are looking for a kickass heroine, they need look no further than Leah Ryan. You have this girl kick some serious shit in Repo Chick Blues. I will admit to loving a well told first person book and admire anyone who can pull one off and still show us most of the feelings and motivations of the other characters. The one character I still feel that I don’t know too well is that of Leah’s boss/love interest, Callahan. But, and correct me if I’m wrong, I get the impression that you have future books planned for these two so I’m guessing that this is a deliberate move on your part.
I know almost nothing about the car repossession business. I have watched Repo Man a few times but I doubt all the real ones end up floating out into space in a glowing, nuclear contaminated car. :) But you seem to have talked to some people and learned the basics of the job as well as the lingo. Thanks for working all this into the story in a nice, flowing way. I also appreciated how the bits of backstory don’t bring the action to a complete stop.
Some readers will think that Leah takes too much on herself and feels too responsible for her family’s breakdown after her younger sister was abducted by a probable sexual predator but I’ve known of families who have come apart after suffering terrible losses. Her cutting and burning herself, as well as her juvenile crime record, seem realistic in these circumstances. It also serves as a believable motivator for her actions against the crime lord when most people would have given up in the face of his threats not only to her but to her brother and friends.
And thank you for not pulling Leah and her friends back from the brink when it came to dishing out justice. Call me a bloodthirsty wench, but I just loathe those books in which a heroine feels compelled to offer help to the very villains who’ve made her life hell just so she stays above reader reproach. I say she should be allowed to kick ’em in the nuts!
And yet, I do have a few faults to find. How could Leah and Co partake in the finale gunfight scene and not have any cops showing up and not really have to face any repercussions afterwards? This was a sore spot for me throughout the book. I know Woodard had some of the police in his pocket but how many dead bodies are allowed to pile up in one town before the journalists will force the cops to show at least some interest? I mean, somebody has to eventually notice that all this is going on.
And there was one scene that bugged me. Leah shows up at Jack’s place thinking something has happened to her brother and there are squad cars and police there. Then after that one mention, the cops just seem to vanish from that scene. Suddenly Leah and friends are swearing vengeance for what Woodard did do and I kept wondering, what happened to the police who were mentioned as being in the room when the scene began? Oh, and why does Leah wait after the rescue scene in the woods for help to arrive for those rescued when all the time she knows Woodard has her brother? I would think that she’d be tearing back to town to find him.
OK, back to more of what I liked. The dialogue is convincing, the fight scenes seem well choreographed, the sex is hot but you don’t have the characters incapacitated with mental lusting at inappropriate times and Leah is great with animals. Gotta love that. A good friend of mine has Rottweilers and you appear to know the breed. Major bonus points for you.
So, final wrap up thoughts. Overall a good story, likable characters and lots of action. Thanks for nominating your book Tracy, otherwise I’d never have known about it.