Brotherhood & Betrayal - Book Two

The Preacher and the Pimp

Fiction - Thriller - General
297 Pages
Reviewed on 04/26/2024
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Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite

Brotherhood and Betrayal: The Preacher and the Pimp by Gwen Sutton is the second book in the series. Tre and Troy lost their mother to a horrible death by gunshot. After everyone, including Troy’s biological father, refused to take them in, foster homes became their lot. Troy and Tre were separated, and while one found a stable home, the other bounced around. They met again as grown men, but their relationship was never the same. A pimp and a preacher could never walk the same path. While trying to mend fences, Tre and Troy fell in love with the same girl. As if that wasn’t enough, one of them had a secret that would change their lives forever if it was revealed. Who gets the girl? Would Aileen’s sons ever repair the brotherhood?

Brotherhood and Betrayal by Gwen Sutton was a buffet of justice, and everyone received a hefty serving. If book one was riveting, book two is even better! This novel was straight to the point yet unpredictable and suspenseful. I also encountered teachable moments, looking at the lives of both boys. The part of the holy book that says, “let he who thinks he stands take heed, lest he falls,” featured heavily in this story. I felt that the pimp was a better man than the preacher because he never lost his heart, even when he had reason. The author didn’t paint a perfect picture, knowing that life wasn’t in white and black. Flaws abounded in everyone, even the Haywoods that I thought were perfect. I learned that no sin went unpunished, even after forgiveness. There were consequences for every action. Thank you for a powerful book with a brilliant plot, intense storyline, and exceptional development. You’ve got talent!

Jennie More

Brotherhood and Betrayal - Book Two: The Preacher and the Pimp by Gwen Sutton is the story of two brothers whose bond is broken when Tre finds out that his fiancée Grace has been seeing his preacher brother Troy behind his back. Tre’s world falls apart, and his kind and caring side seems entirely obliterated by the betrayal. Tre starts spiraling out of control, dabbling in the gun trade in addition to sex trafficking, while Troy’s insatiable lust for women drives him deeper and deeper into sin, threatening to demolish the beautiful family and successful career he has built for himself. The story unfolds with the two brothers trying to find a path out of their sinful ways. In a series of twists and turns, other characters from Book One start to take center stage, leaving nothing but collateral damage in their wake. This is a tale of scandal, deceit, and betrayal and its damning effects on the perpetrators and innocent bystanders.

Brotherhood and Betrayal - Book Two by Gwen Sutton brings the worlds of the two brothers into a single focus, colliding into a bloody mess. This made it harder to view the pimp Tre as a sinner and the preacher Troy as a saint. My key takeaway from this book is that everyone sins, whether you’re a preacher or a pimp. One cannot simplify sin into basic concepts like good and evil, and nothing is ever as it appears. One cannot judge a book by its cover. Despite his poor choices, Tre has many redeeming qualities which shine through in Book Two, making it hard to judge him even though he is a pimp. It is inspirational to see how these two brothers had to work through their sins to find their way back toward forgiveness and reunion. This book tells a daring, fascinating, suspenseful, well-conceived, and meaningful story. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Mariam Tijani

Tre and Grace are getting married soon. They have been together since they were teens and have experienced a lot of hardship together, but after many years they started a successful pimping business. Things changed as they were now living a life of luxury. Tre was rich, he had a beautiful wife to be, and his business was flourishing. However, Grace wanted something different. She had a terrible past and did not want to be in the commercial sex business anymore. She longed to be closer to God and be loved dearly just like Tre's brother Troy, who is a preacher. Unlike his brother, Troy doesn't engage in illegal activities, although he was having an affair with Grace. Unfortunately, his brother found out. Will Grace and Troy end up together? What is the future of Tre's pimping business? Find out in Brotherhood and Betrayal: The Preacher and the Pimp by Gwen Sutton.

Brotherhood and Betrayal is an exciting and engaging thriller. The characters are colorful and humorous. My favorite character is mother Pearl, who is a kind and loving woman. The book wasn't too long so I could finish it in a few hours. The author went straight to the point in this book and there were no delays or unnecessary suspense. The plot was well planned and the book is perfectly edited. Love, betrayal, crime, and forgiveness are the major themes of the book. I recommend this story by Gwen Sutton to lovers of crime fiction sprinkled with romance and humor. I'm convinced you will love it just as I did.