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Reviewed by Francine Zane for Readers' Favorite
Fractured Karma by Nancy Straight is about Mark Brewer, a foster home kid who grows up to follow a life of crime, but don’t let that mislead you. Sometimes even the bad guys have good intentions. While Mark works his way up in the crime organization, his past comes back to haunt him. Can he do what he set out to do without getting everyone he cares about killed?
Nancy Straight hits a home run with Fractured Karma, Brewer Brothers Book 2. Set primarily in Kansas City, this story is filled with reasons to keep reading. From the engaging viewpoint of this young man who was given away by his mom, the reader quickly learns that nothing is black and white, and even criminals have a code of honor. Mark uses common sense to gain the trust of a crime boss, but at the same time, he has a hard time understanding that the omission of information is often as damaging as lying. It is only through a series of unfortunate events, combined with the love of a good woman, that he finally learns that his true self is the man worthy of love and trust.
I highly recommend starting this book early in the day because you won’t want to put it down until you have read the last page. Straight is a creative genius when it comes to developing captivating characters. Mark’s journey through life will allow you to travel an emotional roller coaster of discovery, joy, and sometimes sadness. Her fictional crime organization feels more like a family than a group of dishonest thugs. Her plot will make you look at everyone around you just a little differently, and her romance will make you feel young again, no matter your age.