A Novella

Fiction - Short Story/Novela
153 Pages
Reviewed on 03/24/2022
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Author Biography

An ardent student of language and human behavior, B. B. Calais finds beauty and passion in the most mundane of objects, in the minutiae of everyday things, writing tales of love, lust, and intrigue, which she does for fun (and, sometimes, as a way to delay house chores -- who needs swept floors anyway?).

Born in Europe, raised in the United States, she lives in Southern California with her husband, son, and a plethora of wild things that visit their backyard.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Fruit is a short and crisp novella written by B.B. Calais. Twenty-seven-year-old Raff Thompson considers himself a prime Casanova, breaking hearts left and right without any repercussions in his own life. But his hedonistic lifestyle turns upside down the day he meets eighteen-year-old Julie Hayes -- a student at the college where Raff teaches poetic composition -- who has an affinity for fruits and berries. As Raff becomes increasingly infatuated with Julie, he learns that Julie has some heavy baggage of her own. While the two embark on a passionate romantic relationship, Julie reveals that she is part of a nefarious network involved in human trafficking in which her brother Jax is a key member. Desperate to free Julie from her unfortunate predicament, Raff finds himself embroiled in a dangerous game where he risks losing his own mental faculties.

A psychological thriller filled to the brim with romance, suspense, and intrigue, Fruit hooks you in from the first page and refuses to let go until the last. Author B.B. Calais tells a captivating tale about a young man who overcompensates himself with shallow vices until he finds himself enamored with a young woman who has baggage of her own. Calais's utilitarian yet scrumptious prose makes the narrative flow past like a gentle breeze, which encourages you to read the story in one go. Raff's fascination with Julie borders on insanity and makes him seem like a deeply flawed person. Still, you can't help rooting for him until the very end. Recommended to readers who love psychological thrillers.