Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Review of Side Effects by V.K. Powell

Side Effects by V.K. Powell
Published August 11th,2015 by Bold Strokes Books
Paperback, 264 pages

Detective Jordan Bishop is tasked with protecting Neela Sahjani, abortion doctor, stem-cell researcher, and member of the new conservative state government—a walking contradiction and a complication Jordan can’t afford. When Neela seeks an emotional connection, Jordan tries to distract her from the darkness of her past with the only thing she has to offer—sex.

Neela is struggling to keep her job in an administration that no longer supports her vision while also caring for her aging mother and researching a cure for her mother’s disease. The last thing she needs is a detached, risk-taking police officer looking over her shoulder.

I found both good and bad characteristics in this book, but truthfully, I wish I had skipped reading it all together. Here is why. Some sex in a book I have no issue with but the foundation of the plot is dominated by graphic sex & sexual abuse taking it completely overboard. Therefore, it might have been a better fit in the erotic genre. In addition to that, there is no focus on stem-cell research it is if the author put it in as an afterthought.

None the less, I did discover several positive aspects. Such as, one of the main characters was able to face a traumatic past and start overcoming her demons making a better life for herself. Also, it is well written, the prose flows smoothly, and is grammatically favorable.

“ “I’m bound by the super-secret code of cop conduct not to repeat anything you tell me in the course of this investigation.” “you’ve already violated several codes of conduct.” Neela laughed as Jordan crossed her heart and saluted in some made-up pledge of silence.”


As a thirty-year law enforcement veteran, VK Powell brings a rare level of authenticity to her novels of romantic intrigue. Her career spanned numerous positions including beat cop, homicide detective, vice/narcotics lieutenant, and assistant chief of police. Now retired, VK infuses her writing with the wealth of experience she gained in police work.

VK is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Rainbow Romance Writers, and the Golden Crown Literary Society. She has penned several novels and short stories featuring strong women who struggle with the timeless question: can you really have it all?

To learn more about VK Powell go to her website:

"I would like to thank, Netgalley & Bold Strokes Books, for allowing me to give an honest review"

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