on November 19th, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
One unfortunate decision had bought me a life sentence, serving time alongside the gang I’d worked years to avoid. My affiliation with Union 21 had wreaked havoc all around me.
Then came Diamond.
In a world filled with neon-pink lights, glitter, and rhinestones, she was a flawless gem. While she didn’t realize her worth, I recognized her value—priceless.
I’d stop at nothing to have her, even if that meant going against the most powerful drug lord around.
Friends come and go, but Diamond is forever.
Once again I’m awed by the range in Stephie Walls storytelling. Dear Diamond is not like any of the other books by her that I’ve read. Okay, slight back-peddle here because her writing is always flawless. But the subject and situation is much grittier than I’m used to.
Ryker is a young man with a past tainted by the prison sentence he served, and Nikki is a young women who has taken on the repayment of her drug abusing mother moms debt to a drug/crime boss. These two are connected to each other through this crime network and the fact that they were both raised in the same bad neighborhood. But how there were raised is completely different and shapes who they are.
Ryker is fiercely protective and the minute her and Nikki “Diamond” lock eyes his interest in protecting her is solid. He is also fiercely loyal, but everything about Nikki’s situation transforms where his loyalty lies. What transpires brings them together and a very deep bond is formed. The action is almost non-stop as the two evade some of the nastier aspects facing them and determine if their futures include each other. This is a highly enjoyable read that had me fretting over what might happen to divide them and a little afraid there wouldn’t be a future for either of them, together or apart. 4 Stars and recommendation.