I took a road trip to New York over the weekend and read K. Elle Collier’s, My Man’s Best Friend. The first thing I noticed was the writing style, I absolutely loved it. The way she shows and not tell throughout the book gave me the chance to picture the images in my mind like a movie. “My stomach did a somersault with a back double dismount,” she said in chapter 33. Putting it that way sure beats me reading a book that said, my stomach was hurting from the look on his face – BORING!
Plot: At first, I can’t lie, I thought I would be disappointed because by chapter 5 I still had no idea where the story was going, in what direction it was heading or why I should continue to read. But I read so many great reviews on the book and the writing was so smooth, I kept at it. I started to engage with, Kai, the main character and wanted to know had she found the love she was looking for. Then I found myself falling for, Todd (Kai’s man) because of his personality and the way he pursued her. But let’s surely not forget the Hot and Steamy love scenes. In the end, I found out that this love story had twist and turns I didn’t expect and kept me turning the page. “OMG, no she didn’t,” I found myself saying in the back of my mind. By the time I was introduced to Alana, the antagonist (the opp) of the novel, I was in. She had me thinking all sorts of ways about her existence. I wanted her gone, I wanted her to find a life of her own and let love take its course but that didn’t happen. She played her devilish games to the bitter end and I wanted to reach in and slap the taste from her mouth.
K. Elle Collier ability to create round characters and a moving storyline that dealt with real issues: sibling rivalry, drug addiction, true friendships and infidelity carried me to the end of the novel and I will surely be reading part II.
My only problem with the book was that I don’t like to wonder if the story will pick up. I know we all hate that one book or movie we suffer through hoping and wishing its gets better but it never does. Me, personally, I need a bit of foreshadowing to know what’s to come just like the eerie music in a movie that lets you know someone is watching from behind. Other than, I rate the book a solid 5 stars and recommend My Man’s Best Friend to other readers because it did, in fact, have a narrative that should hold your interest.