REVIEW – The Narrow Path by Alex Abbott

Book Title - The Narrow Path

Author - Alex Abbott

Stars - 3

Buy Link – AMAZON

Angela is celebrating a successful heist, when the last person in the world she wanted to see waltzed back into her life.

Years ago, Jamal ripped her heart out and tossed it on the ground. But he's back, beefed up from prison and wanting to make amends for dumping her.

He's still the same dominant man she'd fallen in love with, but with a calmer head on his shoulders. He promises to protect her from her bad decisions and wild past, and with the mob indebted to him over his time, she believes him.

When he offers her the chance to manage his strip club and answer to nobody but him, the temptation is more than she can ignore. But can they get over all of the secrets and lies they've told one another while avoiding being sucked back into a life of crime?





I would give this more of a three and a half. It is not a bad story, it is just book one in a series, and lots of facts need to be established. I liked the story for the most part, I just had a little trouble with some of the word choices. They ran from terms you see in a historical romance, like cunny, to those found in a lot of erotica. It was just their use together that interrupted the flow for me. The characters take a bit to warm up to, but I am curious to where the story is leading, so I am hanging in. It does take a fun turn toward the last third of the book that kept me turning the page.
Angela is seeming to be hitting the bottom. She has cash from a heist, a young boy toy as well, but she is heading toward drugs and no good pretty quickly. It has been 4 years since her world was turned upside down. That was when her everything, Jamal up and left her.
Romy is a young, cocky guy who has been seeing Angela for a bit. He deals drugs and knows how to party. He and Angela did a heist together, but they never talked much about the relationship. It was more physical than anything.
Jamal dumped Angela four years ago because he knew he was going to prison to protect his friends. Now he is out and wants to pick up where they left off. Prison was actually good for him, got stronger, got a bit older, figured out what he wants in life and who he wants that with.
Angela is sliding towards drugs after the heist. Romy scores some coke and as they are heading out of the club, they run into Jamal who has just gotten out of prison. He was heading to see the boss, he was going to be rewarded for not turning on them. Angela is turned upside down because she didn't know why he left her. After they spend some time together, Jamal brings her home so she can think about things and Romy sees them together. That does not go over well, and that is a whole new problem she is not aware of. But seeing Jamal again sets her world right. They have so much history, and with Romy's outburst, she is free to do what she wants. Jamal wants to open a strip club with her, and he goes about explaining things to Angela. Throw in a couple of rival gangs too close for comfort, plus the world they live in, and no one is truly safe. This book does end in a bit of a cliffhanger, so be prepared. But it is worth the read. It is a good book that I think will be better as the second book is added. Definitely a series, this one lays the groundwork and is why my star level is where it is.

Heidi gives The Narrow Path

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