Sunday, January 4, 2015

Prison by Toni Lee Book Review

I wasn't sure what I would think about a book called Prison, but I really enjoyed the story. I was able to review this book courtesy of

Sonja Grey, a narcotics detective, and her nemesis, Max Trent, are handpicked to go undercover to capture a thug—Johnny Stone, aka Rock—who’s dealing drugs at Sonja’s church. Their operation is unwittingly aided by the interference of Sonja’s eccentric aunties. For Max, this assignment has two objectives: get their villain and capture 
Sonja’s heart. 

Will Sonja break free of the shackles of her past and embrace Max’s love, or will they be destroyed by danger?

Here are my highlights (notes) from the book:

“Prison is filled with intrigue and charm—a great mixture of suspense, playfulness, and romance!” –Lynn Zuk-Lloyd

While I was reading, I found out the book took place in Orlando. I always find it intriguing when a book is written in a location I've been to.  Max, one of the main characters, revealed their location by this statement, "He wanted Sonja Grey since the moment he’d laid eyes on her a year ago when he’d joined the Undercover Drug Unit of the Orlando Police Department Drug Enforcement Division."

I also love finding common things between the character and myself.   She loved to read and grabbed every minute she could to indulge.

The story focused on the detective's wanting to bust a guy named Rock for drug dealing and the dangers we can have right around the corner of our own local churches.

Another thing I was interested in learning was that there is a place called Christmas, Florida.  Patrons wanting to mail packages and letters postmarked ‘Christmas, FL’ would have been swarming the small post office they’d just passed.

I liked how the author brought messages from the pastor into Sonja's thoughts.  From one of Pastor Wicham’s sermons surfaced in her mind. Some folk allow past hurts to shackle them . . .

She had to forgive him, so she could be free to receive love—Max’s love.  Lord, I forgive Deon for hurting me. I ask that you forgive me for holding this in my heart for so long.

Some of the statements are so quote worthy:  “You know, people make choices and never think about the devastation they’re setting into motion.”

“My heart’s desire is to see him turn to the Lord and be set free. Free of the deep, burning anger—at his parents and God—and unforgiveness.”

Max really shows his love and devotion to Sonja throughout the book.  "Sonja, don’t you know that my heart beats in time with yours?" and "No more altercations, Sonja. Okay? My heart can’t take it.”

Another true fact...“First impressions are powerful.”

And finally, this is what I felt the true meaning of the book was all about: “It took me a while, but I realized I’d been allowing that painful experience to hold me prisoner. Until I dealt with all of that baggage, I wasn’t free to get involved with anyone.” smile. “But I know I can trust Max with my heart. He won’t trample on it."

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