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The End of May by K.B. Richards

Charity Rowell at On My Kindle BR reviews THE END OF MAY by K.B. Richards.
Marcella Burke, an ambitious young woman, forms a friendship with a deceitful New York City escort.

As Marcella's dreams begin to unfold, she encounters an unimaginable setback––the loss of a loved one. Subsequently, her life spirals out of control, and she struggles to maintain her lifestyle. Her new friend offers a solution to her problems, but it comes with a price. Tough times force her to question her morality, ponder her worth, and cross paths with a man who alters the course of her life forever.
Source: I received a copy of this book as a gift and opted to post a review
Genre: Fiction, Literary
Pub. Date: October 13, 2015

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Review

Marcella Burke moves to the Big Apple to live with her boyfriend and pursue her dreams. Full of hope and life, she manages to get the job of her dreams; only to have them cruelly quashed by events outside of her control. After losing her dream job, Marcella's path of self-loathing and self-destruction leaves her vulnerable to her friend's suggestion of joining an escort service. Taking drugs to ease her conscience, it seems that Marcella's downward spiral will never end; or will it?

At first, the premise comes across as "privileged young woman moves to the Big Apple and has a big fall from grace." This doesn't really do the premise justice because, while true, the book delves deeper into many of the real-life conundrums that led Marcella to make the choices she made. I appreciated Richards' unapologetically gritty and realistic perspective of this topic. I think many young women, myself included, have run into some pretty hard times and have had to choose between our morals or life on the streets.

There were moments in Marcella's narrative when I had to just shake my head at some of her choices, but there were moments that made the book tough for me to read because I empathized with her plight. Richards captured Marcella's carefree idealism, hopes, and dreams as well as the hopelessness and desperation she felt when her dreams were crushed. I liked how Marcella's character developed from a carefree and somewhat shallow young adult into a mature and more cautious young woman. While I wouldn't wish the circumstances that led to Marcella's development on anyone, having the experiences that change us from young adults into adults is something that we all go through at some point in our lives.

The only criticism I have is that there were times when I wasn't able to keep track of who was saying what in a conversation because the dialogue tags weren't clear. It didn't ruin the plot for me but it did make the dialogue a bit awkward and disrupted the flow. Having said this, the character development and world-building are stellar.

If you're looking for a thoughtful, coming-of-age book to read, The End of May by K.B. Richards is an edgy and realistic novel that will not let you down!

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About K.B. Richards

K.B. Richards, author of THE END OF MAY. Photo courtesy of Facebook.
K.B. Richards, author. Courtesy of Facebook.
I'm a writer of literary fiction and psychological thrillers, and I find the art of storytelling to be thrilling and exciting. We all have a story to tell––whether fact or fiction, and I adore inspiring people through my work.     

I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and I spend most of my time in Manhattan absorbing the inspiration that encompasses me. I often tell others, "Experiences are made. Use them to create something compelling and exciting."

My first novel, The End of May was completed in 2015, and since then life hasn't been the same. My next novel, The Gallucci Gallery is a psychological thriller I'm very proud of, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it when it's released!

Thank you for your support. Chase your dreams.
On My Kindle BR's review of THE END OF MAY by K.B. Richards

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