King of Evanston by J.L. Campbell

King of Evanston by award-winning Jamaican author, J. L. Campbell, is book three of the nine book Kings of the Castle series penned by various female authors. Book one, Kings of the Castle is an introduction to all of the Kings. Books two through nine are standalone with no cliffhangers and can be read in any order, though I’m reading them in sequence.

Nine former students of Khalil Germaine, now Kings of The Castle, are recruited by their mentor to root out and eliminate the corruption that has infiltrated The Castle, initially a humanitarian endeavor. They vow to protect The Castle and each other from future attacks, while searching for the person or persons responsible for the attempted assassination of their mentor. Along the way they meet some extraordinary women. This is Shastra Bostwick’s story.

Shastra “Shaz” Bostwick is an immigration lawyer of Jamaican descent. As a immigrant himself, he understands and sympathizes with his new client, Camilla Gibson. He’s working with his Castle brothers to protect Camilla’s daughter and shutdown the network that’s seizing children through illegal adoptions. Shaz knows he is jeopardizing his personal and business ethics by entertaining thoughts of a relationship with a client, but he wants Camilla fiercely.

Camilla Gibson is a Jamaican mother fighting to retain custody of her daughter, Ayanna, who has a congenital heart condition and needs a procedure she can only get in the States. Derrick Porter, Camilla’s ex, has aligned himself with some unscrupulous politicians and businessmen who plan to gain custody of Ayanna through an illegal adoption. Camilla has sought help from lawyer, Shastra Bostwick, because she’s been told she can trust him. Camilla’s life is in turmoil and she shouldn’t be having thoughts of any man, but Shaz is working his way into her heart.

King of Evanston is a delicious course in the multicultural literary feast served in book one and continued in book two. The author’s personal knowledge of Jamaican culture, traditions and colloquialisms adds interest and color.

The character’s full backgrounds are integrated into the story, providing needed clarity. I was completely entrenched in the plot. This is another success for a bold and one-of-a-kind series.

King of Evanston is a 5 out of 5 star read. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys multicultural romantic suspense or well-written contemporary romance. There is some sexual content that may not be suitable for sensitive readers.

My thanks to Independent Publishers Group and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.

Publication Date: December 3, 2019

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