Review: The Plot by Melinda De Ross

Review: The Plot by Melinda De RossThe Plot by Melinda De Ross

Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Small Publisher on October 31, 2015
Pages: 290
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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There are some evil deeds that I find unfathomable and unforgivable.  Human trafficking is one of these.  I have read a few stories set against the back drop of this evil and not one has failed to move me.  This story was no exception.  I appreciated the distance the author created in the beginning and then the way she brought the reader closer when the heroine got her life back and started making her revenge plans and had a chance at something real with a good-hearted man.

The story opens with Yoko and her best friend finished with school and eager for a job opportunity in America to better their circumstances and give them the ability to help their families back in the poor Japanese village back home.  Only, the promise that they can get jobs as domestic help and maybe attend college vanish when Mr. Chen brutally informs them that they are sold into prostitution at a brothel he runs.

Fortune finds the two girls when their oppressor, Mr. Chen, and his men are killed in a criminal organizational takeover.  In the confusion, the two girls snatch some ready money and run.  They make new lives for themselves though they can’t seem to get ahead right away.

Yoko burns for the chance at revenge so while she works toward getting her CPA, she learns how to make her way around computers and finds out all she can about the Chinese Criminal organization that sold her into prostitution.  And then, along comes Mark Chandler offering her a good job and maybe something special.  Is he too good to be true?  Can a man ever accept her past?

Alright, the story read fast and I was glad that it glossed over the heartwrenching part at the beginning.  Like I said, I felt a distance from the characters and plot at first, but then it seemed to change when Yoko made her plans and met Mark.  I thought that was rather well done with the writing.

I liked how the suspense and the romance elements balanced well.  Yoko’s determination to have revenge and see justice done for other girls like her was a solid base and kept me engaged to see how she would do up against a dangerous and powerful criminal empire.  I also appreciated how this romance was written.  It hit on what it was like for a woman who was the survivor of such a horrific situation and for a man who loves her, but struggles with her past.  It didn’t feel contrived and made me really cheer this pair on.

All in all, it was a story I was glad to read.  It’s not light and it digs into the darker side of life, but was satisfying in its ending.  I think fans of romantic suspense and romantic thrillers would be the target for this one.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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About Melinda De Ross

Anca-Melinda Coliolu, writing as Melinda De Ross, lives in her native Romania with her husband and a pair of rude parrots. She attended Law School and got her degree but worked as a journalist for several newspapers, polishing her writing skills.

It never occurred to her that she wanted a career as an author until she began writing, as therapy to get perspective on a crucial part of her life.

Melinda was a professional target shooter for a decade, winning multiple National Championships. She was breaking records in her teens until health issues forced her to give up the sport.

Out of that heartbreak, Rendezvous with Hymera – her first novel – started taking shape and so began her career as a Romantic Suspense author.
Melinda has always been a fan of writers like Diana Gabaldon, Nora Roberts and Sandra Brown. Currently she weaves romance into tales laced with the paranormal and occult. Her interests in yoga, philosophy and a large range of other disciplines give her work depth and color.

Other books by Melinda De Ross include: Unabridged, The Coriola Series (Mirage Beyond Flames and Dante’s Amulet), Chronicles of The Blood Countess, Be My Valentine, and A Touch Of Poetry.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • Debbie Haupt

    wow great review and I totally agree on the subject matter Sophia Rose

    • Thanks, Debbie! I never ‘love’ these stories because they are appalling, but I want to read them to remind me that so many people are not living free and safely.

  • This sounds like a very eye opening read. I haven’t read any books that deal with the subject of human trafficking but I have some strong feelings about the topic. Great review!

    • Yes, it definitely grabs one’s attention and really makes me think. And yes, very strong feelings for me, too.
      Thanks, Carole!

  • I watched a movie similar to this. If I’m not mistaken the title was Human Trafficking or similar to that. I was so emotional while watching and could not forget it for days. I remember I started to find info about that topic because I was so curious.

    Thanks for sharing, Sophia. Awesome review. I’ll definitely purchase this. 🙂

    • I think a movie about human trafficking would definitely have me sobbing and thinking about it for a long time.

      Hope you get into the story if you get the chance, Geybie! 🙂

  • Oh gosh. This one sounds pretty intense with the subject of human trafficking and revenge. I’ll definitely check this one out. Awesome review Sophia Rose 🙂

    • Yes, it was definitely that, Vanessa. Thanks for checking it out. Hope you get the chance. 🙂

  • This sounds like a great story. I read a series about human trafficking by Skye Warren. It was an amazing series called Dark Nights series. I highly recommend it. It is a darker romance. I’m adding this one to my TBR.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • I know which series you mean, Melanie. It did sound good when Shari reviewed it. This one will be gentler and mild in comparison, but still hit home to me about the life of one who had to pick up the pieces afterward.

  • It is a really hard storyline to read about. I’ve read a number of them and, yes, makes me want to do very bad things. I’d not seen this one yet so appreciate the heads up!

    • Oh the deep fury at stealing lives and treating them like objects. I am glad to have read a few that remind me to appreciate what I have and be prepared if a way I can help comes in my path.

      You bet, Anna!

  • Your review got me curious as I do not know too much about this topic.

    • It’s not as graphic as some I’ve read, but it does give a picture of what it was like for a young woman snared into the web of human trafficking and being sold into a brothel as a sex slave.