#BookReview ~ Zenka by Alison Brodie @alisonbrodie2 #BookBoost

I’m welcoming lovely Alison Brodie back to the blog today .. I was planing on posting this review yesterday but a trip to hospital scuppered my plans! Anyway, here you have it, Zenka in all her glory 🙂 xx

GENRE:  Suspense/Black Comedy/Romance

Ruthless, capricious, and loyal.

Zenka is a Hungarian pole-dancer with a dark past.

When cranky London mob boss, Jack Murray, saves her life she vows to become his guardian angel – whether he likes it or not. Happily, she now has easy access to pistols and shotguns.

Jack learns he has a son, Nicholas, a male nurse with a heart of gold. Problem is, Nicholas is a wimp.

Zenka takes charges. Using her feminine wiles and gangland contacts, she aims to turn Nicholas into a son any self-respecting crime boss would be proud of. And she succeeds!

Nicholas transforms from pussycat to mad dog, falls in love with Zenka, and finds out where the bodies are buried – because he buries them. He’s learning fast that sometimes you have to kill, or be killed.

As his life becomes more terrifying, questions have to be asked:

How do you tell a crime boss you don’t want to be his son?

And is Zenka really who she says she is?

PRE-ORDER LINKS: Available 6 November 2017

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Amazon CA

Amazon AU

About the Author

Alison Brodie is a Scot, with French Huguenot ancestors on her mother’s side.

Brodie is an international, best-selling author. Her books have been published by Hodder & Stoughton (UK), Heyne (Germany) and Unieboek (Holland).

Reviews for her debut, FACE TO FACE: “Fun to snuggle up with” – GOOD HOUSEKEEPING Pick of the Paperbacks. “Vane but wildly funny leading lady” – Scottish Daily Mail.

Brodie has now gone “indie”. Here are some editorial reviews for her recent books.

BRAKE FAILURE: “Masterpiece of humor” – Midwest Book Review

THE DOUBLE: “Proof of her genius in writing fiction” – San Francisco Book Review.

ZENKA (to be released 6 Nov, 2017): “ZENKA is top of my list for best fiction this year. If Tina Fey and Simon Pegg got together to write a dark and hilarious mobster story with a happy ending, ZENKA would be the result.” – Lauren Sapala, WriteCity

I personally loved Brake Failure and you can read my review Here

AUTHOR LINKS: Twitter  Website  Goodreads  Facebook

My Review

I have loved previous work by Alison Brodie so when she mentioned her WIP as it was then about Zenka I jumped at the chance of reading an ARC. 

One of my favourite song lyrics is at the beginning of the book so I was singing as I began reading! “You can’t light a fire without a spark” but as I went on the relevance of that quote sunk in.

Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a sweet romance, Zenka is dark black humour with a suspenseful kick ass heroine. Picture the scene Zenka is a pole dancer with the most exaggerated accent which is so fabulously portrayed in the book.  I was ‘reading’ with a Hungarian lilt within minutes lol

Zenka is rescued by Jack in somewhat seedy circumstances to show her gratitude she insists she will be his guardian angel. Jack is a gansta so expect some real down to earth crime. It transpires Jack has an unknown son, it becomes Zenka’s mission to reunite the pair who are polar opposites so she may have her work cut out if she wants them to like each other!

This story leaps from laugh out loud to omg moments, there are instances that make you go awwww but then lurch back into roller-coaster thrills. Zenka is zany, wacky totally OTT and so out there you won’t know if there is any romance or not but deep underneath there is a love story with a difference. 

I do wonder how Alison produces her stories, it reads as though it is written at breakneck neck speed and I felt as though I had run a marathon by the end it is just so full of energy. Give Zenka a try it will be unlike anything you have read for ages .. brilliant fun and escapism.

Thanks to Alison for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily.


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4 thoughts on “#BookReview ~ Zenka by Alison Brodie @alisonbrodie2 #BookBoost

  1. Thank you, Ali, for your wonderful review of ZENKA. I know this sounds soppy but I could feel the tears welling up! Writing is so solitary, and I work so hard and I never know if my work will be appreciated. Your words have filled with me joy. Thank you.

    • Awww bless you, it’s entirely different from Brake Failure which highlights how fabulous your writing skills are. It was an honour to have Zenka before she hits the wild! xx

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