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White Heat by Oasis

Lamont Adams, aka Limbo, is all about the money; money gives you power, prestige, and pretty women. It’s all about the hustle.

Jayme Johanson, aka Rhapsody, is a crooked cop who works for a crooked captain. Her goal is to go deep undercover and blow the lid off the drug empire Limbo built and do whatever it takes to destroy him and his crew.

Not only does “Rhapsody” infiltrate Limbo’s inner circle, she does the unthinkable: she falls in love with him. She doesn’t mean to develop feelings for him, but what was to be a purely sexual relationship soon grows out of her control. Limbo’s friends tell him Rhapsody can’t be trusted, and that he has no business messing around with a white girl. She’s bad news and will bring him down. He doesn’t listen to anything they say, and he begins to fall in love with her, too.

Jayme hopes he’ll understand when she decides to tells him it was a setup in the beginning and he’ll realize their love is real enough to work it out. However, Jayme is faced with the reality of it all crumbling down around her when her captain threatens to tell Limbo the truth and kill him.

Jayme is forced to play along for Limbo’s sake and his safety. It all comes down to a shootout. Who will Jayme protect: her reputation or her man?

I really liked the contrast in the characterizations between Limbo and Jayme. Even though Limbo is the hustler, his drive comes from his ambition to win. And while Jayme is supposed to be on the right side of the law, she goes above what is legal to do her job.

Probably one of the most interesting parts of White Heat for me is the book is set in Pennsylvania, and Limbo’s entourage is The Crips, a gang you can’t help but hear about when you live in between two major cities. It made it easier for me to get into the plots and characters.

It’s a fast read that any fan of gritty, urban street literature will enjoy. If you have demand for that in your library, add it to your shelves today.


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