Diva Spotlight: Author Jessica Hawkins
Welcome to another edition of what’s Diva Lauren reading this week. Well, I have a treat for readers who like to take on a risque book. Or a risque topic, really. Cheating. Or not cheating. Allowed cheating… Just stay with me.
Do you remember that 1993 movie Indecent Proposal starring Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, and Robert Redford? It’s based on the book by Jack Engelhard by the same name. (* Disclaimer * I haven’t read the book yet, but I’m basing this comparison of Hawkins’ book to the movie only, which I have seen.) It’s a story about a couple weighed down in financial troubles gambles with their relationship when a millionaire offers them a way out in exchange for one night with the woman. A lot of money is on the table: one million dollars. It’s too much for the couple to turn down and it ultimately changes the fate of their relationship when they accept. Jessica Hawkins has a similar premise to her serial, Night Fever, but I think she executes the physiological drama so much better than the movie ever did. What Hawkins does in her serial is give it a unique plot twist that made me clamor for more. This is a mark of a good book no matter how controversial the topic (cheating) can be.
The first installment in the serial, Night Fever #1, tells the story of Lola and Johnny. They work at Hey Joe, a legendary bar in Hollywood. It’s Johnny’s dream to someday own the bar, but the couple has little money, no other careers to fall back on, and struggle to make ends meet. When the owner threatens to sell Hey Joe, Lola and Johnny are placed in a tough spot. That is until millionaire Beau Oliver comes into the picture. He offers them one million dollars to spend the night with Lola, an opportunity that Lola and Johnny can’t pass up. Except that Lola opens her eyes to Johnny’s real motivations. Her night with Beau is something she can’t forget and it threatens to rock her stable life with Johnny. YIKES!
Let me tell you, what you think is going to happen is not what happens. That is what I love about Hawkins’ writing. It’s clever, it’s a fresh take, it’s powerful even. So far the serial has three installments with an extra short story in Beau’s POV. The fourth installment is out June 5th and I’m right here waiting for it.
Hawkins writes exceptionally well. There was so much show in this book that I wanted to cheer. I was immersed in the world Hawkins has built for her characters. Her development is rich and storied. I saw Beau’s staunch power and businesslike demeanor, and I felt comfortable with Lola’s personality and drive so she didn’t lose herself in the men she loved.
I can tell Hawkins takes pride her in her craft; the book is well-written, well-edited, the formatting is perfect, and the covers look professional. The whole package drew me in.
Go read this serial by Jessica Hawkins. I know it’s a topic that will make some a little squeamish, but I assure you the quality of the storytelling is top-notch and you won’t be disappointed.
About The Author
Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that’s what you’ll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.