Book Review: Vice City by S.A. Stovall
Miles wants to repay Pierce for saving his life. Pierce shouldn’t see him as anything but a convenient hookup… and he sure as hell shouldn’t get involved in Miles’s doomed quest to get his brother out of a rival street gang. He shouldn’t do a lot of things, but life on the streets isn’t about following the rules. Besides, he’s sick of being abused by the Vice family, especially Mr. Vice and his power-hungry goon of a son, who treats his underlings like playthings.
So Pierce does the absolute last thing he should do if he wants to keep breathing—he leaves the Vice family in the middle of a turf war.
Brilliant and Original!
** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE **
To say the characterisation was good would be like saying I love reading. It's a gross understatement. Through a balance of showing/telling the past of the characters and experiencing their present time together, while they had conversations and thoughts that illuminated parts of their personality, we were able to quickly care about and learn about Pierce and Miles in a way that made them feel familiar. They were a natural fit with each other, while being somewhat relatable to us readers, even if just in small ways. I really loved their honesty with each other, even when it came to the awkward stuff.
I even loved Brisko and Guinevere, who had a great part in the story. I liked Rodger, who was quirky and a little weird in a sweet, innocent way, while Jeremy and Jayden were a real piece of work. Nick was an intriguing boss and someone who reminded me of The Sopranos or The Godfather; he had a real head for business, logic and reason guiding him to make the best decisions, while having some hot headed moments.
I'll admit, there's not a lot I can say about the plot without spoiling it, which I won't do, but I loved how it had this careful balance between Pierce enjoying his time with Miles (and worrying about it, frequently) while equally exploring his time as an enforcer and all that it entailed. One never outdid the other, because they were both just as important to Pierce. There are some very minor editing issues which had next to no effect on the reading or understanding of the story, which is brilliant.
““At least you're not an idiot like Brisko and Pete,” I say as the elevator reaches the top. “I prefer workin' with someone who knows a yard can also be a unit of measurement.”