Dime by Aubrey Leatherwood
Publisher: Phaze Books
Length: Short Story (41 pgs)
Other: M/F, Voyeurism
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily
Never in a million years would Nicole Donaldson have imagined she'd become a rapper. But when the reserved middle-manager gets caught up in a lark with her Prince-obsessed brother, she's offered a music deal by hot music producer, Baron Odom. Nicole doesn't know what to make of her entrance into a world and lifestyle she's disdained from afar. She also can't quite wrap her mind around the quickly deepening attraction she has to Baron. Can she resist the call of the stage? The call of her heart?
Have you ever wanted something so bad, but thought it was totally out of reach? And then when it comes to you, are you afraid to take it? Sounds like you and Nicole have a lot in common. You need to read Dime to learn more.
Ms. Leatherwood writes an interesting contemporary story. Although it’s written in first person, the characters come alive. You may not understand the world of hip hop music, but you don’t have to in order to like this story. Some may find some of the language a bit rough in this work, but it does enhance the story.
The idea of Dime is one woman who sees what’s happening around her, takes it in, and tries to make it her own through song. Now, not all of us write songs or books, but we can identify with her need to put her world into a perspective she can handle and understand.
Nicole feels she isn’t a musician and can’t sing, but she can interpret. I liked her strength and her desire to be her own person, but at times she came across as a bit snippy and stand-offish. Even so, the reader may relate to her tendency to jump to conclusions and the way she overcomes some of her own biases.
Baron is an enigma. For a hero, he’s got the tall, dark, and silent thing going for him. He takes her guff without much argument, but can put her in her place when needed. When he offers her wildest dreams come true, I thought she treated him like dirt. At the same time, I realize that many times we see exactly what we want and push it aside because we don’t feel worthy.
If you want a story that will stick with you long after the last page, you need to read Dime. I give this story 3 cherries.