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Monday, January 26, 2009

Pocket Piece Cameo by R. Costelloe

Pocket Piece Cameo by R. Costelloe
Publisher: Saga Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Raised in a small Pennsylvania town, Jill and Blake seem the unlikeliest match of all. He is a star athlete, but as an oversized football lineman, he is self-conscious about his weight. She’s a thrill seeking acrobat and gymnast, a tomboy who prefers computers to boys. Allison, on the other hand, seems to have it all: beauty, brains, talent, and ambition, but epileptic seizures scramble her life and her vulnerabilities.

All three are affected by a treachery breathtaking in its audacity and shattering in its impact. Can any love, no matter how strong, withstand a betrayal perfectly designed to destroy it? Pocket Piece Cameo is a coming of age story that tests the limits of love’s resilience, of loyalty to a promise, of the distance that love can travel, and the worst from which it can recover.

Extraordinary detail is the hallmark of Costelloe’s Pocket Piece Cameo. Costello introduces football player Blake, along with several women, and takes us gently back into the past of each. Each character, although perfectly distinct, is treated with a certain, almost old-fashioned sympathy by Costello, as events unfold to expose who they are.

Denise, then Jill, and even Allison, all serve to reveal not only points about Blake, but their lives, themselves, become important within the tale. More than their loves, we wonder what they will do with their lives. They have triumphs, failings, attractions, illnesses, and even frustrations. All these things contribute to the people we see them become. The insights we gain into who they were and are build a greater and greater interest in the characters themselves and what their choices will be.

The multiple points of view is never my favorite, but is handled beautifully in Pocket Piece Cameo; in fact, the writing is lovely. It is not a fast paced read; far from! For one thing, there is immense detail in background areas (like football, for example.) This isn’t a negative point; the information is interesting in its own right, but this book is more for readers who will savor detail, enjoy background information, than for readers expecting fast action and events.

The complexity of this tale is part of its attraction – along with the complexity of the characters. If you give yourself the time, you will uncover insights into human psyche. This is far from a typical romance, but is enjoyable.