This book is still young, so I can’t talk spoilers, but OMG, I don’t understand how Conspiracy in the Capitol turned out to be so bad. As always, Friday Reads was created by L Jones Edition to help bring new authors and genres to more people. In this instance, it is being used to tell you to come back to this author at a later date.
B. Ivy Woods’ Conspiracy in the Capitol is a second chance romance about an interracial couple who had broken up five years prior. It has a prequel novella, Love in the Capitol, about the same couple’s original romance. Rae Carter just wants to move forward with her life and be great, but Flint West doesn’t want to give up on the one he let get away. There’s also a stalker.
You know what? This is officially a spoilers review.
I try my hardest not to talk bad about people’s works because, ultimately, I am the consumer, and I’ve never published a book. I regularly wonder at how it would go, and marvel at all of the authors that can push out a book in a matter of months. I personally think that those particular instances require a ton of organizational skills, and editors and beta readers who not only like the product, but want to make sure there are no mistakes before it’s published.
In the last few months, I’ve come across a ton of authors whose works are well-loved, but the beta readers weren’t catching all the mistakes. And this is fine, if the story is good and the mistakes are few. However, this is the first time I’ve ever seen a novel have no technical mistakes of any kind, and yet the story is missing several beats.
These pretty covers are deceptive.
So the main characters are Rachelle Carter, who works in environmental policy, and Flint West, former air force man, now a lawyer and potential politician. They were together about five years before the events in Conspiracy in the Capitol, but I wouldn’t recommend reading Love in the Capitol because it only talks about the very beginning of the relationship, and just makes these characters more annoying.
The problem with Flint West is not that he’s a rich white guy who moves in the rich white guy circles; it’s that B. Ivy Woods makes it seem like there’s more to it than that. He has a car pick him up after the first date, and, because Rae (Rachelle) thinks it’s weird, you, as the reader, automatically think there’s more to him than what he’s telling her. And Rae is always suspecting Flint of things that have nothing to do with him personally, which is made worse by the fact that we only hear Flint’s POV one time. And that’s only because one of Rae’s friends was eavesdropping.
This is not to say that Flint is great, but he’s the Love Interest, so we’re stuck with him. Them not having a Happily Ever After means this whole series is a waste.
The problem with Rae is that she gives up too quickly. For someone who wants her boyfriend to talk out everything with her, the moment she feels that she’s wronged, she’s ready to leave. I’ll be the first to say that Rae is right to be wary, but her wariness came off annoying at times. And it didn’t help that sometimes the writing wasn’t clear.
In my heart of hearts, I don’t want to knock this author. I don’t want to knock this book, but I really wasn’t here for any of it. I think B. Ivy Woods could do well, given more time, but this one ain’t it. I can’t see myself bothering with the sequel, because I know all the answers. What would I be returning for?
(If you want to read about a couple who steadily errodes your belief that they could actually work out, then this novel is for you. You would return to the sequel because you’d want to see them convince that them marrying makes sense. It doesn’t.)
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