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4.25  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Three Jamaican women walk a tightrope of decisions when their lives are derailed by blackmail, deceit and infidelity.

JUSTINE CHARLES, sensible and self-contained, battles an addiction which could destroy her marriage, reputation, and relationship with her daughter.

DIONNE JONES, an aggressive go-getter, takes risks that cut a trail of devastation through her family and busi
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published June 4th 2012 by Little Prince Publishing
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Courtney Vail
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have read a couple of J.L. Campbell's books before, Hardward and Contraband, and I'm always amazed at her ability to create flawed characters who come out likeable. Even though you may want to smack them in the head at times, you end up rooting for them to become the better people you just know they can be. And it is always interesting and fun to take that journey to see if the rise up to your expectations or if they fail.

Distraction plunks readers into the middle of the treacherous paths thr
Molly Ringle
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
J.L. Campbell is an excellent writer, and proves it in this novel, where she takes some difficult and sometimes taboo themes (adultery, addictions, domestic abuse, sexually transmitted diseases) and writes with beauty and compassion about them. My heart went out to these three women and their lovers and families, who live through an exciting soap opera of problems as this novel develops. Though this is "women's fiction" rather than "romance"--because the romance genre often doesn't dare touch sa ...more
Medeia Sharif
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
DISTRACTION follows the lives of three friends, Justine, Kyra, and Dionne. Justine is cheating on her husband, who has become emotionally cold and secretive with her. Kyra keeps allowing her on-again, off-again boyfriend into her life; he’s a moocher who won’t let her go, even when she finds the real deal in another man. For the sake of business, Dionne has an affair that threatens to ruin her solid family.

This novel deals with friendship, family, motherhood, infidelity, domestic abuse, and sexu
Bish Denham
Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Joy did warn those of us who volunteered to review her book that the subject matter was hard. And it is. I'm giving it three stars because it's not kind of stuff I generally read. The story and writing are fine (though I did get lost a few times in the flash-backs.) It is a strong story, about three strong, smart women. Don't let the Jamaican dialect fool you.

Each of them has huge issues to over-come. Despite the fact that there were many times I didn't like the choices they made, I kept rooting
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it

If you like drama, deceit, infidelity, secrets, and suspense, then you will want to have this read. It follows the lives of three very close friends and their significant others, for different reasons they all have made and acted on some decisions that could possibly destroy themselves as well as their families.

Each story of Justine, Kyra and Donnie is told from their perspectives as well as how the others viewed their decisions. The friends have a bond that is unbreakable
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it
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Lori Hays
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful read

I loved this book. I am around the same age as the three friends follow through the book so it was fun to understand their mindset. Though there were three different stories it was easy to follow and switch between characters. It flowed very well. Definitely worth a read. Especially if you’re over Romance novels with characters barely out of college. Looking forward to book two!
Geri  Evans
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What A Distraction!! 🤭

My, oh, my!! Talk about Distractions! Although some may think this was too much, unfortunately, it mirrors so much of what goes on today! Through it all, the ladies had each other and supported each other, no matter what! I enjoyed this book from beginning throughout the end! Now, I’m continuing on to Dissolution!! Kudos, J.L.!! 💜
Shelia McBride
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good book

I really enjoyed reading this book I'm glad that they are doing okay now I'm going to finished reading the other books about them
Michael Offutt
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
SPOILER ALERT: READ NO FURTHER IF YOU HATE HEARING PLOT DETAILS. Oh what can I say about "Distraction" that won't make me come across as judgmental because of the subject matter? First off, I want to say that J.L. Campbell (or Joy as some may know her), is a great writer. She has paid meticulous attention to providing what I think is a genuine representation of Jamaican culture in this book. And "Distraction" is a physically beautiful novel, providing Jamaican proverbs at the top of each chapter ...more
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
DISTRACTION by J L Campbell is a quality fiction read which drew me in with it's engaging characters and storyline and didn't let me go till the very end. Set in contemporary Jamaica, it is the story of three smart, gutsy women. Justine, Kyra and Dionne.This trio has passed the twenties and all are mothers and all between 35 and 40. They are, however, experiencing upheavals in their personal lives. How they cope and what they do will leave you spellbound.

Justine, a character with whom I empathis
Delaney Diamond
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This novel had a little bit of everything. It told the stories of three best friends. One of the nice features of the book was the Jamaican proverbs at the beginning of each chapter. I also liked how I got the point of view of each of the friends.

Infidelity was rampant in this novel and so was other poor decision-making. I simply couldn’t put it down because I wanted to see how the stories played out.

DIONNE had me on pins and needles with her affair to a man who afforded her the financial wealt
Sheena-kay Graham
When J.L. Campbell sent me a an e-copy of Distraction I was so excited. Not only had I finally found a local author blogger but I also got a free copy of her novel. J.L. Campbell is the author of books like Contraband, Dissolution and several more. Distraction follows three females who are close friends and have to navigate life in Jamaica while married or in relationships. Readers meet Justine, Dionne and Kyra and the novel lets us see life through both their own perspectives as well as how the ...more
Linda Ulleseit
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
The women in this book are definitely distracted from their families and their work. The strongest relationship in the book is the one between the three friends. These are not the typical novel heroines. They are flawed like we all are; they have trouble making the right decision and suffer for their inability to do the right thing. Nonetheless I found myself liking them and rooting for everything to turn out.

I very much enjoyed the Jamaican setting and colorful proverbs sprinkled throughout thi
Julie Flanders
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Distraction is the story of three friends, Kyra, Justine, and Dionne. All three women make questionable decisions that could wreck havoc in their lives, and the paths they are on drive the tension in the story. Campbell does an excellent job of writing believable characters who are people we can empathize with, and I felt like I knew all three of the women as I read the book. I think the friendship among the three will strike a chord with female readers who have been through ups and downs with l ...more
Beverly Diehl
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you can't travel to Jamaica with a suitcase, traveling in your imagination is the next best thing. Hot and sexy lovers Justine and Xavier steam up the pages, but unfortunately, they happen to be married to other people. Justine's husband Milton is keeping more than a few secrets of his own, some of which involve Kyra's loser boyfriend that she just can't seem to cut loose. Then there's Dionne, who's willing do whatever it takes to get ahead.

These are not "nice" women, these are INTERESTING wo
Nick Wilford
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
The characterisation in this book is excellent. It's been said in other reviews, but the author has done an amazing job of portraying people who do things that may not be right, but you're still rooting for their lives to take a better course. The three main female characters are all complex and the interplay between them is often hilarious. The Jamaican setting is very evident, which is helped by the colourful proverbs at the start of each chapter. It gives a laid-back feel which contrasts nice ...more
Clarissa Draper
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: other-literature
JL Campbell is one of my favourite authors. She's from Jamaica and all of her books takes us into the Jamaican culture. This book is no exception.

You meet three women in this novel, each with their own sets of DISTRACTIONS, each of them threatening to take over their lives and ruin their families.

Justine is having issues in her marriage, her husband comes home very distant and although Justine knows something is bothering him, she can't get him to open up. So, she starts a relationship with a m
Jess Chambers
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliantly-written novel about three very different women, their enduring friendship, and how they support one another through the tough times in their lives. Romance, illicit affairs, family conflict … this story has it all. The author certainly deals with some difficult issues, from adultery and addiction, to domestic violence and sexually transmitted diseases, but she handles them with the compassion and sensitivity I’ve come to so admire in her writing. Though I’ve never been to J ...more
Ka'Lu Underwood
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
The author was kind enough to gift me a copy of this book. Simply put, I looked it. While I didn't like the actions of the main characters, I was still able to root for them. I was bothered towards the end. After abit of dragging,and being unable to make definitive decisions and stick with them, the characters all of a sudden did just that. It felt as though the author rushed the last few chapters to bring the book to a close, however, not everything was explained in my opinion. Without putting ...more
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it

I really enjoyed the characters in this novel. I found I really couldn't but it down and read it in two sittings. I just had to know what next for each of these ladies. I found the writing very realistic and felt I really knew the characters when it came to an end. I was left wanting more on Justine(aka Tina) and Xavier (aka Xave). I hope the rest of their story will be told.

I found this author when a goodreads friend marked another of her books to read. After reading the excerpts for this nov
Anita L. Roseboro-Wade

Distraction is the perfect name for this story. All the characters have their own versions of distractions going on that they can't see what is happening right in front of them. JL keeps you guessing and flipping pages to find out who will come out unscathed in the fast paced drama.
Misha Gericke
Mar 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Difficult subject to read about, but the plotlines had me involved. Overall, the story is actually four-star material. The only reason why I didn't score it as such is that I found it really difficult to resonate with the characters, since I've never been married etc. and therefore the three ladies couldn't really resonate with me.

Still, I'll definitely read more stories from J.L. Campbell.
Kiru Taye
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Oh. My. Word. This story is packed with drama, suspense, betrayal, addiction and secrets. Beneath it all is the story of 3 friends who help each other through thick and thin. I love the author's writing style. This story is a great holiday read. ...more
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was hooked from the first page! The twist and turns keep me glued to the very end. It had a surprising plot twist...exceptional! Shocker! Great writing by J. L. Campbell. Next....Retribution
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J.L. Campbell is fascinated with Jamaican flora and has hundreds of photos in her collection. She writes contemporary and sweet romance, romantic suspense, women's fiction, as well as new and young adult novels.

Campbell, who features Jamaican culture in her stories, has written over thirty books. She is also a certified editor.

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