Twenty-nine-year-old novelist and blackjack dealer Cami Taylor seems to have it all—but just underneath her confident exterior and newfound celebrity is a young woman in trouble. Cami’s boyfriend, Joel, wants to get married, buy a ...more
Haha. Anyway, I really enjoyed the author's pacing and the way she wrote/told the story. I will admit that as an atheist it is hard to not feel a bit of a bias when it comes to Christian novels (not that this was obvious at first, ...more
Don’t worry—I’m not reviewing my own work. But this space is a great vehicle to carry the news to my GR friends that I have a novel coming out. May I repeat that? I have a novel coming out! Its available to READ NOW on NetGalley. http://netgal.ly/wmYTlG
Back in the 90s, I was vacationing in NYC with my travel buddies. We got out the phonebook—as we always did while traveling—to see how many people with our last names were listed. In that thick Manhattan phonebook was a ...more
When I read the synopsis for All In by L.K. Simonds, I was definitely intrigued. There was something about it that really spoke to me.
The plot felt very realistic and was done beautifully. Cami is a 29 year old famous author that doesn't seem to let things bother her much. After breaking up with her boyfriend, things start going downhill for her fast especially when something life changing happens. Unbeknownst to Cami, God is trying ...more
It is captivating, beautiful and often painful, as you watch her make her way through her ...more
This is not your typical Christian fiction book, so if you are opposed to nitty gritty situations in your books, then you won't want to read this one. BUT if you like to see how faith in God can change a person from the lowest depths to the highest levels, then you will want to read this novel. Cami is the kind of character that many will be able to relate to ...more
When I first read the synopsis for this book, I was instantly "all in." I love my fiction dark, swathed in danger, and that leads readers into the exploration of all the shades of gray that life has to offer within the safe confines of the book's pages. As a Christian myself, I was excited to see this story introducing "gritty" aspects that are not typically found within the genre and how it would navigate bleaker themes while keeping its audience in mind. This is a difficult read, but one that ...more
“Manhattan lays out a daily smorgasbord of humanity. Old and young, rich and poor, bourgeois and Bolshevik…all together, they form a ...more
Cami Taylor is an author who lives in New York and who is as empty and hopeless as we come. In the first few chapters, she goes to a shrink in order to forestall the inevitable breakup with her boyfriend. She ...more
ALL IN does not have not your typical Christian fiction protagonist. Successful author Cami Taylor is not sweet, nor gentle. She has hard edges, smokes, drinks, and is emotionally detached. On the surface, actually, she's a pretty unlikeable character - and as this book is billed as Christian fiction, it didn't mesh with my expectations right from the start.
I was intrigued.
Author L.K. Simonds drops tidbits all around that provide insight on WHY she is so detached, jaded, and (dare Isay)
All In by L.K. Simonds is classified as Christian Fiction, but it does not fall within the expectations of the genre. As long as readers know that ...more
ALL IN by L.K. Simonds is a literary wonderland of metafiction, symbolism, and imagery. Cami Taylor is almost 30, hails from Phoenix, lives in New York City, and is writing her second novel on the heels of her first bestseller. Cami is like everyone else on the planet. She is both ordinary and unique. She is a successful author, an only child of parents who were not young when she was born, an ex-blackjack dealer, and promiscuous. She currently loves ...more
Author: L.K. Simonds
Publisher: Morgan James Fiction
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"All In" by L. K. Simonds
I will say I really enjoyed this read by L. K. Simonds even though it was not meant to be a pleasant or a comfortable read. When you are dealing with 'Human Immunodeficiency Virus' nothing can be said to be great about that!
This author really gives the reader something very important to think about during the realistic read. Yes, we will find ...more
This book is a fast and easy read. I completed this book in one sitting. The first two chapters captured my attention and kept it through to the end. ...more
This story is labeled as Christian Fiction - and that is certainly true, particularly near the end - but it is nevertheless a story that can and will raise emotions in a reader. Although slow in the beginning, Simonds finds a nice pace around the middle of the book, and ...more
“Oh, no, I’ve always believed in God. It never made any sense to me the way some people think the world just happened, just pulled itself together. Things always seem to be going the other direction, you know? Falling apart.”
My initial disclaimer that I am mentioning again is that I do not read book synopses when I’m reviewing a book. It is my process where I allow the story to unfold for me with each turn of the page. All I really knew about All In is that it had a ...more
This was a difficult story to read, for it doesn’t read like a happy novel. It is dark and gritty in places―devoid of hope―like true life. Much like the lives of men I have worked with in rescue missions and jails.
Cami wants to run her life her own way, as a typical human being who rejects God in her life. She has no hope, no real friends, for she pushes them away, afraid to commit. It is not until she is totally without hope that she is willing to allow God any chance in her ...more
I did not see it coming. The "hook" was not what I was expecting but the one that was given was still amazing. I had to start with that.
I found Cami self-absorbed but I did not mind it at all. I got caught up in her fast-paced life, not knowing if the relationship you were in was what you actually wanted, meeting new family, and during her crisis. I felt those emotions right along with her. I felt a genuine ...more
When I read the synopsis for All In, I was. All in. I pictured a book pretty much like I got. The synopsis is spot-on without giving away the whole plot, either.
I didn’t like Cami at first, and I don’t think I was supposed to. However, like I was supposed to, I did feel sorry for her. I even wanted to pray for her.
Told in first-person present tense (and better than most with that style), the story keeps you engaged as you almost plead with her ...more
The last half ...more
As of this year, I discovered the “Christian Fiction” genre (Fiction, Romance, Suspense), so I was eager to read this novel, especially after this tag line:
Cami Taylor – former blackjack dealer, writer, and fraud
The cover also stood out for me, especially since I was raised in Las Vegas. Gambling occupies almost ...more
Okay, honest time. I started this book. And then I put it down and read another. It wasn’t that it wasn’t written well. Because it is wel written. It’s a really really good book once you get past the first few chapters.
Cami is very self-absorbed. And there are some words and scenes and things within the covers of this book that I’m not on board with. ...more