Book Review~ Tragedy, Lust & Destiny

Title:Tragedy, Lust & Destiny
Genre:  Urban, Romance
Author: Navi' Robins
Purchase Links: Amazon

A great career, financial stability, and the looks to attract any woman he chooses, Dr. Daniel Bennett was a man that had it all. But he is also a man with a secret that haunts him while he’s awake and threatens to kill him while he sleeps. Four years ago an encounter with Africa’s most notorious and ruthless warlord ended in a massacre and a brutal murder he hasn't been able to forget or forgive. The once outgoing and celebrated doctor has now become a cold and heartless recluse, intent on living a life free of emotional commitments. Until the United Nation’s top crisis counselor; the incredibly beautiful and determined Ayana Burundi walks into his life forcing him to face his emotions and the darkest moments of his past. But for Ayana there is only one thing driving her; bringing the warlord Kronte “The Terror” Kroma before the international courts to answer for his crimes against her people and the doctor is the key. What begins as a simple request quickly turns into a struggle of wills and emotions as Daniel and Ayana’s lives fall into a collision course between love and a warlord willing to do anything to silence anyone that threatens his freedom. 

Tragedy, Lust & Destiny is a difficult book to explain or to review. Especially without giving much away. Navi' weaves together several different themes into one great story. There's love, tragedy, politics, racism, and even God is tackled in this to an extent. It's kind of an odd mashup to be honest with you. In one moment they're having hot and heavy premarital sex, and in the next talking about having faith in God and being devout Christians. It was just different to see the two together. In with swearing, sex, partying, and violence we have...great spiritual messages. I'm not saying this is a bad thing at all. It strangely worked. It just stood out as a different approach to me. 

Overall, I felt like this was a fresh and interesting approach that wove several topics and genres together pretty seamlessly and it kept me interested and turning the pages. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it. My only real critique is that it definitely could use a good editing, other than that the story line and character development were spot on.   


Sex? Yes.
Language? Yes.
Drugs and alcohol? They drink socially
Religion? Christianity.
Anything else? Violence, possible triggers

Bestselling author Navi' Robins was born in Chicago, IL and comes from a family as diverse as the characters in his novels. At the young age of 10 his family relocated to the West African country of Liberia and while living abroad for 7 years he discovered and nourished his immersive imagination. Learning and living with different cultures and languages gave Navi' a unique prospective on life and self expression that can be experienced while reading one of his novels. 

After several years at attemptingto complete a novel; in 2012 Navi' was able to complete his first novel entitled Walking Among the Shadows: Awakening. Which is the first book in a planned 7 book series. Walking Among the Shadows: Awakening was officially published in May of 2013 to ravereviews with a small yet dedicated following. Wanting to push himself to write in different genres Navi' Robins pinned 3 short stories in another series entitled Article 88: Jericho's Revenge. On October 23rd 2014 Navi' Robins released a revised edition of his first novel Walking Among the Shadows: Awakening and it debut at # 18 in the top 100 bestsellers in the Thriller/Paranormal genre. Since then Awakening has remained a top 100 bestseller on Amazon.com and peaked at #8 in December 2014.

*I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, all opinions are 100% my own.
*Thank you to Candid Book Reviews for connecting me with this author.