“Lovers, Players, Seducer Book III: The Betrayal of Nicholas La Cour” by J.A. Jackson

Lovers, Players, Seducer Book III: The Betrayal of Nicholas La Cour

J.A. Jackson
Independently Published (2020)
ISBN 9798682706327
Reviewed by Mark T. Sneed for Reader Views (09/2021)

I love a little romance and drama with a bunch of twists. Reading “Lovers, Players, Seducer Book III: The Betrayal of Nicholas La Cour,” I wondered if I might have to have read the previous two books before this one to get all the twists and turns. Maybe not. So, I read the third book of the Lovers, Players, Seducer series cold. It seemed possible. Perhaps I did not understand all the allusions, but I don’t think that I need to get all the allusions to enjoy a story.

Book III begins with Nicholas La Cour heading to prison as an innocent man. When he learns he was framed, he is released from prison the next day. Nicholas makes his way back to his old stomping grounds. There is a bunch of catching up for me as I read and Nicholas returns to his family and friends. In the catching up part of the book, as a reader, I learn about all of Nicholas’ relations and his love of Maelle. The story bounces back and forth between points of view of whoever is narrating the chapter.

The framed man being released and trying to get back to a normal life would be a weighty novel in and of itself. J.A. Jackson decides to throw in Dante Channing, the ultimate bad, the man who framed Nicholas La Cour and is a killer the police are trying to find. As a reader I would have been happy with the novel addressing one topic. J.A. Jackson is ambitious. I like the big ideas in the novel. I just wish there were more concentration on one or two of those big ideas.

The novel slows at times and there are all these storylines being explained. Those moments take away from the overall story and character development. I wish the novel could have been a little tighter in the storytelling and development of the characters. Of course, I might be overly critical having not read the first two novels which led to the Betrayal of Nicholas La Cour.

The revenge issue is present but I could not understand the motivation of Nicholas La Cour tracking down Dante Channing. I was a little lost in the reasoning of someone recently released from prison jeopardizing his freedom to track down and confront a possible killer for a betrayal. Yet, the story shifts from a revenge story to a murder mystery and then into a detective novel as Nicholas La Cour tracks down Dante Channing.

The upside of J.A. Jackson’s novel is the play with the Louisiana and Creole elements of Nicholas La Cour’s heritage. I liked the family relationships in the story. His family and love of his family are the strength of the story. I like the family interactions. I wished for more of that in The Betrayal of Nicholas La Cour.


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