|One Among Men|
One Among Men: The Maryland State University Series, Book 1
Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
5 Stars *****
A captivating suspense and romance covering realistic issues!
In ‘One Among Men’, Connie Almony has produced an amazingly compelling and gritty tale of a woman’s challenging journey toward discovering purpose, whilst working and living in an all-male dorm crawling with testosterone, alcohol, and drugs.
The male dorm was not her first choice, but it was the only position she was offered. So with some trepidation, Samantha Hart (Sam) accepts the job as Resident Director at the University where she once attended but would prefer to forget. Now much wiser and with a growing faith, Sam hopes she can make a difference while protecting her heart and beliefs, and prays that her ADD doesn’t impede her work.
Chris Johnson, a gifted guitarist, has come back to school as a Music major, but also works on campus as a Facilities guy. When he fixes Sam’s power points, she is surprised at the attraction he sparks in her. After all, he’s younger, and being a resident assistant, that made her his boss. And she especially can’t get past the fact that his friends are known drug users. So why is it he continues to intrigue her, and yet confuse her by frequently coming across as a Jekyll and Hyde character?
Although rewarding, this new job Sam has taken on is in a risky environment and leaves her vulnerable at times. Aside from way too many males in her building, there’s also an unidentified serial rapist that haunts the University and a drug ring operating in the school that has deadly connections. Will Sam be risking everything… her career, her faith, her heart… her life? Might Sam ever find the respect and purpose she’s looking for?
With a cast rich in personality, and suspense that will hold you captive, this deeply real story is one that will stay with you. The romance in ‘One Among Men’ was sublime. It wasn’t contrived or formulaic but authentic, growing, and fraught with insecurities. If you appreciate interesting and conversational dialogue as I do, you’ll love that aspect of this novel. I particularly enjoyed the discussions about God between a Christian and a non-believer. Another superbly written story by Connie Almony!!
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