21 December 2014

Noela Nancarrow reviews ONE AMONG MEN by Connie Almony

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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35 comments:

  1. Your reviews are always utterly enticing, NOELA! Not to mention so beautifully worded! Connie Almony is such a great talent as I found out when I read her novella, At the Edge of a Dark Forest!

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    1. Why thank you Diana, that's kind of you! I must admit, the more exciting and captivating a book is, the easier it is to write about it!! :-)

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    2. Diana, thanks for the compliments! And yes, Noela does such a wonderful job summing up the story!

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  2. Noela Neat review! God bless you
    Connie You really outdid yourself on this book!
    Both of you please have a terrific, wonderful, God-blessed day And Merry Christmas
    Chris

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    1. God bless you also Chris and Merry Christmas!! I wholeheartedly agree with you on Connie's brilliant story-writing!

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    2. Chris, thank you for your kind words ... and regular blessings. They mean a lot to me.

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  3. Noela, You took me by surprise today!!! I've been recovering from pneumonia so haven't peeked into the internet often ... then I see this!!! A balm to the soul. Thank you so much for taking the time to read the book and offer such a beautiful review.

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    1. Oh my gosh you poor thing going through that... I hope you're much stronger and better now! I'm so glad we were able to bless you with this today then. :-) Thank you for such a wonderful story. God bless and big hugs!!

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    2. Im so sorry you are sick I will be praying hard you get better very soon.

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    3. I am much better today than I've been in weeks :o)! Thank you both for the blessings and prayers!

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  4. NOELA this sounds like a book I really HAVE to read! I so loved AT THE EDGE OF A DARK FOREST so I know I will love this one too! Connie is a very talented author!

    Connie so sorry to hear you are under the weather, praying for complete and total healing for you!

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    1. Teresa, YES you do, and YES she is!! :-) Seriously though, you really will enjoy this one as well! You know, I don't think anyone ever forgets 'At the Edge of a Dark Forest' once they've read it... It's just so truly memorable. And this one is much the same in that respect!

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  5. This book sounds so interesting, I like reading mystery books like this
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    1. Wonderful Danie! You're in the draw, and thanks for coming by to read about Connie' new book! Hugs!

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    2. Hope you get a chance to read it, Danie.

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  6. Thanks for another great review Noela. I love a good suspense & you drew me in. I will definitely throw this onto the top of my teetering TBR list.

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    1. Haha I hope this one doesn't cause your TBR tower to topple, Vicki! :-) But I think it will be well worth it anyhow! Blessings, Vicki!

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    2. Vicki, your TBR pile sounds like mine. Even my virtual one is teetering.

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  7. Great review, I'd like to read this...
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    1. Definitely one to enjoy, Deanna! Thanks and God bless!

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    2. Thanks for taking a look, Deanna!

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  8. This is a great review! I can not wait to read this book.
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    1. Thank you Lori, I hope you get to read this amazing book soon!!

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  9. Very interesting. A wonderful review thank you.

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    1. I'm so glad I was able to capture a little of how interesting and intriguing it was, so thank you. All the best, Mary!

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    2. Mary, thanks for coming by to read about it.

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  10. Thank you for another beautiful review, Noela!! "One Among Men" sounds like a very exciting, suspenseful novel with the added appeal of emotion, dysfunction and romance also!!

    I haven't read any of Connie's novels yet, however, have "One Among Men" downloaded and am looking forward to having the time to read and review it within the next 2 weeks. I will want to look up "At the Edge of a Dark Forest" also - as several of you have commented on it.

    I am playing "catch-up" from an extended bout with the flu, so understand fully, Connie - thank you for "One Among Men", I'm praying for your total healing!!

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    1. Thanks Bonnie, and I'm sure you will really enjoy 'One Among Men'! Equally wonderful is Connie's novella 'At the Edge of A Dark Forest'... A few of us have that one already on our Favorite's List for 2014!! Good to hear you're over the flu, Bonnie. Hugs!

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    2. Thanks for the prayers, Bonnie. Will do the same for you!!!

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  11. Oh oh oh!!! This one sounds GOOD!!!! I definitely want to add this one to my TBR. Thanks, NOELA :)

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  12. Sounds great, Noela and Connie! Congrats to connie on this new release!!! And wonderful review, Noela! I've been hearing about this story for a while now and I'm so glad it is now out!!! Very exciting!

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    1. And thank you, Carrie, for all your support!!! Much appreciated!!!

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