“Slammer” Book Review

September 22, 2015 / 0 comments

“Slammer” Book ReviewSlammer by Tabatha Vargo
Published by Self-Published on August 18th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: ebook
Source: Purchased
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The last place Christopher Jacobs, aka X, thought he’d find himself was behind bars. Ten years later, the boy he used to be is gone. In his place is the shell of a man with murder under his belt. Any emotion he once had was left under the gavel when he was given life in prison. That is until the new nurse in the infirmary joins the block.

Putting your hands on a prison employee will get you the hole, but some things are worth their punishment, and something tells him Lyla will be worth more than he bargained for.

Lyla Evans isn’t sure about her new job at a maximum security prison, but showing uncertainty and weakness isn’t an option. Taking care of murderers and rapists isn’t ideal, but survival is key. She’s warned ahead of time about a prisoner named X, but when she’s attacked, it’s the dangerous X that saves her. Fraternizing with the prisoners is forbidden, but sometimes the most forbidden things are the sweetest.

Liezel’s Thoughts:

Many days (and many books) have passed since I’ve read “Slammer”  yet I still can’t seem to get this remarkable story out of my mind. At first I didn’t want to write a review because I knew I would have a difficult time choosing the right words  but I figured this is the only way to move on from this story. Needless to say, the only way to describe  “Slammer”  is that it was an “extreme shock to my system.”

The reason why I picked up this book in the first place was because one of my closest BFF’s recently accepted a position as a correctional nurse and I was mostly curious. I wanted  to know just how true to life this story could possibly be and I’m happy to say that the author did well with chronicling  the details.

The kicker in the story was the characters. Lyla might have been annoyingly naive but  at the same time this trait revealed her  compassion. I liked that she acknowledged the best that she saw in these hard people especially in the case of “X”. And while I in no means agree with many of her decisions – her choices admittedly  contributed in delivering such an interesting story.

From the very beginning, I thought that Christopher’s character  was intriguing. Talk about being multi-dimensional … “X” definitely had it in spades. I’m trying my best to not give anything away, but I tell you this, you will come to fall for a certain side of him and as soon as you do you will  unexpectedly feel  100% opposite.

Overall, the pairing between the two was great. Lyla brought out the goodness  in X and in return he gave her the devotion that she was searching for. I appreciated that even if their relationship was brief they still were able to demonstrate this deeper love and  passion for each other.

Despite all the odds, I was convinced that I really  wanted them to succeed. This was why I was heartbroken with how the story conclude. I will  tell you this, though – that unexpected ending was  the undisputable reason why this book moved me.

If you’re looking for an original, intriguing and  unconventional romance try this one out. I assure you, “Slammer” will not  disappoint.

The Verdict:


My Review At A Glance
Writing Style
Story Flow and Pacing
Character Development
Heat/ Sexual Tension
Overall Impact
Overall: 4.2 / 5

Favorite quote:

“I love you more than life, Lyla…more than my next breath. I love you in an impossible way that burns my skin and scrambles my soul. It’s you. It will always be you.”

About Tabatha Vargo

Tabatha is a sweet tea sippin’, front porch sittin’ kind of girl from South Carolina. She loves old, historical anything, wind chimes, and all things romantic. She is the mother of an 8 y/o rock star/princess and the wife of her very own Prince Charming.
When she isn’t writing, she’s texting book ideas to herself.

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