Nice Try, Afton – a #BookReview

Nice Try, Afton by Brent Jones

Title: Nice Try, Afton (Afton Morrison Series Book 3) by Brent Jones

Genre: Thriller, Crime Fiction, Vigilante Justice

Novella: 111 Pages

Publication Date: To be released September 17, 2018

Source: Direct author request

Title and Cover: Nice Try, Afton – Love these beautiful covers

With Wakefield smothering in the smoky haze from recent arsons and oppressive humidity from the recent downpour in the summer heat, Afton scrambled to avoid detection by the National Guard seeking a meeting with her nemesis. The dramatic conclusion to book 2 left the town in smoldering shambles and Afton’s unintentional cohorts, including her brother Chris and his girlfriend Tia, Jared, and Kim, extremely vulnerable. Afton makes a last-ditch effort to cloak her companions and perhaps divert the familial revelation divulged in book 2.

Discussing the brutal assault in the open with companions accidentally involved didn’t do much to clear the air or formulate a plan. But one thing is sure–they must move. Afton and brother Chris go on a search, hoping to track down that familial connection. They discover, however, that Tia’s expected safe haven was insufficient to provide the protection they thought was proffered.

In an ever-increasing tangle of deception, misdirection, and twists, the narrative continues to stump and perplex the reader. Can there be any solution to this dark plot involving a protagonist professed vigilante murderess? Is she too heinous to actually become empathetic or are we beginning to see the emergence of contrived misconception here. There appears some kind of evolution in a psyche long forged by birth and later circumstances.

As I’ve mentioned before, Jones delivers his unlikely protagonist in intense and raw dialogue, adult situations, and language. It is a novella of nail-biting hard-core suspense and you won’t get to breathe until Book 4 is done and won. These characters pit each other in good vs evil and we’ve yet to see their true colors as they continue to evolve.

Author Brent Jones calls his series an abstract of “moral ambiguity.” Indeed! A puzzling contradiction. See my review of the second in the series, See You Soon, Afton and Go Home, Afton (#1) here. It’s a series, and really, you can’t and shouldn’t see book 3 as a standalone. Go back and begin with Go Home, Afton. (These are short–you’ll catch up!)

The Afton Morrison Series by Brent Jones

I was sent this ebook novella download by the author and greatly appreciated the opportunity to read and review. You should begin with book 1 to get the complete fleshing of Afton. This series is recommended for any who enjoy a dark plot, graphic situations, crime, adrenaline-inducing action, mystery, and suspense.

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Rosepoint Publishing:  Four of Five Stars Four of Five Stars

author Brent JonesThe Author: From bad checks to bathroom graffiti, Brent Jones has always been drawn to writing. He won a national creative writing competition at the age of fourteen, although he can’t recall what the story was about. Seventeen years later, he gave up his career to pursue creative writing full-time.

Jones writes from his home in Fort Erie, Canada. He’s happily married, a bearded cyclist, a mediocre guitarist, and the proud owner of two dogs with a God complex. Subscribe to his newsletter ( or follow him on social media (@AuthorBrentJ) for updates.

©2018 V Williams V Williams

Author: Rosepoint Publishing

I am the granddaughter of Patrick John "Stanley McShane" Rose whose books including "Cocos Island Treasure" I've recently published. My time is now spent in reading, reviewing, and writing bookish articles. I'm looking forward to sharing this social media odyssey with you!

13 thoughts on “Nice Try, Afton – a #BookReview”

  1. Great review!! So eloquent!! I always love the amazing ways you phrase things (Brent’s right, you should write his book blurbs! 😉😉)
    I definitely want to know what is going to happen with Afton. I love this fight she seems to have going on inside of her between her need to kill, and her feelings for her friends and family (even if she wants to deny them). I definitely saw a more human side to Afton in this instalment… Which is a funny thing to say amidst the bloodbath it becomes! 😂😂

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      1. Well, I might get spam jailed for this comment, so I’ll send it in 2 parts so you can bail me out! I’d have to recommend the “Superstar” cocktail!! Because, that’s what you are! 💖💖 Link will follow so I don’t wind up imprisoned.. Lol!

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        1. eek! sending a link will get you spam jailed? is that why my notifications got stopped? i had no idea that was a no-no. i don’t want to get you in trouble but that cocktail is just perfect. 😍😍You are TOO sweet! how did you know i love peach schnapps? 🤗

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  2. I should start hiring you to write my book blurbs, Gin. Very thoughtful analysis and great use of language here.

    I think you’ll appreciate book four, Time’s Up, Afton. It seems that each of books one through three has introduced new problems (and dangers) for Afton and her companions to tackle. Suffice it to say, by the end of book three, we understand that there can’t be a perfect resolution at this point. No fairy tale happily-ever-after stuff. That said, for those readers who are hoping to find deeper meaning behind Afton’s proclivities and darkness, I think they’ll find the answers they’re looking for at the conclusion of the series.

    Also, it’s worth mentioning that book four is technically novel-length, albeit a short novel of 51,000 words. It’s the longest of the four parts, and for those who want to get to know some of the secondary characters better, more is revealed in the final installment.

    Thanks again for reading and reviewing,


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    1. Whoa! Thanks for the beautiful compliment! 😁😁 **blush! So appreciate those kind words! Yes, looking forward to book 4. While I know at this point there can’t be a happily ever after, I’m dying to know how you get Afton out of this relatively unscathed. Also enjoying the support characters, so I’m glad to know I’ll see more of who they are as well. As for Afton’s proclivities, I just know you have something special in mind to solve that one! (You always do. wink wink)

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