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Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 158
Read: February 23-27, 2015
In the first installment, it's all character introduction and establishing the relationships. Char is a real sweetheart, understanding, truthful, relatively independent -- perfect. She turned out really well considering where she came from. Slade is a sweetheart, too. He is so in love with her, and he doesn't seem like the type who let's stardom get to his head. Lara was the feisty best friend, and I think she was content with sometimes being the third wheel. But since the prologue stated her to be the eyewitness, I was also a little suspicious of her. Maybe she wanted Slade, now that he had all the fame? Lara, unlike Charlie, is a spotlight girl, so it's not so far fetched...
Then came Raegan and Nate. I loved all about Nate, his controversies made for a very, very nice mix of a guy. Sweet, caring, fun, knows how to surprise you. I disliked Raegan from the beginning though, but not because I expected her to be a nutjob, but because she was too chipper. She was just not my type of gal.
Read: March 5-17, 2015
Now, things really got into motion. Charlie's first suspicions about Raegan's true motives, her attraction to Nate despite her love for Slade. My suspicion for Lara held, because she was in the spotlight next to Slade although Char should've been. Instead, Charlie embarrassed herself in front of the cameras, and her friendship with Nate got her into the scandal column. All that is a lot of pressure and good grounds for a very conpirational story like this.
Read: April 2, 2015
Off into the real action! Rae snapped, confirming Charlie's suspicions about her motives. It really pissed me off that neither Lara nor Slade believed her, especially Slade was a real jerk about it. This time around, even Char caught a hint of Lara's off vibe, but the fact that there's a rather reasonable explanation... which then prompted Char to hold back about Nate's confession from her batty besty, a move I didn't approve of. I think their friendship can stand it. Btw, I think there is truth to Slade's misstep with Reagan, not just a rumor, so I'm jumping ships to Team Nate!
Read: April 2, 2015
Hm... Slade was pretty adamant about being set up, and Charlie was adamant about him proving himself, due to the strain in their relationship, all the new pressure, and just like Charlie, I want to believe he is the good guy. He's so sweet, honestly! The two of them understand each other, they each have a dream they follow that's important to them, and they really want to make it work, but I'm afraid before long, Slade will have to decide which one is more important to him: Charlie or his career.
Charlie came clean to Lara the next best chance she got, and I think they made up. Lara sounded okay with it, taking things in stride like she usually did. Slade and Char took a vacation together, and it did them plenty good. Afterwards, Charlie was really back with Slade, and they are now working towards getting their relationship back to the way it was before all the crazy started, meaning Charlie turned down Nate.
But this isn't happily ever after, not by a long shot. Raegan corners Slade at a party, telling him that Charlie had sent her hateful texts. Charlie runs into Nate, turning him down once more, and also telling him about the hate texts she got from Raegan when he asks Char about the texts she's never sent to his sister. Then Charlie finds Raegan, and when she tries to step herself, Charlie wrestles with her for the weapon, and of course Rae tries to kill Charlie once she's close. Lara comes in just as Char comes out on top, and Slade and Nate come in as well. All think that Char was trying to get at Rae, because she's a little crying mess on the floor. When Rae claims she's pregnant with Slade's child, they all come to agree that Raegan is the one lying, but not before the guys had a go at each other. Slade leaves in a huff, Nate takes Raegan away, Lara takes home Charlie.
Reviews of parts 5-7 are loaded with spoilers, so only unfurl if you don't mind being spoiled the fun of finding out the truth while reading!
Read: April 5-6, 2015
Raegan was murdered after that incident in Sacred, and all four had motives to kill her. Since Suspect basically only lists the facts and has Slade becoming more and more of an ass, I'm going to speard out the motives as they appeared to me.
First Charlie, since she's the main suspect. As we read the story from her perspective, it's unlikely Ketley Allison just conveniently left out the fact that she lit Rae on fire for ruining her life and turning her into a mean, spiteful person. It could be explained with a black-out, but I doubt it. I believe she's a good person deep down, and not capable of murder. Plus, she didn't even knew where Reagan had moved to.
Slade holds spot number two. Rae was breaking up his relationship with Charlie, and if their affair was true he carried that secret around with him for a while, now she even screamed pregnant, and that scandal would most certainly ruin his career which is just about to take off. Plus, he was pissed enough to trash the apartment, a new side to him. He's not dealing with the pressure as well as he'd like to think, and maybe some team members and coaches are getting into his head, too.
Number three, Nate. I think he loved his sister very much, and she'd just shown she wanted to be more independent by moving out of their shared flat, but her relapse into her obsessive behavior might have caused him to snap, because he tried really hard to have a balanced life. Plus, Charlie had just rejected him again. The second theory (I kinda got from Slade's jealous undertone) is that he's a psycho just like Raegan. However, I think if that was the case he'd be defending himself and not hire a lawyer.
Last but not least, Lara. She has an alibi, and she's the key witness because she saw Charlie point the knife at Reagan at the party after she got it out the crazy one's grip. However, her life was the only one really spiralling downward even if Rae wasn't out to destroy them, because Nate loved Charlie and not her although he's the first man she ever had feelings for, and her best friend Charlie was busy with law school and Slade's new stardom and the pressure that comes with it, and Raegan trying to run her off her position as Char's bestie, all of which just might cause her to snap because she felt pushed out and alone. In my eyes, she has the best motive, especially since she might have more brain than everyone thinks due to her flippant behavior.
But let's not forget any third parties:
1) It could be another crazy Slade fan. He has so many, chances are high there's more than one as crazy as Raegan out there. Someone who was invisible until now. It'd say it's the least plausible, though.
2) Someone from Slade's team is trying to ruin his image, someone who's not a team player and jealous of running him off his top position in the team.
3) Someone from Slade's promo department wanting him very, very involved in a scandal while also making sure he's going to come out on top (because Slade himself has no knowledge of any of it?) to make the Golden Boy even more valuable.
Yeah, I don't know why, but I kinda have the feeling it could be someone who was basically invisible to the characters until now, and that it's someone from or around the team due to the way Slade's behavior changes. I feel like someone's playing him, but I guess it has to be one of the four in the end to make this a real spectacle...
Read: April 6, 2015
Ah, hell, really? Slade really started an affair with Raegan? I mean, I don't blame him for being attracted to her cuteness around him, since Charlie felt attraction for Nate just the same, but at least she didn't act on it. She clearly told him that she was still serious about her relationship with Slade, and not going behind his back. Slade told her to stop seeing him, and she accomodated, but did he show the same courtesy when Char said she wanted Slade to stop spending any moment on Rae? No, of course not. Because women don't have the same right to get jealous, nooooo. And of course he's choosing his career over his love, breaking up with Charlie. Pissing. Me. Off.
At least Nate breaks the rules for Charlie -- in a good way only, hopefully. He was there when she needed him most to pick up the pieces Slade left behind, despite his lawyers saying he should stay away because everyone is still under tight scutiny. So yeah, no, I totally support Charlie finally surrendering to her attraction to Nate. Too soon doesn't play in here, not with the attraction being there for weeks, then finding out Slade actually lied and cheated, the pressure of being a number one murder suspect... Char needs all the help and strength she can get to find her way back to herself, and get back on her feet.
Read: April 7, 2015
All's well that ends well, as it was so accurately stated a long time ago. However, I am not sure if I like that I was right, or not. Because usually I am so totally clueless when it comes to murder mysteries, so I always get a surprise out of them. Knowing I was right about Lara... it kinda dampened that, although I'm also a little proud of myself.
That aside, there was a surprise for me! I really didn't see it coming that the cops pulled one over on Charlie. Her life was already halfway ruined by Lara and Raegan, so it was more than unfair of the detectives to use her in such a way to get a confession out of Lara. Especially since Char was a law student and would've fully cooperated, although I'm not so sure if she could've pulled off a huge lie like that... Still, I think they crossed a line there by messing with Charlie's sanity and reputation. That should totally be illegal; I can understand her anger, and I'm glad she voiced it the way she did.
I'm also glad she didn't run back to Slade, leftover feelings or not. He made his choice, betrayed her, and now he has to find a way to live with it. She had to, right? Why should this be made easy on him, just because he's the Golden Boy? He was an ass, and now he deserves to suffer for it. There. Lucky for Charlie, she already found a knight in black ink along the way to help her move on, although she's now moving on from damsel in distress to the queen with the power over her own life. That's what I call a happy ending. =)
Area Scan: Idea: 5/5 -- Style/Vocab: 5/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Heroine: 5/5 -- Sidekicks: 5/5 -- Villains: 5/5 -- Romance: 5/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Smut: 5/5 -- Suspense: 4/5
Discovered: 5 Hoods
About the Author
Ketley Allison began her creative career by writing books as birthday presents for her friends (with her friend as the main character and opposite a super sexy lead, of course) before ending it in order to walk down a path she thought she was supposed to follow.
The writing bug never left her—and, in fact, would often bleed into the official papers she was supposed to write—so now Ketley’s putting down her suit and finally following her dream. While her friends are no longer the stars of her books, she still throws in bits and pieces of them into each and every one of her characters.
As a result, her books tend to focus a lot on friendships as well as love, because let’s be honest, friends are what really get you through—especially when your epic love turns into epic heartbreak.
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