Sunday Book Review – Why?: A Complicated Love by Danny Kemp

My Sunday Book Review is for Danny Kemp’s novella – Why?: A Complicared Love. Complicated love is an understatement in this fast paced and sometimes raunchy story of love and consequences.





Why? Is a story set in a web of despair, sex, unreachable emotion and love. One man’s crippling injuries, caused by an unprovoked, vicious attack, ruins the lives of everyone around him. This includes Terry Meadows, a nineteen-year-old boy who falls in love with the main character’s daughter Laura, twenty-seven years before the opening of the story.The twisted, interconnecting matrix in which Francis, Laura’s father, lives, destroys and distorts his daughter’s image of life beyond repair. It is a sad tragedy with an unexpected ending.


My 5 Star Review:

This novella is a story about sex, corruption, and despite the goings on in this criminal telling, love and a tragic love story.

The book begins at the end of the tragedy and goes into the story leading up to that end. Terry is a nineteen year old who wound up in the wrong place looking for sex. When he meets Sammy, a woman who could have been his mother, and she entices him to come back to her place for some raunchy rock and rolling sex, Terry had no idea that his life would take a 180 that day.

We’ll learn that Sammy is always being watched by her criminal, impotent, perverted, almost invalid husband Francis. They live separately, but he controls her life – and his own voyeur sexual fantasies. After a lengthy session up in Sammy’s bedroom, Terry meets her daughter Laura and an instant spark is shared between the two. But Terry is just learning that he is now under the power of Francis, anyone who tangles with Sammy is open target to become one of Francis’ criminal accomplices and if they don’t comply, is threatened with torture and a fiery end. Laura is well aware of her father’s twisted life and knows well he doesn’t make idle threats.

Francis is happy that Terry is servicing his wife and lets him know that if Terry can keep her happy sexually, and supply some other people to do the same, Francis will elevate Terry’s life in status and money. Terry really has no choice once he’s now in Francis’ world. The only caveat is that Terry cannot touch Laura, and herein lies the conflict, Francis has made clear to Terry the consequences of ever touching Laura.

Laura is well aware of the dangers of her father’s wrath, yet secretly harbored an attraction toward Terry for years. Years later, Terry is financially set and ordered to fly to Rome with Laura, by Francis. Francis sent Laura in charge of the papers to have Francis and Sammy’s marriage annulled. Francis felt after so many years he should set his wife free. At the same time he was setting up Terry to see if he’d be faithful to his promise to Francis of never touching Laura. Epic fail.

The Why? A Complicated Love is just that, and not just for one, but for Francis, Sammy, Laura, Terry, and quite frankly, anyone else who becomes part of any of their lives. Love is complicated, and often misconstrued, and for some, even fatal.

Note: Although the subject matter evolves around sex, it is not explicit.


43 thoughts on “Sunday Book Review – Why?: A Complicated Love by Danny Kemp

  1. This is very unexpected but, nevertheless, extremely kind and gracious of you, Debby. It was a jump from where my storytelling normally takes me and in parts very difficult to write. I wanted to challenge myself to write perplexing passages.


    1. Hi Robbie. Thanks. I agree with you. And that he was able to write about a sexual criminal story without using explicit sex was some good writing. ❀


  2. It occurred to me as I read your review that the complicated plot line of this novella may be typical of some people. It would take way more energy than I have at the moment to even begin the match Terry’s and Sammy’s lives. Not that I’d want to. . . just sayin’! ;-D


  3. This sounds like an intense read, Debby. So much tragedy and relational complexity. I was intrigued by the “surprise ending” too. Congrats to Daniel on the enthralling review. It sounds like a great read.


    1. Hi Diana. Yes, a short, but complex story that some might think is offending due to the subject matter. But this book is more about what happened to these sad characters with the sexual theme, although no explicit sex. Good writing. ❀

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