Book Review: Chrome Pink (The Leeward Files Volume 1)

Book Summary

She has hope tattooed on her leg but carries the scars of self-destruction deep inside her soul. Rae Lynne Grimes is a survivor. A fighter. Set in the small fictional town of Leeward, North Carolina on the inner banks of the Atlantic Ocean, this suspense thriller brings rape survivor Rae Lynne Grimes face to face with her rapist who is now the town’s mayor.

Todd Bryant treats the town like his own private kingdom. Rae Lynne is grieving and trying to stay sober, just try to finish the restoration of the pink Harley she’s rebuilding for her best friend’s breast cancer fundraiser, so she gets the hell out of town. But she’s not leaving fast enough to suit someone. When the threats turn to murder, Rae becomes a suspect. She must put her trust in a man working for her greatest enemy or find herself at the mercy of a killer.

Logan Birdsong doesn’t have time to fall in love, he has a company to save. When it comes down to love or money, which will win out?


Sometimes you read a book, and it lends you an honest truth. Chrome Pink by SL Hollister is one of those books that rips you into the pages. You yearn to read more about Rae, instantly feeling connected to her from the beginning. She gives a realistic look at a flawed character but flawed in just the right way.

Whether it was her rebellious nature or her decision to attend AA, Rae was a painfully genuine character. As you follow along with the story, you feel closer and closer to Rae and the other characters as they develop.

Hollister does an outstanding job delving into each of her characters and opening them up for the reader to see. From Rae to Billy to Todd to Logan, you slowly begin to understand each character more and more with every flip of the page.

The plot moves at a good pace. Just when things start to slow down, Hollister ramps the excitement and heat back up. She does an excellent job building up the story, allowing the reader to develop their own ideas and theories about the “who done it” aspect.

This story has an ideal amount of action, adventure, and romance with spots heating up in each of those areas. The writing is well-done and fluid, flowing well from page to page.

This was a well-written story with an amazing and creative storyline and developed characters. This was Hollister’s first published work, but I’m already looking forward to digging into the rest of the Leeward Files volumes.




Published by Tyler Wittkofsky

Tyler Wittkofsky is a multi-genre author, blogger, award-winning marketing and communications professional, and fierce mental health advocate from the southern coast of North Carolina. Tyler has been writing short stories for as long as he can remember. Growing up the grandson of an English teacher, Tyler had a constant fuel to his creative fire in his grandmother. He started writing poetry in 2012 to cope with his mental health struggles with anxiety, bipolar, and depression. Using poetry as an escape, he developed a unique style of poetry that has left readers saying, “Tyler’s voice is compassionate, even while suffering, and I felt the despair and loneliness seeping out through his words.” His first poetry collection, composed of poems written from 2012 to 2016, was published in March 2020. He began his first novel in 2019. The novel, (Not) Alone, was a story based on true events surrounding the struggles of living with mental illness. Described by readers as “An Intimate Closure with Mental Illness,” this began Tyler’s revitalized passion for mental health. He decided that his writing would have a focus on mental health. His next novel, The Seeds of Love: Sunflower Kisses Book One, was his debut romance novel and debut series. Described as “a great job of relaying the realistic emotions of young love and emotional drama that is particularly difficult for young adults…”, his debut romance novel was met with much success. In 2021, Tyler began writing short stories. He was accepted into several anthologies in mid-2021, expected for publication in early 2022. He also writes supernatural horror and historical fantasy for the online magazines In the Pantheon and In the Crescent. He has work published through Five Minute Affairs as well. He built his website in 2021. On this site, he started his blogging journey. He began writing book reviews, interviewing indie authors, and writing on mental health. This passion sparked a new desire to connect with more people. Tyler is currently in the beginning stages of two podcasts that he hopes to be live by the end of 2021. Tyler currently lives in Leland, North Carolina with his wife, Grace, and dogs, Dutch and Belle. You can find him and his works here:

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