My Review of The Three Sisters: Family Like it or Not


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I used to read all the time, but now I don’t get to read nearly as many books as I’d like. I still have my favorite authors, but I also enjoy checking out new authors from time to time. My latest author discovery is Rose Borden. Her first book, The Three Sisters: Family Like it or Not, is a family drama about, well, three sisters.

Fran, Dixie, and Carm are sisters with some serious issues, but everything isn’t as it seems and perception isn’t always truth. When the sisters’ mother dies, the three women are forced to spend time together and what ensues is a hilarious journey as the sisters discover secrets they never knew their mother was keeping.

Heartwarming and fun! I thoroughly enjoyed the story and laughed out loud more than once. There were a couple of places in the story where I thought the author could show more and tell less, but it was still so well done, it didn’t pull me out of the story.

This was Ms. Borden’s first book, and I look forward to reading more from this author.


Fran Mattison is living peacefully in the hills of Vermont when her mother’s unexpected death plunges her back into a world she had left behind.

Her mother’s last wishes force Fran to take a long trip with her two sisters, overly cheerful Dixie and the irritating Carm, and to Fran that is the worst punishment ever. She hates to be with them, especially Carm who deceived her and broke her heart twelve years ago. Forget the fact that Carm never shuts up.

Fran would rather stay in the secluded, bitter shell she has created for herself, where there is no forgiveness. The task before her will not be easy but she has to try and do it for the mother she loves so much.

As they travel to different parts of the country to settle Mom’s affairs, the three sisters are in for one shock after another. They learn that their lives have been a lie from the start, they’ve been deceived, and their mother is not the person they thought she was.

A roller coaster of feelings is encountered as each new place they visit brings a new surprise. Their emotions keep blending and tearing apart as they face these situations together. A new layer is uncovered when Fran learns that there is yet another deep secret being hidden between the sisters themselves.

What should have been a simple road trip turns into life shattering changes that test the already strained bonds between the women. Their journey makes them question the true meaning of the word family. It may not be what they expected but it’s their family whether they like it or not.


Rose Borden has enjoyed living in different parts of the U.S. and has spent the last 18 years in sunny North Carolina. She loves spending time with her family, writing, traveling, and relaxing at the beach.

Don We Now!

“Don we now our gay apparel!”

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays, and Merry Whatever You Celebrate this time of year. But do you don your gay apparel?

I used to. EVERY year–even if it was just Christmas sweats. Even when I didn’t wear holiday clothes, like my black sweater vest with snowmen and snowflakes on it, I’d wear Christmas colors. 






As recently as 2016, when my children asked me not to re-wear an old Christmas shirt or sweater, I wore my Santa apron, but I missed my Christmas attire.

I used to own an adorable denim shirt with kitties in Santa hats and a black velvet collar that I loved. I think I wore it more than one year. Then a couple of years ago, my daughter asked to borrow an ugly Christmas sweater for a themed Christmas party. I sent her a Santa sweater I wore back in the 90’ in which not a single picture exists because I’m usually the one behind the camera…and my Santa kitty shirt. My daughter was appalled that I still owned them. She threatened to burn them. lol!


I did get them back but have since donated them. Apparently, the Santa hat kitty shirt was more then 15 years old. I don’t have a picture of me in it the year I bought it, but here are pics from 1997 and 2007–proof my daughters are right. I do need to update my wardrobe. lol!



Some years, I don’t think I was festive enough…although, my girls always wore Christmas shirts or dresses until they were old enough to refuse. lol!


I actually miss those times, and I love seeing my granddaughters in Christmas clothes.

This year, I don’t have any new holiday outfits, just holiday earrings. Still, I’m not abandoning my gay apparel completely. I plan to wear Christmas colors. But is the headband too much?


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Life at Warp Speed


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Dear Lord, where does the time go? My last post was back in April? April? Really? What did I do all spring, summer, and half of the fall? Publish a book?

No. Sadly, I will not get a book out this year. I did, however, complete a time travel that is now sitting in the hands of an agent. So, fingers crossed there. I also started the third book in my Western Hearts Series. This book will be Brett Henderson’s story. Brett was the ranch owner readers met in Wilder Hearts.

Reading? Yes. I’ve done a bit of reading this summer and can recommend a few books. There was a political spoof I read back in April. I don’t remember the name or the author, but it held my interest, despite reminding me how much I’ve come to detest politics and the media’s reporting on everything ugly in politics.

I also read a couple of romance novels and a romantic drama. Those I remember and can recommend. So, here goes:

Small Changes by Donna Steele


Melanie Daniels is back home, reconnecting with friends and taking over the family business. She’s content even if there isn’t that one special person in her life. Then she sees the man of her dreams stalking toward her.

Jonah Sanders and his daughter have been on the run for nearly two years. It’s time to regroup and rest. He doesn’t know what has drawn him to this small town but he’s learned to live by his instincts. So why does the woman next door override his instincts and cause him to think of a life he can’t chance?

My thoughts:

I’ve read several Steele stories, but I think this one is my favorite. It reminds me of an early Dean Koontz novel but with more romance, and there is a child in the story with special abilities secondary to genetic manipulation instead of a golden retriever. The hero, Jonah, is strong but vulnerable, and Melanie is self reliant and brave without being over the top.

It’s a good story with strong characters, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you like romance with a dash of paranormal in the style of Dean Koontz’s early works, you’ll enjoy this one.

Next on my summer reading list was Laura Browning’s Healing Touch-


A Place to Call Home…

It’s exactly what widowed father Luke Allred is looking for when he brings his son and daughter back to his hometown of Mountain Meadow, Virginia. Luke knows he needs to be a better daddy for his troubled kids, but his work as a veterinarian made it difficult in the past. He’s vowed to change, but he needs help while he settles into his new position with the local animal hospital.
Rachel Hastings is a woman with a healing touch. She takes in injured and orphaned animals, so helping out with two new-to-town children shouldn’t be tough. What she hasn’t counted on is their sexy father, her secret crush from back in their high school days.
Their attraction is immediate, but so many obstacles stand in the way. Luke and his family still grapple with the shock of the accident that killed his wife. Rachel carries baggage from her own failed marriage. Worst of all, Luke’s children hide a secret that is tearing them apart and may destroy any chance Luke and Rachel have of building a future together.

My thoughts:

This was my first book by this author, and I wasn’t disappointed. I love stories set in the south, and I love romantic suspense. This story fit the bill perfectly.There was good character development, especially with the son, Jared. He came across as obnoxious while still being likable and sympathetic at the same time.

The hero, Luke is a jerk in several places, but the motivation is believable as is his behavior…just like real men. Both Luke and the heroine, Rachel, are wonderfully flawed and quite believable, and I fell in love with them both.

Browning’s writing style is reminiscent of Nicholas Sparks, only her stories are set in the mountains of Virginia instead of coastal NC. Hers has a guaranteed happy ending though. So, I can’t wait to read the second book in this series.

Last but not least, I read my first Megan Hart Novel, All the Lies We Tell, first in the Quarry Road Series.

This sexy romantic drama from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Megan Hart explores the tangled lives—and loves—of childhood friends.

My thoughts:

It was definitely a drama with very strong romantic elements. The sex was off the chart hot, and the characters were flawed to the point that I wanted to slap Nikolai and Alicia a couple of times over. But I still liked them both. They were sympathetic and likable with all the flaws of real people.

There were good supporting characters, and the author managed to redeem Alicia’s ex-husband toward the end so he wasn’t a total tool. There was also several hints within the book that a particular death might have been a murder. Or maybe that was just my interpretation. At any rate, I hope the lingering questions surrounding the death of Alicia’s sister are addressed in the second book.

So, what else have I been doing since April? Everything and nothing. Life has just been crazy chaotic.

My oldest daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter came up from Mississippi and joined my youngest daughter, her husband, their dad and me at the beach for a long weekend back in June. If you’ve never squeezed 7 people into a camper before, I don’t recommend it unless you’re a really close knit family. We managed not to kill one another and actually had an awesome time.

We spent time at the beach, ate out, walked on the pier, and squeezed an entire summer of fun into 4 days and 3 nights of cramped, family fun.

We spent very little time around the pool this year and didn’t make it to the beach much after that great weekend. And the times we did go, we spent repairing water damage to the camper and installing a new air conditioner.

We remodeled the kitchen, which looks fabulous, but some unforeseen circumstances led to some financial issues we weren’t expecting. In September, my oldest and her family made a second trip to NC to attend my youngest daughter’s baby shower, so that was another hectic, family-filled week.

Family was a big priority for me this year. My dad’s in failing health and made 3 trips to the hospital since April with COPD and congestive heart failure. He’s made some improvements and thank God, he’s still kicking, just not as high or as often.

There have been a lot of ups and downs this year from my dad’s health to job losses and career redirection to family weddings, and my mother-in-laws worsening dementia. For every up, there’s been a down, but the ups are still higher.

On October 19, my youngest daughter gave birth to our second grandchild–an adorable baby girl. Isn’t she just perfect?

So, as life moves ahead at warp speed and I feel as if I’m getting lost in the ups and downs of late middle age, I take some pride in the fact that I have an amazing family and some pretty good friends.

My day job may not be going in the direction I’d like, and my writing career may not be where I’d like it to be, but I’m still counting my blessings, and life is pretty amazing.




Why Do Electric Service Providers Advertise?

I’m not financially savvy, and I don’t know a lot about marketing or advertising, but I’ve often wondered why electric service providers advertise.

In North Carolina, you don’t get to choose your electric service provider. If you are in Duke Power’s region, you use Duke Power. If you’re in Central Electric’s or Progress Energy’s territory, you have to use Central Electric or Progress Energy. Some electric service providers are membership co-ops. Others are not. Duke Power is not.

I have Duke Power.

In 1999 Texas deregulated the electric power industry. The law was passed to encourage free market competition and lower prices. Although some areas, such as municipalities and cooperatives, were not required to deregulate and don’t have electric choice, at least some people do.

In North Carolina, there is no choice and no free market competition.

In other words, the electric companies can charge what they want and there’s not much you can do about it unless you want to live off the grid.

So, here’s my question. If there is no free market enterprise and I’m stuck using Duke Power and have no choice, why does Duke Power have so many commercials? It’s not like they have competition and can lure customers away from Progress Energy.

Maybe they’re trying to lure in new customers in the area who don’t have electricity. Nope. That can’t be right either. If you don’t have electricity, you can’t see the commercials. So, I’m stuck with the same question. Why advertise?

Maybe if they didn’t waste all that money on commercials, they could lower their rates. Or provide free or reduced cost services to the poor and elderly.

What do you think?

Another Time: A Unique Time Travel Romance From Donna Steele


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I love time travels. Usually, either the hero or the heroine goes back in time or travels forward in time. But in Donna Steele’s Another Time, both the hero and heroine travel back in time. This allows for more interaction and less introspection so they come to the realization that time travel is real much sooner. Naturally, they have their moments of doubt, but rather than read what the character is thinking, Dee and Dusty discuss what’s happened to them and we get to see how they respond to the situation as well as how they respond to one another.

Another Time is a spicy romance with an eco message that doesn’t bash you on the head but instead, makes you reflect on how the world might have turned out differently.

What if the big oil companies had never gained footing in America? What if there’d been more exploration into solar, wind, and water power? What if we’d never invented one use products but instead, had invested time and energy into renewable resources?

Filled with humor and bits of interesting historic and scientific details, this is one of the most unique and fun time travel romances I’ve ever read. I’m looking forward to the next book in The Guardians of Now series.


When Dusty Williams walks into a strange bar to contemplate the ruination of his career, the last thing he expects to find is a compelling woman. He’s not even in the mood for a one-night stand. He just wants to escape from all humanity.

Dee Stevens can’t believe she’s in a bar at all. She’s just lost two patients due to drunk driving. Whatever could have drawn her into a strange bar tonight, of all times?

When the two meet, and they feel an odd vibration that seems to pull them together, they have no idea what’s ahead, or behind, them . . . and what it can mean for mankind.


Her eyebrow rose but she didn’t push away his hand as his finger traced the
stitching of her jeans along her outer thigh.
“Tell me about this trip.” She glanced over at him.
“I’d rather talk about when I get back.”
“We can do that too. Tell me what kind of meeting you’re attending.”
“We have a contract with a firm in Denver for a solar farm. It’s experimental and I’ve
incorporated some new designs. They can’t seem to follow my directions. My supervisor is going along to ensure I don’t call them morons to their faces and screw up the deal.”
“Would you do that?”
“Not on purpose, but my feelings might leak out the side.”
“You don’t accept mediocrity.”
He shrugged. “I never thought about it that way. I mean, the designs are written out.
If they follow the directions . . .”
“Is the information in words of one syllable? Maybe they don’t have anyone as good
as you at their end.”
The discomfort the topic had started vanished. “Thanks. Like I told you last night,
I’m not good with people. Leave me alone to work and I do great.”
“Last night with me was on the great side.”
“You’re the exception proving the rule. Besides, no one else gives me the buzz you
She laughed out loud. “What is that, anyway? You’re right. I’ve never felt anything
like it before.”
“No clue, but I’m damn grateful. I haven’t been this non-stressed since I can
“Don’t tell me you aren’t good with people. That didn’t even sound like a line.”
“Because it wasn’t. Intellectually I’m aware I don’t know you, yet . . .”
She nodded, her eyes on the road. “I agree.”
That’s when the world turned upside down.

Purchase Another Time on Amazon!

About the Author:

Donna Steele writes science fiction, paranormal romance novels, and small
town romance novels, often with an eco-twist.  You can visit her on her blog.


A Hopeful Cancer Story


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As a writer, mammographer, and nine year breast cancer survivor, I support cancer research and celebrate survival stories.  Today, I’m celebrating Katherine Keys’ story. Katherine is a nine year Mesothelioma cancer survivor, and this is her story.
A Hopeful Cancer Story
Most stories about this aggressive type of cancer are anything but hopeful. But Katherine Key’s story is much different. When she was diagnosed with mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer, she was given no more than two years to live. Today, nearly ten years later, she is thriving. It is hard to decide to fight against such terrible odds, but Katherine credits that fighting spirit, her hope, and of course the care from her medical team with saving her life.

X-ray of patient with right middle lobe pneumonia

A Cancer That Mimics Other Diseases

When Katherine first started to feel sick, she thought she had the flu or some other type of respiratory infection. She had a cough, trouble breathing, and chest pains. This is part of what makes mesothelioma so insidious. This is a cancer that attacks the lining of tissue around the lungs. It is most often caused by exposure to asbestos, but it does not develop into symptoms until decades after the exposure occurs.
In the meantime, people like Katherine have no idea that they are getting sick. When they do start to experience symptoms, they are often diagnosed as having an infection, pneumonia, or even lung cancer. Luckily for Katherine, although she was not diagnosed correctly right away, she still received her diagnosis when the cancer was in an early stage. Others are not so lucky and do not get an accurate diagnosis until much later.

Normal chest x-ray

X-ray of patient with mesothelioma

Fighting for Survival

Even though Katherine was diagnosed with stage I, or early stage, mesothelioma, her prognosis was still not good. Most people do not survive this cancer, even when treated in the early stages. Her doctors gave her an estimate of about two years if she was lucky. She was only 49 and not willing to accept those odds.
Katherine opted for the most aggressive and riskiest treatment option, but also the one most likely to cure her cancer. As optimistic as ever, Katherine underwent an extrapleural pneumonectomy. Her surgeon removed the tissue called the pleura, in which the cancer originated, her entire right lung, and part of her diaphragm. She followed up this major and risky surgery with months of radiation treatment to try to kill every last cancer cell.

X-ray of patient with surgically removed left lung

Hope and Recovery
After several months of treatment and recovery from treatment—and adjusting to life with just one lung—Katherine returned to her doctors for regular checkups. After a few months, then six months, and finally a year, Katherine still had no signs of cancer in her. She had achieved remission—an accomplishment that is so rare for anyone with mesothelioma.

Katherine didn’t fight this battle alone. She was helped greatly by the Patient Advocates at Mesothelioma Lawyer Center. They helped her obtain financial compensation through special trust funds the government has set aside for cancer victims like Katherine. This compensation helped with her treatments and quality of life.

Today Katherine is alive and well nearly ten years after her doctors gave her only two years to live. She credits her own relentlessly positive attitude and willingness to fight instead of backing down in the face of terrible odds with her survival and long years of remission. She enjoys life to the fullest now, knowing she beat such a difficult cancer. Katherine knows how lucky she is and, while she has some physical limitations because of the surgery, she loves life and most of all relishes the time she still has with her family.

Reviewing Andris Bear’s Angel Unclaimed

Please note this book picks up immediately after All Wicked’s Eve.*
Gifted with the curse of darkness, Nina Blackfox’s life has never been her own. She’s accepted it—Hell, embraced it. Until the destined path crumbles out from under her, leaving her on the precipice of destruction.

The battle she was meant to face has become a war, and she’s not sure which side she’s fighting for—Heaven or Hell.

Cursed with the gift of Volition—the ability to press his Will on another—Archangel Benaiah avoids temptation at all costs. Which was a hell of a lot easier before a meddlesome Fate assigned him a woman who threatens to scorch his soul with one look from her cool, midnight eyes.

Heaven has fallen to the enemy, the world into darkness, and all Benaiah wants is to follow Nina into the shadows…

Andris Bear does it again with book 7 in the Deadly Sins series. So, let me preface this review by saying one thing. Read the rest of the series. This book pics up where All Wicked’s Eve left off. Ms. Bear is kind enough to warn the reader of this fact in her usual snarky and hilarious way. She’s also added a cast of characters to the back of the book as a reminder to those of us who’ve read them all and for those who are coming in at the middle of this unique and complex series.

I think a reader could probably just read the last 3 books and still know what’s going on, but why would he/she want to? This is an engaging series and I can’t wait for the next installment.

So, what’s Angel Unclaimed really about? Armageddon. It’s here. Extinction Level Event. End Times.

But if the apocalypse isn’t exciting enough, we have a cast of passionate characters willing to sacrifice all to save the world, and Nina and Beniah are no exception. They know what they must do to stop Satan, and they know saving humanity could mean the end for them and their love. But the scariest part is knowing the world isn’t supposed to end this way. Nothing is right. Fate and destiny no longer have meaning in this new world order.

So, how can they stop the apocalypse if the old rules no longer apply?

This is a fast paced romance with a lot of snark, a dash of comedy, and sexual tension that will leave you as breathless as the action.

About the Author:

Andris blames her mother for her fascination with books.  Growing up in northern Indiana, there wasn’t much to do and she’d often complained of boredom.  Her mother handed her a book and told her to shush.  She’s been obsessed ever since. 

Though  she spent most of her time in between the pages, fantasizing of other worlds,  she didn’t write her first book until she’d had three children—just in time to have not a moment to herself.  In an attempt to keep her sanity, she writes.  Her favorite stories contain strong heroes and heroines, fighting an attraction stronger than both of them.

She lives in eastern North Carolina with her hero and their three mini villains in chaotic bliss.

You can find Andris at and on Amazon.

Starting 2017 with a Book Review of Emma Kaye’s latest

Wow! Where did 2016 go? How did it get to be a new year already? And how have I fallen so far behind in my reading and writing? Must be that grandmother thing. I was lucky enough to see my daughter, granddaughter, and son (who live 12 hours away in Mississippi) in August, November, and December. That little granddaughter of mine is a hoot and totally distracting. But now it’s time to get back to work.

Last week, I started a new manuscript and read a pretty good time travel romance.

Emma Kaye writes for The Wild Rose Press, which happens to be my publisher as well, and I love time travel, so I decided to pick up her latest, Time for Love.

Time for Love is a Regency Era time travel romance, originally published by The Wild Rose Press and re-published by Amazon Encore.


Alexandra Turner will do anything to save her twin sister. Even when she’s transported back in time to Regency England. Rescuing her sister and finding her way back to her own time will take all her concentration. Falling in love is not an option. With the death of his brother, Nicholas Somerville became the ninth Marquess of Oakleigh and must return to England to take his place in society. Part of his responsibility will be to find a wife. It never occurs to him he might actually discover a woman he could love–until he meets Alex on his voyage home. Can Alex and Nicholas find a way to bridge the gap of time and circumstance? Can they overcome their fears to realize that true love transcends time? Or will a dark secret from Alex’s past rear up to separate them forever?


This book grabbed my attention from page one and kept me turning the pages until the end. I loved the beginning of this book and enjoyed it throughout, but the entire time I was reading it, I thought it must be a sequel. It’s not. Or at least, I don’t think it is. At any rate, I couldn’t find a previous book.

The reason I believed this book to be a sequel was because of Sawyer, the man who tricks Alex into going back through the portal to save her sister. He’s obviously part of some secret military operation because there are soldiers. But is it a legit operation? Black ops? In the book, he mentions observing the past and not changing it or saving anyone from the past who would have/should have died. But there is no explanation as to why he and his group have opened this portal. And then toward the end of the book when the author reveals a new twist to the plot, there is no real explanation as to how/why the events came about to begin with.

Then there is Alex’s sister and what seems like an entire story that has taken place earlier. I thought for sure there must have been a book about the sister before Alex’s story. Again, I don’t think there is. But maybe there is a sequel in the works, one that will tell Charlotte’s story and explain how a doctor, who is only twenty-five so maybe she is just a medical student or new graduate who hasn’t done her residency yet, managed to get forced back in time. A sequel could tie up loose ends and I would most definitely read it.

The story is fast paced and I loved the characters. There were just a few nagging unanswered questions that keep me from giving this book 5 stars. But since those questions didn’t stop me from reading the book or enjoying it immensely, I give it 4 stars.

About the Author:

Emma Kaye is married to her high school sweetheart and has two beautiful kids that she spends an insane amount of time driving around central New Jersey. Before ballet classes and tennis entered her life, she decided to try writing one of those romances she loved to read and discovered a new passion. She has been writing ever since. Add in a playful puppy and an extremely patient cat and she’s living her own happily ever after while making her characters work hard to reach theirs.

My Thoughts This Veterans’ Day


IMG_1168First and foremost, I want to thank all those who’ve served: past, present, and future.

Despite the idiocy of this past election, please know that your sacrifices were not in vain. Most Americas still believe in the constitution. They would never burn the flag you fought for while trying to pass it off as a protest. That’s just wrong. Period.

Does anyone remember when Dr. Martin Luther King burned flags, looted, and set shit on fire while fighting for civil rights? No? Me neither. He got his point across through peaceful protests. He spoke with
common sense and eloquence and sensible people listened, even if they didn’t agree with everything he said or believed. It is possible to do that, you, know.

Secondly, I’d just like to say that like many people, I was disappointed by the election. Not the election itself or even the outcome, but how people have behaved for the last eight or nine months. If folks exerted half as much energy and passion on social issues and righting the wrongs of the world as they have these two less than worthy candidates, then the world would be a better place.

And please don’t argue that such passion and energy was exerted because one or the other of these two candidates is the one who can make things right with the world. They can’t. Sorry. It takes more than one person to make any nation great. It takes a nation undivided to stand against evil. So can we please get on the same page now?

We don’t have to agree on everything, but can we at least learn how to debate without fighting and to disagree without being so damn disrespectful and mean?

There are going to be times in life when we reach a metap215395_117506204994730_4657355_nhorical chasm or impasse, and it will seem impossible to make it to the other side without help. Some people find it hard to ask for help. Others seem to think the government owes them assistance just for breathing.

When faced with such a daunting gulf, some people would rather blame others than accept any kind or responsibility, but placing blame isn’t going to get you across the gap.





So when you get to that great divide, don’t give up and don’t just stand there blaming others for your predicament. Turn back and try a different path. Ask for help and then do what you need to do to help yourself. Or take ownership of the problem and work your ass off until you persevere.

And for God’s sake, can people please stop blaming the government, the democrats, the republicans, the Christians, the atheist, the blacks, the whites, the Mexicans, the Muslims, and global warming for every little freaking thing that goes wrong in their own private universe.

At some point, folks are going to need to grow up and take personal responsibility for their own failures and shortcomings.






My Review of Andrea Downing’s Novella, Lawless


Lacey Everhart has carved out a tough existence in the wilds of 1880s Wyoming, working hard to build a secure life for herself and her younger brother, Luke. She will stop at nothing to protect what’s hers and keep them safe. Even if it means keeping a secret that could destroy their lives.

Marshal Dylan J. Kane is a man who considers everything as black and white, right or wrong. He’s never seen life any other way until he sets eyes on Lacey. Suddenly the straight and narrow that he’s followed has a few twists and turns. Loving Lacey offers the home life for which he hankers…but can he really love a woman who seems to be plain lawless?


My thoughts:

I bought this books when it first released in 2013, and I’m finally got around to reading it. So glad I did.

It’s a fast read, basically, only 42 pages, but it somehow got dropped to the bottom of my TBR list. As with many novellas, the first kiss and/or episode of sexual tension, felt rushed, but the act wasn’t completed until later in the book, which was a huge saving grace.

Lacy is a strong woman trying to protect her brother from a devastating secret. Dylan is a Marshal who sees the world in black and white. But once these two meet, Lacy will have to learn to trust, and Dylan will be forced to admit that sometimes, the world presents itself in shades of gray.

The characters are as well developed as any can be in just 42 short pages, and while the language isn’t the prose of Kathleen Woodiwiss, it fits the times and education levels of the characters. It reads the way a western novel would if John Steinbeck collaborated with Linda Lael Miller and Louis L’amour. It also deals with subject matter I seldom seen in romance, especially a novella, and yet Ms. Downing handles it quite well.

If you’re looking for a western romance and don’t have a lot of time to read, then I highly recommend, Lawless.

About the Author:

Andrea Downing has spent most of her life in the UK where she developed a penchant for tea-drinking, a tolerance for rainy days, and a deep knowledge of the London Underground system. In 2008 she returned to live in the city of her birth, NYC, but frequently exchanges the canyons of city streets for the wide-open spaces of the West. Her love of horses, ranches, rodeo and just about anything else western is reflected in her writing. Loveland, a western historical romance from The Wild Rose Press, was her first book and a finalist for the RONE Award for Best American Historical in 2013. It has recently been re-released by Amazon Encore. Lawless Love, a short story, part of The Wild Rose Press ‘Lawmen and Outlaws’ series, was a finalist for Best Historical Novella at the RONE Awards and placed in the 2014 International Digital Awards Historical Short contest. Dearest Darling, a novella, is part of The Wild Rose Press Love Letters series, and came out Oct. 8th, 2014. It won the Golden Quill Award for Best Novella along with‘Favorite Hero’ and Honorable Mentions for Favorite Heroine, Short Story and Novel in the Maple Leaf Awards. It has also placed third in the International digital Awards for Historical Short. Dances of the Heart, her first contemporary novel, came out in February, 2015. The novella, Bad Boy, Big Heart, appears in the anthology Come Love a Cowboy and her old west ghost story, Long a Ghost, and Far Away comes out in another anthology, The Good, The Bad, and The Ghostly autumn 2016.
She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Women Writing the West.