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Friday, August 5, 2011

Biker Babe in Black by Debra Kayn

Biker Babe in Black by Debra Kayn
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (138 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Cursed with bad luck, and a stubbornness that gets her nowhere, Margarine Butter wants to shed her biker gypsy lifestyle for a white picket fence and a permanent address. When Remy offers her employment, she gambled with her desire for a new life and her attraction to the millionaire. Could she keep her distance and her identity secret long enough to secure her future?

Business conglomerate, Remington Montgomery, couldn’t believe the sexy waitress with the long blonde hair turned his money down after he accidentally got her fired from her job. So, when she whacked him with her leather studded purse and rode off on a Harley Davidson, he wanted to learn more about the woman who was not impressed by the size of his wallet. But would the price of loving her be his downfall?

The title intrigued me, the heroine’s name hooked me but the story enthralled and thoroughly entertained me. Biker Babe in Black is a cute, romantic and well written tale that surprised me with its humor, heart and ability to engage my emotions.

Margarine Butter a/k/a Margie was a delightful revelation. Yes, Ms. Kayn had a field day with butter jokes but a reader soon gets past that to the woman underneath and the complex feelings she has. Her very life is contradictory and the author keeps a reader on her/his toes trying to figure out where this was all going and where Margie will actually end up. She’s a drifter but a hard worker. The heroine is unconventional and she knows it but she has such a wonderful, loving and supportive family network, she’s not afraid to try and fail. Thing is, she truly doesn’t want to fail. It’s her earnestness and determination with a back bone rigid with strength of purpose that intrigues the hero.

The author outdid herself with the introduction of Remy, the hero. Their mismatched signals initially caused hilarity and a reader is hard pressed not to like their chemistry right off the bat. Remy is a very rich man, but in truth, he’s poor in heart and has an emotional defense well in place. I enjoyed how Margie, by just being herself, slowly wore down Remy’s meager resistance. He thinks he can have his cake and eat it too and he never fully realizes the toll it takes on Margie. The reader will, however. And, eventually, through Margie’s passive-aggressive actions, he wakes up.

And that’s the only quirk about Margie’s character I wasn’t totally enamored of. At one point, she makes perfect sense and I applauded her plan of action but it didn’t happen. The author chose differently and perhaps it pushed the plot to where the author needed it to go, but I felt let down. I really wanted that confrontation. I wanted the fireworks because I was sure it was going to be a humdinger. It was going to clear the air or heighten the suspense of the relationship. Instead, Remy, being clueless, basically let the air out and the scene deflated like a balloon.

Jumping to later on, Margie’s character finally finds her stride. I think being with Remy fixed something inside the heroine’s character. The feeling of success, of seeing what it looks like, feels like and the knowledge that she could achieve it on her own brought her more to life.

Secondary characters are few but incredibly memorable. When they all get together at Remy’s house, it was a combination moment filled with hope, then fun, and then mortification. That scene alone had me grinning ear to ear. I could visualize it being on television and it becoming a favorite of fans just because of the opportunities for slapstick comedy.

The editing was practically perfect, the dialogue fun, witty and full of the zest for life. The happily ever after was adorable, endearing and totally fit the story and its characters.

Biker Babe in Black is a riot and sure to leave a lasting impression on readers. The author did a wonderful job of crafting Remy and Margie into characters that I could connect with emotionally and I certainly did care for them. I also credit Ms. Kayn with a unique and oddball sense of humor that made this reading experience extra-special. I’ll be telling my friends all about this book just so they too can be equally uplifted by this romance full of positive energy. I smiled so much, my face hurt.