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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Nothing to Lose by Lavada Dee

Nothing to Lose by Lavada Dee
Publisher: Siren BookStrand
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (160 pages)
Heat Level; spicy
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Fennel

Galynn Taylor is running from a violent domestic relationship. Injured, she makes her way across the country. When she decides to walk to the next town to throw off the pursuit, a storm catches her and she collapses on the side of the road. Freezing, hurt, and not sure how much farther it is to the next town, she is ready to give up. Cooper Blackhawk finds her and, after getting her treatment, takes her home.

At first Cooper is in protective mode, but all too soon that grows into something more. The attraction is mutual. He wants more, but Galynn is terrified that Mick will find her and hurt Cooper or his family in trying to get to her. She can’t risk that and runs again. This time she leaves her heart, but unknowingly keeps a part of Cooper with the baby she carries.

In Nothing to Lose Ms. Dee drops her reader straight into the center of a pending tragedy and keeps the pace going from start to finish. Even her tender moments carried an energy that gripped this reader.

It's well known that the quest for survival will sustain a person way beyond their normal capabilities and the author uses this to good effect on more than one occasion. The pace and style of writing switches from fast and furious through sweet, sensual to spicy with a fluency and visual impact that drew me in. I read this through in one sitting; the author pulled me in and had me rooting for both her main characters.

While every romance is about emotions, Ms. Dee’s presentation of Cooper’s emotions when Galynn keeps her promise to let him know when she's leaving is awesome. I appreciated the manner in which the author includes background information, thus breaking up the tension.

While the bad guy was thoroughly bad, Ms. Dee’s conclusion and resolution to the conflict was both unexpected and liberating.

I found Ms. Dee’s writing fluent and enjoyable and she is an author now on my ‘watch-for’ list.