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Fans of "Baby Dust" will enjoy reading the backstory of their favorite characters in an edgy romance that moves from Stella's small town bordering the Ozarks to the famous Missouri State ...
Fans of "Baby Dust" will enjoy reading the backstory of their favorite characters in an edgy romance that moves from Stella's small town bordering the Ozarks to the famous Missouri State Penitentiary, proving that the best kind of love is the one that endures.
--"Deanna Roy has created a tuck-at-your-heart yet edgy nontraditional romance.
--Loretta Giacoletto, author of Free Danner
--"Stella and Dane is a spellbinding testimony of love's power to carry us through the hardships of life."
--Amber Sweetapple, author of Jack and Djinn
Posted September 6, 2012
This is a highly emotional read that shows the worst of small town prejudice while showing that family is what you make of it. Stella's been wanting to leave her small town for years and has been saving money and constantly looks through a binder she's made of possible places to go to. It never seems like the right time to go though until it's too late. The cause of her decision lies with sexy biker bad boy Dane who she's immediately drawn to. He too feels that intense connection, and after a steamy encounter on a ladder, they're planning for the future. Bad decisions and impulsivity lead to a tragic event that causes their plans to go up in smoke and shows the true meaning of love and devotion.
In the beginning of their relationship I found Stella a bit unlikable with her impulsive and attention-grabbing choices. She never thought through her quick connection to Dane and the ramifications of that. Dane too was impulsive with anger issues and jealousy that made him easy to rile which led to devastating consequences. As the story progressed, and they matured, I found their acts to be more responsible and their characters more likable. At first I also didn't believe in the strength of their emotions as they only had 4 or 5 interactions. Stella proved me wrong though as she stood by her man for 12 long years.
I enjoyed the look and feel of the small town, as well as a few of the individuals. The images and prejudices were mostly believable and realistically presented. A few of the residents showed why a small town can be like a family by showing their support of Stella and Dane through thick and thin.
This story puts the reader on an emotional rollercoaster as events spiral out of control for our couple. It's a well-written story with realistic characters that you might not always like but are always interested in. The epilogue is a bit confusing but wraps up things nicely. Readers who like high drama will definitely like this.