Anytime Darlin' (Siren Publishing Allure)

Anytime Darlin' (Siren Publishing Allure)

by Julia Rachel Barrett


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[Siren Allure: Erotic Cowboy Romantic Suspense] Paramedic Jake McKenna drops to his knees beside the young woman. Beaten, starved, she's barely breathing, burning with fever. He stabilizes her, but when she opens her green eyes and stares, panic-stricken, into his, he realizes this is only the beginning of their relationship. Devlin Barre has been through hell. If her uncle finds her, she's dead. When she looks into the warm brown eyes of the paramedic, she knows deep in her bones she can trust this man with her life. Devlin and Jake grow close, but, fearful of commitment, Devlin runs off to rebuild her life, leaving Jake heartbroken. Five years later, Jake and Devlin meet again. Neither has forgotten a single detail of their time together. Both harbor the secret hope that they can begin again--this time, for keeps. But Devlin isn't the only person who ran off. Her uncle still waits for the right opportunity to get the one person who got away. ** Note: This book contains rape of the heroine. ** A Siren Erotic Romance

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ISBN-13: 9781606013533
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Publication date: 11/05/2010
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

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Anytime Darlin' (Siren Publishing Allure) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ZosiaCanberra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There¿re two very naked people on the cover of this book! Now, see the cover and I guess you¿d expect a porn-a-thon. You won¿t get that. The first half of this book is about a teenage girl and how she tries to bring her murdering uncle to justice. No romance. There are raving reviews for this book¿everywhere¿on the internet, and I generally like my stories dark, so I figured I¿d try it. You know, I DID like the premise. But this was one of the poorest executed books I¿ve ever read. The writing was all over the place, and the structure was a mess. Here¿s the thing that really got me riled-up: They start trying for a baby on the first day they get together!! Weird. So very, very weird. This story is told in two parts. The first half is about seventeen year old Devlin ¿ beaten, abused, raped ¿ found inside a Kmart, out of it, nearly dead. Jake is the twenty-four year old paramedic who arrives on the scene and then kind of adopts Devlin and won¿t leave her until she¿s better. The second half jumps forward a few years, to make the leads more age-appropriate for the plot I suppose. Devlin¿s an adult now, and Jake is determined to have her. The first half is a crime-drama. Then we skip forward and within seconds of seeing each other again, we¿re told Devlin `almost came¿ when Jake said her name. Devlin steps off the aeroplane in a see-through white t-shirt with no bra (hey, maybe that¿s what everyone wore in 1984, but I don¿t remember it being like that!), and suddenly the complex character from the beginning of the book is primed and ready for lotsa sex. The fall from regular book to sex mania was so fast I had whiplash. Also very weird. Devlin apparently has magical Viagra nipples that are permanently erect. Jake lusted after her pointy nipples even when she was a sick kid. These magical pointers were mentioned so many times I started getting the idea there was something extremely wrong with the woman¿s chest. And while I expected the rush to get to the naughty stuff in Act Two, I didn¿t need a marriage proposal a couple of hours into their relationship! There was so much that I didn¿t get or didn¿t enjoy about this book, so I¿ll resort to dot points: ¿ Too much jumping around in time. We¿d jump forward a few days, and then get half a chapter told to us, explaining what happened in those days we skipped! Then we jumped forward a few YEARS, and got page after page of explanation of what happened in the years we missed! What was the point of skipping forward in time if you're just going to tell us all about it anyway? It was some serious TELLING instead of SHOWING ¿ breaking rule #1 in `how to write¿! ¿ What was the point of the setting (1980-1984)?? It was a random date and no sense of the era was evoked at all. It might as well have been set today. If you choose a specific time period for your book, I want some atmosphere to go with it. I want the little girl to have a Rainbow Brite doll. I want someone to be watching an episode of Magnum P.I.!! Instead I completely forgot about the setting as soon as I saw the dates written at the beginnings of the sections. The only thing remotely 80s about the story was the fact they had to keep using pay phones. ¿ When your uncle kills your entire family, and rapes and almost kills you, I¿d like to see some realistic depictions of how it might change your life. For me, the Devlin of the first half of the book was completely removed from the Devlin in the second half. I can imagine it¿s difficult to write something that¿s supposed to have a lot of hot scenes when you¿ve created a heroine with so many issues, but abandoning those issues in order for her to have a lot of sex before the book is finished is not the way to go. ¿ I was completely unsurprised to learn the author worked in medicine in real life, because there were too many medical details in this book. Too much doctor-speak, and too many bizarre scenes that seemed in there only to demonstrate how knowledgeable the author was (like the o
The_TBR_Pile More than 1 year ago
**Giveaway** A few terms were out of places. I wouldn't expect a 17 year old to say Foley Catheter. She could have cut down on the medical aspect. The sentences aren't choppy but the story as a whole. It jumps from one place to another without much buffering to keep the flow. That said, the story was heartwarming and really pulled me in. I couldn't put it down and spent hours reading this immersed as the story progressed. I instantly liked Devlin. She had a great personality despite all that's happened to her. Her uncle, beat and raped her but she managed to survive and thrive. Jake was by her side from the beginning. He is a tall, handsome hero that could make a woman melt with a simple wink. His character was beautifully written. The only thing I would change would be Devlin waiting for him sexually. She should have waited to sleep with other men when they had a miscommunication and separated. Though those relationships didn't work, I feel that it gave her character a side I didn't particularly like. Still, Devlin and Jake are great together. The pages quickly steam up and really spin toward the erotic side. That scene right beside the party was absolutely magical and damned hot! Those last twenty pages had me literally on the edge of my seat. Ms. Barrett you'll be getting the bill for my nails after I gnawed them up reading this, lol. Normally with the issues stated above this would get a 4 out of 5 stars but it won't. This is without a doubt 5 stars. The story of Dev and Jake is so moving. This is real romance, a heartwarming tale of true love with scenes hot enough to fog the windows. This just reiterates what a great author Julia Barrett is.
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