Downstroke (E–pub/E–book) å Desiree Holt
This was a wonderful book
About Young Love Reckless Youthyoung love reckless youth decisions regret longing forgiveness and second chance love The author does a ood job of youth and decisions regret longing forgiveness and second chance love The author does a ood job of the stage so to speak sharing tidbits of the characters past to help the reader understand how and why choices and decisions were made that landed them both where they are now in their lives It was a nice twist to see the roles reversed for Dallas and Charley where he was the one in need of protecting and she owning an agency to provide protection Usually it is the female character the author places in a vulnerable position and the male character COMING IN AND TAKING CHARGE TO in and taking charge to things so it was a nice role reversal that fit well with this story and their personalities This story is also full of constant suspense with danger lurking around every corner so it easily holds your interest as you read to find out who the bad uy is there are a lot of possibilities and it is interesting to see how the breadcrumbs connect when the killer is finally reveal A few additional highlights The characters were well developed and mature which added a nice depth to them They were believable and felt real so it was easier to connect with them throughout the story It was also nice to see the main characters as older mature individuals early 40 s with life experiences under their belts to The Dual Diagnosis Recovery Sourcebook ground them The suspense aspect in this book was frustratinglyood It draws you in from the first page starting with the killer s point of view and keeps you Clashing Views on Abnormal Psychology guessing with the many clues provided throughout the story Every time I thought I had it figured out new information was shared that made me rethink my choice Aside from Dallas and Charley s romantic story I was hooked trying to figure out the killer s identity There was just enough background information shared regarding Dallas and Charley s past in flash backs to help you understand their heartache regret and struggles as they try to sort out their history and learn to be friends again It was done is a manner that kept the storyline flowing smoothly Finally the relationship between Dallas and Charley was heavy with a lot of baggage including hatred resentment regret shame and self centeredness but an underlying love that still connected them after all the years apart It was interesting toet a Writing Matters! - Student Book glimpse of their young love to see how it all began then fast forward many years when they meet again You can feel the animosity between the two and the longing for things to change the time they spend together The author does areat job of sharing their feelings between their own inner dialogue and conversations with each other as they work hard to sort out their feelings to move forward You can feel their struggles and rief as they try to reconnectIf you enjoy a ood read full of suspense and romance with the threat of danger that will hold you hostage until the last page you do not want to miss out on this book I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book Unlike much of Holt s writing this is a full length novel and is a composite of mystery and erotic romance Set in the context of a country musician s professional tour with a murderous stalker threatening not only Dallas safety but his life Charley Roper is hired to provide special security for Dallas and his band and crew for the remainder of the tour That Dallas and Charley have history has the potential for making problems especially if these two can t find a way to work together to keep Dallas safe That they were once lovers that they each believed that the other was their forever one really complicated this reunion than if they had just been casual dates That they parted angry and bitter really put them both under the Murder Shoots the Bull (Southern Sisters, gun in many ways Yet Charley believed that she was a professional and able to provide the security for which she was contracted and the past was still in the pastThis is a compelling novel that takes a look not only at the pressures logistics and relationships that can make or break a professional music tour but it also takes the reader into an old relationship where both Dallas and Charley put their dreams for the future before their love for each other That they loved each other was never in doubt Perhaps that s why the hurt and bitterness was so acute when they parted Like so many lovers they made assumptions that weren t based on truth fact orood communication And when their dreams collided their relationship broke apart in the most wounding way Now they are faced once again with finding a way back if for no other reason than Dallas safety is at stakeHere you have two people who know that each of them bears a portion of the blame for their bitter parting They know also that each has blamed the other for the last 20 years This reunion of sorts has iven them the chance to face their own culpability for wasting the past two decades and for the wounds that hurt them both I came to like Dallas a lot he had come back from his descent into drugs and alcohol for spending money like water and. It's been twenty years since security specialist Charley Roper and country star Dallas Creed had their bitter parting Now a killer has brought them together again but neither is ready for a reunion despite signs that their explosive chemistry hasn't waned with time She can't forget the.
Desiree Holt ¿ 9 READHimself in the high of superstardom through drugs alcohol and women Until the
Day He Literally Crashes Backhe literally crashes back reality His new sobering existence is somewhat eased by the unexpected reappearance of his brother Morgan Now on a new path towards rebuilding his career and image the last thing he expected was for someone to try to kill him and for his past to walk through the door in an attempt to save himCharley has lived a professionally successful life Her start in the FBI has driven her towards opening her own security firm and iving her the independence she craved Now having landed in the number one top spot in the business Charley is still uite surprised when Morgan comes to her office asking for assistance She s confident that the internal walls she s erected since breaking up with
Dallas will remain strong as long as she remains focused on the job Drastic times call for drasticwill remain strong as long as she remains focused on the job Drastic times call for drastic BUT WILL CHARLEY BE TOO PRE OCCUPIED TO but will Charley be too pre occupied to the killerDallas and Charley are both such strong willed and determined characters which plays out beautifully with the sexual tension This couple definitely has amazing chemistry and Ms Holt does a fantastic job showing it by taking the reader back in time to where it all began how it ended and then how it is rekindled Their story is incredibly moving and will have the reader all tied up in emotional knots The sex scenes are intense and will leave the reader both breathless and wanting The suspense filled plot keeps the story moving briskly and is both unpredictable and believable Despite the minor editing errors the story feels complete and worth rereading This being Ms Holt s 100th release it is my extreme pleasure to encourage every reader of romance to pick this one up It will without a doubt become a fan favoriteReview also posted Night Owl Reviews Twenty Years Ago Charley Roper Walked Out On The Man She Loved More Than Life They Had Been Lovers But He Never Said He Wanted To Try To Make The Big Time What About His Ranch He Owned With His Brother What About Her Dreams Of Making The FBI All To Play In The Run Down Bars That She Sat In The Watch Him Play For Nickles And Dimes Well He Could Have It Twenty Years Later Charley Saw Morgan Creed On Her Appointment Schedule And Knew He Would Change Her Life She Had Made It To The FBI And Learned A Lot Before She Finally Was Swayed Away By Another Firm She Had Opened Roper Detective Services And Had Guarded Big Name Celebrities And From There Her Company Took OffDallas Creed Knew He d Messed Up Big Time The Moment The Words Left His Mouth For Days He Tried To Talk To Charley And Explain But How Could He Tell Her The Music Was In His Blood And Not Ranching With His Brother Morgan Charley Refused To Talk To Him And He Turned His Back On His Brother And The Only Woman That He Ever LovedBreak Out The Tissues Readers As You Ride Along On The Ride Of The Love Gone Wrong Between Charley And Dallas Stardom Took Dallas On A Fast Moving Freight Train To Drugs Booze And Women But When An Accident Almost Took His Life The Estrangement With Him And Morgan Disappeared And Morgan Helped Him Battle The Drugs Booze And Helped Get His Mangled Leg Back Sawyer Black His Former Agent Talked Him Into Touring Again But There Had Been Attempts On Life And Morgan Hired The Only Woman He Had Loved Funny They Both Got Their Dreams And Now She Was Protecting Him Desiree Holt Does It Again With A Book You Can t Put Down I really really enjoyed Downstroke The story shows how a decision made when we are younger can impact our whole lives Charly and Dallas were meant to be together the way Ms Holt added in flashbacks from when they were younger the break up scene and described their feelings past and present made my heart bleed for both of them Usually when reading a lost love found romance I am on one or the other s side and most of the time it is the heroine in Downstroke I couldn t pick sides I wanted them back together no matter who did what Dallas is a hero I totally connected with I loved his sense of shame he had over his rock star life style as well as his dedication to winning Charly back Charly is a strong independent woman with a hard shell but a soft heart the inner struggles she had finally admitting her feelings were believable and it was Doing Democracy in Indigenen Gemeinschaften great that she didn t justive in to her heart without thinkingTo see my full review click this linkhttpwwwguiltypleasuresbookreviews A thrilling and erotic romantic suspense Desiree Holt creates another spell binding tale that weaves romance and thrills all into one And it helps that it features a country singer Swoons Holt always crafts her characters so well and the sizzling suspense just ets hotter and hotter with the turn of each page How this author creates story after story in such a short time is amazing but I enjoy reading Holt s suspense very muchIf you like romantic suspense steamy love scenes and don t mind staying up all night to read then check out Downstroke It s hot Dallas and Charley s story will win the hearts of romance fans. Els Dallas and Charley find themselves on a hot suspenseful erotic roller coaster ride Can he convince her to trust her heart to him one time to reach out for a richer deeper mature loveMore importantly can Charley keep Dallas alive long enough for either of them to enjoy a second chanc. Cutting a swath through crowds of women easy booze easy drugs easy women An auto accident nearly claimed his life and through months of painful recovery he not drugs easy women An auto accident nearly claimed his life and through months of painful recovery he not ot his body back but his life and his Stop Whining--and Start Winning good sense as well Now he has reclaimed his fans but a killer is out for blood The novel really doesn tive many hints as to the identity of this maniac Holt teases her readers almost to the very end But during the course of the story the reader not only encounters the stalker but also walks the journey of reclaiming their relationship with Dallas and Charley Now they are really rown ups having dealt with real life having had to learn to live with the conseuences of their choices learning what it means to put their dreams ahead of their love I found that it was curiously redemptive to experience their renewal Holt has a wonderful ability to bring her readers into the meat of the story And while the unrelieved presence of the killer keeps the tension level high it is also the pressure cooker of circumstances that forces Charley and Dallas to make some important decisions about their future togetherThis is a reat read which is full of tension mystery hot loving and some wonderful caring affectionate concern and Il sale della vita genuine relationship not only between Dallas and Charley but between Dallas and his brother with Dallas and the members of his crew and band as well Their mutual respect and regardet them all through some trying days I like to experience that kind of dynamic in stories I am also delighted that Holt has My Favorite Things given her readers a full length novel Her ability to tell a story never fail to delight but I have really felt cheated when some of her tales are so short Theyet the job done but the encounter with the characters is way too brief So Holt fans enjoy I think you ll really like this one I ive this novel a rating of 45 out of 5This review was originally posted on Book Binge by Judith A really cool aspect of this book is that it starts from the killer s point of view He s after a famous musician called Dallas Creed The killer misses his target and has no choice but to try again Dallas s brother Morgan originally posted at steamy sex a killer on the loosewhat could you ask for Charlotte Charley Roper owns a successful protective agency and has long since forgotten the man who broke her heart country music star Dallas Creed or maybe she hasn t Morgan Dallas s brother contacts Charley and asks for her services convincing Charley to come to Dallas s concert that night While she s talking to Dallas someone tried to shoot him She decides to take the case but keep her heart out of it but will she find
THE KILLER IN TIME I LOVE MUSIC SO THISkiller in time I love music so this had me hooked right off the bat I was very impressed with the mystery aspect of the book The plot stays steady and strong the whole way through I never
lost interest which sometimes happens for me with the novel length stories My only nit pick was that Msinterest which sometimes happens for me with the novel length stories My only nit pick was that Ms switched back and forth between first person and third person between Charley and Dallas it was a bit distracting That being said I still really enjoyed this story Ms Holt even shows her song writing skills and I must say they are pretty impressive I d love to hear the songs set to music This one is definitely worthy of being her 100th book The danger and romance are spectacular and I recommend it highly I had known about the concept for this book for a year now and could not wait to read it Once I ot it I tore through it and loved every minute of it The chemistry between the characters was haunting passionate hungry and at times incredibly funny I could obviously tell that Desiree knew her stuff when it came to the music industry and I appreciated that while reading the story It was not forced nor unbelievable and I found the storytelling to be complete and valued If I could say one thing about this book it would bewhen will we see the next installment for Dallas brotherLoved it After a nasty breakup Charley Roper moved on to have a career with the FBI and now her own security company Dallas Creed had become the darling of the country music world but he had managed to hit bottom with drugs and booze but is on his way back up again Now he s in danger and his brother wants to hire Charley What do you do when the man you still love is in danger You The Nine of Us go protect himAll I can say is wow This was areat read with so many twists and unexpected nuances that you have no idea what could happen next but you know you have to keep reading to find out Author Desiree Holt knows how to mold emotion action mystery and love that never really went away into a fantastic read If you enjoy a ood read that includes a second chance a very strong woman a talented singer who finally ets it straight a mystery danger and intrigue then Hiding in the Bathroom get your hands on DOWNSTROKE Dallas rise to fame and fortune hasn t been easy His determination in becoming a music superstar comes not just from talent but also heartbreak Night after night he performed for thousands of strangers and lost. Feel of his hands on her body He can't forget the hot touch of her mouth When they finally tumble into bed the sex is just asood as they remember hot enough to singe the sheets But is it enoughThrown together during an exhausting frenzied concert tour with a killer nipping at their he.