Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Book Review: 'Dirty Shame' by Tess Oliver

California author Tess Oliver began her career as a teacher and now has changed her direction to writing historical and contemporary romance novels of which she now has published more than sixty! She writes about relatable characters who "become your friends" as you journey with them in intriguing stories that will have you "devouring her books in just one day". This book is Book 1 from her series BLUEFIELD BAD BOYS and is titled DIRTY SHAME.

Tess does a fine job of building credible characters, allowing us into the potential conflicts early on so that as she develops her story we feel part of the atmosphere. She also has mastered the technique of time lapses that truly add to the building of her characters and her plot.

In the well-scribed story outline she offer just enough information to make us want to read to the end in one sitting. ‘We were prisoners of forbidden love, just like Romeo and Juliet but without the poetic, old English double speak and Italian marble balconies. A coal miner’s son, Kellan Braddock always knew he’d follow in his late dad’s steel toed boots. He also always knew that he’d never love anyone as much he loved Rylan Merritt. But sometimes love isn't enough. Seven years ago, Rylan Merritt left Bluefield Ridge with her heart in tatters. Now she’s back. And Kellan Braddock, the boy from the wrong side of the tracks, the boy who she loved beyond anything has grown into a man. Will she risk her heart again?’

Fine sense of atmosphere including clouds of steamy erotica make this a fine little chick lit novel. No wonder the lady has published so many stories…Grady Harp, August 17

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Grady Harp. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.

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