Dylan Ryker has never known his mother, and when his father dies in an accident her sorts out his father’s belongings and takes to the road. The only clue he has found to his mother is a matchbook with the logo “Blue Flamingo” on the cover.
By accident he ends up in the town where a lady called Rita runs the Blue Flamingo bar. Dylan gets a job as barman and hopes the owner will be able to help him with information regarding his mother. Dylan comes across as a nice young man. He is attracted to Jena Staley but tries to keep his distance when her father objects to his presence.
I like the fact the answer to Dylan’s mother’s identity does not come until the end of the book and even then is a surprise. There are many side paths to the story with bullies, an overbearing father and Dylan’s quest each taking an equal part. A little slow in parts, but a nice read with unusual twists.
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