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Defender (Doms of Mountain Bend) Paperback – August 30, 2021
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Clayton Trebek doesn’t know what to make of the woman he finds sleeping in her car on his property. After ensuring she doesn’t need help, he thinks he’s seen the last of her until he catches sight of her around Mountain Bend after she said she was headed home. It’s not until she wanders into his club and shows signs of a submissive streak along with a wariness of answering personal questions that he suspects she’s dodging trouble.
Skye Anderson remembers nothing prior to rousing with a throbbing, bleeding head, a dead man sprawled on the bed next to her, and a woman claiming to be her best friend telling her he was her husband. Her blank memories send her fleeing the house in fear and she spends the next few weeks hanging around Mountain Bend. When there is no news about a murdered man, she grows more confused, and more drawn to the rancher intent on helping her.
Loneliness, worry, and fear draw her closer to Clayton, but the time comes when she has to return to the scene of the crime if she wants answers. Clayton isn’t about to let her go and enlists his friends’ help to find her, hoping he isn’t too late to save the woman he’s fallen hard for.
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- ASIN : B09F1HYV5S
- Publisher : Independently published (August 30, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 282 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8467515748
- Item Weight : 13.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.64 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #984,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story begins in Boise, Idaho, a crime scene—one man dead, one woman bleeding and injured and suffering from amnesia—and another claiming she is her friend and will help her. Too many things don’t seem right, but she must get out of there rather than wait to see what happens. Hearing two people talking in another part of the house, she gathers a few clothing items, her purse and leaves out of the bedroom to escape this scene.
Harper: “Oh, my God, Skye! You didn’t. Please tell me you didn’t.”
Skye: “Didn’t what? And who is Skye? Me?”
Harper: “Skye, what happened? Don’t you recognize me? Harper, your best friend. How can you not know me? I thought you were leaving before Alex got home. Are you all right? Did he hurt you? Is that why you shot him?”
Skye: “I don’t know what happened to him, or even who he is, or where I am.”
Harper: “Trust me, Skye. I’ve always been there for you and won’t let you down now.”
The story’s plot will have Skye leaving Boise and driving to Mountain Bend; she is still uncertain, confused, and doesn’t know what happened, who those people were, or who she really is. There is nothing in the news about her being wanted or anything about the murder of a man named Alex Gregory. She has to find a place to stay and keep checking. So tired, weary, she will pull off the road to rest her eyes, and before she knows it, a man is tapping on her glass, but she assures him she is alright and leaves.
“Are you sure you’re okay? Is there someone you can call to make sure you arrive home safely?”
Clayton Trebek has seen too many women in bad situations, and he feels like the woman parked by the ranch is another victim. But he can’t help her if she doesn’t trust him. Then, he sees her again out of his office window—why did she lie to him about heading home? He knows the people of Mountain Bend.
The story has one woman trying to remember, and one man a defender of victims but harsh on criminals—what neither one expected was finding each other and the chemistry between them. When Skye shows up at Spurs thinking it is a country-western bar, she discovers quickly, it is a private BDSM club. Why do things seem familiar? When Clayton agrees to let her stay, show her around, and let her witness the various stations and couples engaging in play, Skye isn’t shocked, more intrigued, and something in the back of her mind is accepting. She has become friends with Lisa and Poppy, and after several outings with them, she is comfortable—but the fear remains, she doesn’t know who she is and did she kill Alex? Bits and flashbacks play, nightmares plague her, but the answers are still elusive. Clayton asks her several times if there is anything he can do to help, yet she rejects his offer—but agrees to stay in his building on the sofa sleeper.
The story will keep the pages turning as it unfolds, with new connections and experiences, a mystery with a touch of danger and suspense, and so many uncertainties and unanswered questions. It also has a slow-building relationship between Skye and Clayton. What starts as an attraction changes to a night together and then agreeing to scene together at Spurs—one without commitments. Skye can’t commit due to her amnesia, and Clayton doesn’t think he is ready to settle down like Shawn and Dakota—but fate is fickle. Trouble is coming, the danger isn’t over, and the mystery hasn’t been solved. Will Skye remember? Will Clayton hate her?
“She was an enigma, one he needed to solve for his peace of mind and before he could appease his lust, which continued to burn hotter each time he saw her.”
“He was a love them thoroughly, leave them happy kind of guy, staying friends with most women after the sexual relationship ended. No woman had tempted him to consider anything more than that, but none had drawn his curiosity the way Skey had since their first encounter or shied away from their attraction to him.”
This was a good sexy story but had some major plot holes- like how could she not know what his occupation was if she was staying above his office? And why didn't Clayton have her arrested or interrogated because of his suspicions of her being in trouble? Again, like the first two books- this ended way too quickly, and more of all three couple's lives together later would've been much appreciated.
Unfortunately, the story quickly became choppy and difficult to follow as I was constantly distracted by the numerous editing errors. Nearly every page contained blue writing, for example on location page 673...[kr13][BP14]. These sorts of breaks showed up sometimes twice on one page, see location page 1826 in chapter 7. Several pages had words highlighted in yellow. There were grammar errors, ex " What business if it of yours?" Found in chapter 4 , location 1051....... These sorts of errors tend to be irritating and distracting.
Hopefully this review will encourage better editing before publication.
Regardless, I still will always enjoy reading anything by this author. She's knowledgeable and fun in her writing, her stories tend to be short and sweet. And I enjoy them when I need something light and easy to read.
Thank you, BJ Wane for another delightful read.