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I used to have Shiloh Walker on autobuy, but in recent years, since she stopped writing as much for Ellora's Cave, her works have become...tamer and a touch boring.

This book was on offer at my library, and was an ok read. Just that - not hot, sexy, passionate like her old books, but an ok read. I am not going to go into it in great detail but Delilah/DeeDee, now know as Del, used to be the Beautiful Girl of Preston, a town founded by her ancestors, but just before her senior prom, she left town without telling anyone, including Blake, the guy she was seeing. 12 years on, she is in town for a school reunion that she has reluctantly agreed to attend, meeting up with a friend from old, Blake and her estranged mother and stepfather.

This book was meant to be a mystery, but the author let on that Del now dresses down, in baggy dull clothes, had died her hair a boring brown (she was previously blonde) and never wore makeup, so it did not take long to clock that she'd suffered a very personal and intimate trauma. So, she ran away, did drugs, tried to kill herself, nearly got assaulted, but in the end was saved by an angel of a woman and became a rehab counsellor.

Back in town, Del confronts her evil Southern-Belle mother, for whom appearances and 'being a Preston' are all that matter, she reconciles with her friend and with Blake and he 'fights' the baddy for her, before the 'baddy' is taken care of (very much a scenario that fellow author Beverly Barton has perfected).

It was an ok tale, but there was no mystery, no real passion between the leads - maybe 2 scenes, but that was possibly due to the very nature of Del's trauma. The ending was too contrived, too make-believe and too convenient to be believable, complete with Del inherting a fortune and getting her HEA.

An ok read if you get to read it for free, but had I bought it at the extravagant advertised price, I'd have been very disappointed. That's not to say that I won't read books by Shiloh Walker again, I just won't buy them.
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