REVIEWER: Susan Plummer | RATING: B
SYNOPSIS: Suzanne Evans is eking out a simple existence waiting tables at the Decklin Café in 1850’s Pennsylvania, hoping to save enough funds to open a bakery of her own. Buoyed by secret meetings with Deputy Andrew Powers, she presses on even when her cruel boss puts her down for being black and a former whore.
REVIEW: In DEPUTY’S DESIRE by Kianna Alexander, a lawman is forced to make the ultimate choice between love and the law.
Suzanne Evans loses her livelihood when Graham’s only gentlemen’s club is forced out of business. Adjusting to her new life waitressing in the Decklin Café is a huge challenge for Suzanne as her boss Brian Decklin despises her. The only bright spark is the handsome deputy, Andrew Powers who comes in everyday for his meals and seems to have taken a liking to her. That spark is dimmed when the café mysteriously burns to the ground and Decklin immediately points the finger at Suzanne. Suzanne and Andrew’s fledgling relationship is challenged when he is forced to decide her innocence or guilt. Andrew wants to believe Suzanne would never stoop to such a malicious action but she is the only one present during the fire and with no evidence supporting her claim of innocence, his hands are tied. Suzanne was looking forward to a possible future with Andrew but her life could be cut short if he cannot prove her innocence.
DEPUTY’S DESIRE is a fairly short novel and the conclusion fairly clear from early on.
Suzanne is a resilient woman who doesn’t fall apart when her life does. However, the choice to remain romantically entangled with the man holding her prisoner does not seem the most prudent. In keeping with her strong personality, however, Suzanne seeks help instead of playing the damsel in distress. Andrew is sometimes fickle as he doles out his affections and then pulls it away. Clearly he realizes the conflict of interest in his behavior. There is a colorful list of supporting characters including Suzanne’s supporters and of course Brian Decklin; the catalyst for Suzanne’s troubles.
The story is set in Graham, a town founded on racial equality but sadly, this is not always the belief of everyone in the town.
The dialogue is in tune with the period in which this historical novel is set and adds authenticity to the overall story. Suzanne clearly does not cower when communicating with her hateful boss or when expressing herself to Andrew. Andrew, on the other hand, constantly struggles with what he wants and what is right.
DEPUTY’S DESIRE is the third novel in the Graham Goddesses series and while interesting enough, the conclusion is somewhat foreseeable. Other novels in the series include LOVE’S LASSO and Freedom’s Embrace; the latter remains my favorite.
5th September 2014 | email@example.com