Down and Out by Marcy G. Dyer

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Down and Out by Marcy G. Dyer
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing Inc
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational, Action/Adventure, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (112 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rated: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

When a down on her luck publicist moves home to Odessa, Texas, she’s thrust into a volatile job with a handsome security consultant showing her the ropes when a stranger decides she must be his and he’s determined to win her love – at any cost. Can the handsome consultant protect her from the stalker or will she end up buried in the desert?

Candace Downs last name maybe Downs, but she is definitely not out, hence the title of the book – Down and Out.

Candace was recently a publicist in New York until she was let go from her job and had to move back home. With only a beat up old VW Bug, a few clothes and living in an apartment over a friends garage she didn’t have anything to lose when her cousin Carl offered her a job at his towing company. On her first day on the job Candace mets “the most beautiful man she’d ever seen’, co-owner of Viper Security Josiah Bradley and a feisty red head Beth Anne. Candace is definitely way out of her normal work environment being around guns and adventurous escapes after completing a repo. She definitely didn’t expect to pick up a stalker when called to the scene of a wreck.

Unbeknown to Candace the day she is called to tow Lucien Robard’s car from the scene of an accident, her quiet uneventful life is about to be completely changed. Lucien is obsessed with Candace and has his mind set on making sure she is the proper lady for him to marry. He hacks her social media account to track her goings on. He submits a job resume to a job at a bank, where he thinks is appropriate for her to work. Along with sending flowers and gifts to her job and home, he shows up at the hospital when Candace’s father is admitted. Candace is forced to file a formal complaint with the police department. The complaint doesn’t stop Lucien. He only set more antics in motion.

Down and Out is a novel that has it all! Adventure, humor, suspense, clean Christian romance and a lot of crazy stalker action mixed all together. At times I thought I was reading a script for a Lifetime movie while watching an episode of Repo Man.

The author did a fabulous job with the plot, keeping it interesting and the surprises with what would come next. The characters were likable and the humor from Bertie and Gertie, you couldn’t help but love them. The slow romance that built between Candace and Josiah Bradley was oohh so the teaser. I have to give two thumbs up for the author’s development of the crazy mind of Lucien. She took it there and didn’t lack any on making him believable crazy. I enjoyed the fact this was a Christian read, but as with life we have bad seeds so Lucien’s character and actions fit the novel. Dyer was not too soft in the approach.

I did notice quit a few typos that stood out and long with some editorial corrections that were missed that were very obvious.  For instance, Josiah was stabbed with a knife, but later it says he was shot. Candace’s sister’s name is Kim, but calls her Brandi in one sentence.

Over all I really enjoyed this novel. I look forward to reading more books from Marcy G. Dyer in the near future.
I would highly recommend Down and Out if you are looking for a thrilling novel with a ending you won’t be able to predict.

Comments

  1. Ginger,

    Thank you so much for reviewing Down & Out. This was my debut novel, and when I received the email notifying me of the review, I have to admit, I was more than a tad nervous!

    Thank you again!

  2. Linda Christopher says:

    It is so nice to read a book that refers to my home town. Seems strange to read the different spots in Odessa that I’m familiar with. Streets that I’ve driven down and places I’ve also been to and grew up with. The story line is so good. I can’t wait for another book written by Marcy Dyer. What a wonderful Christian lady and such a help to anyone who needs her. I am blessed to be able to call her my friend and my sister in Christ.

  3. Your review made me want to run out & get this book. Thanks for a job well done in giving the reader ample info to know whether it’s a book for them or not!

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