Tuesday, July 28, 2009

"5 Books" Review for Murphy's Law!

I was so pleased to receive a "5 Books" review for Murphy's Law, Damaged Heroes Book 1, from Long and Short Reviews! This book is available in ebook and trade paperback.

My thanks to SnapDragon for the beautiful write up! Here's what she had to say:


Murphy’s Law brings us to the world of high stakes harness racing, and even higher stakes love.

Seth Remington, chaser of thrills, is a lot like his Porsche; all about speed. His father – life – expectations, even the woman he proposed to, all are just tethers, keeping him attached to a world and the threat of a corporate life he simply does not want. He might pretend that sort of thing holds appeal, but he puts off dealing with reality. He thinks he can wend his way around those expectations and live the life of a playboy, but events – one in particular – seal his fate. Reality hits in so many ways.

Katie Murphy – accomplished horse trainer – can hardly expect her part in Seth’s life either, but it’s a case of like it or not, no turning back.

Murphy’s Law starts off just plain intriguing. While Seth might seem, at outset, the stereotypical playboy, it’s easy to identify with his motivations, and understand his pursuit of freedom. He is unlikable for some things. He has a wildness we all might wish for… and Katie knows about that kind of yearning. She knows how to channel the drive. Eminently practical, she just might prove to have a wild side.

James does an exceptional job presenting her characters, and developing them throughout the work. The setting, largely in a busy Standardbred Racing Stable, contributes to an overall sense of achievements. The track environs, the horses, patrons, trainers, groom and drivers all become the community that Seth gets to know, feel part of, and quite unexpectedly, is contributing to. Yet, even as things improve in some ways, Seth’s options are still limited by a hand from the past.

Beautifully written, engaging, and hard to predict, Murphy’s Law was a pleasure from start to finish.

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