giovedì 16 aprile 2015

Review & Giveaway: Ride Your Heart 'Til It Breaks by Deborah Hawkins

Ride Your Heart 'Til It Breaks
by Deborah Hawkins



On an October evening in 1994, attorney Karen Moon, enters Jazz By the Bay in San Diego’s Seaport Village, and without warning throws away ten years of marathon labor to become a partner at prestigious Warrick, Thompson, when she falls in love with the star attraction, trumpeter Stan Benedict.  Never mind that she is on a corporate spying mission to close the club so that her client Waterfront Development can hijack the prime bay location for a hotel/retail shop complex. And never mind that Stan, a world class flirt, has every woman in the audience longing to go home with him. In Stan’s music, Karen hears a deeper truth: behind the performer’s confident, shallow mask is a vulnerable, lonely man longing to be loved.

Addicted to Stan and his music, Karen secretly crosses ethical boundaries and risks her career to save the club from Waterfront. She and Stan begin a tumultuous affair that culminates in an unplanned pregnancy and a hasty marriage. But their relationship is increasingly threatened by the demands of Karen’s job as a highly paid securities lawyer and by the rising crescendo of Stan’s frequent infidelities. Through mounting heartbreak, Karen struggles to hold on to Stan until they are swept apart by a tide of personal and professional loss. 

Thirteen years later, without warning, Stan suddenly reappears in Karen’s life to  tell her he never stopped loving her. Now a superior court judge and married to Warrick Thompson partner Howard Morgan, Karen is faced with Howard’s threats to destroy her if she leaves her marriage.

Ride Your Heart ‘Til It Breaks is a complex love story about loss, infidelity, forgiveness, and self-discovery.


My Review:

It 's a very exciting and deep novel, about forgiveness and love, the one made of ups and downs, the one able to withstand time and to win over reason.
Karen Moon is a successful lawyer, rather she is an honorable, is married to a judge very good but there is something that is missing: her great love Stan Benedict. He is the only man she loved but has also suffered a lot for him. After twelve years since he sees nor hears he reappears in her life to tell her he still loves her and has never been able to forget her. She had met him at a local where she had gone to work. She was immediately attracted to his sublime music and his incredible charm. Karen was now fallen into the trap. Their story has always been very painful, he was often drunk and was unfaithful to her all the time. Will he be changed? Can finally trust him and free up her heart to give in to the passion? While fighting with her doubts Karen also faces the anger of her husband:  destroys her if only asks for a divorce.
The characters are well developed, deep, real. Stan is a famous musician, outstanding, with his music manages to monopolize the attention of anyone, has a charm that women can not resist. But he is also a selfish man, full of himself, arrogant. Karen is a strong, independent woman whose only weakness is Stan.
The author has a style really captivating: can describe in a masterly way the sights, tastes, smells that makes it easy to imagine being there, in the bay of San Diego or in the bar where karen and Stan met. It 's also well decrypts the world of lawyers and law offices. In the history interspersed present and past: it's easy not to get lost by displaying the temporal at the beginning of the paragraph.
I recommend it to those who love romance and stories with great women as protagonists.

I received a copy of the book in return for an honest review.



November, 1994
Through her tears, she watched Stan vanish up the path toward the parking lot.
 Go after him.  Fight for him, her heart said.  Show him you won't desert him.  Show him it's safe to love you.
He had already left when she reached her car.  She drove the few blocks to his loft at Fourth and G.  By some miracle, there was an empty meter in front.  She got out and hurried up the steps to ring the bell. 
Answer.  Please, answer, she prayed.  Her breath came in short, harsh sobs as she stood waiting for a reply from upstairs. 
None came.
Karen rang the bell, more insistently this time.  She counted ten seconds and rang the bell again.
Then suddenly the iron security door swung open, and Stan was there.  Without a word, he pulled her inside and into his arms. 


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Deborah grew up in the South, wrote her first novel at the of age thirteen, and has been writing ever since. In graduate school, she studied Irish Literature and came to believe all Irishmen and Southerners are born storytellers. In addition to writing, she loves music and plays the clarinet. Now that her children are grown, she devotes her time to law, music, writing, and her two Golden Retrievers, Melody and Rhythm.

Deborah taught college English and worked as a technical editor before going to law school. She worked for several large East Cost firms before coming to California in the mid-1980's where she developed a solo practice as an appellate attorney while raising her three children as a single parent. She is admitted to the bar in two states and the District of Columbia, is a certified appellate specialist, and has a Master of Laws in addition to a Masters in English. She believes that even a legal case always begins with a story.  

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