Monday, March 1, 2021

🍷🍷🍷🍷 #Review of Deathmarch by Dana Marton

Title: Deathmarch
Series: Broslin Creek #7
Author: Dana Marton
Format: Kindle Edition, 270 pages
Published: February 2nd 2021 by Dana Marton
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Reviewer: Linda
Source: Author
Rating: 4.25 out of 5 Wine Glasses
On the verge of losing her business, Allie Bianchi, a historical reenactor, must return to her hometown that never accepted her family. The sooner she leaves again, the better. But when the town recluse is murdered on the night of her arrival, his prepper hoard stolen, she becomes Detective Harper Finnegan’s number one suspect. In what universe is her bad-boy ex-boyfriend now a cop, arresting her for murder?

Welcome back to Broslin Creek! Can't wait to catch up with you. How about a cup of coffee at Finnegan's? You won't believe what's happening. Allie Bianchi, the town bum's daughter, just blew back into town. UP. TO. NO. GOOD. No doubt. Well, Harper Finnegan is a police detective now. She's not going to get her hooks into him so easily this time. Not when there's murder afoot! You just watch and see.

Linda's Thoughts:

As an avid fan of Dana Marton’s Broslin Creek series, I was happy dancing about returning to the small town of Broslin, Pennsylvania, with Deathmarch and was not disappointed! False assumptions take center stage in this whodunit that is both romantic and suspenseful. Please know that even though Deathmarch is the seventh entry in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone. Calamity Jane/Annie Oakley impersonator Allie Bianchi plays the role of our heroine and Detective Harper Finnegan fills the shoes of our hero. 

Told from dual third person perspectives (Allie’s and Harper’s), the story is set in the present day. Dana effectively uses flashbacks to take the primary characters down memory lane connecting how past events/actions carryforward. The story is the engrossing mix of Harper and Dana emotionally dealing with their past/present AND of fascinating police procedurals dealing with the murder case. Then, just as Harper finds evidence that seems to clear Ally, Ally finds herself targeted and in danger.

Allie had a hard childhood growing up in Broslin. She and Harper were a thing until they weren’t. Devastated by Harper’s rejection, she escaped from Broslin when she was 18 never expecting to return. Now, her stage-performer business is struggling and when she’s offered a desperately-needed gig in Broslin ten years after she left, she accepts. Nowhere in that quickly-in-for-a-performance scenario did she ever imagine being arrested for murder by her ex-boyfriend upon her arrival in town.

Allie and Harper had plenty of history back when Allie’s scumbag father was alive and Harper was a bad boy. Harper has turned his life around but has Allie? Will the town of Broslin give her another chance as they remember her bum of a father? Will the independent and strong-willed woman Ally has become afford the town and Harper another chance?

Following please find a few of my favorite excerpts from Deathmarch:
“He was going to kiss her. The thought speared through her stunned mind as he closed the distance between them and brushed his warm lips over hers.
The rush was like plunging from the high point of a roller coaster: sheer exhilaration, breathlessness, half a heart attack.
She made a sound. She hadn't meant it to be encouraging, but it so obviously was, he kissed her deeper.
Nobody kissed like Harper. God, she'd almost forgotten how he would begin slow and soft and seduce her mouth little by little until she was hopelessly lost, until she was ruthlessly conquered.” 
“Now how am I supposed to kiss you?" He put himself out there. If she smacked him down, so be it.
Instead, the corner of her mouth turned up. "I can be kissed in other places.” 
“Do you feel like you've been through a meat grinder or just tumbled around in a cement mixer?”

Returning fans of the series will certainly enjoy catching up with the town’s residents as many characters from past Broslin books play supporting parts. There’s Harper’s brother Kennan and their parents, Rose and Sean Finnegan. From Deathwatch (*1), Murphy and Kat return.  From Deathtrap (3), Sophie and Ethan Bing return. From Broslin Bide (5), Detective Chase Merritt returns. 

Deathmarch is Harper’s and Dana’s sexy and tender second chance at love. Their story is a well-paced, entertaining read from the start to the finish and a wonderful addition to this series. Seriously, if you are a fan of contemporary romantic suspense and haven’t picked up one of Dana’s Broslin Creek books, you are missing out. I sure hope there’s another Broslin Creek installment in the works as I can’t wait to return!

Suggested Reading Order: 
#1 Deathwatch 
#2 Deathscape 
#3 Deathtrap 
#4 Deathblow 
#5 Broslin Bride: Gone and Done it 
#6 Deathwish 
#6.5 When You Return to Me 

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