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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Review - When the Bough Breaks by Miss Mae

Title: When The Bough Breaks

Author: Miss Mae

Publisher: Whimsical Publishing

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Rating: You NEED TO READ (4.5 of 5)

Reviewed by: MarthaE

Blurb: Darlene Moore's reason for shunning Parker Shane has nothing to do with his reputation of being a playboy. She even dates him before the death of her mother forces her to move away. After a two-year absence from Dalesville, she returns home to find Parker exchanging wedding vows with her sister. Two months later, her sister dies.

Then Richard Ryan, head of Dalesville's wealthy, prominent family, and Parker's employer, goes missing. Could there be a connection to his disappearance and Parker's unexpected promotion?

Danger and questions a plenty barrage Darlene with the deadly speed of a six-shooter. Who called down a representative from a Washington agency? Who later assaulted him? Who attacked Darlene at her friend's apartment? And will Parker's scandalous brand of playboy be changed to one of murderous culprit? Or, in the moment of Darlene's greatest need, might he become her rescuing knight?

REVIEW: This is another winning book from Miss Mae! Lots of intrigue with a sweet romance!

Darlene is a wonderful young lady. The story starts when she is a tender, sweet 16 and follows her young crush, young encounters, first date and finally the recognition of her true love four years later.

Parker is a young man with a rough beginning and a bit of a reputation. But when he meets a sweet and determined 16 year old spitfire he is willing to mend his wicked ways for “Pepper”, as he nicknames Darlene!

I must admit that I am not accustomed to reading YA although I have read a couple these past several months. It is fun to relate to Darlene’s teenage struggles with a mother who won’t let her date until she is 18 and yet she wants to be popular, especially with the cute boys! There is an extra dynamic of an older sister who has a boyfriend who is Darlene’s first real crush! That relationship plays an important part in the overall story.

Miss Mae has developed believable personalities in her characters and wonderful mystery twists that I love about her books! As with the other wonderful books I have read by Miss Mae, she provides several suspects for the danger and trouble that abounds. This makes her books so much fun as you try to figure out the true villain because it isn’t always whom you first suspect! There are hints but some of them are hidden!

There was a point midway that was a bit slow for me, but do not worry! Soon the action starts up and the mystery gets moving full force. Then the book just flies by as you read to find out what happens! Miss Mae writes wonderfully sweet mysteries that can be enjoyed by everyone. Pick this up for a good mystery read!


  1. Thank you for the exceptional review. :)

  2. Looks like Miss Mae has done it again. I've read one of her books and was hooked by her style of mystery, intrigue and romance. Her writing is unique. I love the cover on this one too. I look forward to acquiring this one for reading as well. Good job Miss Mae. Larry

  3. I'm definitely going to have to start checking out Miss Mae's books! Thank you for this wonderful review!

  4. Miss Mae, you've done it again! Can't say that I'm surprised. Can't wait to get my hands on this book...but guess I'll have to. Shucks!



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