Thursday, June 20, 2013

Going Home Review

Title-Going Home
Series-Green Bayou Book #1
By-Rhonda R. Dennis
Publication Date-August 3, 2011 
Genre- Mystery/Romance


Paramedic Emily Boudreaux believes New Orleans is the perfect place for a young trauma junkie to see some action. Things start out fine enough, but years pass, and the job brings nothing but strife. Emily decides to make a fresh start by returning to her roots. She moves to the small town of Green Bayou, Louisiana. Thinking she will find peace and tranquility, Emily quickly learns that her imagination steered her wrong. Small town life offers far more tumult than she remembered! Mystery, excitement, deceit, and passion run rampant along the murky waters of Bayou Assumption. She struggles with the decision of which man to love: her amazing, new Paramedic partner, Jacob Templet or her handsome, former high school sweetheart, Deputy Pete Bergeron. Her ultimate struggle won't involve the decision of which man to be with. It is a quest for her personal survival! Praying to get out of a disastrous situation alive, Emily hopes that going home won't be the wrong decision.

My Review: I loved this story! I was totally vested from the very start. Going Home packs just enough of all the right elements to make this book an exciting page turner from beginning to end. Always leaving you wanting just a little bit more. I immediately connected with the characters in this story it was like I had known them my whole life and it was just one big coming home party. Rhonda Dennis does a terrific job of making every character in her book feel like an old friend. She brings to life through her words a whole other part of the world wrapped in enough mystery to leave you wanting to know more. I for one can not wait for this series to continue. Ms. Davis has found herself a new fan.

Going Home: A Green Bayou Novel Book One Excerpts

                My head was killing me.  The last thing I wanted to do was to open my eyes.  I tried drifting back into unconsciousness, but my body refused to let me go to the place where I felt no pain.  I struggled to open one eye, and then finally, the other.  My eyelids felt like they were weighted with lead.  Finally, they stayed open long enough for me to register dim light, but focusing became another long, drawn-out process.

“So the kiss we shared?  It was just one of those ‘caught up in the moment’ things?” he asked cautiously.
“No.  It’s one of those super-complicated ‘I don’t quite know what to make of it yet’ things.”  I looked away from him.  His handsome face and sad eyes were more than I could handle at the moment.  “Even though I admit that I enjoyed it, I’m not sure that we should do it again.  Not until I figure out where things are with Pete, okay?”
“So, you enjoyed it?”  He nodded his head a few times and then rose from his seat to make his way to the front door.  I followed him through the foyer and turned the handle of the door to open it.  Jacob thrust his hand against the door and held it closed.  He pulled me to him and kissed me until I thought my knees would buckle. 
“I just wanted to give you something to think about while you’re trying to figure the Pete thing out,” he taunted.

I couldn't wait to get the bayou funk off of me.  Bayou mud had a way of making your skin itch and burn if you didn't get it off, and I was on fire.  I knew it would be a race to see who could get to the shower first.  The loser was destined to sit in nasty, waterlogged clothing until the victor got out of the bathroom.
I thought about bailing from the cab of the unit before Jacob could put it into “park”, but I figured that would be cheating.  We stomped up the steps together, and once we were inside, we sat staring at each other.  Jacob broke into a full run.  I heard the bathroom door slam.  I banged on it and laced my rant with a few select profanities.  The door opened a crack and I could see Jacob’s half-naked body through the slit.  Wow!  I lost my train of thought.
“You know we could both have a hot shower and we’d conserve water if we showered together,” Jacob suggested.
As much as my nether region was trying to encourage me to accept his offer, I politely declined.
“You will get paid back for making me sit in these nasty clothes.  What happened to chivalry? I asked.
“Now you want to play the gender card!  Nope, you took that one off the table after the Halloween fiasco.”
“But it’s cold out here, Jacob.”  I whined, trying my best to get sympathy.
“I know.  I can tell.”
I gasped as I crossed my arms over my breasts.
“Last chance,” he teased.

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Author Info-
Rhonda Dennis is proud to be born and raised in South Louisiana.  Her enthusiasm for the uniqueness of Louisiana’s culture is evident in her writing. Even though she loved writing, she put it on hold to work in the medical field.

After starting a family, she went back to college where her passion was reignited and Rhonda wrote her first novel, Going Home, Book One of the Green Bayou Novel Series. Rhonda lives in a small town in South Louisiana with her husband, Doyle, and her son, Sean. She appreciates the outdoors, spending time with her family and friends, and loves cooking.


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