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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.
Ride Your Heart ‘Til It Breaks
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.
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.
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.
Carrie Moon (Karen) falls in love with mesmerizing musician, Stan Benedict. Going against all her moral principles, the two begin an affair the lasts until Stan betrays Carrie and breaks her heart. Many years later the two meet again, will they get a second chance?
I enjoyed this story of star-crossed lovers a lot and rooted for their HEA, but found Karen to be weak in character. If the man I cared about messed around like Stan did, I’d be gone. Which shows how well the author built up the storyline. The reader can’t help becoming invested in the outcome of the book.
A good story, I would definitely recommend it if you like lots of angst in your romances.
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