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Title: THE DEVIL AND DAYNA DALTON (Book 9) A Bulwark Anthology
Author: Brit Lunden
Pub. Date: September 30, 2019
Formats: Paperback, eBook
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Reporter Dayna Dalton’s reputation has been ruined since birth. The daughter of wild child, Becky Dalton, is expected to follow her mother’s footsteps; never given a chance to prove she’s different. Dana’s been in love with Clay Finnes since she was a teenager. Her unrequited love for Sheriff Finnes leaves her empty. He’s happily married and unavailable. Instead, Dayna finds herself stuck in the revolving door of bad relationships. But this is Bulwark, Georgia, a town where strange things are always happening. Dayna is doomed to this loveless life until she can find someone who will appreciate the depth of her character. Can she overcome her fears and look beyond her own perceptions to accept a greater love?
*Contains Sexual Content*
P R A I S E F O R T H E
B U L W A R K S E R I E S A N D B R I T L U N D E N
“If the Brothers Grimm and Stephen King had co-authored a novella, Bulwark would be the result. Lunden’s story is a modern, paranormal take on the classic Hansel and Gretel.
If you like to sleep with the light on after having the wits scared out of you, Bulwark isthe perfectread.”
~ BlueInk Review (Bulwark)
“Bulwark is all about the plot. Lunden keeps the narrative moving at a brisk pace, introducing one catastrophe after another, only to delicately bring them all together. Every character has a purpose; every line advances the story, con-founds the reader, but offers necessary clues.”
~ BookTrib (Bulwark)
“…jam-packed with elements that will give readers the heebie-jeebies.”
~ Kirkus (Bulwark)
“The novel is very effective at creating atmosphere, conjur-ing a Gothic world populated by monsters and the stuff of fairy tales.”
~ Joseph S. Pete, Foreword Reviews (Bulwark)
Readers who grew up with the likes of Barker, King and Lovecraft will have a field day reading this classy, dark fan-tasy novella. And, yes, it’s that good. Lunden’s plot is first-rate and her writing is smooth, assured and polished to a high sheen. Bulwark is most highly recommended.”
~ Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite,
5-Star Review, (Bulwark)
“The engaging tale’s centerpiece is the teens’ romance, with a Southern setting the author masterfully captures…
The unadorned prose and concise descriptions make for a quick read all the way to the bittersweet ending…A short but undeniably charming love story.”
~ Kirkus Reviews(The Knowing)
Brit Lunden is a prolific author who’s written over 50 books in assorted genres under different pen names. Bulwark was her first effort in adult fiction and was chosen by several of her fellow authors as the basis for a new series, A Bulwark Anthology. Using her characters, they are creating new denizens in spin-off stories to this bizarre town. Brit Lunden lives on Long Island in a house full of helpful ghosts.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE DEVIL AND DAYNA DALTON, US Only.
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REVIEW: The Devil and Dayna Dalton
The Devil and Dayna Dalton is the ninth book of a series I not only hadn’t previously read, I hadn’t even heard of it before this blog tour. This is actually my first book review participating in a book blog tour for another company. As such, I did receive an ARC for this book (advanced reader copy) however, I couldn’t get the file to integrate on my Kindle and had to use my Kindle Unlimited subscription to download the book from Amazon anyways. (You’re welcome Brit for the extra download.) No, I wasn’t paid to review this book.
As you’ve seen from the synopsis above this story focuses on Dayna Dalton, a reporter who has had a rough life in a small town due to circumstances she had no control over. Because her mom was the town floozy, all the men in her life have basically expected her to be the same. And because of her unrequited love for the town sheriff, she kind of has been. Until one day she follows a wolf into the woods and meets a mysterious stranger who makes her feel more for him than she does for her high school crush. Unsurprisingly, she has no problem falling into his…ahem…arms.
Dayna was one of the characters in the original Bulwark book which inspired the nine-book anthology which The Devil and Dayna Dalton is the most recent instalment of. Just from reading the preview of Bulwark at the end of The Devil and Dayna Dalton I can tell she was not well thought of by her high school crush. But strange things are happening again, and this time Dayna is determined to get to the bottom of it even if her boss at the paper doesn’t want her to pursue this her investigations into the bizarre happenings in their town.
What I did love about this book (besides the fact that it was a short easy read I could finish in a day) was the twist which I did not expect. When the mention of large wolves came up, I was like “Oh, it’s a shifter romance. Duh!”. Yet, I was completely wrong, and the story jumped track unexpectedly into ancient mythology. The ending was on the one hand immensely satisfying because it dealt with something which I had rubbed me the wrong way for years and made it right. While at the same time I was thinking “Really? Dayna Dalton was The One?”. Because whatever it was that made Dayna so special, I could not see it even though I was reading her story.
I liked Dayna’s desire to know what was really going on when the unexplained began happening. Her determination was cool, and I kind of envied her ability to run uphill in heels. She didn’t seem to put much effort into her investigations before she found what she was looking for, so her determination didn’t see like it was all that impressive because there wasn’t much to overcome. But that may be due to the shortness of the book and the expediency of the narration. That was about all I liked about the main character.
The only supporting character which makes more than a passing appearance in the book is Dayna’s creepy old lady next door neighbor. The set up for her was really well done and when you read the book make sure you pay careful attention of the wording of her conversations with Dayna. It’s hard to tell if she views Dayna with contempt or if it’s just greed for what Dayna means to her future goals.
Reading through the book, I was unimpressed with Dayna. Honestly, I hated her as a person because instead of fighting her inaccurate reputation with every fiber of her being she just fell into it and let it dictate her life to her. Despite her determination and reputed intelligence, she wasted her life fixated with one man for decades and she let her inability to seduce him dictate her self-respect and self-worth. Worse yet, she selfishly pursued a man who was terribly in love with someone else while his marriage was in danger. On the other hand, I kind of identified with her. I think any woman (or man) who’s been treated badly by a romantic partner (or potential romantic partner) because of that person’s preconceived notions about them based on rumor, slander, or just plain ole douche-baggery would be able to identify with Dayna.
Unfortunately for Dayna, it was everyone who treated her like trash and not just a few individuals. But the way it’s written, it almost seems as if this was something which was pre-determined as part of her fate. Like maybe some supernatural influence or some kind of specific interference put those notions about her into other people heads, or that she had been forced to be in love with someone she didn’t really love until she was ready to accept her fate. That if she hadn’t been emotionally beaten down for so many years, she wouldn’t have become who she is now (someone who will accept affection from any source because she’s so desperate for it). (I hated this whole ‘she had to be treated like shit for her new love to mean so much to her’ schtick in the book. It was like the author was justifying abuse, sexual harassment, and cruelty for the sake of the story.)
But I did like the over all premise of the story. Not Dayna’s personal story, but the story she fit into. That actually makes me want to read the whole anthology series as well as the original Bulwark novel. However, I don’t know if I could handle nine more books of men leering at Dayna and treating her like crap because she’s in love with someone who didn’t love her back.
Overall, I rate it DD for Delights Delilah and I give it three out of five stars.
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