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- Publication Date: August 31, 2015
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- Language: English
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Debra was the groupie we all abhorred, always throwing herself at any available (and often unavailable) player on the Lone Stars team. There was nothing at all to like about her, and the way she tried to take credit for Chord’s birthday party in Saving Grace pretty much ruined her in my eyes. But as it turns out, she has a pretty heartbreaking backstory, and her sleeping her way through the team was a misguided attempt at revenge against Warren, the man who broke her heart years ago.
Debra was the rich kid, and Warren was the help, and as in any good fairy tale, they fell in love. But Debra got pregnant, her truly horrible dad found out, and Warren was paid a million dollars to disappear from her life. Some nine months later, Debra was completely on her own when her newborn son died right after birth, and she’s been out to make Warren miserable ever since. I can’t say I blame her.
There’s more to the story, though, and while Warren certainly didn’t make the best decision back then, it wasn’t quite the betrayal that Debra thougt it was. And now that Debra’s starting to regain her sense of self and let go of her degrading revenge plan, Warren’s doing his damnedest to win her back. Unfortunately, his plan includes stalking, setting her kitchen on fire, and nearly killing her with a kiss.
For a short while, I could get behind the couple, and while I didn’t necessarily agree with the way Warren was relentlessly following Debra, I could understand his desperation. But where the other books in this series have been mostly lighthearted and funny, The Debra Dilemma was all angst and regret. Warren’s bumbling and disastrous attempts to impress Debra weren’t quite the comedic lift the story needed, and the more I read, the more of a buzzkill it became.
Now I’ll be the first to say that this series doesn’t stay mired in realism, which is often a good thing when it comes to romance. I mean, we want to read a happily ever after story in which everything works out, not a dissertation on dirty laundry, morning breath, and the harsh realities of life. But after ten years of punishing Warren for deserting her, Debra forgives him in roughly 3.7 seconds. Yes, he was sorry, and yes, he didn’t have the full story when he left, but there’s just no way to put all that past behind them so quickly. And just to pile on the unbelievability, every football player on the team drops everything at a moment’s notice, all the girls immediately love Debra, and everyone’s holding hands and singing Kumbaya. Okay, so they weren’t singing, but at least if they had been, I could have chalked it up to a religious awakening.
Where it really went off the tracks, though, was near the end. Once Debra and Warren were on the path to happily ever after, there was simply too much book left unwritten, and so the pages were filled with over-the-top good deeds, demonstrations of Debra’s unrealistic wealth, and so many feel-good moments that I found myself skipping through most of the rest of the story. In the end, The Debra Dilemma is a terrible departure from an otherwise entertaining series, and I have to say that I really wish it had been skipped altogether. I have no idea why I bothered finishing it.
Debra Covington and Warren Daniver were in love when they were young. He came from a family of little or no money, and she came from a very mega wealthy family.
Debra becomes pregnant. Her father tells Warren she had an abortion and offers him $1 million dollars to not have any further contact with her. He believes she has aborted their child. But that is far from the truth. She learns he accepted this money from her father and leaves home. She seeks help from a friend of her late mother and receives no support of any kind from her father.
She works to save money for the birth of her baby. She has no insurance and cannot afford any advanced prenatal care to determine if there is anything seriously wrong with her son she is waiting for to be born. Then heartbreak for her as the son she has been preparing for dies at birth.
She is devastated and vows to get revenge on Warren.
He has over the years turned that money her father gave him into many millions of dollars. He becomes owner of the Lone Stars football team.
Debra makes it a mission to sleep her way through his team members thinking only to hurt him. In the mean time she starts working for Safe Place which is a place for domestic abuse victims to go for help. She is good at her job and deeply invested in its success.
Consequently Warren decides to win Debra back into his life.
And since I do not want to give away more events in the book I strongly urge you to read this book if you are a true fan of Katie Graykowski.
But I will say the loss of Debra's child at birth did literally bring me to tears and I had to take a break from the story. It is a very sad event and it brought back an event that happened to my husband and I. When I was pregnant with my second child in the late 70's the Dr. I had allowed me to go a full month past my due date. Carly died while I was still carrying her and ultimately was stillborn. I cannot adequately put into words what a devastating time that is for a prospective Mom and Dad to go through.
But the very way that Katie Graykowski made her way through this subject was handled with great dignity and sensitivity. I applaud how she was able to relay this tragic event.
If you have been reading this series I hope you will read this latest addition and watch how Debra and Warren determine if they can ever come together again.
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