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About the Author

KG MacGregor earned her PhD in journalism, and her writing stripes preparing market research reports for newspaper, television and travel clients. She wrote her first piece of fiction in 2002 and discovered her bliss. Since then, she has authored more than a dozen novels, including 2007 Lammy winner Out of Love. A hiking enthusiast, she climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in 2001. With her partner of 15+ years, KG recently relocated to the California desert. She is also a member of the Lambda Literary Foundation Board of Trustees.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bella Books (June 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594933456
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594933455
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,315,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Janna on November 19, 2013
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Couldn't get into this one. I read about a quarter of the book & finally closed it up as I just didn't like it. That is a first for me with KG's book's. The some of the other reviews give you the lay out of the story so I don't need to go into it. All I can say is I just didn't feel it in this book. I will try it again later. I can't tell you how many times I have read "the Shaken Series".
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West of Nowhere

Having reached middle age, or so my partner tells me I have reached it, I wasn't too sure I was willing to spend precious time reading about a couple of women in their twenties drive cross country while knowing they have nothing in common with each other or myself. What I found were two extremely interesting characters with a lot of depth to them.

I expected a 25 year old woman who was abandoned on the side of the road at a truck stop in Kentucky to not have too much going for her and I was right. What I did not expect was to be rooting so heavily for her to be able to make something of herself. I really wanted Amber Halliday to succeed because somehow the author made me feel like I had a vested interest in her personally.

I would imagine being in the military would make someone be obsessively tidy and strictly adhere to the rules. 29 year old Navy veteran Joy Shepard is no exception except when she decides to throw caution to the wind and pick up a complete stranger out in the middle of nowhere. It was her sense of duty that made her feel obligated to help a stranger in need but it was her big heart that enabled her to offer Amber a job caring for her wheel-chair bound father.

The secondary characters rounded out the story nicely. Their interaction with Joy and Amber added a lot of humor to the story. Well done, MG!
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By K. Foster on December 18, 2013
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I love KG MacGregor's books. However, this one left a lot to be desired. The story would have been great had she not tried to make it a romance. I have never read a book where the two main characters had so little chemistry. I have no idea what they even saw in each other. Honestly, I found Amber to be a petulant teen and Joy to be a 45 year old killjoy (no pun intended), despite the fact that they were both supposed to be in their twenties. Add in an annoying liar of a child and you've got a recipe for a very mixed up romance. My advice is to skip this one.
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F/F romance

Amber Halliday is an ignorant and trashy mid 20s femme-side blonde who is raised in neglect and learns to be drawn into the arms of whoever will best look after her needs. Sex and love are a matter of negotiation and have no real meaning. She smokes. Wears too much make up. Can't hold a job. She's very much like a lazy adolescent. When she's abandoned by her jerky boyfriend at a Kentucky truck stop with her chihuahua and luggage, Navy veteran Joy Shepard (butch) takes pity on this hot mess and gives her a ride across country in her truck with RV Camper (i.e., u-haul). Joy's destination is Alameda, California. While only late 20s, dark-haired Joy is a model of maturity and responsibility. Her father is a disabled Navy vet and she was raised military and then did a good decade herself. The lifestyle is ingrained in her and she is a product of what military life can do for you.

And so begins the journey of Amber learning to find herself.... and she's dang lucky she's found a very selfless mentor along the way. I had a hard time seeing their relationship as much more than that.

While I liked the theme of developing self respect and personal discipline to grow and be a better person... and the positive take on the military and how it develops responsible, organized, GOOD people, I didn't like much else here. I just didn't care for these leads as much as I wanted to. And I wanted to. Their histories with other partners and what drew them together fascinated me. Their weaknesses fascinated me. I really do love the ideas that this author examines. It just didn't play out as well as it could have and I found them unappealing and unattractive. I wanna root for them... I wanna get crushed out on at least one of them...
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Sadly, this story is nothing but poor editing and mediocre writing with bad grammar and poor description. This book should have been edited again. There was even one point when it appeared that she used the wrong character's name. I will give her credit for decent dialog and strong character development, but the narrator was terrible. It seemed as if the narrator often merged with the voice of whatever character was being used most heavily at the time. This made the narration very inconsistent. The biggest regret for me was that there was too much "assumed" character development, too many spontaneous changes, and a lot of predictability. We really only see small character development with narration telling us that significant development has occurred and this character is changed forever. Consequently, there is not enough being shown (too much telling) nor enough build-up to help invest the reader in the characters. I wanted so much to care about them, but the book just doesn't come together. With some additional editing (or maybe a rewrite), this could have been a great book.
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