Book Review: Secret Confessions: Down and Dusty – Lucky

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Author: Cate Ellink
ISBN: 9780857992932
RRP: $1.19

Escape Publishing have brought together eight talented Aussie authors for a collaborative series of short stories set in the small Queensland town of Milpinyani Springs.

Lucky is the character that I found the most intriguing, she is the respected town publican of the Royal Hotel with a back story only hinted at. Lucky is late 20s and running the local pub, so to begin with she was younger than I expected and quite a petite woman with a colourful vocabulary. I loved her.

Dare Cornish is the new town police officer and Lucky’s story is told in the third person but I felt that it was more skewed to his perspective. I also found this one to be the story that blurred the timeline the most. It begins two weeks before rodeo weekend, but the action happens just after the rodeo which was the weekend Casey was back in town.

The stories all stand alone and would lose nothing read individually but they do complement one another, especially when you’re talking about Lucky; being the town publican means she pops up in more of the stories than not.


Lucky has been hurt in the past and having worked hard to build the respect of the town she doesn’t do anything that could jeopardise that, which means no hook ups in her home town – ever. Lucky is a young woman who has learned to switch off her desires in her home town, until Dare rides into town.

Dare awakens the desires she’s been so good at keeping a lid on. This story is fraught with longing and heat which culminates in more than just a quick hook up destined to undo the many years of hard work building the respect of the town.

Lucky’s story is steamy but still quite sweet, the heat is definitely there but it’s not overpowering. A nice snack sized story of finding a connection that’s more than just chemistry when you least expect it.

The thing that didn’t really feel right in this story is that Lucky uses colourful language, she swears a lot but when it comes to the steamy scenes the word ‘effing’ is used; effing heaven, effing bliss and it just didn’t quite seem to fit with the amount of swearing up until that point.

The Secret Confessions: Down & Dusty series can be found at Escape Publishing.
Down & Dusty – Lucky is available January 10th.

Secret Confessions: Down and Dusty – Lucky was book #77 for #AWW2015

Secret Confessions: Down & Dusty
Casey – Rachael Johns
Lucky – Cate Ellink
Kelly – Fiona Lowe
Brooke – Eden Summers
Clarissa – Mel Teshco
Skye – Rhyll Biest
Maree – Elizabeth Dunk
Frankie – Jackie Ashenden

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