The Saving Angels Series continues…
A new cast is introduced, while journeys already taken start to merge with the present, leading you down the old Red Dirt Road.
Death has always seemed just one step behind Layla Hill, taking almost everyone she’s ever loved. After she loses the love of her life, Layla vows to never love again—how could she, when she’s a death magnet?
Trying to outrun fate traveling with her uncle Willie and his band, Layla meets Michael Roberts, a beautiful Irish boxer as gentle on the piano as he is brutal in the ring. He proves as relentless in life, fighting for a place in her world even as she pushes him away, trying to protect him from her killer tendencies.
But neither foresees the sinister presence waiting for Layla at the end of the Red Dirt Road.
I have to say it took me a bit to get into this one. I have a really hard time buying the “love at first sight” concept, so I was a bit turned off by the first few chapters of the book. I’ve also been in a six month long reading rut. But, since I went through this with Marigny Street as well, I made myself keep going because I knew Welch’s writing would make it worth reading once I got to the heart of the story.
And it did!
I didn't exactly fall in love with the romance, because like Marigny Street, it was just a bit too heavy for my tastes. And that’s what it boils down to really—my taste. I prefer the romance to take a backburner and be slow building, but this series just isn’t that kind of story. And that’s okay. About a quarter of the way into the book I decided to take it for what it really was, and I was able to really enjoy it that way.
Welch’s writing really has a way of drawing you in and making you feel like you’re right in the middle of this big group of beautifully dysfunctional people. I loved this cast, and I think the secondary characters add a lot to the story. Any time the romance would get to be too much for me, the rest of the characters would come in and lighten it up. Welch does a great job of crafting her characters.
I liked that Red Dirt Road wasn’t your “boy meets girl, boy saves girl” kind of story. They both have their demons (in more ways than one…) and they work through them together, leaning on each other, rather than it being one sided.
Red Dirt Road was a great follow up to Marigny Street. It’s similar to Marigny in the sense that it carries the same light and airy feeling, while still dealing with dark and personal issues. This is a series I would recommend everyone give a shot, especially the romance lovers out there.
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Born and raised in New Orleans, Annie has a habit of shortening her words and telling long stories. She speaks with a southern flair and cooks with it too. At the tender age of twenty- one, she hitched up her wagons (took her first plane ride) and moved out west to the big shake (California). Her writing career began one sleepless night when she imagined a gorgeous woman and a man with maniacal hair floating above her like lightening bugs falling from the sky. Curious about them, their story, and why they were floating around in her head, she sat down and penned (typed) her first novel, Marigny Street. A dream come true for her, she hasn’t stopped writing since. She loves a damn good love story, always has, no matter what the genre. She is particularly moved by imperfect love that in its own unique way is perfect, the notion of love at first sight, soul mates, and things that are generally out of the norm.
When she’s not writing she enjoys dabbling in photography and finding new, inspirational music to add to her collection. She currently (still) resides in the big shake (although her southern roots are calling her home) with her husband, daughter, and their two peculiar dogs, Boudreaux and Tabasco (who, call her crazy, bark with an accent).
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