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Doranna's quirkiness of spirit has led to an eclectic publishing journey since that her first award-winning novel, spanning genres over 35 novels to include mystery, SF/F, action-romance, paranormal, franchise, and a slew of essays and short stories.
Beyond that, mostly she still prefers to hang around outside her New Mexico mountain home with the animals, riding dressage on her Lipizzan and training for performance sports with the dogs. She doesn't believe so much in mastering the beast within, but in channeling its power. For good or bad has yet to be decided...
Along with the occasional original, these Smashwords editions are author presentations of favorites once found on bookstore shelves.
on Oct. 31, 2011 :
Kimmer and Rio are back! If you fell in love with them in Exception to the Rules and Beyond the Rules, you know what a delight you’re in for. If you haven’t read the others, they can easily be read out of order. Making the Rules is a fabulous romantic-suspense novel set in the Basque region of Spain. The action never stops, and sparks fly fast and furious as bullets between Kimmer and Rio.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Oct. 05, 2010 :
Having read the 1st 2 books in the series i thoroughly enjoyed the further adventures of Kimmer & Rio. For me a good romance book is not always about the sex but the relationship and how it grows. In this story you get to see how Kimmer & Rio learn to trust themselves as partners when they are tested by outside forces. They know they are capable individually but this answers the questions of how they cope together. Great story, great characters, great author!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Sep. 30, 2010 :
This book has a lot of action, great characters, and some romance (but not steamy sex scenes - if you're looking for that, this isn't the book for you). All this and an actual interesting plot too! I've been a Doranna Durgin fan for years, and she consistently delivers all the things I like in a book, and she doesn't disappoint in this, her first self-published book, either.
This is the third book in Durgin's "Hunter Agency" series. (Well, actually the fourth, but "Survival Instinct" didn't feature Kimmer and Rio as this one does.) It's been a while since I read the first two Kimmer and Rio books ("Exception to the Rules" and "Beyond the Rules", and I've forgotten some of the details, but I enjoyed this anyway. So, I think this book can be read without having read those two - but if you have read them, some of the details in this one are more meaningful. The first two were published as Silhouette Bombshells, and are available as ebooks from both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. (Search on "Doranna Durgin")
On a personal note, I was devastated when they canceled that "Bombshell" line, because it's the only "category romance" line I'd ever liked. And I was quite looking forward to this book, as well as a couple of others. I'm glad it finally saw the light of... er, eInk!
(reviewed the day of purchase)