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Dean Peake is a writer living and working in Utah. When he is not working a full time 'REAL' job, he spends time writing in a smokey dungeon that has books lining the dreary, wet walls. He has a wife and four kids, and THEY have too many cats.
on June 04, 2013 :
Olivia's Gamble was a very entertaining read. You are quickly sucked in to the writer's vision and are held there until the end. I found myself completely wrapped up in the story.
The story starts off with Olivia's mom in the bed of the evil,horrible Lord Barrister. This man is so evil and so horrible that I don't think I can say it enough. Olivia's mom has always protected her from her the evil man by offering herself instead of Olivia, but Lord Barrister is tired of waiting and tells her mother to prepare the girl for his bed chamber later that evening, when she refuses the 2 wind up in a battle of wills which ends with Olivia's mother meeting her doom as she is flung out the window(Again I say that this man is evil and horrible)
Later on that day as Olivia is sad and very broken up about the day's events, another woman that works for the evil Lord tells her she needs to be prepared to leave tonight before the Lord summons her to his room.
Olivia manages to get out of the Manor without the knowledge of the Lord or his henchman only to get stopped by an unknown stranger named Gabriel( can we take a minute to swoon over this very fine man candy the author has given us right now LOL) Unfortunately Gabriel is very drunk and very much ruins her escape not to mention he basically attacks her upon seeing her with his lips and hands.
There is so much more that happens in the very good but very quick read that all I can say is I really truly enjoyed it however it ends in a CLIFFHANGER and I am now stuck waiting to see what happens ...
I Loved this story and will most certainly check out the next installment. Great Read.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on April 14, 2013 :
Olivia’ Gamble is a provocative story exploring the depths of humanity.
Olivia a young beautiful woman, along with her mother, is one of the servants working for Lord James Barrister. The lord of the manor has lusted after her since she and her mother appeared on his doorstep following the death of her father. The her mother dies.
Lord Barrister, sickly and crazy, believes if he sleeps with a virgin (Olivia) and bathes in her blood, he will get better. On the eve of her mother’s funeral, Olivia escapes but it is wet and stormy then she bumps into the handsome, but very drunk Gabriel. The two are attracted to each other and Gabriel vows to protect her. They escape with Lord Barrister’s man hot on their trail and hunted by wolves.
The story is quick paced. One almost has to catch a breath especially when the wolves attack. The theme of human behaviour, the depravity and lengths the character Lord Barrister goes, is well written with vivid description. The characters in the story are well developed and at times sympathetic. Dean Peake has written a short story that could easily be turned into series.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on April 13, 2013 :
I enjoyed this story and I'm looking forward to the continuation of Olivia's Gamble.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)