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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Review by Diane ♥ Doppelbanger by Heather M. Orgeron

A Review by Diane

Heather M. Orgeron

Five, can't ever get enough of you, Stars!!!

Life usually throws things your way, that you wonder if you are ever going to survive, but somehow you do.  And then when you least expect it, something else crosses your path with choices you didn’t even know you had.  All you have to do is reach out and grab what you want.  Are you brave enough?? 

Doppelbanger by Heather Orgeron is one of those stories. 

Jeffrey Ryan is a widowed CEO trying to raise two daughters.  He’s doing an okay job, but if feels more like stumbling through life than living life.  His two daughters are testing the limits of his single parenthood with things he wasn’t prepared to deal with.  Jeffrey is uptight, all for following the rules, and keeping your language clean.  Then he meets Gina Bourque on a Caribbean Cruise (with his daughters in tow) as Gina is giving her “bestie” (and her bestie’s husband, Cooper) a much needed break from the rigors of childbirth by taking their two sons on the same cruise.

Gina Bourque is brash, uninhibited with her language and tells it like it is.  And she “loves” her single life.  She’s a psychiatrist that specializes in sex therapy and has probably had her fill of troubled marriages.   She has no desire to have anything more than a one night stand with no strings attached.  Marriage and 2.5 children are definitely not on her “want” list.

I don’t even know where to begin….except to say this story was amazing!!  I have never read anything like this!!  So different, so intriguing.  A definite page turner; but I have to be honest.  At first I wasn’t sure I was even going to like this story.  The language was crude.  The heroine was rough…..very rough.  The hero was wrapped up in trying to survive life, but there was something that made me hang with it.  Something that wouldn’t let me put this book down.  I couldn’t put my finger on it, but the more I read, the more I became aware of this author’s ability to write some pretty amazing characters with so much baggage that someone on a trip would never have packed that much.  Jeffrey and Gina are drawn to each other with a feeling of belonging to one another and they don’t even know it.
This was incredible storytelling.  It was wonderfully entertaining, filled with so much creative, sharp and sassy banter between our main characters (those secondary characters were pretty solid too), I couldn’t put this book down for the last 50% of it.   And you know what I loved the most?  This echoed real-life situations, especially Jeffrey’s.  How many people have a hard time moving on when they lose a spouse?  I could see the angst, the difficulty, the conflict in every thing this man did.  How insightful of our author!  And how many people struggle to join a relationship with the specter of a former spouse always in the background?  Many I think. 

Heather Orgeron wrote a wonderfully engaging story.  She did not skimp on her writing or take the easy way out, or make a quick ending.  She took this story to the very end and the readers with her writing all the way.  A winner in my book!!

Heather M. Orgeron is a Cajun girl with a big heart and a passion for romance. She married her high school sweetheart two months after graduation and her life has been a fairytale ever since. She’s the queen of her castle, reigning over five sons and one bossy little princess who has made it her mission in life to steal her Momma’s throne. When she’s not writing, you will find her hidden beneath mounds of laundry and piles of dirty dishes or locked in her tower(aka the bathroom) soaking in the tub with a good book. She’s always been an avid reader and has recently discovered a love for cultivating romantic stories of her own

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