Old Dog, Part II

at the request of Miss Maggie, we have a part II to Old Dog, rather than a rewrite

Old Dog, Part II

“You home?” Joseph calls from the kitchen. Continue reading


Old Dog

Old Dog

Your dog, from a pup, followed you everywhere, so it was only in keeping that he follows you through the doors of the shelter, his body slow, his face white, wagging his tail over this new adventure. Continue reading

Is This Hotel California or Margaritaville? A Romantic Serial?

First off, a song of hope.

I haven’t done a serial in so long that I think I may have forgotten how to write one. This one has its unfortunate inspiration from the storm brewing off the coast of the eastern US. As always, I welcome your input. If you have suggestions or criticisms, tell me (you know, as long as they’re about the story) ;). Thanks. And, if I’m a bit rusty, please forgive me. 🙂  Continue reading

Review of Hard Sell

Hard Sell (21 Wall Street) by [Layne, Lauren]

Hard Sell

21 Wall Street series

Lauren Layne

Montlake Romance

September 4, 2018

BlurbHe’s a Wall Street wolf. She’s been hired to tame him. From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne comes a wildly sexy novel of business and pleasure. Continue reading


For OctPoWriMo, Day 7.


His dog never knew him sober

he became someone else.

So when he again started drinking

she wagged her tail.

Her friend returned.

She couldn’t comprehend his turmoil

although he said the words to her.

They were too abstract, not:

down, drop, walk, eat.

She knew his scent again.

He smelled like her caretaker.

This person she loved, knew.


end 10/7/2016

S. Darlington

Review of Summer of Irreverence: The Rock Star


Summer of Irreverence: The Rock Star by Cathrine Goldstein

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press Inc.

Publication Date: July 16, 2016

So, Summer of Irreverence: The Rock Star–Wow!!!!

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Ha! Did I get you?

Seriously, though, if you’ve followed me at all, you know I LOVE music. If there is a music subgenre under romance, I’m all over the subgenre. I have read a lot and I will continue to read a lot. It’s my favorite. For that reason, I’ve added another category called “music novel” to my categories. Summer of Irreverence: The Rock Star is the first book I will review for this new category, but by no means will it be the last. If you’re like me and love your romances with a healthy dose of music, you can check out the category to see if you’ve missed anything. Hopefully I’ll add a lot more to it soon.

But let’s get back to Summer of Irreverence: The Rock Star.

Summer is visiting her best friend Jeannette in New York City for the summer before starting her job as a veterinary surgeon working for her ex-boyfriend, Brad. But, this summer she wants to cut loose, make it her summer of irreverence. She wants to have an unforgettable one-night-stand with Malcolm Angel, the rock star.

Malcolm doesn’t attach his emotions to anything or anyone other than his ancient golden labrador, Winston. When he sees the blonde woman, Summer, in the front row of his concert, he recognizes how different she is from all of the other women.

Both Summer and Malcolm have secrets, but Malcolm lets Summer in on his while she keeps hers. It’s her secret that inevitably pulls them apart.

In some ways this book is fairly predictable, but, really, it’s a romance, so some things are already a foregone conclusion. However, and this is a big however, there is just so much to like about this book. It’s extremely well-written and the chemistry between Summer and Malcolm is off-the-charts. There is passion and feeling galore. But Cathrine Goldstein doesn’t dump it on you at the beginning, she lets the emotions simmer between Summer and Malcolm so that when they finally come together, it’s like: Yes!!! (fist pump).

And, there’s Winston the ancient golden labrador. (Rock stars and dogs? You’ve got me!)

As a heroine, Summer is perfect. She’s smart, self-deprecating, and says what she thinks. Malcolm is almost as good as the hero, the tortured artist emotionally immobilized by a mistake he can never correct.

Lastly, Summer of Irreverence: The Rock Star is sad, sweet, funny, sensual, and pretty smart. A perfect late summer read!

This is the first book in Goldstein’s NY Artists series and I can’t wait to see what she gives us next.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and The Wild Rose Press in exchange for an honest review

From AmazonSummer of Irreverence: The Rock Star on kindle @ $4.99

rating: butterflybutterflybutterflybutterflybutterfly (5 out of 5 butterflies)