Love knows no boundary…
Out Now – Song of the Blackbird by DB Michaels
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Title: Song of the Blackbird
Series: Albatross Prison Series #1
Author: DB Michaels
Publisher: Dream Tower Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction
Release Date: June 21, 2016
Length: 331 Pages
Format: Digital, Paperback
Digital ISBN: 978-0- 9972798-0-1
Print ISBN: 978-0-9972798-1-8
Healing must start from within…
Desperate to reconnect with her half-brother, Emma Edwards takes her new medical training and secures a doctor’s job at the prison where he’s serving a sentence. But what she finds there is worse than she ever imagined…tough rules and even tougher men, gangs powered by drug money and corruption. Emma must find a way to keep her brother alive until he’s freed even if that means lying to the one man she should be able to trust…
Unless you find someone to share your pain…
Warden Maxim Chambers doesn’t believe a woman should be working in a penitentiary, especially one like Emma – a woman even a hardened man like him can’t get off his mind. He’s spent too many years building walls around his heart to let himself care about anyone. But when Emma is almost hurt in a prison assault, Maxim can’t deny his feelings for her. But what is the connection between Emma and the prisoner named Sam?
And accept your past.
When secrets are revealed, danger and death run through the prison. Only the truth can save Emma and Maxim…if it’s not too late.
Song of the Blackbird immerses you in a whole new world – a gritty, violent world where things you have always believed turn out not to be true. It is a compelling story of sorrow and loss, of hope and second chances, and most of all, of the power of love.
Dear God. He’d almost made love to her just now. Made love to an employee. Sure, she’d responded quite enthusiastically, but he was still her boss. Any relationship between them was impossible. He hoped she’d understand and not get too needy. He’d have to apologize for the kiss, though he didn’t regret it one bit if he had to be honest with himself. She’d been amazing. God. That body. Those lips. That mouth.
Best kiss of his life and it had to be with an employee. Maxim bit back a groan. She’d expect an apology. That’d also be a good step to resetting the strict boundaries between them. Maxim ushered her out of the house and into the car.
“I’m sorry about what happened back there,” he stated as soon as they began the climb down the hill.
“Sorry?” she asked, meeting his eyes finally.
“I got carried away with the moment.”
“Hmm. Carried away?”
“Yes. You were yelling and I didn’t know how to make you stop.”
“So you kissed me to…” She frowned. “To shut me up?”
“I guess.” He dug a hand through his hair and tugged at his shirt collar. This wasn’t coming out right. “Listen, I hope you understand that can never happen again.”
Emma looked away, silent. Finally she turned back, her face somber. “I know. I hate the yelling, too.” She gave her head a little shake. “But you bring out the worst in me sometimes. I don’t know why.”
“I’m not talking about the yelling.” So he brought out the worst in her, did he? Ditto, my dear. Ditto. “I’m talking about the kiss.”
“Oh, that.” She tossed her long hair back and focused on the road. “I got carried away, too. It didn’t really mean anything.”
“What?” The most intense, hottest kiss of his life and she thought it meant nothing?
This was such an entirely different book from anything I’ve read, possibly ever. For one thing, when I read any type of romance novel I don’t expect to learn a new word, so I was more than pleasantly surprised to do so while reading Song of the Blackbird.
For the curious, it was complaisant, which is similar but not the same as complacent though in English they are pronounced the same. Complaisant essentially describes a people pleaser or someone who cares too much and easily acquieces to another, whereas complacent means not caring at all or not trying to do even a simple thing to please.
This didn’t read as merely well-researched- it read as though the author lived it. Which makes sense given her history as doctor. But it was more than that. The characters and the setting came alive and surrounded me in this eerie sense of foreboding and gathered within me a deep need to find out what would happen to the end.
I highly recommend this book for mature readers, it’s hard to describe without giving much away, but I feel quite sure that you will not have a bad experience.
DB Michaels is a life-long reader who fell in love with the field of medicine during college. Double boarded in internal medicine and emergency medicine, she enjoys using her skills to help those in need. Working as a doctor in the prison system inspired her to write Song of the Blackbird, the first installment in her Albatross Prison Series. Though the book is fictional, it illustrates the power of love, hope, and second chances.
DB’s first passion has always been books and she is happiest when she is absorbed in a great novel or writing. When she has time off, she likes to watch old movies, dally in the sun, and spend time with her family.