Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I Do…Or Die by Donna Cummings


“Always a bridesmaid, never a bride” is Shelby Atwood's personal credo. She’s managed to avoid commitment all her life—no pets, no plants, not even a long-term lease. Heck, she’s had colds last longer than her romantic relationships. How could she be any other way when she has a gigolo for a father?

But then gunfire erupts at the latest wedding she’s agreed to be in, and it ends up being the best thing to happen to Shelby’s love life. Detective Ryan Nichols is assigned to the case, and when the shootings don’t stop, he becomes her twenty-four-hour bodyguard. Shelby wouldn’t mind except Ryan is too appealing, too sexy, and too happy to remind her of the raucous bachelorette party when she mistook him for a stripper.

Shelby’s plan is simple: find the shooter, have a fling with Ryan, and return to her non-committal life. Unfortunately, the shooter is very elusive. Shelby’s feelings for Ryan are way more than adrenaline-fueled lust. And returning to her normal life is now impossible since, despite her lifelong resistance, she’s managed to put her heart smack dab in the line of fire.


The clinic area at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center is shaped somewhat like a ship with a four-story atrium, and sound echoes there. So you can imagine how many people were perplexed by the peals of laughter wafting up from the basement level outside the endocrine clinic one Monday at 08:30 hours (or 8:30 a.m. to civilians), and later from the My Health eVet kiosk in the Pharmacy area on the first floor, as I reveled in the exploits of “Detective Smirky Pants” and “Shotgun,” as they try to track down the killer.  Especially when they accidentally call the groom “Gusher” to his face. Shelby privately calls him that because of the way he gushes all over the bride. It was extremely difficult to put down I Do…Or Die—first when the docs called me, and then to help veterans who had questions about the My Health eVet program, or who wanted to sign up for it, and finally when I finished it. [“Aw me-ann! Is it done already?”] I may even have sold a few copies to people who asked what I was laughing at.

If you want a book with a heroine who has a wonderfully snarky sense of humor that makes you laugh so loudly you don’t dare read it in public (or after ten p.m. if you live in a Seniors building with designated quiet hours), by all means, grab I Do…Or Die.  I fervently hope we’ll see more of Shot…, uh, Shelby and Chip…, uh, Ryan.  Ya gotta read the book.

Length:  290 Pages
Digital Price:  $0.99

Thanks for visiting. Rose, Julie & Rochelle

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this wonderful review -- I love making people laugh, and I'm glad it made people around you wonder what the heck was going on!