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Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite
Ronald Burley and Marta were best friends from childhood and even toyed with romance until they drifted apart. Marta moved out of town and got married, while Burley remained and became the manager of a mini-mart. Years later, he met Lavender LeClair at a soccer game where he coached, and she brought her son. Lavender was married, but the duo hit it off anyway. The affair led to her divorce and engagement to Burley, but trouble loomed. Marta wanted Burley back in her life, but the couple didn’t know they were dealing with a dangerous psycho. She would do anything to anyone who stood in her way of getting Burley. Do Lavender and Burley have a chance at forever? Find out in Down a Bad Road by Regina Buttner.
Down a Bad Road by Regina Buttner is a thought-provoking story of love, greed, infidelity, mental issues, and the complex nature of humans. This novel was a thorough blend of modern world-building and historical charm. It was also very authentic, had depth, and did not embellish the flawed nature of human beings. I loved the storyline, development, and character-building because they were consistent. Regina also has a captivating writing style filled with suspense and unpredictability. I learned a big lesson from this book, which will guide everyone. The story showed me that a greedy man is a slave to his desires and a pawn in everyone’s game. The man never sees the deadliest strike because he basks in his projected gains. Burley was hardworking, but was he upright and kind? Was Richard his karma for what he did to Clint? I wish this novel had a second part for Marta's sake. Thank you, Regina.