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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.
This is a very different story, much of it based inside prison, exploring the treatment of prisoners, the expectations and behaviour of staff and the influence of gangs in a riveting, emotional tale. Worried about how her half-brother, Sam, is coping with being imprisoned, Doctor Emma Edwards manages to get a post in Albatros Prison where he is incarcerated without letting anyone there know about their connection. She’s determined to keep him alive and safe until he is released but to do so means keeping their relationship secret. Her first experience of prison life is witnessing a prisoner being physically assaulted by the prison warden, Maxim Chambers. She intervenes but soon finds out that life in prison isn’t always clear cut. As she learns more about Maxim, finds her half brother is a porter in the hospital and discovers more about why Sam suddenly stopped keeping in touch with her. Life isn’t always black and white, there are definite shades of grey in the system and not everyone lives up to their role or expectations. This is a story of double crossing, sorrow, death and ever present danger for everyone involved in the prison system.
This is an emotive story, exploring the reasons for some of the prisoners being in jail, showing that there are good and bad on both sides. Motivations, manipulations and past experiences all have significant roles for all concerned. It is a story with well developed characters and contains elements of contemporary romance interwoven with mystery, suspense and danger. The author’s intimate knowledge of working as a doctor within the prison system shows throughout the story. I really enjoyed reading this and will definitely look forward to reading the sequel when it becomes available!
Many thanks to the author, publisher and Barclay Publicity for providing an ecopy of this book in exchange from my honest review.
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.
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?
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