Drop Dead Gorgeous by Donald Allen Kirch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Wow! What a premise. Donald Allen Kirch never ceases to amaze me with his endless, absolutely entertaining story ideas. In “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” Donald shows what it’s like for a man to suffer a woman’s scorn. I’m not even sure as a woman if my mind could go there. But Donald’s does.
Steve Kane meets and marries a woman, Annabelle Schreck, whom he believes he could spend the rest of his life with—and maybe he could have. But not long after they’re married, Steve finds himself spending too much time without his wife’s passionate love. Despite the fact Steve loves his wife, his needs aren’t being met and so after meeting Tana, falls prey to an age-old relationship breaker: he cheats on Annabelle. Unfortunately for him, Annabelle walks in on him and Tana. Annabelle is hurt and beyond irate. Revenge is not a strong enough word for what Annabelle has in mind. The torment Steve is made to suffer will, regrettably for Steve, be a lifelong bane; and he can’t even kill himself to stop the pain.
Years later, Eve Doe kidnaps Ray Wells. During his captivity, Ray learns of Eve’s persecution at the hands of another. Eve tells him the story of her past, how she’ll always be haunted by the person she used to be, and why she has kidnapped him (and many others before him).
As these two plots come together, it will stun you to learn how intricately woven together they really are. Obviously, a woman’s scorn is not something any man would want to endure, let alone live with for many, many years to come.
Reviewed by Starr Gardiner, author of “The Other Side: Trent’s Story,” book two of the Other Side series
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