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Fighting for Lorna (Badge of Honor: Tarpley VFD, Season 2 Book 4) by Deanndra Hall

ABOUT THE BOOK

As a local domestic violence and sexual assault counselor, the respect of her community is critical to Lorna Reardon. That would be hard to maintain if they found out she was seeing a younger man.


Twelve years doesn’t matter to Gant “G-man” Meadows. Once he tells Tank Reardon that his mom is “hot,” Tank and Pops go to work on Lorna until she gives the guy a chance. For a firefighter, metalsmith, and former motorcycle club member, Gant is surprisingly genteel, spiritual, and gentle. He’s also determined to keep her safe from an unexpected threat, even though she’s relegated him to nothing more than a dirty little secret in her life.

Gant’s sworn he’ll love her forever, and he’s willing to make the ultimate sacrifice with no regret. The regret will be all Lorna’s. Regret that’s harsh. Regret that’s sharp. Regret that’s deep.

Regret that will last forever.

MY REVIEW

As a woman of a certain age, I love reading about mature women and younger men and this heartwarming story did not disappoint.

The quiet and reserved Gant “G-Man” Meadows is a no-nonsense kind of guy with an interesting, colorful and lonely past. As a father, a former motorcycle club member, a metalworker at renaissance faires, and now the owner of Fair Meadows Sculpture and Metalsmithing and a volunteer fireman, he has learned a lot about life. He is comfortable with himself. He knows what he wants. And he wants the beautiful and stubborn Lorna Reardon. With a blessing from Lorna’s son, Tank, and Gant’s firefighter colleague, and Pops, Lorna’s family friend and Gant’s boss, Gant asks Lorna out and the relationship begins with a small hitch. To Gant’s frustration, Lorna wants to keep them a secret.

Lorna works at a rape crisis center and women’s shelter and prides herself in protecting her clients and maintaining a respectful reputation at her job. So when she starts an affair with the generous and younger Gant, she wants to keep their relationship on the down low though she feels safe and so much happier when he is around. Does age really matter when it comes to love?

Their original awkwardness is sweet considering their ages, but we learn that Lorna has only been with one man in her life and Gant has never been with someone of Lorna’s caliber. From the unrestrained way he talks about sex to his love of meditation, Gant’s plain-spoken honesty is refreshing. His dancing is hilarious. My heart broke for him when Lorna was being an idiot. I had to agree with Lorna’s son, Tank, that she was being an asshole to Gant. As for Lorna, I tried to empathize with her naivety and unworldliness when it came to intimacy and relationships considering she had only been with her husband, but her hurtful treatment of Gant’s feelings made me dislike her.  When Gant decides enough is enough, a life changing event prompts Lorna to make a decision that she hopes is not too late. 

I recommend this captivating feel-good story filled with steam, honesty, conflict, and life-changing moments.

Thank you to Ms. Hall for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Deanndra Hall is a working author living in the far western end of the beautiful Bluegrass State with her husband of over 35 years and small menagerie of weird little dogs. When she’s not writing, she’s editing. When she’s doing neither of those two things, she’s having dinner with friends, spending time with family, kayaking, eating chocolate, drinking beer or moonshine, or looking for something that she put in the wrong place and can’t seem to find (which is pretty much everything she owns).

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