Monday, September 10, 2012

Review~ Stella & Dane a honky tonk romance by Deanna Roy

Stella and Dane: A Honky Tonk Romance by Deanna Roy


Stella is one step from leaving her honky tonk town when bad-boy Dane roars through Main Street on his prized Harley-Davidson. Their dangerous romance keeps the locals talking, but when Dane is sent to prison for manslaughter after a bar fight, the couple discovers their love runs deeper than their reputations.

About the Author: 

Deanna is the author of Baby Dust and Stella & Dane, interrelated books on the hardships we sometimes face while searching for that ideal love and looking to build a family.

Her articles and short stories have been published in many magazines including The Writer magazine, The First Line, and publications by SCBWI and the Writers' League of Texas. Her best work has been collected into a short story collection Single Edged Blades.

She lives in Austin, Texas, with her two daughters and new husband. They were married 6.9.12!

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Here's an excerpt for you!  

STELLA approached the water tower with trepidation. She peered up, curious if Dane was already there. But the night was dark, no moon, and she couldn’t see anything but the gray gleam of streetlamps reflecting dimly on its surface. If the platform held any secrets, it kept them close to its metal belly.

Despite this being a date of sorts, she’d resorted to tennis shoes, unable to consider heading up the ladder in heels. She still did the miniskirt, though. Not much could make her wear anything else.

She set her purse behind the concrete base to one of the steel legs and jumped to grasp the first rung of the ladder. Usually she had someone with her for the initial boost. But she could do it alone. She swung back and forth, grasping the metal tightly, until she had enough momentum to bring her feet up and above her head to catch on the ladder. Her leg crept up until her knee was over the rung, then the other, and she pulled herself up to sit on the lowest bar.

A low whistle below made her pause. She looked down.

“Impressive mount, good form. Definitely worth a replay.”

She turned around on the ladder. “And the score?”

“Nine point nine.”

“Really?” She turned back around and began climbing. “I think I just got robbed.”

She finished the first tier, reaching up to cover the gap to the second ladder. A hand grasped her ankle, startling her. She gripped the bar tightly.

Dane was just below, grinning up at her, teeth bright in the dark.

“You scared the crap out of me!” Stella tried to pull her foot loose. His grip was firm, sure, then became gentler, a caress. Still, she was hopping mad. “How did you get up here so fast? You trying to kill me?”

He rose a few more feet, pulling up next to her. She shifted over, and he swung behind. “I wouldn’t let anything happen to you.”

He pressed her against the rungs, one arm encircling her waist.

With anyone else, she might have felt panicked, trapped. But she didn’t, just a zip of danger, and the thrill of him behind her, four stories in the air.

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Deanna will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during this Tour.
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My thoughts:

This story was different from anything that I have ever read. It was interesting and had many of my emotions all riled up.

Stella and Dane start their relationship off while he is still seeing someone else. Many bad situations happen and they take each in stride. I did not like all of the prejudice and injustice that followed Dane because he was new to town. The bad turns worse and he ends up in a situation that takes him away from Stella.

You have to read it to see if their relationship comes out intact.

This book had perfume, action, bad judgements, romance, and consequences. 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

I'd love to know what you're thinking. Please leave a comment!


  1. Thank you for your review. I am interested in reading more about STELLA & DANE.


  2. Thank you for reading, Brenda! <3


  3. Nice review layout! The more I follow this tour, the more I want to snag a copy!


  4. I read this after reading Baby Dust and loved reading the love story of Stella and Dane!

    1. I haven't read Baby Dust yet. But it's on my wishlist. :)

  5. Hi Deanna,

    I missed talking with you last week, but hope to follow the rest of your tour. I like the except and the review. Your book sounds like a very good read.

    Question for you: What was the most romantic thing one of your characters said or did?

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  6. Everyone talks about how emotionally grueling this story is. Sounds compelling, though...


  7. I think this story sounds awesome.. I really love the way they relate to each other in the excerpt.

    1. It's true. They seem to get each other in a way that no one else does.

  8. Sounds like a great story, congrats on your recent nuptials!

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  9. I love a reviewer who says the book has "perfume, action..." I'm intrigued to find out about the perfume in the book! LOL.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    1. lol! Stella works in a store called Good Scents and perfume seems to start everything in motion. Read it you'll see!

  10. Ohhhh sounds like a goodie!