Title: Once Wicked Always Dead
Author: T. Marie Benchley
Publisher: MMWE Publishing House
Publication Date: September 1, 2010
Hardcover: 296 pages
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Suspense, Thriller
About the Book:
What happens when a family’s darkest secrets put lives in jeopardy? How far would you go for love?
A sharp mystery that swirls with family secrets, betrayal, love and loss, Once Wicked Always Dead is a strong debut from an author with literary blood in her veins.
The story begins with Molly Madison unaware of the Sociopath who is on the loose, creating havoc with a sense of their own justice. Her life is shattered by the sudden death of her beloved parents and the revelation of her husband Phillip’s affair – with another man – Molly leaves the life of country clubs and the luxury of city life in Florida and heads west to Montana, resolved to run the family ranch, and to move on with her life. Her attraction to Clayton Leatherbe, the ranch foreman, is instant, but before a romance can blossom, the ranch falls prey to sabotage by wealthy land developers determined to drive Molly out, and Clayton learns of a family secret and collides with the Sociopath that could put the ranch – and Molly’s life – in jeopardy.
I have struggled with exactly what to say about Once Wicked Always Dead by T. Marie Benchley since I did not care for this novel. My goal as a book reviewer is to write an honest review without being disrespectful to the author and hopefully I will achieve those goals here. I truly wanted to like the book because the idea of the storyline is an intriguing one, and can be read above in the book synopsis, but unfortunately that is about as much as I cared for. What I disliked about the book may well be the best place to start. While I do not consider myself a prude, there was far too much profanity for my liking and the gratuitous sex scenes were definitely detailed and not something I enjoy reading about. I do think that Once Wicked Always Dead is a book that may be enjoyed by readers who like romance novels, drama, and/or soap operas but sadly, I truly do not care for any of those elements.
I received a complimentary copy of Once Wicked Always Dead by T. Marie Benchley from Newman Communications. Receiving a review copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.