|Unlovable by Sherry Gammon
Published by Wordpainting Unlimited, Inc.
Publish Date: January 19, 2011
My Source: review copy from the author
Port Fare, New York, has fallen into the clutches of true evil. The Dreser brothers have arrived with a scheme to increase drug sales in the area by whatever means possible. Seth Prescott is part of MET (Mobile Enforcement Teams) a branch of the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration). He’s been assigned to work undercover at Port Fare High, and things aren’t going very well, until senior Maggie Brown enters the equation. He’s harbored a secret crush on her from day one, and now that she is in the center of the case, he’s trying to stay clear and objective while walking the line between business and unrequited love.
Maggie is truly the poster child for Heroin Chic, complete with jutting bones and dark-ringed eyes, but is she an addict, or is there another reason for her appearance? She struggles with her feelings for Seth, fearing he is just another person who will eventually let her down, as everyone in her life has done thus far.
Maggie has spent her life caring for her alcoholic mother. A task that has left her heavily burdened and alone. Before long, her mother’s health takes a turn for the worst, sending Maggie’s life into a tale-spin.
While Seth works relentlessly to inject fear into the dealers and flush them out into the open, Maggie fights to stay alive as the hunt turns deadly.
Seth and Maggie’s romantic journey is one of humor, heartbreak, and self-discovery. (Goodreads)
1. The Characters. EVERY ONE written expertly, well-developed, and completely believable.
- Seth & Maggie. Seth is the undercover cop posing as a high school student; while on assignment, he falls hopelessly in love with Maggie. Maggie is the dangerously thin, dark-eyed but beautiful, co-dependent student that is the object of his affection. Maggie has a crush on Seth too, but she can’t believe that he would ever be interested in her. She has no idea Seth is a cop – she just thinks he is an unbelievably handsome guy that suddenly has taken an interest in her. Maggie has major trust issues that stem from losing her grandparents, an alcoholic/verbally abusive mother, and guys that dated her only for that one thing. But Seth is patient and kind, and their relationship develops slowly – a sweet and lovely slow-burn. By the time they’ve fallen in love, it is clear that Seth would do anything to protect Maggie, including lay down his life for her.
- Booker & Cole. Seth’s best friends. Booker is a fellow cop that is like Seth’s brother. Cole is a rising doctor with a heart of gold, and he ends up taking care of Maggie’s critically ill mother. Both of these guys are supportive of Seth in both his job and his relationship with Maggie. By the end of the story, both of these guys have grown to love Maggie like family – they genuinely adore her and this is obvious in the writing. Because they love Maggie so much, the readers love them even more. These are some of the best supporting characters I’ve ever read.
- Barbara Brown. Maggie’s mother. An alcoholic, she never tells Maggie she loves her and is never able to come to terms with her addiction. Correction: She never WANTS to come to terms with her addiction, always choosing booze over her child. She causes Maggie so much heartache, and it broke my heart to read about it.
- Bill & Alan. The bad guys/drug dealers. Excellent villains, they’re rotten to the core. The closer the cops came to destroying their drug ring, the more ruthless and awful they became.
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