by Laura Drake
No, it’s not like plumber’s crack. Let me explain.
Yes, I’m blaming it all on her, even though she said she warned me that it was more addicting than crack. I don’t remember that part.
I called her the other day.
The Pusher: I thought you weren’t talking to me.
Me: I’m not. Ever again, after this phone call. I mean it this time. What the hell is with level 36? I got through it. My avatar even moved to level 37, yet I’m stuck in 36, over and over and over, like it’s Groundhog Day. I’m dreaming about those little red hot things. When do I get to move on?
The Pusher: Suck it up, girlfriend. I’ve got my own problems on level 85.
Me: Holy shit, there are 85 levels? I hate you.
The Pusher: *Laughs maniacally* Click.
I used to be able to control myself. I’d play a half hour of Mahjong Dimensions, rub the tendonitis in my elbow, then skip off to write. Now I’m writing a paragraph, playing a level, writing a paragraph, doodling those damned red hot things on scraps of paper, playing…you get the picture.
This is not going to end well. I have a deadline.
And I’m dreaming about bad things that could happen to The Pusher…
So what about you? Please don’t tell me I’m the only one with Writer’s Crack.
“The second entry in Drake’s Sweet on a Cowboy series (after The Sweet Spot) is another character-driven contemporary western with more heart than heat. Rancher Max Jameson, stunned by the unexpected death of his father, is determined to keep the family spread in Steamboat Springs, Colo., despite pressure to sell to a greedy neighbor. His brother, Wyatt, tries to help out, though the sibling relationship is strained due to Max’s discomfort with the fact that Wyatt is gay.
Bree Tanner is scarred physically and mentally after being wrongfully convicted of and imprisoned for her ex-boss’s shady financial dealings; now exonerated and free, she decides to start over by helping to raise rodeo bulls on the Jameson ranch.
Max’s tough exterior masks relatable fear, his relationship with Wyatt is handled gracefully, and Bree’s genuine shame about her past makes her sympathetic. While Max and Bree’s romantic relationship is secondary to their internal and interpersonal struggles, complex characters and some fun full-riding scenes balance out the seriousness.”