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Desert Blade by [Drake, Ella]
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In the post-apocalyptic Midwest, now a ravaged dust bowl, former guardsman Derek Covington must find help for a sick boy. With nothing but memories of all he lost, Derek crosses the desert alone in search of the doctor who saved his own life ten years ago. Drifter gangs who loot and pillage don't dare come near, for Derek has a formidable weapon: a prosthetic arm with a deadly blade.

For a decade, Dr. Lidia Sullivan has fantasized about the handsome guardsman who'd been in her care. And now she can't deny his dangerous request. But as they make the treacherous journey back to Old St. Louis, they must contend with much more than fierce desert winds and their unthinkable attraction. A fearless gang has spotted Lidia—a rare woman—and will fight Derek to the death to get her. And though he risks his life to save her for the sake of the child who needs her, she fears there's one thing Derek will never risk: his heart.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 439 KB
  • Print Length: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (23 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Harlequin Enterprises
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070XZYXI
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #776,251 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great escape 24 April 2012
By Julie M. Rowe - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
If you're looking for a fast entertaining read that takes you out of the everyday and into the future, Desert Blade is it. I LOVED the hero Derek - a strong, protective warrior who never loses his compassion despite the insanity of the world around him. The heroine Lidia is a doctor who adapts herself well to an uncertain future, but never gives up her values or vow to help those in need.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Post-apocalyptic love! 18 December 2013
By Renee Rearden - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
ARC-provided through NetGalley

In a post apocalyptic United States, life is a constant battle for survival. Food, shelter and weapons are necessities.
Medical care is invaluable. So when a young boy in Derek Covington’s care becomes ill, Derek heads across the ravaged dust bowl that is now the Midwest in search of the doctor that saved his life a decade ago. Doctor Lidia Sullivan’s training and heart push her to help Derek and this sick child. She knows her safety depends on Derek’s military training, sword-wielding prosthetic arm, and determination to protect her with his life.

First, I’ve gotta give a serious cover love shout. I was drawn to the book before I read the blurb! Once I discovered the premise, I had to read this story. On the whole, Ms. Drake did not disappoint. Derek’s character was compelling, and I was captivated by his sense of honor and integrity. Lidia’s compulsion to help is laudable. Her dedication to those she believes in and cares about shows her strength of character as well as compassion.

I only have two complaints about Desert Blade. First, the story felt a little rushed and underdeveloped in places, and I’m sure that was due to the shorter length of the novel. Second, some of the profanity and where it was used actually pulled me out of the story. I am by no means a prude. Strong language and hot sex scenes can become a character unto themselves in a novel, but I felt they detracted from Derek’s personality and honorable character. His feelings and sentiments would have had more of an impact for me with less crudity.

Having said that, I truly enjoyed Desert Blade and look forward to reading more of Ms Drake’s work!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs more fleshing out 24 April 2012
By Jen (Red Hot Books) - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
An attempt by the government to create a biocrop has gone horribly wrong and shifted the world into a near-apocalypse. Hunger has prompted widespread riots in the street. And it's in a flare of violence that Derek loses his arm. As a Guardsman, he seems a perfect candidate for a special prosthetic, armed with a deadly blade.

Dr. Lidia helps him through the surgery and the first part of his recovery. The two grow to care for one another in their week together. But when it's time for Lidia to evacuate, Derek doesn't go with her --opting instead to stay behind to bury his foster mother.

10 years later, Derek finds Lidia again. He needs her skills to help a sick boy in his camp. Together, they face the dangerous landscape to get to the boy. And in the process, their feelings reignite and reach new levels.

I enjoyed the story, but it's awfully hard to believe that Lidia has pined for Derek to the extent she has after only one week together. Everything moves quickly in the story, which I'm sure has a great deal to do with the fact that it is so short. I would have liked to spend more time with the characters, especially in the romance department. The sexy times we did have were pretty hot... I just wanted more.

I liked it, but I would have liked it better had it been a bit more fleshed out. A little more than 3 stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously good post-apocalyptic romance! 28 June 2012
By Rhianna Walker - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
There's just something about post-apocalyptic romances that I can't resist. I wish it was a bigger genre but fortunately there are some great authors out there making each one I find a gem.

Ella Drake's DESERT BLADE could have easily been fleshed out into a much longer story and yet managed to be satisfying at novella length. The blurb covers the basics of the plot well. Both Derek and Lidia are genuinely good people who deserve the happily-ever-after but it'll be a tough road back to one another. Somehow Drake managed to create a believable and a little too-possible-not-to-be-scary world in a few short mentions. Her imaginative world building has impressed me in previous stories and knocks it out of the park again.

If you love a romance that faces real danger, physical peril, and a hero and heroine who earn their happy ending through it all I think DESERT BLADE is a great short story to satisfy your craving. Drake is going onto my authors-to-watch list, I can't wait to see what great new realms of fiction she'll drop me into next!

**ARC received via NetGalley.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Post-Apocalyptic Novella 27 May 2012
By akb--bookworm - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
When the government's attempt to create a biocrop goes horribly wrong, civilization as we know it ends. Riots, drifters, unspeakable violence as people starve to death are the new norm. Guardsman Derek Covington braves the riots to save his foster mother only to lose her and his arm to the violence. Derek is taken to a military occupied hospital where he is given a prototype prosthetic arm with a deadly blade. Dr. Lidia Sullivan was there; she helped save his life and attached the new arm; she cared for him and spent every minute with him for a week before the evacuation. When the evac train is ambushed, Derek stays to protect the refugees and to bury his foster mother.

Ten years later, pockets of civilization can be found. Lidia lives in a compound caring for her community and teaching medicine to others. She dreams of Derek, but has accepted he must have died in the riots. Why else would he not come for her? Suddenly, Derek reappears. He needs a doctor to save the life of a young boy in his charge. Together they venture out in the bleak desert through dangerous conditions and violent gangs to save a young boy's life.

Having enjoyed other stories by Ella Drake, I was eager to read this one. I was in the mood for a short story, so this was perfect for me. I was able to read it in a few hours.

I really liked both Lidia and Derek. Even though this is a rather short story, I still feel like we got to know them pretty well. Yes, there were a few things that were said but not elaborated on that I wish I could better understand. But, overall it was well done. We got a real story with a real plot and real characters. Sometimes that is rare in short stories.

Lidia and Derek are very different from each other and it showed in their actions and the way they talked. Lidia is calm and used to working in stressful conditions as result of her work in an ER. Derek is blunt and used to muscling his way through life. He is a bit crass to Lidia's poise. But they still worked well together.

Even though I love the theme of "lovers reunite," I didn't like that it had to take TEN YEARS for them to get back together. It would have been harsher had we sat with them through those TEN YEARS, but still. Why did it have to be so long? It really didn't bother me all that much. I wanted to see them reconnect. I wanted to know what they have been doing and why it took so long to reunite.

I really enjoyed the world that Ms. Drake built. It seemed so real!

Although I really enjoyed this story, I personally think $3.99 for such a short story (approx. 83 pages) is a bit much.

A word of warning: There are detailed sex scenes and some swear words used by our beloved guardsman.

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