Five-Star Review for IF THE DEVIL HAD A DOG
“Friday’s as good a day as any to run for your life," Sidney McQueen said aloud to herself for perhaps the hundredth time since fleeing Fort Worth. And so the book begins. Thus we immediately want to know, who is Sidney? What and whom is she running from? Why the heck is she fleeing with a horse in tow? Does she even know where she’s running to? This Romantic Suspense and Thriller genre strings one along at a perfect pace – not so fast as to require flipping back to re-read events that lead into the current event, or so slowly that you keep muttering to yourself, “Get ON with it!” I learned in good time who the villains are, and even who the hero might be. It is a “cook the fastest supper you can for your family,” “leave the dishes in the sink,” kind of read. You have to get back to it. Somehow Lukas manages to maintain the pace and at the same time create characters so real you almost feel as if you are a voyeur. Even the bad guys and secondary characters have true-to-life idiosyncrasies. The plot is riveting and the locales, chiefly Ft. Worth and Alpine, Texas, lovingly and truly described. Being contemporary, the book is nothing like her first book, “Orphan Moon,” but it shares the same good writing and clear love of her craft. If you are in the mood for a soft, sweet romance, this is not the book for you as it features a bad-ass Marine, strong female, sex, and violence. As a stand-alone novel, it could be a movie. If we can beg her for sequels, it could be a thrilling TV series."