I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.
A complicated love triangle between a man, his ex, and the married woman he’s having an affair with threatens to explode in a complex web of revenge and heartbreak in author Regina Buttner’s “Down a Bad Road”.
Longtime bachelor Ron Burley has a rule against messing around with married women in his rural upstate New York town, but sassy, lovely Lavender has convinced him to break it. Their steamy affair sets someone off, but it isn’t Lavender’s clueless husband-it’s Marta, Burley’s clingy childhood friend and ex-lover.
Marta knows Burley is on the verge of going broke, so she secretly tries to lure him with a lucrative job offer and some enticing fringe benefits. Although he’s sorely tempted, Burley’s afraid to trust Marta due to the sketchy circumstances surrounding their bitter breakup years ago; but this might be his only chance to get back at her for what she did.
Suspicious of her boyfriend’s romantic history, Lavender visits a psychic for a tarot card reading in a creepy cabin in the Adirondack woods. Watch your back, the psychic warns her. Burley and Marta aren’t the innocent people they’re pretending to be. Someone’s out for revenge, and this love triangle could turn deadly.
This was a truly compelling and captivating read. The author did an amazing job of finding just the right pace and tone to capture the devious nature of these characters and their outlooks on life. The slow burn that the author utilizes here as the story progresses and the interwoven lives that these characters lead made the story feel more explosive and alive on the page. The world-building and atmosphere that permeates the narrative really drew me into the story and found the heart of a great psychological and domestic thriller beating life into the fictional world around these characters.
The true heart of the story though rested in the unique characters the story utilizes. The way the author writes, the reader never truly knows who the true “protagonist or hero” may be, as each takes steps in both good and bad directions throughout the narrative. Yet as the story progresses and new characters are added to complicate the story for these characters, the level of deviousness that each is capable of showcases the theme of morality not being a black and white scale, but a multitude of shades of grey instead.
Memorable, chilling, and entertaining, author Regina Buttner’s “Down a Bad Road” is a must-read psychological thriller of 2023! The twists and turns in both the narrative and the character development will leave readers shocked, and the haunting story that unfolds as these characters come clashing together will leave readers breathless by the final page. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy today!
About the Author
Regina is a registered nurse-turned-writer who was raised in beautiful upstate New York, where she spent many happy years exploring the winding back roads and scenic hiking trails of the Adirondack mountain region. She recently traded the snowy northern winters for the tropical breezes of the Sunshine State, where her favorite pastimes are kayaking among the mangroves, strolling the gorgeous beaches, and attempting to teach tricks to her boisterous corgi.
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You can read more about the book (and read a preview!) by going to: https://www.amazon.com/Down-Bad-Road-Regina-Buttner-ebook/dp/B0BSN7F7KT.
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Blog Tour Calendar
May 29th @ The Muffin
Join us as we celebrate the blog tour launch of Down a Bad Road by Regina Buttner. You’ll have the chance to read an interview with the author and win a copy of the book.
May 30th @ Author Anthony Avina’s blog
Stop by author Anthony Avina’s blog to read his review of Down a Bad Road by Regina Buttner.
May 31st @ Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews blog
Join Lisa for an interview with Regina Buttner.
June 1st @ World of My Imagination
Stop by World of My Imagination to read Nicole’s review of Down a Bad Road.
June 4th @ Author Anthony Avina’s blog
Revisit author Anthony Avina’s blog to read “How a Corgi Supercharged My Writing Life” by Regina Buttner.
June 5th @ A Lit Life
Stop by A Lit Life read Stephanie’s review of Down a Bad Road.
June 7th @ Sue Edwards’s blog
Visit Sue’s blog to read an interview with author Regina Buttner.
June 8th @ Michelle Cornish’s blog
Read a guest post from Regina Buttner about cultivating writerly discipline.
June 9th @ Reading is My Remedy
Check out Chelsie’s Instagram where she’ll review Down a Bad Road.
June 10th @ World of My Imagination
Stop by Nicole’s blog where Regina Buttner is a guest for “Three Things on a Saturday Night.”
June 12th @ Reading is My Remedy
Stop by Chelsie’s blog to read a guest post by Regina Buttner about disguising your friends and family in your stories.
June 13th @ Michelle Cornish’s author blog
Join Michelle as she reviews Down a Bad Road.
June 14th @ Create Write Now
Visit Mari’s blog to read a guest post by Regina Buttner about growing up old-school Catholic and daring to write about it!
June 15th @ The Knotty Needle
Join Judy for her review of Down a Bad Road.
June 16th @ Mindy McGinnis’s blog
Stop by Mindy’s blog to read “A Humorous Look at NOT Dating After 50” by Regina Buttner.
June 16th @ From the TBR Pile
Join Kari as she reviews Down a Bad Road.
June 18th @ Lady Unemployed
Stop by Nicole’s blog to read “How Joining a Professional Writers Organization Transformed My Writing Career” by Regina Buttner.
June 21st @ Life According to Jamie
Join us as Jamie reviews Down a Bad Road.
June 22nd @ Sue Edwards’s blog
Return to Sue’s blog to read “From Nurse to Writer” by Regina Buttner.
June 23rd @ Nikki’s Book Reviews
Read Nicole’s review of Down a Bad Road.
June 24th @ The Faerie Review
Stop by The Faerie Review to read a spotlight of Down a Bad Road.
June 25th @ A Lit Life
Return to A Lit Life to read a guest post from Regina Buttner about how a visit to the Stillwater Hotel in Upstate New York inspired the setting for Down a Bad Road.