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Released: June 2013
ISBN: 9781301431748
ASIN: B00DD1HPDS
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UNDER THE WESTERN SKY
Author: Dellani Oakes
Length: Novel
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Price: $3.99

It's small town Nebraska in the late 1970's and life in the small Midwestern town is quiet and uneventful. That's what Libby Marshall and Bobby Menedez think until Bobby's cousin, Ramon is beaten by a group of white boys because he is dating a white girl. Libby and Bobby realize that their relationship might make them targets, but they believe their love is stronger than hate. But is it? Something quite evil lies hidden Under the Western Sky.

Excerpt
Libby Marshal leaned over the pool table lining up her shot, slender hips twitching to KC and the Sunshine Band. She hummed distractedly as she eyed the table. Bobby Menendez stood behind her enjoying the view. His hands moved forward, tingling to touch her.

"Touch me and die, Roberto Hermida Menendez."

"Man, how did you know?"

She made her shot, long distance across the felt top, snapping her pool cue, nearly nailing him when her arm came back.

"Shouldn't stand so close," Danny said across the table from her.

"Oh, man, the view!"

Bobby held his hands the width of her hips apart. He bit his lip as she faced him, a frown on her face. Her green eyes flashed at him. With a toss of her short, blonde, curly hair, she moved away from him with a glare. His dark brown eyes followed her, longing in his well tanned face.

"View's damn good over here, and safer," Danny grinned.

He'd been looking down her top as she bent over to shoot. He loved the fact that it was 1976 and even in this small, conservative, western Nebraska town, girls were liberated, freeing them from the confines of establishment undergarments. The no bra look was great! Bobby could have his dangerous ass view, Danny went for tits every time.

"Boys, behave," Toni's father said from his office behind them.

Funny thing how Toni's old man always had work to do when the boys came over. He would casually follow the four of them down to the pool room in the basement and sit in his work room fiddling with some electrical components while they played pool and listened to music. He didn't mind them coming over, but they weren't going to be unchaperoned either.

"Yes, sir," they chorused.

They stepped back, snapping to attention, not quite saluting. Each with military fathers, it was hard not to when he talked in that tone. Fifteen years as a Marine before a shell shattered his right leg, didn't go away. Everyone in town called him Captain Cristo. Only the very brave called him Grant.

"Girls, Mom's got dinner almost ready. Why don't you hustle up and help her set the table."

"Yes, sir," Libby replied, setting down her cue.

"Sure thing, Daddy," Toni leaned hers against the wall, leaving a blue streak of chalk.

The boys hesitated, unsure how to proceed. They hadn't been included in that request. Captain Cristo solved that for them by setting aside his work. He stood stiffly, old war wound tightening up on him. He motioned them into his work room, closing the door behind him.

"She may not be my daughter," he said without preamble. "But you ogle her like that again, or put a hand on her," he looked right at Bobby. "I'll break all three of your legs."

What the reviewers are saying
I recommend this to everyone!
Under The Western Sky by Dellani Oakes is a wonderful read. Lots of love stories mixed in with drama and racial tension. Throw in hott FBI agents, fist fights and gunfights, and this book is a win! I highly recommend this book for everyone. There are lessons we all need to be reminded of, even when they don't effect us directly. ~ Marsha Jeanne Thalleen, Amazon

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Dellani rocks 70s romance
There is something in it for everyone and a fast paced and exciting read. I like the references to the music of that time. Under the western sky also handles war and heroism along with military pride as the characters deal with loss of spouses and fathers after the war. ~ Karen H. Vaughan, Amazon

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A Timely Book That's Totally Retro!
Under the Western Sky is a story that could have easily been ripped from today's headlines only it takes place in the 1970's. I could almost hear the hiss from the turntable as the Santana record played while Bobby and Libby danced together. Dellani Oakes does an awesome job at depicting the era as well as the issues that plagued that period. Under the Western Sky is filled with action, romance and suspense which will leave readers glued to the pages or eReader which ever you prefer. ~ C. Giguere, Amazon

 

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