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Flower in the Desert

Flower in the Desert - Lavender Parker, Katy Farrell

 I really liked the first half of this novella. Ruby (and then Ruby and Jase's) struggle to survive in the desert was gripping and well-paced, with lots of plausible details. The second half felt under-developed; I wanted to know more about the trial, for instance, and I felt a lot of the drama was diffused to focus on the romance/sex (which was well done). Ruby was a great, strong character. Jase never seemed like a full person to me. He had so little backstory. I liked the prose style though there were a fair number of minor editing glitches.