By accident, he discovered long ago that he was adopted as a baby and his need to find his biological father has consumed him ever since. Now, on a road trip, determined to find his father and his sanity, and armed with locations and his cousin, Nixon, to help him, maybe he can find the answers he’s been searching for. With nothing but a suitcase and a wad of cash to get him there, lead after lead takes him further from home.
But he’ll find much more than he intended.
He finds Storey, a pint sized pin-up model who has learned painful lessons about guys. Her wounds run deep, but so do his. She knows what she wants, but will she recognize it when it’s right in front of her?
Maddox can’t touch anyone without feeling like his skin is crawling, but just maybe his instinct to protect this amazing girl will supersede his own hang-ups.
If he can brush her skin and start to feel alive inside...everything will change.
Be sure about this, Mad. There’s no going back after we start this thing.” Nixon didn’t understand but he supported me anyway. He didn’t get why I needed this more than I’ve ever needed anything in my life, but I did. It plagued my thoughts and had become an obsession. The scenarios played on a reel in my head, the good, the bad, the ugly, and the flat out fanatical.
“Just drive man, we’ve talked about this.” I said and pulled out a journal that contained names, addresses, and maps. I had coordinated this trip with such detail because I couldn’t afford for anything to go wrong. I needed this to end right, for my own sanity.
“What direction?” I showed him the state name on my list and he looked up at me in disbelief. “That far North? Man, I bet they don’t even have good sweet tea. Ok, “He put the SUV into drive, “Hold on to your ass.”
We passed the mailbox whose golden stuck-on letters read ‘Black’ and I had a moment of regret, only for my brothers. But I couldn’t bear to face them when they found out, when they were told by the woman we’d trusted all of our lives—I wasn’t their brother at all.
This series has turned me into a HUGE Lila Felix fan! Her writing style is just amazing & so engaging! I would sit down to read and just go from page to page, totally absorbed into the story line. These books are just so easy to get into, and the characters are so quirky and lovable! I absolutely fell in love with each and every member of the Black family. They represent everything a loving family should be. I especially like how you don't lose track of any of the characters through out the series. They are all important & needed in each of the books so it's nice to see them pop up & hear their stories continue.
In Down 'N' Derby Maddox finally gets his chance to shine. He really is the epitome of a southern gentleman! He's always been so quiet and aloof and never really the topic of conversation in the previous two books, so this was a very nice surprise!
Maddox Black is so full of pain it's heartbreaking. He blames himself for his birth mother's death causing him to develop an aversion to being touched. He shies away from relationships and even his own family, thinking he will ruin anything he comes into contact with. After deciding that he needs answers, he takes off with his cousin Nixon on a road trip to track down his father. What he finds along the way is possibly the only person who can heal him, Storey. A pin-up model and derby girl, she's everything he never knew he needed. Their attraction is deep & instantly intense. Together they work through Mad's issues & come to the realization that a happily ever after just may be in the cards for them after all.
About the Author…
Lila Felix lives in the swamps of Louisiana with her husband and three boisterous children. She loves coffee, anything cinnamon and loves to cook. She is a big roller derby fan. When she's not writing, she's watching 80's movies, reading, and collecting duct tape.