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Wavering Convictions

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Maggie Davidson lives in fear after being robbed on the street outside her office. But the trauma has only just begun, and now she must face her attacker in court. A chance encounter with a beautiful woman in the courthouse café is the only bright spot in her day, until she finds out just who the woman is.

Ally Becker has always been her brother’s hero, and she’s at the co
Paperback, 242 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Bold Strokes Books
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Diane Wallace
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
'ARC provided by both NetGalley and The Publisher in exchange for a honest review'

**'Books are compendiums of bad behavior and literature is the gossip about it..Writing fiction is Not self-expression..'

Erin Dutton's books can be hit,miss or in between and this book ended up being the latter. The storytelling was good but not great but she did rise to the occasion when it came to her compelling and extensive detail on the crime and legal system -- the story did deliver an informative and emotion
Lex Kent
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: f-f-bsb-romance
I have to say I was a bit disappointed by this book. It wasn’t a badly written book or anything, I just found myself struggling to connect to it. I like Dutton, I’ve enjoyed most of the books I’ve read of hers and I was actually looking forward to this. To be honest this almost didn’t feel like a Dutton book, but that’s just my opinion since something felt a little off here.

I actually thought this book had an interesting premise. Two women that meet and share a few sparks only to find they are c
I'm an unashamed fan of Erin Dutton's work. She's one of the few authors that I will pick up immediately, without reading the blurb or reviews. I just expect that when I see her name on the cover, I know that I'm about to be able to lie back and relax and be taken on a journey for the next few hours. One of the main things that I love about her books is the connection that I feel to the characters. She's never failed to make me feel like I'm involved in the story, until now.

It's not that this no
Corporate Slave
May 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
unfortunately I couldn’t connect with this book at all. Yes it’s a very complex and dark storyline which at the beginning pulled me in when I read the blurb. However the delivery of it was not what I expected from Erin Dutton who for me is one of the very good authors out there. I think the issue is the constant repetition of what Maggie was going through due to the robbery that happened to her. For some reason, I couldn’t feel sorry for her! I didn’t like the character she was too passive, too ...more
This is an enjoyable read which has an interesting concept and brings into play a number of aspects around addiction, family loyalties and the victim versus the perpetrator. Maggie Davidson is held up by an armed robber in the parking garage after work. The experience has traumatised her and the prospect of facing her attacker is terrifying. At the courthouse her need to escape the crush of people leads her to having coffee at the same table as Ally Becker. Ally has a calming presence and it’s n ...more
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the premise of this book: when Maggie and Ally share a table in the cafeteria next to the courthouse, neither knows they’re both there for the same case. Maggie was robbed at gunpoint by Ally’s brother. The truth comes out in the next days and both women find themselves in a sort of Catch-22 situation.

There’s a « human interest » feel to it, I could totally see some tabloid headline: « Victime falls in love with attacker’s girlfriend! »

While I felt for Maggie, whose view on life changes d
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Unlucky in love.

Maggie is robbed while walking to her car in a parking garage. At the courthouse, she meets a woman, Ally Becker, who she later discovers is a bit too close to her situation.

I thought the concept of this story was unique. At first, I wasn't quite sure what I would do if the situation happened to me. Through reading this, I determined I would not have responded the way that Maggie did. To be honest, I was a little annoyed with her. If I were Ally, there would be zero chance I wou
May 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the first book I've read by this author and I liked it.

The narration is my fav, told in third person and from both point of views. With that said, I warmed to Ally more than Maggie, whereas given what Maggie endured I often wondered if I should've felt more empathy for her...and more importantly, why I didn't.

At times, the story lagged due to having a repetitive feel to it. I get the crippling effects of PTSD, but there comes a point when I no longer need it drummed home. Did that make
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
The plot of this story is a bit complex in its nuances, so I think this book will have a very varied kind of reviews. And after two days of finishing it, I actually don't know how it made me feel. On the one hand, the story itself is a bit tricky for me, because my experience in a somewhat similar situation, although it was not completely like the one described, makes me fully empathize with Maggie and understand all her actions and reactions. But with so many situations related to aggression, t ...more
Sometimes I choose books to read based on the descriptive blurb the author writes for the book cover. That’s exactly what happened with Wavering Convictions by Erin Dutton. I read the blurb and chose the book immediately. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book about two characters attracted to each other only to find out that one woman is the sister of the man who robbed the other woman at gunpoint.

The possibilities for angst and relationship problems should be almost endless for this story, and th
Aleana Harris
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC copy of this book from the Publisher via Netgalley and voluntarily leaving my review.

Maggie leaves work while walking to her car she get held up by gunpoint and gets rob. As she goes to court she stop at a cafe she meets Ally and they have a instant connection.
Ally finally find someone she connects with only to learn that Maggie is the viticm that her brother had rob.

As they try to work out a relationship between them as I feel what Maggie going through her thinking about bei
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it
ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I’m a Dutton fan, but this one isn’t one of her best. This features MC Maggie, who is held up at gunpoint and then meets the other MC Ally at the courthouse. Problem is that Maggie was held up by Ally’s brother.

The two characters hit it off, but once they realise who the other is, things become complicated. Even with this they continue to see each other (though I found the way this was done unlikely). Throughout this though the spectr
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May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Talk about creating a complicated context for a relationship! Forty-something Maggie Davis is attacked and robbed at gunpoint. Her attacker is arrested and she has to go to court. She runs into one Ally Becker (39) in the canteen of the court and there is insta-attraction between the two. Maggie is completely shaken by the attack and she finds herself reaching out to Ally to talk. During their conversation, Ally realises that Maggie was attacked by her brother, but keeps this information to her ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This is only the third book by this author that I have read. I loved both of the other books but this one didn't do anything for me. The story line was promising, the characters were likeable in their own ways. Maggie grated on my nerves at times throughout the story but I suppose that is understandable with the ordeal she went through. My preferred character was Ally, but in all honesty, I did not feel any connection other than friendship with benefits between the two main characters. I felt th ...more
May 30, 2019 rated it liked it
I took a few days to think about my feelings on this book and I still haven't come to a definite conclusion. Maggie Davidson was robbed at gun point after leaving work one day. The day of the first court hearing she meets Ally Becker. I can't say that they have instant chemistry though because of how they react to one another. What they do have appears to be something comfortable with each other. Many romances start out that way, so that doesn't hurt this story line for me. The kicker with this ...more
May 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
I am a Dutton fan. However, this read just did not work for me. The angst was drawn out too long and the ending was absolutely rushed. I also can't say I really appreciated any chemistry between the two MCs. All in all I found it quite dissapointing.

I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-ng-romance
Interesting premise with likable characters. Maggie Davidson, heading home from work, is robbed and works to handle the after. Ally Becker, unappreciated champion of her mother and brother. In support of her brother, she meets his victim Maggie and sparks fly. A push and pull drives the read which is interesting and uninteresting as the story unfolds.

Read provided by Bold Strokes Books, Inc. via NetGalley.
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
What a predicament!

This was an interesting story and I empathise with Maggie for her initial reaction to Ally. She's a brave lady though and Ally's strength of character and huge heart is admirable.
Colleen Corgel
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, lgbt
I don't read a lot of Dutton's works, but the ones that I have read are usually really great, straight forward lesbian romances. They're comfort reads with some good action, relatable leads, and some good chemistry. This is not comfortable, at all. It doesn't go into grim dark territory, nor is is in any way graphic, but the topics Dutton is tackling are not things that are usually associated with her story telling style. And I have to say, that it works on some level with me.

Maggie Davidson is
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Maggie is trying to get her life back on track after being assaulted and robbed at gunpoint. She meets the alluring Alex at a coffee shop, and she begins to imagine a world where she doesn't live in fear any longer. But those dreams come crashing down she finds out that Alex's brother was the one who assaulted her. Can she move through her trauma while dating Alex, which would remind her of her attacker every day?

I do usually enjoy Erin Dutton's books, however, I really could not get into this o
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I agree with reviewer Cathie W that this would make an excellent book club read. There's a lot to think about and debate here, starting with the unusual plot device of having two people who are attracted to each other realize that there's something between them that they may never get past. I didn't read the blurb first because I love Erin Dutton's books and knew I would want to read this, so I was surprised to learn that Ally is Carey's sister. The author took a big risk with this book because ...more
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Maggie Davidson felt her life was going along pretty good considering she had broken off a relationship a few months ago. She had a good job that she enjoyed, especially since her supervisor was also her best friend. Still she had a habit of working late so by the time she called it a day it was often dark and she was alone. Then one night, for the first time she found out just how dangerous that could be.
Ally Becker worked as a carpenter along with her younger brother but what she really want
May 24, 2019 rated it liked it
3 stars. I enjoyed this book but I feel like the characters developed super quickly. This story is about Maggie Davidson, who gets robbed by a man holding a gun in her parking garage at work. She meets Ally Becker at the coffee shop at the courthouse. At first, she does not realize that Ally is the sister of the man who robbed her, Carey Rowe. They meet and have an instant connection. When Maggie talks about why she is at the courthouse, Ally realizes they are connected more than they realize, a ...more
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
A NetGalley review

Those who picked up the book based on the blurb that promises a different kind of romance are going to be sorely disappointed in this book. There is no doubt that Erin Dutton is a good writer, but it is also very unfortunate that despite that there was no chemistry between the protagonists. Their connection, though believable when they first met, couldn't be sustained in the rest of the narrative and their declaration of love towards the end seemed unconvincing. A possible reas
Cathie W
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Definitely one of the more unique plots I’ve read in a long time. What would you do If your new romanctic interest ends up being sister to your attacker? Whether or not you agree, Maggie and Ally decide to plow forward at first as friends but then their attraction is undeniable. There is an unusual suspense that’s difficult to name or even quantify about the upcoming trial for Ally’s brother that looms over everything in the book. It kept me invested as I tried to envision how they were going to ...more
May 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Maggie Davidson is struggling to deal with the trauma she suffer after being robbed. Ally Becker is the responsible adult in her family and the support of her younger brother. when she goes to court to support his brother when he is being accused of a robbery, Ally discovers that the woman his brother robbed is the woman she can't get off her mind. Would she chose family or love?

This book was a lot slower than I thought it would. The characters were well develop but as much as i tried to care fo
Alex Lfr
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! I loved the conflict, how their relationship develops, the huge problem they have to face and how, almost finishing the book, I still didn't know how they were going to solve the situation between them. I enjoy a good story with some drama and Erin Dutton delivered beautifully. This is not the kind of easy story where the main characters meet, fall in love and everything is perfect. Maggie is stubborn, she is trying to heal and recover and her situation is an impossible one. Ally is mo ...more
I didn't like this book much at all. I know I've said this before but I really think this will be my last Dutton book.

The relationship - and some of the actions of the characters - didn't feel realistic to me. I didn't feel any connection to or sympathy for Maggie and mostly didn't like her at all. I did feel something for Ally but the way the story unfolded made it impossible for me to care about what happened.

There were other things that bothered me that I'm not going to bother discussing bu
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
This starts off with a really challenging premise of an inappropriate match between two people and a whirlwind relationship.

Maggie was attacked which is traumatic enough, but the woman she falls for happens to be the sister of the attacker. Mmmm, that's tricky. But they choose to ignore it until they can't anymore.

Both characters are nice and interesting enough but there's little depth to them or the story. I found it difficult to connect but loved the fact that Ally was a carpenter.
Cathy Williams
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Erin Dutton is on to a winner with Wavering Convictions.

Maggie and Ally are two characters that I can't help but like, the growing relationship between them is lovely, and when I read it, I was totally rooting for them to both find a way forward.

Would recommend, yes if you're looking for that book that has a lovely romance and really good story.
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Born and raised in Upstate New York, Erin Dutton moved to Nashville, Tennessee several years ago. No longer a Yankee, and yet not a true Southerner, she remains somewhere between the two, and is happy to claim both places as home. Her days are spent earning a living, while her nights and weekends are divided between several of her favorite things: writing, reading, golf, and her friends. Erin is t ...more