Portia Tofton wants nothing more than to be left alone by the men in her life. For some time now she has felt as if she is nothing more than a problem to be handled. She thought things would improve when she married but unfortunately, her home was gambled away by her husband and then he died, leaning her to handle the problems and the scandal. Now she has no choice but to turn to Mateo Cardea. Mateo broke her heart when she was younger by refusing her hand in marriage. Now he may be the only man who can help her and she finds she may be the only one who can help him. Striking a deal with the devil may be the answer but it may also create more problems.
Deb Marlowe highlights the problems women had during this time. They were at the mercy of their male relatives, something Portia found unacceptable. The steps she takes to assure her independence give the reader a degree of poignancy and yet clearly show her strength and determination. Mateo wanted to be free of the manipulations of his father. He found he could not escape this, even after his father died. A beautifully written tale of two peopleâ€™s struggle for independence and freedom of choice, Tall, Dark and Disreputable turns into so much more. Pick up Tall, Dark and Disreputable and follow the journey of Portia and Mateo not only through the countryside but also through their emotions. Deb Marlowe is in the driverâ€˜s seat with Tall, Dark and Disreputable.