Author: Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy
Length : 133 pages
Genres: Contemporary Romance
TBR Reviewer: Victoria
Rating: 3 Stars - A Good Read!
Heat: 3/5 - Blush Worthy
Ryker’s an ATF agent sent undercover to his home in the Ozarks to bust a moonshine ring that’s showing major growth and poisoning (through bad chemicals used in making the moonshine). After being imbedded in the town for a while, he meets guest Nicole, who’s recovering from a divorce with her slimeball of an ex-husband.
The bad: Ryker’s been in town for 6 months. It’s only then (as the story starts) that he conveniently talks to certain people (it’s a small town – how did he avoid talking to her before then, esp. since no one knew he was a cop?). Certain individuals scream out “I’m a moonshiner” and he knows that, but never looks further into it…until the story starts. When connections turn up between the moonshine ring and Nicole’s ex-husband, it’s convenient that the only name she remembers of people her husband might have come to town with is one that turns out to be important. It just smacked too much of convenience, the entire plot.
The good: I liked that we got a feeling of the backwoods/hick-ish environment that one might think exists in the Ozarks. I won’t speak to how true to life it is, but I liked the culture (so to speak) of the small town. Ryker’s casual and ongoing enjoyment of things that I’d never think of eating (squirrel and squirrel stew) gave me a real window into a different way of life. Nicole was sweet in her own way and really deserved to find a good man after her scum of a husband. These two were good for each other.
Thanks to the author for sending this to review!