Author: Jenny Lyn
Length : 93.6k
Genres: Romantic Suspense
TBR Reviewer: Victoria
Rating: 4 Stars - Recommended Reading
Heat: 3 - Blush Worthy
First - kudos to Ms. Lynn for choosing North Florida to set her novel. There aren't nearly enough stories set there. I loved how the setting played into the story itself. You aren't going to find too many places (at least that I can think of off the top of my head) with the sized swamps necessary for this plot.
Bond owns a bar she inherited from her grandparents on the outskirts of a small town. She's in her late twenties without any serious prospects, but that has more to do with the fact that James, a member of the known moonshine-running Kyle family, has her in his sights and no one's willing to cross him to make a serious play for her. Nathan throws a wrench into that little problem by being very attracted to her when he shows up looking to arrest the brother of Bond's messed-up want-to-love-her man. There's a lot of suspense and crooked cops and, well, just about everyone in the little town of Trespass is either on the take or seriously afraid of the Kyle family. As Bond states late in the book, the town is strangling to death because of the Kyles. I loved how Bond and Nathan both want each other but have serious reasons to avoid, or try to resist, the pull between them. There's plenty of hot lovin' in the book too.
Now, as mentioned, one thing kept this from being a 5-star. It's the relationship between Bond and James. For the entire book (up until almost the end), I got the impression that Bond wasn't really afraid of him because she thought he wasn't ever going to hurt her, but then suddenly she turns around and admits "Oh, I've always been terrified out of my mind of him...." Now, this is just my impression, but for me that abrupt 180 about her feelings (which until that moment had seemed distant, but with some definite fondness, albeit regretful fondness) shattered some of the spell woven by Ms. Lynn.
That said, would I read another book by her? In a freakin' NY second! I loved this book. I hope to see a second book set in Trespass, and I think Ms. Lynn left plenty of room for that to happen. Wahoo!