The happiest day of Payton Lambert's life was the day she graduated high school and watched Bald Knob, Kentucky get smaller and smaller in her rearview mirror. She wanted more for her life than a tiny town where everyone knows your business and you can’t find a decent cup of coffee for at least forty miles. Twelve years later, an unexpected phone call in the middle of the night has her packing up her life in Chicago and racing back home to the one person she ever regretted leaving behind.
Upon her return, she sees that Leo Hudson, the scrawny boy who followed Payton around like a puppy and could recite cow insemination facts in his sleep, is long gone. Leo is still hot on her heels, but now he's wearing a sheriff badge and dead set on solving a murder that may or may not involve Payton...along with half the town. In a place where the biggest crime happened the day someone kicked a few of his cows, people are pointing fingers, rumors are spreading like wildfire, and Payton swears she's only making out with the sweet-talking, studly sheriff to distract him from the secrets she's keeping.
When you've been tased, peed on by a yippy dog named Bo Jangles, and can't stop picturing what Sheriff Hudson looks like naked, it will be a tough job making everyone agree that...Jed had to die.
This is not a story about tragedy. This is a love story between friends, a town and one sexy cop whose will make you forget anyone who came before. Oh and I mustn’t forget Baby Cecil. It really is about Baby Cecil and Liquid Crack, better known as coffee.
I was halfway through the book, of course I was completely on Emma Jo, Bettie and our crazy, liquid crack loving heroine, Payton’s side, ready to join in with the wine drinking to kill Jed myself when it happened.
Tara Sivec has a talent of taking a serious subject, making you furious, ready to take up your pitchfork and march on the offending castle, mix it with humor until tears roll down your cheeks. Why? Because you know Starla. She lives next door, or just down the street. Or maybe she lived two doors down from where you grew up. Don’t deny it! You know it’s true! Then, as in all small towns, the winds of change shift and loyalties change as well. Emma Jo finally has the strength, because of Payton, to confess what has been happening to her for the last twelve years. When those who know and love her find out who their elected Mayor was behind closed doors, they realize Payton is not the terrible person they want her to be. That Jed, indeed, had to die.
In my experience of growing up in a small town, Tara captured the characters completely. I am in love with Bettie and am ready to leave my husband for her! (Only if she brings Cecil and wine, otherwise he brings me both.) Another hit for Tara Sivec! So glad I was able to read and review this copy.
Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.
After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book and she was voted as Best Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards for 2014.
In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.
Tara loves tackling new genres so there’s something for everyone! Currently, she has books in the following categories:
Erotic Romantic Suspense