Welcome to Pistol Rock, Texas where everyone knows secrets last about as long as the sporadic west Texas rain showers.
Laney Briggs has long been considered reckless by the denizens of her hometown, but she’s finally turned it all around—she’s happily engaged to the local veterinarian and she’s become a Pistol Rock deputy sheriff. Everything’s fine and dandy—until a dead body turns up and her ex, Texas Ranger Gunner Wilson, decides to stick his boots into the town’s first murder case. Of course, the troublesome cowboy’s rugged good looks and T-shirt-straining muscles are already leaving Laney knee-deep in hot water, but she’ll be damned if she lets Gunner trample all over her turf. She’s decided that, instead of conflict, she wants a contented, steady life with her vet—a life in which Gunner Wilson and his seemingly endless ability to undermine her resolve and her libido plays no part. Still, it’s hard to keep her head as forbidden sparks ignite and suspicions arise between old rivals and old flames. And when the bodies start to pile up, Laney has to ask the lethal bad boy for a hand—and a truce in exchange for his help. But after uncovering the pack of lies surrounding not only her job but her heart… Having an ex-boyfriend as an ally might not be the best idea, but it’s certainly the most reckless, and Laney has always been pretty reckless…
The first book in the Deputy Laney Briggs series is an intriguing romantic suspense with lots of twists and turns. Laney Briggs suddenly finds herself in hot water when a dead body turns up and her ex, Texas Ranger Gunnar Wilson decides to stick his boots into the town’s first murder case.
The steady to fast paced plot keeps readers guessing with lots of suspense, action and romance. The tension steadily builds throughout the story as the plot thickens and more suspects are added to the list and with each twist the case gets more complicated ensuring that the reader gets caught up in the story. The characters are strong, compelling and grab the reader’s attention from the beginning.
The chemistry between Laney and her ex, Gunnar burns hotter than the Texas sun throughout the story and the romance has sparks flying everywhere as the couple clashes at every turn. The relationship is also complicated by the fact that Lacey is engaged to the local veterinarian and then there’s a third suitor lurking in the shadows which adds lots of spice to the story as each one of them have different personalities and history with the deputy. Readers can’t help but empathize with the Deputy when the investigation keeps leading her in circles to the very people she thought she could trust and being torn between three sexy men well I don’t know if that’s such a hardship.
I enjoyed this multi-twisted plot with its multitude of suspects although I did find some aspects of the story to be a little unreal. But the intriguing story line, snarky dialogue and was still a quite enjoyable and fun read with sexy cowboys.
3 STARS 3 FLAMES
About Jodi Linton:
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Jodi Linton grew up across the street from a cow pasture, where she was more likely to be seen selling Kool-Aid in a Dixie cup at ten cents a pop, or inviting neighbors over to watch one of her plays staged on her father’s Bass boat.
In 2001, she traded in the rednecks, cowboys, and mesquite trees of her hometown to chase destiny out west. After a few years of mucking it around with the roughnecks, dust storms, and droughts, she decided to dust off her boots and head home. With a History degree in one hand and a marriage license in the other, she followed her husband in 2006 to central Texas the heartland, fabulous Austin.
After settling into the Texas Hill Country with her husband and two kids, she joined the Austin Romance Writers of America, and signed with The Belcastro Agency. Today she can be found cozied up to the computer escaping into a quirky world of tall tales, sexy, tight jean wearing cowboys, and a protagonist with a sharp-tongue quick enough to hang any man out to dry.
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