I never thought a murder mystery could be so damn funny!! Ohmygod, I laughed so much. Small town gossip, coffee addiction and wine driven bad decisions…this was HILARIOUS!
I just knew from the very start that I was going to enjoy this story. From the moment Payton expresses her utter devotion and love for all things coffee, to her utter devotion to her friends.
Payton made a life for herself in Chicago. Owner a very successful coffee shop, she swore she’d never return to her home town. The place was too small for the big dreams she had for her life, so first chance she got she took it and never looked back. But when a friend needs her, she sucks it up and goes back to be there for her.
Aaaand, the hilarity ensues. Tara Sivec made sure to give me everything I needed in this story and with its characters. The hot guy I want to strip for, the bestie that keeps me on my toes and calls me on my sh*t, neighborly folk that won’t stay out of my business and pie…blueberry pie.
With so much going on in town, there’s also a murder to solve and a super HOT, Thor lookalike to drool over while trying to find out who done it – all while laughing your ass off.
I loved every aspect of it all. It has been too long since I’ve laughed that hard. The townsfolk brought so much extra life to the story and it. was. EPIC. This was my very first Tara Sivec novel and I’m kicking myself for having waited to long to get a taste or her work. I am so ready to devour her other novels. I can’t wait to see what else she has.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
“What do you want?” I slump down on the couch, still eyeing her.
“About ground rules.” She shrugs her shoulders. “It won’t take long,” she adds as she catches my alarmed glance. “Now that it’s clear we’re expected to share this apartment, we need to
“The answer is no.” I jump to my feet again. “I didn’t come here to be told by a woman what I can or can’t do.”
“But—” She leans forward and her frown deepens. “—you haven’t heard me out yet.”
“True. But you see, I know what women want from me, and the answer is no. Are you done?” I make a point to take a step toward the door.
To be honest, I’m enjoying myself. I enjoy winding her up.
Her face distorts into anger, just as I expected. “That’s so sexist of you. You have no idea what I’ll ask of you.”
“Believe it or not, I do. You’ll want what all other women want.”
“Again, so sexist. But you’re wrong.”
No woman has ever called me a sexist. “What are you saying?”
“You got it all wrong,” she repeats.
I take a step toward her, my gaze buried in her blazing eyes. “Let me prove that I’m right. If I make a correct guess, I want you to go out with me.”
Shock crosses her features. I can see it in the way her eye widen the moment her mind processes the meaning of my words. At last, she leans back, the shock replaced with surprise. “You want to go out with me?”
Surprise and complete disbelief.
What’s so hard to believe that yes, I’d take her out to dinner and then I’d rock both the bed and her world?
“Yes,” I say slowly.
She frowns. “Why?”
“To get to know you better.” Among many things.
“We barely met half a hour ago.”
“That’s correct.” I’ve taken out women I knew for less than ten minutes, so half an hour is pretty long for me.
She frowns again, and her confusion deepens. “I don’t get it. Why would you ask me?”
“Because you’d like it.” Not just dinner, but everything else I have to offer.
“You don’t know me well enough to say that I’d like it or you.” She bites down on her lip. “I honestly don’t know why you’d ask me. Besides, there’s nowhere to go really. If you’re familiar with the renovation plans, you surely know that everything within a mile is closed.”
My smile turns into a grin. She hasn’t said no yet.
To be more precise, she’s absolutely not adverse to the idea, and she doesn’t seem to know about the “don’t fuck other patients” rule either.
“Is that the only thing you’re concerned about? That I won’t find a suitable place to take you out?”
“No.” She leans back and flips a strand of hair out of her eyes. “I’ve got another one for you. How about: my boyfriend’s waiting for me at home.”
She’s playing the boyfriend card. Haven’t heard this one in a while.
“A boyfriend I really love and never want to hurt,” she adds, her eyes challenging me. “I appreciate the offer, though. I’m sure you mean well, but really, no, thanks, I can’t.”
My lips twitch. She eyes me with mistrust. “What’s so funny?”
“I’m just playing with you,” I say. “Even if I wanted to, we couldn’t date. There are way too many rules here. Dating a fellow addict breaks a couple of them.”
She frowns as she processes my words. “Rules?”
“You didn’t know?” My smile widens at her alarmed expression.
Can Vicky stay away from the one man who seems
so easy to get and so hard to keep?
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ABOUT THE BOOK
Kade Wright is an expert in rocking any woman’s world.
Sexy, rich, and the type you don’t bring home to meet your mother, he has broken more hearts than he can remember, and there is no end in sight. Until one mistake lands him in boiling hot waters. When his company orders him to the LOVE ADDICTS ANONYMOUS Rehab Center, he better get his affairs in order or else he loses his seat on the company board.
Love isn’t supposed to be addictive. But for Vicky Sullivan it is.
A true romantic at heart, she comes with a bit of a stalking tendency, and is completely not adverse to commitment. But who’s Kade to judge? As someone who’s seeking commitment and afraid of never finding love, she’s the type of woman he wouldn’t usually hit on. Except, she’s hot and keeps avoiding him…yes, even after seeing his private parts naked in all their glory.
Kade isn’t known as the tall, dark and ruthless businessman for no reason. Romance isn’t in the air, more like wild between the sheets action with no expectations. Vicky’s convinced she can resist, but Kade has other plans for her.