Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Review: Jed Had to Die by Tara Sivec

*****5 Stars*****

I'm a shameless Tara Sivec fan. Though she writes all types of books, I personally think she is one of the best romantic comedy authors out there. With her newest story Jed Had to Die, we get that fabulous humor I love so much along with a murder mystery that had me reading long past my bedtime.
Payton is pretty sure leaving her small town in her rear view mirror twelves years earlier is one of the best decisions she every made and has no plans of ever returning. Then she gets a late night phone call that has her packing her bags and leaving Chicago for her home town. When she arrives the town is abuzz over the murder. It's the most exciting thing to happen to Bald Knob since, well, since ever. Everyone seems to be a suspect and there is certainly more than enough fingers pointing in every direction.
The only thing more exciting than the murder mystery is the sexy Sheriff. Payton cannot believe that Leo, the scrawny boy who used to follow her around like a lost puppy is now Sheriff. Even more shocking is how sexy and hot he has become. Leo is determined to get to the bottom of the case and Payton is determined to keep him from discovering her secrets. Who cares if she and half the town are suspects, everyone knows he had it coming. So what if she's making out with the town's sexy Sheriff, it's purely to keep him too distracted to find out things he shouldn't. Leo is certainly well past his former infatuation with Payton and nothing would every come from anything they may be playing at now. Right?
This book was SO much fun! I laughed until I cried. Sivec just knows how to write romantic comedy like no-one's business. Add in the intriguing mystery and the wonderfully fulfilling romance between Payton and Leo and I literally found it impossible to put this book down. This is another winner from Tara Sivec and I predict it making many a favorite books of 2016 list.

Reviewed by Rosemary Feil

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.

Wait, one person?? Make that two. When the hell did Leo Hudson become sheriff of Bald Knob and get so hot? The scrawny Future Farmer of America 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 badge and dead set on solving a murder that may or may not involve Payton...along with half the town. 

You steal a few wine coolers in high school and make one little comment about cutting off a man's balls when you come home, and suddenly, you're suspected of killing him.

In a town where the biggest crime happened the day Jethro Snell kicked a few of his cows (an honest mistake when you've had a few jars of homemade moonshine), 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.

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