Hello readers and writers!
This Friday I’m discussing an amazingly awesome book by two of my favorites — Lucy Score and Claire Kingsley — that came out fresh, shiny, and new last Friday! I received the ARC about a week before, and I enjoyed reading the story so much. The collaboration of their writing really showed throughout the story, and I was charmed by the town, the story, our heroine, and our hero. Lucy Score was the one to actually write this story while collaborating with Kingsley. Book 2 in the series will be written by Claire Kingsley with Lucy Score’s collaboration. I’m very excited!
“I’m gonna kill him and then tell him that I loved him so much it hurt to take a breath without him in my life. But definitely kill him first.”
Scarlett is a badass chick. Born and raised in Bootleg Springs, home of famous Moonshine and the mysterious disappearance of one teenage girl. Scarlett’s the youngest in her family, growing up with three overbearing brothers. Over time she’s learned to kick ass first and ask questions later.
Devlin is a politician, or, at least, he used to be. He isn’t sure now as he finds himself in Bootleg Springs, divorcing the woman he once thought would be there for him forever. Taking a break from the life he’s always known as him questioning everything. What is happiness? And is it worth sacrificing his duty to his family and community? His new sexy neighbor sure makes that sacrifice seem worth it.
What I Didn’t Like:
- *Controversial Statement*: The way Scarlett used “y’all” when referring to one person bothered me. That is literally all that bothered me about this book, and it’s really nothing. We discussed it in the Lucy Score Binge Reader’s Group, and in West Virginia, it’s common to use the term singularly. I’m from Texas and we only use it for plural occasions.
What I Liked:
- All the characters in Bootleg Springs were great. I love the Bodines and totally want them to have my back in any situation. The brothers are all different in their own ways, but they all love their sister and each other. They’ll do anything for family and that’s important.
- Scarlett was a badass. I love her so much and want to be her when I grow up. She kicks ass and takes names throughout the novel, never pretending for a moment that she’s not exactly who she is. I also love how dominant of a character she is, and the fact that Devlin enjoys it as well.
- Devlin has his issues as any imperfect hero would, but he has lots of strength as well. He takes the majority of the novel to see this in himself when he so readily sees it in Scarlett and admires her for it. His character arc was essential for making this story.
- The mystery element didn’t really come in until about halfway and then it consumed me. I needed to know what happened and how the person in question was involved (hope that doesn’t give too much away).
- The ending was seriously the best part!! It’s so freaking funny and 100% worth the read, even though the rest of it is totally enjoyable too.
Totally recommend. I’m so excited for this series and I think my girl, Claire Kingsley, will be the main writer for the second novel. If you want to find out more about who’s involved, join her Facebook group (I’m in it too).
Go download yourself a copy and fall in love! ♥♥♥♥♥
Thanks for reading!
Have you read Lucy Score or Claire Kingsley before? Are you interested in reading Whiskey Chaser?