Gin Fling by Lucy Score with Claire Kingsley

Hello, readers and writers!

Here’s the fifth installment of the Bootleg Springs series, and I’m actually pretty excited for the series to be complete. Many eager readers have been waiting over a year, and both Lucy Score and Claire Kingsley have worked these books into their schedules so we can have a complete series by them. My detailed review is coming a week after the release, but you’ll find out later this week what’s been keeping me so busy! Right now, let’s focus on the review of Gin Fling.

Gin Fling by Lucy Score with Claire Kingsley


Jonah Bodine is still trying to figure out how to fit in with the community in Bootleg Springs. He’s been living close to his half-siblings for the last year, but he can’t help but still feel like an outsider. It doesn’t help much when Shelby Thompson shows up in town, asking a bunch of questions that pisses him off. The whole town seems to be taken with her, but he’s not as easily convinced that she’s not trying to expose the dark side of his family. With so many moving parts in his life, he’s stuck in how he can move forward or if staying in Bootleg Springs is really worth it.

What I Didn’t Like:

  • I know this is common in contemporary novels, but I didn’t really enjoy how much the other characters showed PDA in front of their family. Lucy Score did a great job of recognizing it, but it still grossed me out when some characters would be full-on making out in the vicinity of their family members.

What I Liked:

  • There were many twists and turns in this series, and I loved learning more about Callie and what happened to her. There are some big bombs that drop in this book, and it’s definitely interesting. I’m excited for the final installment later this month for that reason.
  • Jonah and Shelby were great characters with fleshed out backstories and reasons for why they were the way they were. I enjoyed watching their stories grow throughout the novel as they both learned some important lessons.
  • Sometimes Lucy Score can overwhelm me with all the characters in her made-up towns, but I didn’t feel that way here. I knew who mostly everyone was and I didn’t feel like a fish out of water as her world-building can sometimes have me feeling.
  • There’s lot of action and drama. At the end, I was turning the pages so quick to see what was going to happen. There were scary and beautiful moments throughout the novel.


I would definitely recommend. Jonah wasn’t a strong character to me in any of the previous novels, so I was really glad Lucy fleshed him out as much as she did. She made him lovable and complex. I wanted his HEA so bad. Now I’m excited for Gibson next as Claire writes amazing broody male characters. That novel will be releasing July 24th, so later this month!

Thanks for reading!

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