Saturday, September 5, 2015

Book Review: Pretty Reckless by Jodi Linton

Pretty Reckless
by Jodi Linton

She’s dead-set on giving one bullheaded cowboy the boot.

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, but she’s turned herself around—she’s respectably engaged and she’s become a Pistol Rock deputy sheriff. Everything’s fine 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.

Laney will be damned if she lets Gunner trample all over her turf and her chance at a quiet, contented life. His seemingly endless ability to undermine her resolve and her libido was only outdone by her constant urge to butt heads with him. But 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.

Having an ex-boyfriend as an ally might not be the best idea, but Laney has always been pretty reckless…

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

“Mable Dilby was the little old church lady who owned the café.  She had the mouth of a sailor and made pie crust good enough to make the bishop kick in a stained-glass window.”

“I figure everyone has a family member they’d like to disown, and my cousin Wyatt Bennett was mine.  The branches didn’t flourish on his side of the family tree.”

“Wyatt had gotten the brilliant idea of plastering his smiling image, rifle in hand, on bulletin board-size flags.  He said it was a good welcoming, made the people feel at home.  Something I doubted, since he was missing two front teeth and had a mullet.”

“…she screamed and gave the steering wheel a beating that would’ve knocked the tattoo off Mike Tyson’s face.”

“I’d been to Shotgun Weddings Inc. once before, and the memory of peel-and-stick eyelashes and glitzy dresses still haunted my dreams.”

“My mother’s green eyes narrowed.  It was frightening the damage that look could still do even now that I was a twenty-six-year-old sheriff’s deputy who carried a gun.”

My Review:

Luck has rained down on me as I have unwittingly stumbled into a cache of pure treasure.  I have discovered a new favorite author and am currently plowing my way through all her delightful books.  Needless to say, I am happier than a fat kid in a chocolate factory without adult supervision.  Jodi Linton can certainly turn a phrase, she has mad skills.  I smirked and barked my way through her first highly entertaining and snarky tale.  I was completely engaged and unable to put my kindle down from page 1, and am absolutely gleeful in knowing I have all five of these bright shiny gems to binge on, I may not sleep all weekend.  I adore her quirky and smart-mouthed characters as even the ancillary players are given a humorous description, eccentric personality, and unusual skill.  Among my favorites are the stained and constantly eating deputy Elroy, the yellow thong wearing male prostitute Jacey Riggings, and the county coroner who also runs Hefty Bags, the family crime-scene clean-up business, just to name a few.  Ms. Linton’s writing can deftly depict a painful event while maintaining a humorous tone with that crafty sarcastic edge.  I am in awe of her talent and anxious to feast on the remainder of her buffet.  

Empress DJ

About the Author

Jodi Linton is the author of the Deputy Laney Briggs Series and the upcoming The Original Sinners Motorcycle Club with Entangled Publishing. She lives in Texas with her husband and two kids. When she's not writing about sassy females and dirty talking heroes, she enjoys long walks and family time down at the river.

The last installment in the Deputy Laney Briggs Series will be releasing on September 14, 2014. Pre-Order PRETTY LAWLESS now!

And look for The Original Sinners Motorcycle Club coming in 2016 from Entangled Publishing.

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