Saturday, August 29, 2015

Texas Thunder by Kimberly Raye

Title:  Texas Thunder
Series:  Rebel Moonshine #1
Author:  Kimberly Raye
Publication Date:  September 1/15 by St. Martin's Press
Length:  272pgs
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Set deep in the heart of Texas, bestselling author Kimberly Raye’s sizzling new series proves that men, women, and moonshine make one dangerous combination…


The most infamous moonshiners in Lone Star history, the Tuckers and the Sawyers have been feuding for over a hundred years. Sure, the days of buckshot and bloodshed are long gone, but it’s not over yet. To save the family business, Callie Tucker has to find the recipe for the legendary Texas Thunder moonshine. But first she’ll need to make a devil’s bargain—with a red-hot hellraiser named Brett Sawyer.


A Sawyer through and through, Brett was raised to never trust a Tucker—especially one as pretty as Callie. But desperate times call for desperate measures. With his ranch going bankrupt, Brett agrees to help Callie find the recipe, sell the rights, and split the profits. Of course, it won’t be easy for these two enemies to work together. But it’s even harder to ignore the sparks of attraction—when just one kiss delivers a kick stronger than any swig of moonshine…

My Review:

This novel is very steeped in pop culture. It’s so easy to picture it all happening. Raye develops the ranches of Texas in a way that allows readers to visit them while they’re enjoying a whirlwind of the story. Parts of this story are so hot they sizzle. Other parts are intensely emotional. Yet others, were funny as anything.

The perpetual back and forth for both the main characters – I can’t do this, we shouldn’t do this, but I want to do this – throughout the novel definitely formed their entire relationship. These two have very different yet equally difficult familial pasts. At the same time, they were great people in and of their own right. I enjoyed the fact that they wanted to help others. Jenna’s dating ‘dilemmas’ were absolutely hilarious. She puts new meaning into ‘say what you mean’.

This is definitely a sweet and intriguing novel that brought forth a myriad of different topics. Raye has created a hot & heartfelt novel with this one.

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