A Review of Bounty of Love by Scotty Cade

I give this a almost 4. I really liked this book and Scotty Cade’s writing while at the same time repeatedly hitting my forehead with the desk. I liked it but it gave me a headache.

First off, the beginning of the book had me in tears. Scotty Cade builds up this picture of a loving family. Zander Walsh, his parents and his groom to be are out at the rehearsal dinner before their wedding. The interaction between Zander and his folks plus a tender portrayal of Zander’s relationship with his fiance make the events that follow all that more devastating to the reader and Zander. As the wedding party reaches home, Zander’s parents and fiance are shot and killed. Zander is left for dead. All this is contained in the blurb for the book.

As Zander wakes up in the hospital and reality of his situation sinks in, you feel all his pain and confusion. Really well done. FBI Agent Jake Elliot is waiting in the room for Zander to recover enough to be able to talk about the attack. And here’s the problem for me. While I like Jake Elliot, the main character, I just could not swallow Jake Elliot the FBI Agent. Maybe if he had been made a rookie, but definitely not as a seasoned agent. Too weepy and not very confident in his abilities for someone who had wanted to go into law enforcement his entire life. A really nice guy but the portrayal of the FBI and its agents didn’t seem real.

Problem No 2: Washington, DC, Senate Bills and how it all works (or doesn’t depending upon your point of view). This books pivots upon the idea that introducing a certain bill into the Senate is dangerous because it is a given that the bill will pass. This is folly. I live in the Washington DC metro area where we live and breathe politics. This simply would not happen. A enormous amount of bills are introduced every year, the majority of which die a quick death. Between bipartisan politics, lobbyists and special interests, there are way too many hands in the pot for any bill, especially the one here, to pass both the House and the Senate. Sometimes I can suspend belief for somethings but this kept me just shaking my head and snorting. Unattractive but true.

So even though I liked the story (wonderful secondary characters as well) for every “atta boy well done” there was a “ohmygod he did not just go there”. I see the this book was a prequel for others in the series as it sets up how Zander and Jake met and ended up in Alaska. Since this means they leave the FBI and Washington politics behind (hopefully), I will definitely go on to read the rest of the series. As I said, I really like Zander and Jake. So I am wishing them well and happy in Alaska as I go off to get another book in the series.

Here is the Blurb from the Publisher:

The night before his wedding, Zander Walsh, his parents, and his husband-to-be are all shot when they return home and interrupt a mysterious robbery in progress. After three weeks in a coma, Zander wakes up to find out he is the only survivor, and his perfect life falls apart in an instant.

Hunky FBI Agent Jake Elliot is investigating the case, and he eventually apprehends the killer-who soon escapes. Following six months of searching, Zander and Jake realize they’re being stonewalled by the FBI… and that they have slowly formed an unbreakable bond that is beginning to turn into much more.

Once they embark on a journey to apprehend the killer for the second time, they’ll discover that one terrible night was much more than just an interrupted robbery. Can big business and politics cover up the truth, or will Zander and Jake’s quest to unravel the mystery be the end of their newfound love and their lives?



By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.


  1. Hi Melanie,

    Thank you for a well thought out and very constructive review of Bounty of Love. I love getting real feelings in a review no matter positive or negative and you didn’t disappoint. And you are so right, I don’t live in DC and I do not surround my life with politics, so I was forced to rely on others and as much research as I could find on line to get a bill to capital hill. To that end, I did speak to several people who live in the DC area and who are very well versed in the process. Each of them assured me that in a particular situation with a bill so controversial as a ban on smoking and one that could affect big business negatively as well as so many people and organizations, something could be forced through the process by the right people with a ,lot of money and power. In addition, seeing some of the stuff that is passed, I did believe them and so if they, and in the end I, was wrong I apologize. On another note, I’m glad you like the characters, as many of them appear in the other in the series. You’ll meet Zander and Jake again in Wings of Love and you will be introduced to Mac and Brad, learn their story and meet them again in the next two, Treasure of Love and Foundation of Love. I hope you enjoy the others in the series a little more and I would love to get your thoughts on them. Thanks again.
    Scotty Cade


    1. Thank you, Scotty, for taking the time to reply to my review. There are as many views of DC and its main business of politics as there are inhabitants. This makes for thrilling, interesting, and conflicting views of this city when authors choose to place all or parts of their novels here. You got me thinking about the perceptions of how the government works versus the reality of the beast. Of Mr. Smith Goes To Washington versus Jack Abramoff and Enron. I still think (oh Mr. Smith….) that big business would not have resorted to hired hits (that’s why they have lobbyists after all), but you are right in that we will never know for a fact what really happens around here. Scary yet fascinating. And one of the reasons, among many,that I love living here.

      So on to Alaska. I spent 20 years as a Park Naturalist, including time in Alaska, so I can’t wait to see what happens next in that beautiful part of the country. You couldn’t have picked a better place for a lodge like that for Zander and Jake. I look forward to reading it and I am sorry it took me so long to reply.


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