Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Stewart “Stunt” Folger is a forestry technician that loves his native home in the Appalachian Mountains, where people take care of their family and follow the Bible. But that hasn’t tamed his own wild side–Stunt has a preference for danger in and out of bed. And he finds both in Alex Soto, an ex-con out to avenge his brother’s death. When Stunt lands in the middle of Alex’s plans, he takes him hostage. Unfortunately, Alex’s plans never took into account having to deal with the twisted logic that passes for reasonable among the hill folk.
I enjoyed the heck out of this book! It’s well-written with a vividly drawn setting, quirky and completely delightful secondary characters, fun banter between two richly nuanced main characters, and there’s even a shotgun M/M wedding! Woot!
The developing connection between the main characters was well-handled, and I was totally onboard and feeling the emotion between these guys. There was a light BDSM element to the relationship, which I enjoyed.
Unfortunately, the actual sex scenes didn’t come across quite as well for me. The first one was fine, not earthshaking, but very acceptable. However, subsequent ones were a bit on the dull side for me. In fact, I skimmed a little (not something I often do on the sexy bits!). That’s sad since I enjoyed so many other things about this book that it could have been an easy five.
Just adored the mountain logic, and the way the author made it clear that how people talk doesn’t always reflect on their brain power. And the delightful lack of the usual preponderance of stereotypically narrow-minded and judgmental rural people had me cheering. Then there’s Southern hill folk’s commitment to family which came through loud and clear. And YES, I’m proudly Southern born and raised, although transplanted elsewhere a long time ago. Overall, this was an outstanding read which I’d recommend to anyone.
The cover by AngstyG is appealing and eye-catching, but I’d have enjoyed seeing a bit more of the feel of story in it.