Friday, November 4, 2016

Jed Had to Die by Tara Sivec

The happiest day of Payton Lambert's life was the day she graduated high school and watched Bald Knob, Kentucky get smaller and smaller in her rearview mirror. She wanted more for her life than a tiny town where everyone knows your business and you can’t find a decent cup of coffee for at least forty miles. Twelve years later, an unexpected phone call in the middle of the night has her packing up her life in Chicago and racing back home to the one person she ever regretted leaving behind.

Upon her return, she sees that Leo Hudson, the scrawny boy who followed Payton around like a puppy and could recite cow insemination facts in his sleep, is long gone. Leo is still hot on her heels, but now he's wearing a sheriff badge and dead set on solving a murder that may or may not involve Payton...along with half the town. In a place where the biggest crime happened the day someone kicked a few of his cows, people are pointing fingers, rumors are spreading like wildfire, and Payton swears she's only making out with the sweet-talking, studly sheriff to distract him from the secrets she's keeping.

When you've been tased, peed on by a yippy dog named Bo Jangles, and can't stop picturing what Sheriff Hudson looks like naked, it will be a tough job making everyone agree that...Jed had to die.

Before I start this review, let's get one thing clear. Leo Hudson is MINE. The quicker you accept that, the better things will be.

Now, on to my review. I loved this book, hard. Full disclosure, Tara Sivec is my instant one-click author. I will read anything and everything she publishes. Even if it is meerkat porn with a side of Rapey the dolphin. I'm pretty sure she could make that a best selling novel too. She is that good. Jed Had to Die had it all; the humor that Tara is so well known for, sweet moments, hot moments, and mystery.

Payton Lambert left the small town life of Bald Knob as soon as she graduated high school. She moved to the hustle and bustle of Chicago with the dream of opening her own coffee shop, Liquid Crack. Twelve years later, she has it all. A great life, great friends, and her dream come true coffee shop. Everything is going great until she gets a phone call. A phone call she never saw coming.

Emma Jo Jackson is Payton's best friend. The one person Payton regretted up and leaving when she fled Bald Knob. Emma Jo married Jed right out of high school and Payton thought everything was fine. Only, it wasn't. Jed wasn't who she thought he was.

Payton rushes back to Bald Knob to be with Emma Jo. The thing with best friends is even if you haven't seen or spoken to them in a long time, you can pick up right where you left off. Payton also discovers that nothing has really changed in her home town, except for Leo Hudson. Sheriff Hudson is no longer the geeky FFA math nerd. No, he's sexy, and built, and can wear a pair of jeans that fit just right around his nice back side.

I don't want to give too much away, I want everyone to enjoy the book and try and figure out on your own who you think the killer is. Tara does a great job of keep you interested while intertwining other story lines along the way.

I have to talk about the residents of Bald Knob. They are HILARIOUS. Coming from a southern small town, it was like Tara had been a fly on the wall. She was spot on. Yes, everyone talks about everyone. Yes, it's a big game of telephone and rumors get misconstrued along the way. The older residents of a small town also never forget anything. Seriously. So you may or may not have stolen some wine coolers in high school. You will never live it down. I laughed so much at the stories and how these characters acted. Emma Jo is going to need her own book. I need to revisit Bald Knob and everyone in town.

I don't know what it is with Tara but she has this way of never making me look at food the same again. First it was Arby's roast beef. Now it's blueberry pie. I have also figured out why there is a wine shortage. The girls of Bald Knob are drinking it daily by the case. Muskrat!

I loved this book so much, I read it and then listened to it on Audible. The Audible version is SO GOOD. A great narrator is the difference between making a book amazing and making it horrible. The narrator for Jed Had to Die was awesome. The book flowed so well. There are audio books that are just painful to listen to. Not the case with this one. I encourage you to give it a try. I think you will find that you love it too. If Audible isn't your thing, read the book. You will love it. I promise you.

Tara please give me another book set in Bald Knob. These characters are hilarious and need their stories told!






Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.

After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book and she was voted as Best Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards for 2014.

In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.

Tara loves tackling new genres so there’s something for everyone! Currently, she has books in the following categories:

Romantic Comedy

Romantic Suspense

Erotic Romantic Suspense

Romantic Mystery/Comedy

Contemporary Romance

Psychological Thriller

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