This is book two in the Calamity Valley series, I’ve had book one: Lone Star Hero, on my kindle for ages and after reading this I will have to get to it sooner rather than later.
The first thing I fell for in this book was the way West Australian Author Jennie Jones infuses humour into her characters. From the get go when Lauren and Mark meet in the airport the stage is set for all kinds of humour. Lauren’s Cousin, Molly, her aunt Momma Marie and her grandmother Wild Ava all add their own kind of quirky charm and humour to the mix in the town of Surrender.
Lauren and Mark both arrive in Surrender with very different agendas. Lauren is there to help save her home town after losing everything she’s worked for, whilst Mark is there to protect his family from the danger his estranged father’s corrupt dealings have threatened them with. The chemistry and banter between these two was really enjoyable and you just never knew what each one was going to do or say next, or if it would be the right thing.
The corruption that has bought Mark to town is part of a realestate takeover that the bad guy wants desperately and he seems willing to resort to whatever it takes to get it.
I loved this little town of 30 people, all willing to work together to create a new beginning for their town. The way they stood by each other, including newcomer Mark and their decision to fight against the realestate company, was simply wonderful, as well as infused with the humour I mentioned.
There is a bit of everything in this novel, romance, suspense and a touch of the paranormal. I look forward to catching up on book one and will wait in anticipation for book 3.
Thanks to Tule Publishing and NetGalley for a digital copy of this book
About the book: If you don’t fight for what you love, you won’t know what you’ve lost When Lauren Mackillop’s shady business partner gambles away her small business, she heads home to Surrender in Calamity Valley, Texas, to lick her wounds and plan her next move. But she walks straight into another battle to thwart a development company’s scheme to take over their charming Texas haven. Determined to safeguard her town, her senses are on alert when the sexy stranger she flirted with while briefly stranded at LAX turns up as the new owner of the saloon. Something’s going on, and this time, Lauren isn’t going to give in without a fight. Mark Sterrett has trouble on his heels and more on the way. To protect his family’s reputation from ruin he’s been tasked with ensuring this land deal goes through. But he’s up against more than he bargained for. Making his life more complicated, he’s drawn to the intriguing and enticing Lauren and as their attraction simmers and the threat to the town heightens, Mark wonders if he can get through the next two weeks with his conscience and his heart intact.