Release Day Review: Jed Had to Die by Tara Sivec

Posted November 1, 2016 by bookstobreathe in Book Review, New Release / 0 Comments

Release Day Review: Jed Had to Die by Tara SivecTitle: Jed Had to Die
Author: Tara Sivec
Release Date November 1, 2016
Genres: Erotic Romance, Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense
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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.

Wait, one person?? Make that two. When the hell did Leo Hudson become sheriff of Bald Knob and get so hot? The scrawny Future Farmer of America 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 badge and dead set on solving a murder that may or may not involve Payton...along with half the town.

You steal a few wine coolers in high school and make one little comment about cutting off a man's balls when you come home, and suddenly, you're suspected of killing him.

In a town where the biggest crime happened the day Jethro Snell kicked a few of his cows (an honest mistake when you've had a few jars of homemade moonshine), 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 Janges, 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.

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Title: Jed Had to Die

Genre: Erotic Romantic Comedy/Suspense

Author: Tara Sivec

Release Date: November 1, 2016

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My Review

I’m not really sure what it is, but ever since I started this book earlier today, I simply cannot stop smiling. I’m talking ear to ear, heart about to burst smiling. Between the lifelong friendships, second chance romances, mystery, intrigue, and hilarity that can only come from growing up in a small town, this story had everything! I loved that this town and book had a history that didn’t just go away or taper with time; if anything, it only grew with each passing day. I loved this book from beginning to end and will gladly be coming back to read it again.

From just the title of the book, if you are a fan of country music, you will have the general idea of the direction this story is headed. If not, let me give you a clue. Pause, go listen to the Dixie Chicks’ Goodbye Earl, laugh your tail off, then come back and read this book. Utter perfection. There isn’t a single thing I would change about it nor the characters that inhabited it. Having followed (not in a stalker kind of way) Sivec for a while now, and having read all her books to date, I love how her zany yet loving personality came out in these characters. It made them seem all the more real and the kind of gals you would love to be friends with. There was nothing fake about them, and even in the midst of a supposed tragedy and turmoil, I love how they all banded together. In fact, I loved these gals so much, I’m not sure if I loved their relationship more or the relationship that developed between Payton and Leo. It’s close I’ll tell you…

Leo. Oh swoony, muscly, chesty haired Leo. There isn’t much more I love in a story than a second chance romance. I loved that even though he was the nerdy guy in high school, she was still his friend and one of the few that was nice to him when others weren’t. I loved that there was no animosity in their past, just unrequited love. I fell head over heels for Leo throughout the story when more and more tidbits would come out of just how real his feelings had been and what they’d grown into. Though not as detailed as Sivec’s scenes of this nature sometimes are, the steam level was just enough for this story. It wasn’t on the forefront, but then again, it wasn’t meant to be. This was a story about second chances. Second chances in life, in love, in family, and just in finding yourself in general. It was a story about coming home and finding out that home doesn’t necessarily consist of a place, but people. Full of puns and laughter, overflowing with love and lust, and just the right dash of tenderness, Jed Had to Die is so much more than the title implies. Just watch out for those blueberry pies…

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About Tara Sivec

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 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. She writes in a wide range of genres including Romantic Comedy, Romantic Comedy/Mystery, Romantic Suspense, New Adult Drama, Contemporary Romance and Psychological Thriller. 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 Best Indie Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 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.

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