Sidecar Crush by Claire Kingsley and Lucy Score
I read a LOT of books every year. And the majority of those books fall somewhere in the romance genre. So it’s fair to say that I am exposed to a good number of hot, handsome heroes and swoony plot moments. And there are more than a few stunning first kiss scenes in those books, as well. So believe me when I say that the first kiss scene in this book BLEW. ME. AWAY.
If you read my review for the first book in the series, Whiskey Chaser, you’ll know how absolutely enamored I became with the town of Bootleg Springs and all its residents. The town chicken, the bonfire/beach day parties and the hilarious Bootleg Justice? All will make appearances in this second installment. As will all of the members of the Bodine Family, and their loyal sidekicks.
Jameson Bodine is a loner. Some might go so far as to call him a hermit. Labeled as oversensitive and too artsy by a hypercritical father as he grew up, he’s learned to just remove himself from social situations. He’s done the long distance friend with benefits thing, so he’s no stranger to physical relationships. But he prefers to spend his time in his workshop, crafting recycled metals into things of beauty. And he’s fine living life in the background, doing his own thing, until Leah Mae comes back to town.
Leah Mae Larkin is a model. An actress. Well, an aspiring one, at least. For now she’s paying her dues on a trashy reality show, since her agent- slash-fiance tells her this is the way it has to be. But when a media firestorm blows up, Leah just wants to escape back to the one place she’s ever felt safe. The town where her dad still lives. And the place where the best friend she ever had still lives. Even though she’s engaged and looking toward the Hollywood lights, there’s no denying the chemistry that still exists between her and Jameson Bodine.
Jameson is sweet and gentlemanly until he sets his mind to go after what he wants. And what he wants is Leah Mae. Leah thought she knew what she wanted for the future, but a little time in the backwoods, and a certain Bodine, might be changing her mind.
These two are a delicious slow burn. The chemistry between them is palpable, but Ms. Kingsley drags it out, making you unable to stop reading. And when you get to that moment I mentioned earlier. DAY-UM. Behind it all runs the plot that began in Book 1 of the series. A decade-old mystery. A family secret. Sibling relationships and town history. It all adds up to make for one incredible read.
Jodi is a former elementary school teacher/curriculum writer turned SAHM. She lives in NH and has three girls ages 8, 6 and 3. Every day is a chaotic surprise in her house and reading is her stress reliever/escape hatch. She has enjoyed reading since she was very little, and loves a wide variety of genres, including everything from classics like Anna Karenina and Pride and Prejudice to sexy, smutty romance. She also enjoys coffee, chocolate, and wine, in that order throughout the day, and is very content any time she can go to the bathroom alone.