Saturday, August 9, 2014

Pretty Reckless (Deputy Laney Briggs #1) by Jodi Linton

Welcome to Pistol Rock, Texas where everyone knows secrets last about as long as the sporadic west Texas rain showers.

Laney Briggs has long been considered reckless by the denizens of her hometown, but she’s finally turned it all around—she’s happily engaged to the local veterinarian and she’s become a Pistol Rock deputy sheriff. Everything’s fine and dandy—until a dead body turns up and her ex, Texas Ranger Gunner Wilson, decides to stick his boots into the town’s first murder case.   Of course, the troublesome cowboy’s rugged good looks and T-shirt-straining muscles are already leaving Laney knee-deep in hot water, but she’ll be damned if she lets Gunner trample all over her turf. She’s decided that, instead of conflict, she wants a contented, steady life with her vet—a life in which Gunner Wilson and his seemingly endless ability to undermine her resolve and her libido plays no part. Still, it’s hard to keep her head as forbidden sparks ignite and suspicions arise between old rivals and old flames. And when the bodies start to pile up, Laney has to ask the lethal bad boy for a hand—and a truce in exchange for his help. But after uncovering the pack of lies surrounding not only her job but her heart…  Having an ex-boyfriend as an ally might not be the best idea, but it’s certainly the most reckless, and Laney has always been pretty reckless…  

My review:
Small town romance.  Every small town has its characters and in Pistol Rock, Texas (pop. 200) Deputy Laney Briggs is one of them.  A former kindergarten teacher Laney shot her cheating ex in the butt with rock salt making her unfit for teaching children but her aim makes her qualified to be a deputy.  Laney finds a dead body and her ex shows up in town just as she has moved on and accepted the town veterinarians proposal.   
Pretty Reckless is the first in what appears to be a delightful new series by “new to me” author Jodi Linton.   There is a terrific sense of fun and a dandy mystery to keep you turning pages.  I will definitely be checking out the next in this series.

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