Y’all want to buy this book. I promise. It debuts tomorrow, and it’s only .99. The blog tomorrow will be about Jodi and Laney. 🙂
Pretty Reckless by Jodi Linton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Jodi Linton debuts with deputy sheriff Laney Briggs in her mystery Pretty Reckless.
In Laney, Linton has created a heroine who isn’t afraid of being toughly feminine in a world of men.
You know Laney is something different when you read this description of who she is: I’d pieced my heart back together and salvaged what little dignity I had left by jumping back in the saddle with a man safer than a Katherine Heigl chick flick. Unfortunately for me, old wounds can be a bitch the same way straying cowboys can be heartbreakers.
Even though the book opens with a murder, it would be easy to believe Pretty Reckless would join the ranks of countless Texas mysteries with aw shucks investigators stumbling onto clues that miraculously lead to answers in the “who done it” tome. It would be easy to make that mistake because Linton has fun with her character descriptions and nails the small Texas town vernacular.
It would be easy, but it would be so wrong. Pretty Reckless is fun and funny, but it’s also dark and gritty. Think Fargo set in small town Texas and you’ve got the feel of this book.
Linton takes risks in her debut, committing some cardinal sins in the romantic suspense genre. I won’t say more about that, but I will say trust the author. She makes it work. Not only does she make it work, she makes her readers route for Laney Briggs and the multiple cowboys in her life: the best friend veteran turned drunk, the one night stand, the former love or the current mistake.
Pretty Reckless delivers across multiple genres. Linton has created a book lovers of mysteries, westerns and romantic suspense will enjoy.
I received an advanced reader copy of Pretty Reckless in exchange for an honest review of the work.
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I’m so excited to have Jodi Linton here today. Jodi was my student years ago. Her writing always had so much voice. I wasn’t surprised at all when I heard she’d signed with Entangled Publishing! I can’t wait to read her Laney Briggs series starting in March.–MB
I wanted to say, thank you Mary Beth, for having me on your blog!
I’m often asked how I came up with my series…
For the most part, the series started out with a brainstorming session with my husband. As I was in the middle of writing a manuscript (which will never see the light of day) I hit a wall and decided to trash the project until I could find my writing muse again. In the end, my husband suggested that I should write what I knew, and that was…Texas. My inner cheerleader wanted to shake her pom-poms when the name Laney Briggs popped into my head.
After that, it all sort of fell into place. I grew up in a small town, knew the language, and within days I knew who my protagonist would be. When I was done I had myself a sassy female sheriff deputy whose sharp tongue could outwit any hunky cowboy.
I will be releasing with Ignite an Entangled Imprint in March 2014.
The Laney Briggs Series
- PRETTY RECKLESS debuting in March 2014
- WATCHA GONNA DO WITH A COWBOY (A Laney Briggs Novella) July 2014
- PRETTY SHAMELESS October 2014
- PRETTY CARELESS TBA
- PRETTY BLAMELESS TBA
Welcome to Pistol Rock, Texas where everyone knows the one rule of thumb, secrets only last about as long as the sporadic west Texas rain showers.
Laney Briggs has a pretty sweet job as a deputy in her sleepy hometown of Pistol Rock, Texas. Everything’s fine and dandy until her ex, Texas Ranger Gunner Wilson, decides to stick his boots in Pistol Rock’s first murder case. The troublesome cowboy’s rugged good looks and T-shirt straining muscles have always left Laney in hot water. As the body count starts to rise in her small town, Laney is forced to ask the lethal bad boy for help.
Jodi Linton lives and works in Texas, with her husband and two kids. Pretty Reckless is her first novel. She is currently at work on her next Laney Briggs adventure.
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