Monday, April 8, 2013

Review: A Shot of Sultry by Macy Beckett

Welcome to Sultry Springs, Texas: where home can be the perfect place for a fresh start.

For West Coast filmmaker Bobbi Gallagher, going back to Sultry Springs is a last resort. But with her career in tatters, a documentary set in her hometown might be just what she needs to salvage her reputation. She just can't let anything distract her again. Not even the gorgeous contractor her brother asked to watch over her. As if she can't handle filming a few rowdy Texans.

Golden boy Trey Lewis, with his blond hair and Technicolor-blue eyes, is a leading man if Bobbi ever saw one. He's strong and confident and—much to her delight—usually shirtless. He thinks keeping his best friend's baby sister out of trouble will be easy. But he has no idea of the trouble in store for him...

Bobbi Gallagher is the long-lost sister of Luke Gallagher, who just happens to be the best friend of Trey Lewis.  Bobbi's arrival in Sultry Springs has a main purpose -- filming a reality show -- and a secondary purpose -- reconnecting with Luke.  The siblings have lived very different lives, and much of Luke's memories of their mother are mentioned in the first book of this series, Sultry with a Twist.  
I suppose I wanted more from the siblings, especially since Bobbi claims she wants to know Luke, but most of the plot centers around the reality show, Sex in the Sticks, and sets up Colton (the second reality show contestant) as hero for the third book, Surrender to Sultry (August, 2013).

I really thought I would like Bobbi as the narrative progressed, and while she and Trey have chemistry, there was something off about both characters.  Trey wants his mother to stand up to his father (or divorce his father), yet he objectifies Bobbi.  Bobbi continually lies, then feels sorry for herself when her lies are revealed.  These characters are a mess, but they don't seem to learn from their past mistakes or behaviors.

A Shot at Sultry was an okay addition to this series, certainly not as good as Sultry with a Twist, but I am curious to learn more about Colton and the runaway preacher's daughter in Surrender to Sultry.    

(A very special thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of A Shot of Sultry.)

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