Barbecue and Bad News, An Adams Grove Novel Book 6 , Nancy Naigle

 

Barbecue and Bad News, An Adams Grove Novel Book 6 , Nancy Naigle
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre: Romance

My first visit to Adams Grove, and what fun it was! It didn’t matter that I’d not read any of the earlier books, as it’s one of those series where each book is a complete romance but has characters that connect it to other books. So in effect its a stand alone romance in a connected series – the connection being the town of Adams Grove.
I liked Savannah, felt for her when she’s remembering how the people in the small town she left were harsh in their judgement of her after her parents died in a car accident. She still feels she’s to blame, even though it’s clear to anyone else that she wasn’t. She simply did what any sensible teenager would do, but in her mind the town blamed her and once she left for the city she’s never been back. You can’t outrun your past though, and she’s on her way to her first trip back for a family wedding, one of her cousins is marrying her ex….and then she gets stopped for speeding. The sheriff who stops her is good-looking, but she thinks he’s a jerk with no sense of humour. He lets her off a ticket though, and directs her into the nearest town for fuel. Then she finds herself stuck in the town while a parade passes giving her the perfect excuse to miss the wedding. She takes a few photos, texts them to the family along with a “sorry but…” message, and to while away the time she snaps an empty apartment notice and sends to her boss. Before she knows it her boss, who runs GINN – an internet newspaper, has arranged for her to stay for a short while and write a series of articles for the paper, starting with the sheriff  stopping her for speeding. Savannah has been doing an anonymous advice column – not the usual type but a tongue in cheek, snarky one, for the past two years. It started as a joke but became so popular she’s stuck. Now Evelyn promises if the articles work out to take her off it. Somehow though the sarky way of writing seems to have become entranced in her, and her fist article doesn’t show the sheriff in a good light, making him out to be a small minded, redneck type. As she gets to know him she finds out that’s far from the truth.
Scott is a lovely man, been burned though in the dating field and is cautious. There’s something about Savannah though that draws him in, despite the fact she’s City through and through, and he doesn’t want to leave Adams Grove. He loves it there. loves his job, but somehow he and Savannah draw closer and closer. He knows she’s being cagey about her job, passing herself off as a writer and saying she’s doing research for a book…but he’s no idea she works for the paper that mocks towns like his, and the people in it. As Savannah gets to know the people she realises how unfairly she first judged them, and her ideas for the articles Evelyn wants are way off base as far as truth is concerned. She’s falling for Adam too, but knows once she tells him who she is everything will almost certainly end, so she keeps putting it off til finally she’s ready but…as always someone lets the cat out of the bag before she can explain and he’s furious.

There’s a host of other characters, Scott’s mum who want to open a tea shop, her neighbour in the next apartment Mike and his girl friend Brooke who runs the Yoga centre, and her friend Jenn, then there’s the owner of the local newspaper and his family. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming, and she’s quickly discovering she feels at home there, and as they share their stories she just seems to fit right in. When the secrets come out though, and everything falls apart with Scott she’s lost, doesn’t know what to do, feels she can’t put things right. She’s lost, distraught and I could feel her sorrow and for me that’s really necessary. I want to feel like crying with her!!  All she can do though is work more on the puzzle of the Mural she, Jenn and Brooke were puzzling over. It seems to have hidden messages, and its also got some gruesome history behind it.
Its a fun read, a great romance, a mystery to puzzle out, and a host of great characters. The small town feel is spot on, sometimes it does feel as if everyone knows things before they’ve happened, but when the chips are down then they rally round. Savannah gets some great support despite her mistakes, and I was just desperate to see how she and Scott could come through, how they could get past her first snap judgment mistakes.

Stars: Five, its a fun read, a good length and has more than just a simple romance in it.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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