Jed Had to Die by Tara Sivec – Katie’s Review

jed-had-to-die-review-photoWhy I read it

It’s Tara Sivec. Duh.

What I rated it

5 stars

What it’s about

The happiest day of Payton Lambert’s life was the day she graduated high school and watched Bald Knob, Kentucky get smaller and smaller in her rearview mirror. She wanted more for her life than a tiny town where everyone knows your business and you can’t find a decent cup of coffee for at least forty miles. Twelve years later, an unexpected phone call in the middle of the night has her packing up her life in Chicago and racing back home to the one person she ever regretted leaving behind.

Upon her return, she sees that Leo Hudson, the scrawny boy who followed Payton around like a puppy and could recite cow insemination facts in his sleep, is long gone. Leo is still hot on her heels, but now he’s wearing a sheriff badge and dead set on solving a murder that may or may not involve Payton…along with half the town. In a place where the biggest crime happened the day someone kicked a few of his cows, people are pointing fingers, rumors are spreading like wildfire, and Payton swears she’s only making out with the sweet-talking, studly sheriff to distract him from the secrets she’s keeping.

When you’ve been tased, peed on by a yippy dog named Bo Jangles, and can’t stop picturing what Sheriff Hudson looks like naked, it will be a tough job making everyone agree that…Jed had to die.

leaf dividerKatie’s Review

Sometimes I feel like a repetitive twerp when I write a review on a Tara Sivec rom-com. But seriously, she knows how to write a good book! Jed is a jerk. Everyone might love him in town, but he really needs to die. Want to  know why? Read the d*mn book. No spoilers here.

I really love when Tara writes a heroine. Her rom-com characters all remind me of when my friends and I get together. Our wine consumption exponentially increases our odds of making bad decisions. Usually, we wake up with regrets but awesome memories. Also, Coffee= Life, and I could definitely see my friends opening a coffee shop with an equally inappropriate name as Liquid Crack.

I love a good sarcastic, crazy situational comedy, and Tara has delivered with her latest! I found myself laughing at jut about every page! while this wasn’t the Chocoholics “F*ck your face” type of crude (to some) humor, it was still just as funny! Some scenes had me reliving some of the more hazy nights in my life, and it almost felt like a biography written about myself and my closest friends (minus the whole murder thing, that is).

So many books lately spend so much time focusing on the main couple, that the secondary characters are forgotten and seem two-dimensional. Tara is one of the talented ones whose secondary characters not only add to the story line, but they at times are the ones to portray the things the main character cannot. The people of Bald Knob all help us to get to know Payton through her villainous and possibly felonious antics of her past.

Leo, the town hottie sheriff, deserves a Gold Medal, Nobel Peace Prize and possibly a Goodwill Ambassadorship  for his unwavering loyalty to Payton. How he deals with her, the world may never know!

Overall, I laughed my rear off over and over again while reading this book, and I loved the who-dun-it aspect Tara spun on this novel!

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