Review: Leather and Lace by Jessie Evans

Leather and Lace by Jessie Evans
Series: Lonesome Point, Texas (# 1)
Release Date: July 13, 2014
Publisher: Self Taught Ninja Press
Pages:  251
Source: book provided by the author for review

 

 

A sexy, swoony romance from New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jessie Evans.

Cowboy bikers, fireworks, and romance, oh my…

Wild girl, Mia Sherman, has a secret–she isn’t as fearless as she pretends. Descended from Lonesome Point, Texas’s founding family, Mia grew up hearing tales of an old Irish curse that had followed the Shermans to America. At age twenty-four, Mia is still terrified of the stories, because they aren’t stories. They are a warning about what will happen if Mia allows love and romance into her life. The curse struck Mia’s grandmother and her great-great-whatever grandmother, and Mia knows she could be next. The first-born daughter of every generation is cursed to lose her husband on her wedding night, which is one of the many reasons Mia has sworn off relationships.

Until the fateful day Sawyer Kane rides his Harley into her life …

Rancher turned restoration expert, Sawyer Kane, can’t believe his luck when the feisty owner of the lingerie shop next to his hotel turns out to be the curator of his latest project, a ghost town he’s been sent to restore. He’s looking forward to long, hot days talking history, and hotter nights with Mia, but the redhead with the killer smile seems determined to keep him at a friendly distance. But when a dangerous man from Mia’s past arrives in town, Sawyer finds himself drawn into her inner circle, and into the legend of Lonesome Point itself.

Can true love conquer all, even a centuries-old curse? Mia and Sawyer may be the first to find out.

 

Review:  This was a western romance that was a quick read with some heat to it.  Mia is the owner of Lavender and Lace, a lingerie shop, that is in her hometown of Lonesome Point, Texas, whose claim to fame is a ghost town.  When we meet her and her friends, Bubba and Ugly Ross, they are pranking by putting lingerie all over town – up the flagpole, on her cousin’s gnomes, etc.  At times there is a playfulness to the storyline but then it takes a dark turn when we learn about Mia’s ex-boyfriend and what he’s done and how she tends to live life looking over her shoulder for him.  Sawyer, who she literally runs into, is in town to give an estimate to refurbish Old Town and complete the ghost town.  They have immediate chemistry not knowing who the other is until the next day.  Watching them get closer when neither one is looking for romance was fun to watch.  Sawyer always had her back even when Mia doesn’t think she needs it.  It was amazing how quickly they got each other only knowing each other a short time.

Lonesome Point is a small town and there are plenty of descriptions of the people, businesses and the ghost town that I felt I was there.  There is family and friends along with burn up the sheet moments, romance and love when least expected, a family curse, secrets, laughter, happiness, sadness and hurts.  Gran had a lot of spunk to her and had her finger in everything.  Mia has a family who loves her even if they are overprotective at times.  Her best friend,  Tulsi, and her daughter, Clementine, are important to Mia, are woven throughout given they have a long history together.  There is a happily ever after that didn’t look like it would happen and it was interesting how it came to be in a very unexpected way.  There was nice closure and I look forward to reading more books in this series and returning to Lonesome Point and it’s inhabitants.

Evans is a new to me author and I look forward to reading many more of her books not only in this series.

Favorite Quote:  Mia stuck her nose in the air.  “I don’t know anything about those panties, except that they went missing from my shop the day before the incident.”

 

joanne

 

 






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