Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers
Book Review of -- Secret Blend (Bourbon Springs Book 1) by Jennifer Bramseth
Overall star rating --- 2.5
About the book:
Sexy secrets have serious consequences in little Bourbon Springs, Kentucky—in the heart of the Land of Bourbon and Bluegrass…
When longtime friends and courtroom rivals Rachel Richards and Brady Craft get appointed to the bench in Bourbon Springs, Kentucky, tempers flare as they are forced to share chambers.
Working closely with the obstinate-yet-sexy Brady is not an attractive idea to Rachel—although she has to admit that Brady himself is pretty damned attractive.
Rachel doesn’t have to run for office to keep her judgeship, but Brady does. He draws a formidable opponent, Hannah Davenport, a wealthy co-owner of Old Garnet Distillery, where some of the finest Kentucky bourbon is crafted north of town along Old Crow Creek and near the historic springs which gave the town its unique name.
And Hannah just happens to be Rachel’s best friend.
As the judicial race heats up, so does the long-simmering attraction between the judges—so they decide to keep their relationship a secret to protect reputations and friendships.
But can any secret be kept in little Bourbon Springs, Kentucky, where the bourbon and gossip both flow freely?
Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 17 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 5
-- Cover & title -- 5
-- Editing & formatting -- 7
* based on a 1-10 scale with: 1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*
The review --
The 2 main characters are likeable enough, but the book relies heavily on sex scenes to move it along. It has several graphic sex scenes in it, and depends on those scenes, as they make up a large part of the book. Another great part of the book is spent describing locations.
The part about the divorce case, and the father taking the judge hostage, it just doesn't work. It's not something a guy who had just been given custody of his children would do. Also, the high level of childishness on the part of the character, Hannah, is just not believable. Neither is what the clerk does, as no self-respecting clerk worth anything would do that.
The book actually ends at 93 percent, and the rest is the author promoting herself. It's just simply not that good a book. I picked it up for free on amazon, but I wouldn't recommend you spending your $$$ on it.
Genre -- erotica/romance
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- several, 5 or so, very graphic sex scenes
Violence rating -- minimal
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