Review: Stranded by Jessica Frances

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Author: Jessica Frances
Series: In Midsummer #1

Pages: 237

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One small town. One hot sheriff. One night of passion. One massive cold shoulder. One murder. One suspect. One chance.

I’m furious when my car breaks down in the small, quiet town of Midsummer, Arkansas. Then I meet the incredibly hot town sheriff and hope that things might be looking up. Unfortunately, that encounter sours fast, leaving me ready to put this town in my rearview mirror. That won’t be easy though, since my car has left me stranded here. Now I’m trapped in a town that has nothing to offer me.
Or does it?
When an opportunity presents itself that could see me staying longer than expected, I begin to notice Midsummer’s charm. I start to wonder if maybe staying won’t be such a bad thing. Even the sheriff is beginning to thaw toward me.
That is until someone commits murder and I become the number one suspect.
Can I convince everyone I’m not the murderer? Or will the real killer walk free?

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Contemporary Romance: Let’s meet Conner, an instragammer who has started a road trip to make something different for his social media “empire”. But it is not going well. His new car broke almost before starting in the middle of nowhere. The closest town is a place called Midsummer, nothing there to remind him of the glamorous life of a big city. There he has a chance encounter with Rocky, the sexy sheriff that rocks his world even further. Will Conner stay in Midsummer longer than expected? Will Rocky consider something more than one night stand?

Detectives, Mystery: The first half of the book is your classic Contemporary Romance story where boy meets boy and unrequested feelings are starting to brew. The book is narrated from the point of view of Conner, which is a pretty fun character to follow. I may not have laughed with his comments, but a big smile was drawn in my face most of the time. At the beginning of the second half, the mystery takes it first step in the form of a corpse. So the schema of the story shifts to fit that of a Romantic Suspense. Rocky being the sheriff and Conner being a suspect… Not a lot of room for romance in that situation.

Cliffhanger: Be warned that the story doesn’t end with this book. The mystery part is closed, but the romantic one is left with a bleeding wound that may or may not close. We will know if it does in the next book.

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