Thursday, March 5, 2020

BOOK REVIEW- Red Dust Rebel by Eva Scott *


In the small town of Elliot's Crossing, things are never really in the past ...
Justine Turner knew she'd become a solicitor the day her childhood friend Nate Kincaid was sentenced to juvenile detention for a crime he did not commit. Fifteen years later, Nate is back in town and JT is more determined than ever to defend him, and not just because of an unrequited crush. But small towns have long memories, and this one is sure Nate is guilty.
Being the town's black sheep is hard work, but Nate has neglected his sonly duties long enough. Back in town to care for his mother while she heals from a broken arm, it's not long before Nate discovers her condition is far worse than he expected. His only welcome distraction is JT, the gangly girl he knew from childhood who is now smart, sassy-and entirely kissable.
But everyone is keeping secrets, lies are falling apart, and unrequited love is surfacing--a force strong enough to tame a rebel ... or tear a town apart.
A small-town romance about overcoming prejudice, second chances and setting the past free.

 I liked this story but with some reservations. It had good main characters, who were written with depth.  It also had a great sense of community that was also described with good depth. The same is true of Justine's circle of friends.  
There were also some serious issues addressed with well portrayed emotions. In fact, there were well developed emotions throughout. You could almost feel some of the fear and frustrations that that Justine (J.T.) and Nate are going through. 
I will say on the down side, the story slowed for me when it felt like the same couple of issues kept getting rehashed over and over again. Although important to the story, it felt a bit overdone.
However, towards the end things do ramp up and long held secrets are exposed.  And a dangerous situation closes in on J.T.  There will be a H.E.A. but it won't be easy getting there.

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

 You can link to the Escape Publishing website

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