Author: Jason Huffman-Black
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/20/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Two-time ex-con Camden Sanders has decided that Hog Mountain—an isolated community on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia—is the perfect place to continue running small scams without the threat of more prison time. But there are a few problems with this plan. One is the neighborly citizens of Hog Mountain thwarting his dirty dealings at every turn with their kindness. Another is Jackson Rhodes, a closeted Hog Mountain police officer who can see right through Cam’s good ol’ boy act and plans to catch him red-handed despite the attraction they both can feel. But the biggest problem of all is that Cam’s past is threatening to catch up with him, and it could mean trouble for more than just himself.
Take a moment to look at the cover of this book, because it’s stunning and is totally perfect for the book. It’s good to see a cover that doesn’t feature the same bearded hipster (you know the one I mean) .
Onto the book itself, Cam is criminal, he’s not even reformed. He runs a garage and is over charging and scamming his clients. Jackson has him sussed, or so he thinks. But the charm of the people and Hog Mountain itself is working magic on Cam, he adopts a cat, gets some kids to help out on his house, starts to tell the truth and realises that a relationship could be what he wants as well. Of course the path to being a better person is not easy, but while he struggles Cam is determined. Cam is a great character, he’s sarcastic and grumpy but with real capacity for love and friendship (isn’t that what we desire in our bad boys ?)
Jackson isn’t perfect either, his fear of coming out of the closet is petrifying, and threatens to ruin the relationship he starts to build with Cam.
I have no idea if Hog Mountain is a true depiction of an actual place, but I do know that I want it to be a place, the people are warm hearted in the main, and there is the best preacher I have come across in a long time. This book has a proper bad guy, lots of heart and in Cam a terrific main character.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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