Title: A Shot of Sultry by Macy Beckett
Sultry Springs Series Book Two
Imprint: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 320 pages
Book Rating: B
Review Copy Obtained from Publisher Through NetGalley
Welcome to Sultry Springs, Texas: where home can be the perfect place for a fresh start.
For West Coast filmmaker Bobbi Gallagher, going back to Sultry Springs is a last resort. But with her career in tatters, a documentary set in her hometown might be just what she needs to salvage her reputation. She just can’t let anything distract her again. Not even the gorgeous contractor her brother asked to watch over her. As if she can’t handle filming a few rowdy Texans.
Golden boy Trey Lewis, with his blond hair and Technicolor-blue eyes, is a leading man if Bobbi ever saw one. He’s strong and confident and—much to her delight—usually shirtless. He thinks keeping his best friend’s baby sister out of trouble will be easy. But he has no idea of the trouble in store for him…
A Shot of Sultry, the second installment in Macy Beckett’s Sultry Springs series, is a feel good romance that is smokin’ hot and wickedly funny. With just enough seriousness to give the plot substance and depth, this deliciously fun story will keep you glued to the pages as Bobbi Gallagher and Trey Lewis fight their sizzling sexual attraction while filming a reality show starring Trey and his good friend Colton “Colt” Bea.
Bobbi and Trey are both pretty cynical when it comes to love and commitment. Her drug addicted mother’s numerous unhealthy and co-dependent relationships have left a lasting impression on Bobbi and she does not believe that love will last. In Trey’s case, it is his personal experiences with cheating girlfriends and his father’s long term infidelity that have turned him into someone who plays the field and avoids any type of serious relationship. So when they are unable to fight their searing passion for each other, they should have no problem keeping their relationship nothing but a summer fling. Or so they keep telling themselves….
First introduced in Sultry with a Twist, Trey Lewis is Luke Gallaher’s best friend and all around good guy. Trey’s loyalty to Luke earned him a dishonorable discharge that has strained his relationship with his parents and affects his professional life as well. He now has an opportunity to clear his record that will hopefully salvage his relationship with his parents and provide him with better career options in the future.
Bobbi Gallagher is Luke’s younger half-sister. When they were kids, their mother abandoned Luke when she took off for California with Bobbi in tow. Both have been deeply affected by their mother’s actions and while Luke has found love with June, the scars still remain. Their relationship is loving but a little uncomfortable, and when Bobbi needs a place to stay while she tries to revive her failed career, Luke is quick to offer an invitation for her to stay with him and June. But things quickly get tricky for the siblings when Luke extracts a promise from Trey to stay away from Bobbi.
A Shot of Sultry is a fast paced and engaging story that is laugh out loud funny and heartwarming. The dialogue is delightfully witty and the plot is unique and well-written. The cast of characters is charming, vibrant and three dimensional. Bobbi and Trey are realistic protagonists with plausible issues to overcome. Although both have trust issues, they fall into an easy friendship that naturally transitions into a romance. Their sex scenes are sensual without being overly graphic.
While A Shot of Sultry is the second novel in the Sultry Springs series, it can be read as a standalone story. Macy Beckett provides enough backstory to get the reader up to speed, but you won’t want to miss a single installment of this fabulous series. I absolutely cannot wait to read Colt’s story, Surrender to Sultry, due out later this year.
Read my review of the other books in the series HERE.