Thursday, January 5, 2017

For The Record (Ozark Mountain Romance #3) by Regina Jennings - I gave this one five stars

I guess I didn’t, at the time I read this book, realize that it was third in a series.  That says a lot for the author that I thought this was a stand-alone book.  Deputy Joel Puckett didn’t’ want to leave the town he was working as the Deputy, he had to.  A very conniving woman made it so he was alone with her overnight and he had two choices, marry her or leave town and go somewhere that he could work as Deputy where no one would know him.  He comes to the small town thinking probably not goes on there, only to find out there is a gang of do-gooders who have taken the law into their own hands and they ride every night they feel they are needed to put things right, with bags over their heads with horns made on them and faces drawn on them…..

Betsy Huckabee has been living with her Uncle for years working on his little newspaper, and raising his kids until he remarried.  Now there isn’t really any room for Betsy there, she actually sleeps in the newspaper office.  She wants to write for a big city newspaper and get paid enough to do so that she can find her own place to live.  She decides after meeting the new Deputy to write about him and the gang that is riding only she writes a very romanticized version of the Deputy giving him a new name, she doesn’t’ want him to know she’s been writing about him.  Problem is the Deputy can’t have anyone finding out he’s working there or his trouble will come to find him.  Betsy has written so well the column makes it to the news portion of the paper she sends it to, it doesn’t stay in the back as a serial romance for the ladies to read.  Betsy seems to find trouble where ever she goes.  The Deputy likes her although she has no idea……when she does she knows she’s in hot water!! 
I really enjoyed this raucous romp and gave it five stars. I’ll have to go and read the two books leading up to it at some point although my to be read pile is piling up!

Thanks to Bethany House and Net Galley for my review copy.
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Description as found on Good Reads:
Jennings Offers Another Delightful Blend of History and Romance
Betsy Huckabee might be a small-town girl, but she has big-city dreams. Writing for her uncle's newspaper will never lead to independence, and the bigger newspapers don't seem interested in the Hart County news. Trying a new approach, Betsy pens a romanticized serial for the ladies' pages, and the new deputy provides the perfect inspiration for her submissions. She'd be horrified if he read her breathless descriptions of him, but these articles are for a newspaper far away. No one in Pine Gap will ever know.
Deputy Joel Puckett didn't want to leave Texas, but this job in tiny Pine Gap is his only shot at keeping his badge. With masked marauders riding every night, his skills and patience are tested, but even more challenging is the sassy journalist lady chasing him.