Sunday, May 17, 2015

Review of Moonshine by Tess Oliver

Having been 'dry' long before Prohibition, locals living in Virginia, along the base of the Blue Ridge mountains, had a head start on the moonshine business. And went the country craved something to quench its thirst, the Tidewater bootleggers were ready.

In his small hometown in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Jackson Jarrett is known as a decorated war hero, a damn successful bootlegger and a man who never gives his heart to anyone. Personal tragedy and fighting on the front line in France have left Jackson scarred and hardened to the notion of falling in love until the traveling carnival with its colorful tents, exotic side shows and Charli Starfield, the beautiful and fearless motorcycle stunt rider, rolls into town.

A sexy, historical romance with plenty of drama, suspense and hot scenes.

Overall Rating:  4.25 Rockin’ ★★★★
What do you get when take a bootlegger from the Blue Ridge Mountains and add a circus performer called the Enchantress, a collision of course? Moonshine is a new offering from the brilliant mind of author Tess Oliver. This innovative, historical new adult romance is packed with heartache, action, drama and fulfillment galore.  You will not be disappointed with this book at all.  This is Charli and Jackson's happily ever after, that unfolds during the 1920's during the height of the Prohibition Era.  The Roaring Twenties, a time when whiskey and moonshine was widespread, gangsters were a plenty and of course sparks fly between Ms. Oliver’s two main characters! 

Jackson Jarrett found and lost love at an early age.  His teenage sweetheart suffered a tragic and unforeseen death leaving him a broken man unable to share his heart with another.  Charli Starfield only knew one life, the life of a traveling circus performer.  When her mother's death occurred, she was left with her step-father Buck.  When Charli and Jackson meet, an unknown bond begins to form, kindling a friendship and allowing for past hardships to heal.

Tess Oliver brings the 1920's to life and you feel transported through time while reading this book.  When the villain attacks and loss is suffered, the couple harnesses their resources to overcome yet another hardship in their young lives.  Jackson's brothers and Charli's circus family play significant roles in the outcome of the story.  The various storylines all merge together at the end to create a splendid HEA for all involved.  

Hero: Jackson Jarrett 4.5 stars
Heroine: Charli 4.5 stars
Steam: 4.5 stars 
Plot: 4.5 stars 
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes! This was really a great book and if you are looking for something different and with a unique twist, look no further...this is the book for you.

Would I recommend this author: Yes!  When you can transport your reader to another place in time and have them feel they are part of that time then you have arrived as an author.  Tess Oliver not only creates new and exciting venues for her stories but also develops characters that are in step with wherever she places them.  

***Received an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review***

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