Friday, 16 September 2011

REVIEW / Guest Post & Virtual eBook Tour - Up A Dry Creek by Avery Flynn

 Author: Avery Flynn
Series: Dry Creek
Genre: Romance - Suspense
Publisher: Evernight Publishing

I am pleased to welcome Avery Flynn to Obsession with Books today, as part of her CBLS Blog Tour.  

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Dry Creek has been home to the Layton family for generations, a heritage Claire Layton and her brothers Hank, Chris and Sam all appreciate. Claire is a successful, though somewhat debt-ridden, restaurateur who minds her own business—literally. She has enough on her plate between an irascible chef, an abandoned sous-chef, and the pressure of running her highly praised eatery, Harvest Bistro. But when she discovers one of her customers dead in her dumpster, her world begins to unravel.

Even as her County Sheriff brother Hank and his team are still swarming the property looking for evidence, Claire receives a threatening call. It seems there’s a slight problem involving the dead young woman in the dumpster. She doesn’t have her phone and her flash drive with her. The killer makes it clear that Claire better find them by noon the next day or he’ll go after her and her entire family.

With the clock ticking, Claire searches for the missing items to no avail. Complicating matters is the arrival of Jake Warrick, a hotshot security expert hired by the dead woman’s father to find her killer. Claire’s trying her best to get Jake out of her restaurant when her Jeep goes up in flames. The noon deadline has passed.

Determined to find the killer and to keep her family safe, Claire refuses to back down, even as the murderer continues to terrorize her. Jake isn’t backing down either, and the tension between the two—sexual and otherwise—continues to mount. Jake has no intention of leaving Claire in danger—or of leaving at all before he gets to know her much, much better.

Clues, most leading nowhere, pile up, and the threads of the mystery are becoming still more complicated, even as the killer comes closer and closer to claiming his prize—and his prey.

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When Sparks Fly
By Avery Flynn

I love strong heros and heroines butting heads. Tracy and Hepburn. David and Maddie from Moonlighting. Sookie and Eric in True Blood. And, of course, Rhett and Scarlett.

There is nothing better in the world than two alphas facing off against each other. I love a strong woman and a tough man. Two alphas bring an extra umph to the high stakes tightrope act of falling in love. They’re fun to read or watch as they duel and plot to best the other, only to find their schemes have drawn them closer together.

All of which brings me to Claire Layton and Jake Warrick from my debut romantic suspense, Up a Dry Creek. When Claire appeared in my head one day as I drove down the road, I knew she was my girl. Same with Jake. They’re just right for each other. They’d mow over anyone who wasn’t an alpha. Take, for example, the following exchange after Claire loses her temper and soaks Jake with a spray hose. Jake if forced to take off his sopping wet shirt (oh, darn).


“I have to tell you, it’s one of the more direct ways a woman has worked it so that I had to take off my shirt.” He bent his head down toward her. “I didn’t realize you country girls were so forward. Now, I don’t mind you getting me wet, but next time, just ask.”

Biting her lip, she fought the urge, again, to kick him in the shin. God, he was irritating. And enticing. And yummy to look at. And… oh God, this man erased all thoughts except those that involved him naked on her bed.

She flashed him an insincere smile and batted her eyelashes, hoping he wouldn’t notice how her nipples had hardened. As if she’d said the words out loud, his gaze locked in on that exact part of her anatomy. Damn. They actually got harder.

She crossed her arms in front of her breasts. “Oh, I think once was enough. You know us country girls just aren’t used to your big city ways.”

“I could teach you about all things big.” His wicked grin promised she’d learn a lot.

Electricity sparked between them, sank into her skin and settled low in her belly. “I’m sure you’d like to, but I’m not looking for a teacher.”

That silenced him. He dragged his gaze from her toes to her eyes in slow motion. His hot perusal burned her skin as it traveled up her body, lingering on her breasts before stopping at her lips. A wolfish leer lit his face.

“I’m more than willing to be a student, if that’s what you’d prefer,” his voice rumbled.


See what I mean? They are total alphas hot for each other. The question is, will they be able to overcome the obstacles placed in their way by a psychotic killer (and themselves) to realize they belong together?

REVIEW: 4 out of 5 stars

** Could contain possible spoilers**

Claire Layton owns and runs her small restaurant in Dry Creek Nebraska. The last thing she expects when taking the trash out at the end of her shift is to find a dead woman’s body in the dumpster; she is shocked by the discovery so calls the County Sheriff, her brother Hank.

Claire is the youngest of four siblings, her 3 older brothers are each alpha males who are fiercely protective of her and tower over her by at least a foot - when Claire receives an anonymous telephone call from the killer she calls ‘The voice of doom’ forcing her with an ultimatum to find the dead girls phone and her flash drive, she becomes his sole target and threatens her family if she doesn’t cooperate.

Complicating the matter is the arrival of Jake Warrick, a security expert hired by the deceased woman’s father to ensure the investigation goes in the right direction. He is sexy, sarcastic and cocky and is instantly attracted to Claire.

We soon learn the family that has hired Jake may have ulterior motives and we are thrown into a plot filled with suspense, action and drama with a few light twists an turns.

I really liked the main characters, what Claire lacks in height (she is 5 foot) she certainly makes up for in personality. I adored her feisty, sarcastic, smart and witty attitude and her attraction to Jake was undeniable. Jake was dominant, sexy and unrelenting; he didn’t back down when it came to Claire and was fiercely protective. I enjoyed seeing their feelings unravel.

I enjoyed the Layton family dynamic, they were in it together – supportive and strong, I loved Claire’s take charge mother! I was saddened by what Jake was going through with his gravely ill father; it was a stressful time for him.

I really liked this novel; I enjoyed all of the characters and found even the secondary characters intriguing. Up a Dry Creek is a wonderful debut novel for Ms Flynn; I enjoyed her world building, humor, suspense, mystery and the romance.

The ending of this book has left me questioning ‘which brother??’ and I can not wait to see what happens in the next installment of The Dry Creek Series.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for having me. I'm thrilled you liked Up a Dry Creek. That little exchange between the two of them really reminded me why spending every day with them was such a blast while I wrote Up a Dry Creek.


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