The happiest day of Payton Lambert’s life was the day she graduated high school and watched Bald Knob, Kentucky get smaller and smaller in her rearview mirror. She wanted more for her life than a tiny town where everyone knows your business and you can’t find a decent cup of coffee for at least forty miles. Twelve years later, an unexpected phone call in the middle of the night has her packing up her life in Chicago and racing back home to the one person she ever regretted leaving behind.

Wait, one person?? Make that two. When the hell did Leo Hudson become sheriff of Bald Knob and get so hot? The scrawny Future Farmer of America who followed Payton around like a puppy and could recite cow insemination facts in his sleep is long gone. Leo is still hot on her heels, but now he’s wearing a badge and dead set on solving a murder that may or may not involve Payton…along with half the town.

You steal a few wine coolers in high school and make one little comment about cutting off a man’s balls when you come home, and suddenly, you’re suspected of killing him.

In a town where the biggest crime happened the day Jethro Snell kicked a few of his cows (an honest mistake when you’ve had a few jars of homemade moonshine), people are pointing fingers, rumors are spreading like wildfire, and Payton swears she’s only making out with the sweet-talking, studly sheriff to distract him from the secrets she’s keeping.

When you’ve been tased, peed on by a yippy dog named Bo Jangles, and can’t stop picturing what Sheriff Hudson looks like naked, it will be a tough job making everyone agree that…Jed had to die.

*****Dee’s Review*****

4 STARS****

(ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review)

Well, my belly hurts from laughing so hard, and my heart feels happy from swooning so much over Mr. Hot guy, Leo.

Laughs, romance, and tons of coffee, what else can we ask for????

Jed Had To Die was totally delicious, a book not to miss.


Payton Lambert lives and breathes for coffee. She left her hometown of Bald Knob, Kentucky after she graduated High school, and opened up her own precious coffee shop; Liquid Crack in Chicago. She hated the small town, where everyone knew her business, and nobody had any appreciation for her wild spirit or good coffee. So, she left and never looked back.

Until one day, while she’s trying to plan her new business venture; franchising, Liquid Crack. She gets a call from Bald Knob’s hospital, informing her, that her former best friend, Emma Jo is in the hospital.

Payton runs to be with her best friend, and when she gets there, she learns of her sad reality. Emma Jo has been married to a wife abuser who gets off on beating her up whenever he pleases, the problem is, Emma Jo’s husband Jed, is the town’s mayor, and everyone loves him. Immediately Payton starts to formulate a plan for her friend to leave her abusive husband, but it won’t be so easy, as a few things will get in her way; mainly wine, poisoned blueberry pies and a mystery murder.


In the midst of all the craziness Payton has encountered a very fine male specimen, aka Mr. Hot guy/ Thor lookalike/Mr. Granite chest. Later she learns who he really is; Leo Hudson. He is the former geek, dungeons and dragons guy, from her old High School. Payton can’t believe the sweet geeky guy she used to protect from bullies has grown into the hot and sexy town Sheriff.

Leo and Payton fight, flirt and fight some more. Their chemistry is wild and they can barely contain themselves in front of each other. But there’s a murder to solve, a town to appease and many cups of coffee to drink before Payton goes and murders someone in the ridiculous town, she loves to hate.

Tara Sivec never fails to make us laugh until we cry with her books. Her writing style is always an awesome combination of humor and romance, that entertain the pants off anyone who reads her stories, and that’s why she is one of my favorite authors.

Get this book and let this author take you on a hilarious journey of a woman who swore she would never come back to her small town, not knowing her heart had stayed back and is now ready to claim her.

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