Hot on the Trail by Vicki Tharp Release Date: July 24, 2018 Publisher: Lyrical Caress Book #3 in the Lazy S Ranch series Number of Pages: 264 Kindle Edition Source: ARC from Net Galley Contemporary Romance/Western/Military M/F Rating: NC-17 Read 7/4/18 to 7/6/18
I’ve gotta say, Vicki Tharp is really killing it with this series. It was great to see everyone at the Lazy S Ranch again, and especially to see Quinn back with them…even if it’s under bad circumstances.
Jenna has been a spitfire from the very beginning of this series. Although she’s grown up a lot and is now a woman, she’s still has that fighting spirit inside. She and Quinn both have major chips on their shoulders from things that happened while they were kids. Feelings of being unwanted or not good enough. Because of the way their young teenage romance ended a few years back, those insecurities only seem to come more to the surface. They both feel wronged and as if they’re not good enough, while both also wonder what could have been but know they did what was best for themselves when things ended.
Since this story deals with a possible suicide or murder of a veteran things can get very heavy. Little Pepita helps provide some lightness to the story, just has she had in Must Love Horses. Although this isn’t her story, or even her foster parents’ story, she is heavily involved in things that are happening since, yet again, the name El Verdugo rears its ugly head.
This story also deals with human trafficking, so proceed with caution if that is a trigger for you. I, for one, appreciate the author shining a light on this issue and our (American’s) “not in my town” mentality. It’s happening everywhere and having these fictional stories portraying the problem with such candor can only help raise awareness.
There were some new characters introduced that I enjoyed. I’m not sure if the author plans to continue the series with any of them, but if she does I will certainly be reading their stories.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**