What the author/publisher says:
After years of bad relationships, Ava Miller is finally living life for herself and isn’t going to let anyone get in the way. Her dream is to open a lingerie shop, and she has chosen Brookfield, Wyoming as her new home, where her dreams might just come true. Once she meets the town sheriff, though, she’s suddenly involved in a flirtatious battle for the right to open her store.
Seth Hampton is the town’s sheriff, and when Ava shows up, he’s not sure what hits him. He craves her, yet he can’t stand to allow that type of shop to open in his small town. However, he isn’t alone. Someone else wants Ava to leave town. Things take a turn when her shop is vandalized, and all evidence points to Seth.
Ava isn’t sure what to think. While Seth seems to be the only one with motives, something inside her believes he would never do it. Can Ava and Seth figure it out before one of them gets hurt?
What I say:
Ava is a feisty woman, set on starting over in a new town near her cousin, and opening a lingerie store with an adult toy shop in the back. Seth is the small town sheriff entrusted by the townsfolk to keep them safe. The two cross paths and the sparks fly, until Seth starts gossiping about some ‘crazy person trying to open an adult store’ in his town. When Seth learns that it’s Ava, he tries to convince her that her store isn’t wanted and maybe it’d be better for her to leave. Ava’s not one to let a man push her around, though her past seems to say differently. After her store is targeted by vandals and Seth’s words are painted on the wood used to board up the previous assault on her store, Ava is convinced that something not quite so wholesome is going on in her new town. Still, try as she may, she can’t keep her hands off Seth, and Seth off her. It looks to be that perhaps there is more to Seth then just his desire to keep her store out of her town.
The story is quick paced and easy to read. We follow Ava as she tries to find her allies in a small town that might just not be open to her store, especially on the main drag that the citizens use to go drive to church and funerals. Ava’s determined to not let a few incidents keep her from opening up, and she forges on. The heat between her and Seth is apparent and everyone can see that they’re crazy for each other. With Seth’s help, they’re determined to get down to the bottom of things before they escalate too much further.
Personally, I called the culprit early on and am surprised that Ava herself didn’t seem to catch it. I don’t want to include too many details of the story, but I do want to say that I’m disappointed that the main character was so certain who it wasn’t that she didn’t see the clues. The author, I’m sure, wrote them in there as a ‘hindsight is 20/20’ sort of thing. While I do think a certain relationship or two did progress fairly quickly, I can’t hold that against the characters. They were in a hurry to find their sweet spots.
Bare Necessities by Lacey Wolfe
Publish Date: September 25, 2012
Publisher: Southern Girl Press
Price Point: $2.99