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Review: Jed Had To Die by Tara Sivec

Jed Had to Die by Tara Sivec

November 1, 2016

Genre: Romantic Comedy


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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 Janges, 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.


When I first heard about Jed Had to Die, I really wasn’t sure what to expect or what I was really getting myself into. But, I will say that I was very intrigued by the story-line and was super excited to dive in.

Jed Had to Die was a quick and easy read. It’s told from dual points of view and had me laughing my ass off. Seriously, I could not get enough of this book. From the small town gossip to the entertaining police reports/interviews, there was not a dull moment. It was hard not to fall in love with this crazy and not so perfect town.

Overall, I thought this was a really great read. As someone who is from a small town, I can totally relate to how Payton felt about the gossip and wanting to get out of there as soon as possible. Yes, this story does have some serious tones to it, but for the most part, it was just a really fun book. It had just the right mix of drama, romance and suspense. I loved the “who done it” feel to the book and had a great time trying to figure out exactly what happened to Jed. If you’re looking for a funny read with lots of great friendship, swoon worthy moments and a “who done it” twist, don’t hesitate in picking up Jed Had to Die today.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

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Kobo: Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife,
mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She
lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day
when they all three of them become adults and move out.
After working in the brokerage
business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of
shoving it in her eye out of boredom. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first
place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best
Indie First Book and she was voted as Best Author in the Indie Romance
Convention Reader’s Choice Awards for 2014.
In her spare time, Tara loves to
dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets
spare time.
Tara loves tackling new genres
so there’s something for everyone! Currently, she has books in the following
Romantic Comedy
Romantic Suspense
Erotic Romantic Suspense
Romantic Mystery/Comedy
Contemporary Romance
Psychological Thriller
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