Book one in the Pecan Creek series, Leonard’s latest is a little slow to get started, and the action really doesn’t pick up until about halfway through. The town is well drawn and full of quirky characters, including older women who run the place with iron fists and a hero who is an alpha male but secretly a bit of a mama’s boy. If you’re a fan of romances set in the modern South with a taste of small-town drama, then this will be right up your alley.

When Sugar Cassavechia moves with her mother and sister to sleepy Pecan Creek, all she’s really looking for is a place to pick loads of free pecans for her new online business, She’s not expecting to live in an old house that’s decorated like a classy whorehouse or the stuffy mindset of the town’s matriarch. Nor does she expect Jake Bentley to find his way into her heart. The Cassavechia family’s sassy antics make them a few enemies, and Sugar’s got a few skeletons left in her closet from her past. Can she learn to trust in Jake, and accept his help to get her fledgling business off the ground? (SAMHAINPUBLISHING.COM, dl $5.50)
Reviewed by: 
Mary Bennings