Friday, February 28, 2014

Book review: The Place I Belong (Country Roads #2) by Inez Kelley

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Available February 24th 2014
Zury Castellano escaped a dreary city life and will do anything to protect her chosen home’s scenic vista. Black Cherry Falls is more than her job, it’s her passion. The State may have sold her beloved mountaintops to a lumber company, but they’re in for a surprise if they think she will just sit by and watch them destroy it. That cocky PR guy will never know what hit him.

Jonah Alcott walked away from his rigid religious family and found his place as Public Relations Director for Hawkins Hardwood. He plays as hard as he works, but the Black Cherry Falls project stretches him to his limit. A beautiful but tenacious resort manager calls in a radical environmental group, and Jonah steps out of his office to show her personally who the real bad guys are. However, only Jonah can decide where his true loyalties lie, with his job or his heart.

Inez Kelley takes us back to the mountains of West Virginia with the 2nd book on her Country Roads series. This time it's playboy Jonah Alcott's turn to take one for the team. Jonah is Hawkins Hardwood's public relations guy. He's tasked with making nice with Zury Castellano who is the park ranger of Cherry Creek Falls state park and a enviromentalist. After her upbringing as a poor kid from the city she got a chance at some happy when she was sent as a child to spend time with a family in the mountains and now grown up she lives where she found her happiness and she's not going to let loggers destroy it.  Jonah and Zury agree to spend the weekend together. Both will try to show the other side of things. In the mean time though Zury and unknowingly set an eco-terrorist in motion to stop the logging and it might get someone hurt or worse.  Love this second book in this series. Jonah and Zury do not have happy childhoods but Jonah has some really deep scars from his that you just wouldn't think are possible considering who is projects himself to be now. This was a very emotional book in some ways ans Jonah is forced to deal with his past and his family but also brings him and Zury closer together. There is a wisp of danger in this story from a crazy dying eco-terrorist that winds up the story towards the end and was more than i expected. Inez Kelley really holds nothing back with her characters and you feel the brunt of everything that happens.  This series so far has been more than i expected and I get a contemporary romance with a bit of suspense and a lesson or two in a nice mix. Excited to see where book 3 takes us this coming July.

Find out more about the Country Roads series and the author Inez Kelley here

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