Release Blitz ~ Spring Break (Accidental Roots #3) by Elle Keaton (Review + Giveaway)
Accidental Roots Series
Sometimes a guy needs a break. Carroll Weir got one--but it wasn't what he expected.
All he dreams of is escaping dreary, damp Skagit, WA, for a warmer climate. Instead, Federal Investigator Carroll Weir is assigned to a cross-agency case involving geoduck smugglers and a very dead Fish and Wildlife Detective.
Sterling Bailey, the regular bartender at the Loft, likes to think of his customers and employees as family since he doesn’t have one of his own. Exhausted and tense, Carroll Weir wanders in one night and one thing leads to another. All in a night’s work, right?
Who murdered Fish and Wildlife Detective Peter Krystad? Does the killer have Weir in his sights? Things begin to heat up between them but Sterling and Weir will have to move past their personal history in order to change the course of their future.
The spark burning between them is hot enough to scald unless they’re careful somebody’s going to get burned.
Though part of the Accidental Roots Series this book can be read as a standalone.
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Spring Break is book 3 in Elle Keaton's Accidental Roots series. I think you would enjoy this book better if you read the whole series in the appropriate order.
Carroll Weir has been in Skagit finishing the investigation into trafficking when he's given the case of investigating the death of Fish and Wildlife Officer. Carroll never thought he would end up investigating geoduck smuggling and is ready to get out of Skagit and get back to his life. Then his life really gets complicated when he's hit by a vehicle and left on the side of the road.
Sterling doesn't do relationships and wants no complications in his life but finds himself taking care of Carroll after he's released from the hospital, then moving his sister in with him and then pulled into an investigation. Sterling and Carroll had only a few interactions together before they're forced into an intimate relationship, living together. It doesn't take long before the men are acting on their attraction to each other.
I've been interested in Carroll's story since the beginning. Even though Adam was always a jerk to him, I wanted to know more. He's thorough in his job and detailed oriented. He seems to be able to make friends easy but he's lonely. Sterling comes across as a jerk at first, but he quickly shows the inner Sterling, who is just as lonely as Carroll. Sterling is a good, fair boss with a loyal staff. He has crappy parents and has made a success of his life despite them.
This book is also a mystery, like the others in the series, and I give the author credit for having a geoduck case. Not something I ever thought I'd read about. If you've never seen a geoduck, you should really search for an image!
Rating: 4 stars
Author, photographer, rare Pacific Northwest Native, Elle grew up in Seattle, WA., with the Cascade Mountain range to the east and Olympics to the west. Less than two hours northwest lie the majestic San Juan Islands. To the northeast is the Methow Valley and the scrub deserts of Eastern Washington. Geography ripe with material.
A graduate of Western Washington University, Elle has a BS in biology which taught her to be tenacious. The closest she has come to biology since then is having two kids. Like an experiment or something. She’s lived in four states (none of which were gaseous), London England, and Hong Kong; always knows what time it is, and has no problem finding parking even in the most difficult places. Cannot balance a checking account.
Elle's series Accidental Roots, mostly set in the Skagit Valley of Western Washington, will make its debut spring of 2017. Storm Season is tender, sometimes irreverent, full of nosy neighbors and help when the hero didn’t think he needed it. Writing has always been a passion but not something she was able to take seriously until recently. Now her head is full of ideas and not enough time in each day.
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