Up A Dry Creek by Avery Flynn
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (168 pages)
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Sunflower
Claire Layton expects the usual busy Saturday night at Harvest Bistro to be killer on her stilletto shod feet. She never imagines there’d be an actual murderer on the loose at her restaurant in rural Dry Creek, Nebraska. But when she discovers a customer dead in a dumpster, the killer demands she find the victim’s phone and flash drive or face fatal consequenses.
Jake Warrick, a cocky and mind-numbingly hot private investigator, becomes Claire’s unlikely ally in the search. Jake just wants to solve the case and get out of this hick town, but the diminutive and curvaceous Claire turns his plan upside down as they uncover a more complex crime than they ever imagined. The two bicker and banter like Tracy and Hepburn caught in a whirlwind of intense sexual attraction as they try to find the killer before it’s too late.
Dry Creek is one of those towns where people are friendly. Everyone knows each other and they look out for one another. Claire Layton makes her living with her restaurant Harvest. One particular night, however, Harvest in Dry Creek is NOT the place to be...when a body is found, murdered.
That's enough to shake up someone's ordinary world. It certainly did Claire's. Consider this spitfire scared, with great reason. It gets even worse with anonymous calls from someone Claire dubs 'The Voice of Doom'. Who is that exactly? That remains a mystery. Does it have anything to do with the dead body? That remains to be seen.
Then comes Jake Warrick. He's snarky, mysterious, and sexy. He gets Claire all hot and bothered. Jake isn't the enemy, even if he is trying to gather information. One thing we know about Jake right off the bat? He's not looking for love or to settle down. Isn't that the great thing about fate? What one may want, Fate has another plan. Despite Jake's best efforts, his feelings for Claire go beyond lust and sexual desire. His need to protect her is strong, though he still has a job to do.
The powerful attraction between the two creates plenty of tension and sizzling sexual energy. The plot is full of suspense, a bit of sarcasm, and sexy banter between Claire and Jake. There's a few small editing mishaps, but not enough to take my attention away from this captivating suspenseful tale. Readers will be pulled in on a wild goose chase, and I was guessing straight up until the end. The love scenes are erotic, but not over the top and not too many.
Up a Dry Creek is full of heat, mystery, and characters that are believable and likable (except for the villains, of course!) The story is wrapped up well, though there is a hint of things to come with another story with new characters. I hope so, because I would love to come back to Dry Creek and learn more about the people in this town.
If you're looking for a romantic suspense that will keep you riveted, then don't miss the chance to meet the townspeople of Dry Creek. Grab yourself a chair, and don't forget your copy of this story!