Title: Kentucky 98 Proof
Author: KC Kendricks
Publisher: Amber Allure
Characters: Vic Carter, Boone Mosely
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Victor Carter knows his grandfather only from a handful of black and white photographs, so his surprise when the man’s will is read is genuine. What’s he going to do with seventy acres on the side of a Kentucky mountain? More importantly, how’s he going to survive living there for a year to satisfy the conditions of the will so he can sell the property? Even worse, it’s not like the hills of Kentucky are teeming with gay companionship.
Boone Mosely is Kentucky born and bred with a proud family heritage he can trace back to his home state’s founding. Following in his uncle’s footsteps, Boone’s in his second term as sheriff of Four Points. He takes the job seriously and doesn’t suffer fools—or crime—in his town.
When city slicker Victor Carter arrives on Shepherd Mountain, Boone knows he’s got a whole new brand of trouble to deal with. And this time, the badge isn’t going to help him at all.
This story has a lot of dialogue which I like. The problem is it’s mostly arguing or flippant teasing. Don’t get me wrong, though, as there’s deeper talks too. Two lonely men learn about one another and try to see where things are headed, even though both are unwilling to use the L word.
There were a few other weird things too, such as logical inconsistencies. Boone is in the closet, Vic is not. Boone’s got the hots for Vic, but he decides to steer clear—yet the very next minute he’s performing a tonsillectomy on Vic. On the other hand, Vic’s initial impression of Boone is that the guy is a rude jackass, which I agreed with—and right after he’s inviting the man into sharing his bathtub, with him in it. The sudden reversal of their attitudes toward one another made no sense, so in that the characterization failed.
Also, sometimes I was confused about how things were happening and why, and where the men were in relation to each other in the physical space. I felt disoriented.
Despite the above, this was actually a good contemporary romance. For one, this is a deeply character driven story, with virtually no side characters, except for Tom the store owner—and Vic’s dog. The house Vic inherits is described in detail, but since they’re in the mountains it would have been nice if the environment had been utilized in the story more. There’s snow and cold, though, so that was good.
Reading about these two men getting to know each other was fascinating and my attention was riveted. A worthwhile story with compelling characters and slow-to-reveal family secrets.
Reviewed By: Susan