I wasn't expecting to enjoy this as much as I did. I was a little bit leery because when you go into the story with the two main characters not really talking to each other -- welp, that's not usually super happy reading times. And I was also a bit wary because of how the Lyon/Olivia story ended up being handled.
However, Julie Anne Long pretty much hit it out of the ballpark with this one.
I loved how the emotion and relationship between Glory and Eli stayed rock-solid throughout, even though there was quite a lot of stuff standing between them. I loved how Glory wasn't the stereotypical girl from a bad family and how the issue of her brother and Eli was framed. I really especially adored the humor, how Franco gained a bit more humanity, and the beauty of the ending. I was expecting it to be so much darker than it ended up being and I'm so thrilled I took the chance.
The writing and characterization is, as usual for Julie Anne Long, spot on.
Loved, loved, loved "Wild at Whiskey Creek" and I can't wait to see the next installment.
Everyone knows the Greenleaf family puts the “Hell” in Hellcat Canyon—legend has it the only way they ever leave is in a cop car or a casket. But Glory Greenleaf has a different getaway vehicle in mind: her guitar. She has a Texas-sized talent and the ambition (and attitude) to match, but only two people have ever believed in her: her brother, who’s in jail, and his best friend . . . who put him there.
Sheriff Eli Barlow has secretly been in love with Glory since he was twelve years old. Which is how he knows her head is as hard as her heart is soft—and why she can’t forgive him for fracturing her family . . . or forget that night they surrendered to an explosive, long-simmering passion. But when a betrayal threatens Glory’s big break, Eli will risk everything to make it right . . . because the best way to love the girl from Whiskey Creek might mean setting her free forever.