Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
I did not read the first book in this series and I think that had something to do with my lack of interest in the characters. The author did touch base on things that occurred in the prior book but I still believe I needed to have more information about who Belle was and her return to her hometown of Sweet Grove.
Belle Baxter apparently had an interest in the sheriff, Gus but stopped pursuing it because of his ex-fiance. She is now dating the pastor, Luke, who she doesn’t really know if she likes or not and at dinner one night she realizes that he is not the man for her. Luke is much more conservative than she thought and when he states his views about a woman’s place in a man’s life she tosses her water in his face and walks out and leaves no doubt that they are finished.
When Luke is found dead, killed by a python all eyes turn to Belle since her very public breakup with Luke but fortunately her alibi is solid and now she is determined to work with Gus to find the person responsible for his death. Suddenly other snakes show up in work places and in homes and there is no doubt someone is responsible.
Gus tries to prove to Belle that his relationship with his ex is over and done with and while they team up in search of a killer she begins to see things differently. I really never got the feeling of what Belle was truly like and I am sure I would have if I read book one. The story was slow moving, lacked any kind of excitement or romance.
There was no real in-depth investigation going on but Luke’s secrets came to the forefront, he was a womanizer and his religious beliefs made him enemies. I can honestly say that there wasn’t any one character that I truly liked and I can also honestly say that I did not dislike the book and was able to read it through till the end. The discovery of the killer was also anticlimactic.