Overall Rating: ★★★★★
Narrator: Amy McFadden
Audiobook Length: 8hr 11m
Release Date: 10-27-2016
Reading Time: 5 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a review copy of Jed Had to Die from AudiOMG! in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the author, narrators and/or publisher’s generosity.
The happiest day of Payton Lambert’s life was the day she graduated high school and watched Bald Knob, Kentucky get smaller and smaller in her rearview mirror. She wanted more for her life than a tiny town where everyone knows your business and you can’t find a decent cup of coffee for at least forty miles. Twelve years later, an unexpected phone call in the middle of the night has her packing up her life in Chicago and racing back home to the one person she ever regretted leaving behind.
Upon her return, she sees that Leo Hudson, the scrawny boy who followed Payton around like a puppy and could recite cow insemination facts in his sleep, is long gone. Leo is still hot on her heels, but now he’s wearing a sheriff badge and dead set on solving a murder that may or may not involve Payton…along with half the town. In a place where the biggest crime happened the day someone kicked a few of his cows, people are pointing fingers, rumors are spreading like wildfire, and Payton swears she’s only making out with the sweet-talking, studly sheriff to distract him from the secrets she’s keeping.
When you’ve been tased, peed on by a yippy dog named Bo Jangles, and can’t stop picturing what Sheriff Hudson looks like naked, it will be a tough job making everyone agree that…Jed had to die.
First Line: “I love you more than anything. You’re strong, wonderful, and amazing.”
I’m really loving Amy. REALLY really. This woman was born to read.
Amy sweeps around the humor of a text in such a way that reveals the underlying emotion. I love this about all of the books she works on. It’s hard to write a romantic comedy without overdoing it, and it’s even harder to narrate. GIRL. SLAYED. IT.
Every narrator inspires me to do different things when I listen to them. Sometimes, I’ll have a stair climbing session with my virtual bff (does that sound weird?), or I’ll have a romantic dinner with my virtual bae. Then there’s yoga, yard work, swinging on my stair banisters…the list goes on.
With Amy, she inspires me to cook. Not, like, girly cooking (if that’s a thing). I mean, passionate, raw, unfiltered BAKING. It’s like she’s instructing me in how to whip up a masterpiece perfect for revenge.
Good God. I have never baked so many cookies in my life. Luckily, I had some care packages I wanted to send to the navy, so I stuffed those puppies. If a cookie is brown—like, a dark brown—can you still eat it? Well, Jed had better watch out because things just got dangerous.
Amy is playful, fun, flirty, HILARIOUS and incredibly captivating. I couldn’t stop listening to her. She made me vulnerable, she made me feel like a Master Chef in Hell’s Kitchen, and I fell in love (yet again) with a man in a uniform.
Leaving Kentucky was something Payton Lambert was proud of. (Leaving…or running away? 🤔 Hur hur…)
She didn’t like how everyone in the itty bitty titty town of Bald Knob knew everything about everyone. Payton also didn’t like the coffee there. Girl. RUN.
And she does run. She’s on a mission for a better life, so she opens a coffee shop in Chicago. Years pass, and she never looks back.
“Liquid Crack is my baby.”
Liquid Crack is her coffee shop, BTW.
When life seems semi on course, Payton gets a phone call that her best friend, Emma Jo Jackson is in a Kentucky hospital after taking a beating from her husband Jed.
Payton, being the awesome person she is, races to Emma’s side. Pay-Pay hates Jed, and it takes all of her patience to listen to her best friend defend him. Just because Jed is the mayor of Bald Knob doesn’t give him the right to beat Emma to a pulp.
Payton really doesn’t have anything nice to say. But, does she ever?
“You can take those coffees back to the firm and shove them up Benjamin’s a**! Or better yet, bend over and shove them up your OWN a** for insinuating I need a man to pay for anything!”
In the meantime, she quickly discovers that after twelve years, a lot of things in her hometown have changed, including the goofy boy Leo Hudson, who just so happens to be the town sheriff.
(And he’s gorgeous, if you’re wondering.)
Well, Jed dies. That’s what happens when you’re a douche. And Payton discovers that everyone in Bald Knob is still very much interested in all her business, including an off-handed threat she made to Jed that she had no intention of following through with.
Payton’s past and her present land her right in the middle of a murder investigation and a new romance with an old friend, who just might arrest her if he discovers what she knows about the murder.
Jed Had to Die is part mystery, part comedy, part romance and a whole lot of fun. Trying to escape her past, all she does is end up right back in the pit of it! Second chances, new love, forgiveness, Tara Sivec is an expert at pairing comedy with romance.
Part of me wishes the text had more depth, but then it wouldn’t be as funny. LOL. Jed dies and everything (eventually) is right in the world.
Umm. And Mr. Sheriff hottie? Yeah, he’s deliriously delicious.