Slick’s review ~ Highball Rush (Bootleg Springs Book 6) by Claire Kingsley & Lucy Score

Posted July 26, 2019 by Sharon in Mainstream, Purest Delight, Reviews, Sharon/Slick, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

While I am sad to see the end of this series, Highball Rush took this series out on a very high note and I am thrilled to have spent part of my summer in Bootleg Springs. ~ Slick – Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews




Gravel-voiced Gibson Bodine takes his lone wolf image seriously. The tough guy. The bad boy. He lives alone. Works alone. His one love—besides starting a good brawl—is sitting on a rinky-dink stage in a backwoods bar playing guitar and singing about things he’ll never have.

When a video of him playing goes viral, Gibson ignores the unwanted attention. He’s got bigger things to worry about. Like the bomb his half-brother’s mom just dropped on him. And the fallout from the memento he’s been carrying around for thirteen years.

He doesn’t have time for fame… or love… or meddling neighbors stopping by with casseroles and questions.

But one night in a bar, fifty miles from home, he meets her. And she changes everything.

In Bootleg Springs—home of the best moonshine and nosiest neighbors in West Virginia—secrets don’t keep. When the truth about Callie Kendall’s fate brings danger home, it’s up to Gibson to step up and be the hero. And maybe find what he’s been missing all along.



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I swear you’ll I am the biggest baby when it comes to saying good-bye to a series. I start mourning before the book is released, I start thinking about all the side characters the author could write about to extend the series, and I count down to the release of the last book because I need it almost as much as I dread it knowing the end is near. When I started the Bootleg Springs series there were five books out and I read them all back to back in five days and then I had to wait two weeks for book six, the date was on my calendar and I pretty much blocked off a majority of the day so I could read it. 

First off I will say I suspected this pairing from early on in the series, I was positive that the hero, Gibson, had some sort of relationship with the missing girl, Callie especially after he was “sighted” near the imposter Callie’s home in book four, Bourbon Bliss. I figured out the “bad guy” in book three, Moonshine Kiss and I will also say that said bad guy’s demise was too easy much like that of Gemma on Sons of Anarchy, more suffering should have ensued. I’ll also admit I was wrong because I thought that in addition to the Jonah Sr and Connie helping Callie disappear that Henrietta VanSickle had something to do with her getting out of town. Even with figuring out a few things, I was still enthralled by Highball Rush it was everything I could have hoped for to end what has been an amazing series.

Gibson Bodine has been called anti social, a grump, and a harda$$.  He doesn’t much like people and although he loves his siblings, they annoy the sh*t out of him as well. Gibson doesn’t do love and sex is something to blow off some steam after performing with his band. As the oldest of the Bodine clan he feels it is his job to keep everyone in line and protected and that’s been hard as the case of Callie Kendall’s disappearance was reopened and his dead father a suspect.  He still remembers Callie as the quiet and shy girl who was happy to share music with him and he remembers the one night the snuck away as purely platonic friends to attend a music festival.

Maya Davis has lived her life on her terms for years. She loves working for Attalon Records doing whatever is necessary to keep artists on track and lending her help with songwriting or whatever is necessary. When her boss asks her to go to West Virginia to convince a YouTube sensation to sign a contract she tells him she can’t do it, until she hears the voice of the man and knows her past is about to collide with her here and now.

When Maya (aka Callie) shows up on Gibson’s doorstep the day after she ran from him when he called her by her real name following a performance their lives changed forever in the best of ways, but it took awhile for them to get there. I loved every minute of Gibson and Callie renewing their platonic friendship (while both trying had to hide their lust from one another), moving to a “pretend” relationship to cement Callie’s cover in town, and eventually to lovers and more. These are two people who have been through a lot in their years but despite that they were there for one another as life threw one thing after the other at them. I know it sounds like this book was filled with angst, but that’s just the thing, it wasn’t.  Yes there were lots of problems they had to get through, but they did it together never once giving up on each other.

I can’t say enough about the way Gibson’s family (both blood and extended) and then the town rallied around this couple keeping Callie safe from harm’s way. I loved the way the story was told both in real time and in flashbacks giving readers a chance to see every detail of what happened to Callie then and how she and Gibson were dealing with it now.

Each and every book in this series built on the investigation surrounding her disappearance twelve years prior and it came to a head in spectacular fashion, but without too much drama to bog the story down.

There were so many poignant moments in this book for both Callie and Gibson and both showed tremendous growth, but Gibson most of all. I loved that he realized he had some apologies to make and he manned up and took care of it. Most of all I could feel the sense of peace both he and Callie got as they unburdened themselves from the past.

While I am sad to see the end of this series, Highball Rush took this series out on a very high note and I am thrilled to have spent part of my summer in Bootleg Springs.


5 stars


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Posted July 26, 2019 by Sharon in Mainstream, Purest Delight, Reviews, Sharon/Slick, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments