April 29, 2013

Book Review: Finding Love Under a Rock by Allee Mae

at 4/29/2013 02:22:00 PM
NOTE: Allee Mae is another pseudonym of Davee Jones.

Kalista Bristow and Leandra Lehigh moved to Oklahoma not just to attend nursing school, but, to find some adventure. When Leandra reads about the sport of “noodling”, she is literally “hooked’, and reserves top-notch guides, Caleb Chandler and Owen Guthrie, to give them a true southern experience. 
Wading through the murky river, Kalista finds herself drawn to the handsome Caleb and his red-dirt good looks. He manages a few shy glances in her direction, intrigued by her tenacity. Could this cute city girl bring him out of his awkward insecurity when it comes to dating? However, thoughts of blossoming love move to the wayside as the girls find more than they bargained for under the surface of that shadowy river. They must rely on Caleb and Owen to keep them safe, all the while beginning to believe the mysterious legends the guys have been telling them are probably all true.

I gotta say, noodling looks cool but I sure as taxes wouldn't actually do it  in real life. The story starts off with two girls, Kalista and Leandra, who attend nursing school in Ada, OK. These besties have been through it all together and like birds of a feather, want to have some fun adventures together. After watching a reality TV show about noodling, Leandra decides to sign up for a noodling expedition, with Kalista reluctantly agreeing. The girls head to a cabin in the middle of nowhere that specializes in noodling expeditions and tours. Here Kalista meets their tour guides, Caleb and Owen. Caleb is nothing like the perpetual red neck persona, much to Kalista's surprise. As you could have guessed, Caleb and Kalista are attracted to each other and after the expedition, start texting back and forth. Their relationship begins to form more than tour guide and customer. They get to know each other through texts, phone calls and trips into the river looking for fish. 

I thought it was kind of a sweet story. I really liked how the story was structured. After a scene or two Allee Mae switches from the girls' POV to the guys POV. It's great because it brings in insights from different perspectives and it made Caleb more endearing as a character. :D On a second trip with the boys, the weird stuff starts happening. Kalista fins a big fish mangled and bloody. The group heads back to the cabin with the fish and try to figure out the mystery behind the mangled fish. Who would attack a poor fish? Let's just say it's the usual suspects. ;)

For an excerpt click here, to go to a blog post by Samantha Combs. Overall this book felt more like a mini novella than a novel, but it's certainly a good start to a mystery/romance themed series. I give this book a (drumroll).....
4 stars!


Davee on April 30, 2013 at 5:50 AM said...

Thank you so much! I really appreciate your review and kind words. Have a spectacular day!


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