E-galley Review: Young Buck (Green Valley Heroes #5) by Kilby Blades

Posted May 9, 2024 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 6 Comments

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

E-galley Review:  Young Buck (Green Valley Heroes #5) by Kilby BladesYoung Buck by Kilby Blades
Series: Green Valley Heroes #5
Published by Smartypants Romance on May 9, 2024
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages: 308
Source: the publisher
Format: E-galley
My Rating: three-half-stars
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When her husband died in bed with a 19-year-old college student, Loretta Boggs swore off men. Now she moonlights as Green Valley’s finest infidelity investigator. When she’s not staking out scumbags, sidelining sugar babies, and catching cheating bastards, she’s the fearless leader of Cheated On-onymous, a secret support group for betrayed women that meets in the basement of Green Valley Library.

Fire Lieutenant Buck Rogers is Green Valley Fire Department’s newest recruit. He’s also renting the house next door to Loretta’s. When a mysterious family secret compels him to seek the talents of a private investigator, he calls in a friendly favor.

But keeping things neighborly isn’t easy. Not with Loretta spying on Buck’s chin-up routine through his open bedroom window. Not with Buck’s shameless flirting and beguiling blue eyes. Buck may be testing her resolve, but Loretta is testing his mettle. Can she get over the fact that he’s just so young?

‘Young Buck’ is a full-length contemporary romance and can be read as a standalone. Book #5 in the Green Valley Heroes series, Green Valley Chronicles, Penny Reid Book Universe.

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I really have enjoyed this series, and especially the first on in the series that was also by this author, Forrest for the Trees. And this one started out really good too!

There was a lot going on this story. You had Loretta who was a PI and also worked at the police station. She also led a support group for women who had been cheated on. And because she’d always wanted a child with her ex who had died, she has decided to go the artificial insemination route.

Then you had Buck who was a firefighter, but was young for how advanced he was. His father was also a former politician, with his brother now working to get elected. He had just moved to Green Valley, since he’d always wanted to work in a town like this. He moves in next door to Loretta, but she didn’t know he was subletting her neighbors’ house, and so she got him with the taser when he moved in late at night. Unfortunately the video of it got shared with his fire crew before he got there, and so he started off on a bit of a disadvantage.

The two of course are attracted to each other almost right away. But both have things going on in their lives that keep them from jumping right into that. Soon Buck needs her skills as a PI for his own family mystery, and so that makes her want to keep their distance for that reason too. As I said, there is a lot going on in this story!

I enjoyed all the Green Valley aspects and people in the story, even time with my favorite Winston brother, Cletus. A few parts got a little long for me, and it was the opposite of the last book by this author, I was a little irritated with some of Loretta’s being angry at him, even if it did make sense with her background in this book. And I had to disagree when one character said women in their 50s who like younger men are called saber-tooths, they are actually called jaguars, I think maybe women in their 60s are saber-tooths? lol

Kilby Blades is a USA Today Bestselling author of Romance and Women’s Fiction. Her debut novel, Snapdragon, was a HOLT Medallion finalist, a Publisher’s Weekly BookLife Prize Semi-Finalist, and an IPPY Award medalist. Kilby was honored with an RSJ Emma Award for Best Debut Author in 2018, and has been lauded by critics for “easing feminism and equality into her novels” (IndieReader) and “writing characters who complement each other like a fine wine does a good meal” (Publisher’s Weekly).

During her career as a digital marketing executive, she moonlighted as a journalist, freelanced as a food, wine and travel writer and lived it up as an entertainment columnist. She has lived in five countries, visited more than twenty-five, and spends part of her year in her happy place in the Andes Mountains. Kilby is a feminist, an oenophile, a cinephile, a social-justice fighter, and above all else, a glutton for a good story. Follow her everywhere @kilbyblades.

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6 responses to “E-galley Review: Young Buck (Green Valley Heroes #5) by Kilby Blades

    • Lisa Mandina

      It’s a newer one, started last year I think? In the spring. And any time Cletus is there I love it!

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