Wednesday, October 26, 2016
"One twist of the lid changed everything…"
Boondocks by Casey Peeler is NOW AVAILABLE.
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One twist of the lid changed everything…
The devil sat on my shoulder from my first breath, he watched my every move, and with the first strike of lightnin' I was pulled under.
Walking into Boondocks the voice of an angel called to me and I vowed to live a better life. She kept me on the righteous path until Satan called one last time.
It was time to take him down or lose my angel forever.
If you’ve ever read a book written by Casey Peeler then you know you are going to read a story of values, morals, small town southern charm at its absolute best. If you are from the South like me, then it’s a story of your childhood. Peeler makes the true character of the South come alive between the pages of her books.
Boondocks is the story of a small southern town gone lost after the industry has moved away leaving illegal activities as one of the only ways to make money while focusing on two teens struggling against life to succeed. In many ways, I could identify with Peeler’s story having grown up in a small town exactly like she described washed away by life’s disappointed opportunities where a kid’s only opportunity is to leave for college. Both Walker and Chauna intrigued me as I read about two people who couldn’t have been from more different sides of the tracks face struggles in life together. It’s a story of two true soulmates sent to make the other one better.
Now without giving any spoilers away, I will say the Peeler takes a chance on this one. She isn’t known for her overtly sexy books with descriptive sex scenes. Usually her books are quite chaste. However in Boondocks, Peeler has matured her characters a little more than we are used to seeing. No, there still isn’t descriptive sex scenes but Peeler does an extremely well job of placing great writing in those emotionally connecting moments making vast descriptions irrelevant.
The only thing about Boondocks that I will say I wasn’t a fan of what the turmoil. Without going into details, I think that Peeler glossed over some deep emotions that could have put this book over the top for me. I feel like there should have been more of a struggle, a hurt, pain brought to the surface between the differences in Chauna’s family and Walker’s. Just one more emotional notch or pain would have sent this book from a 4 star to a 5 for me. Even with that being said, I’m proud and excited for Peeler who took a chance at writing something a little different. I’d love to see her morph into the contemporary romance genre or even an older/college themed new adult genre and see her talent grow further. Boondocks is definitely a book that you want to pick up if you are looking for a small town romance with the new bad boy in town.
Watching her place her perfect lips on the side of Logan’s face made me cringe. I know I have no right to feel this way, but those two have something that I can’t quite understand, and I’m jealous. The question is, what do I do about it? As she walks toward me with a huge smile on her face, all my craziness evaporates into the evening sky.
“You ready?” she asks.
“As I’ll ever be,” I reply.
After swinging my leg over my bike, I pass Chauna a helmet, and we put them on together. As she swings her leg over, I hold still and wait for the moment she wraps her arms around me. I take a deep breath as she eases into me and rev the engine to life; all eyes are on us.
“Hold on tight,” I say, and she pulls herself even closer. We take the driveway slow, but when we hit the main road, I pull the throttle and we pick up speed as we make our way toward Sammy’s. As we approach the drive-in, I realize that Chauna is completely right; this place is nothing like it was earlier today. The Sammy’s Drive-In light is lit up like Christmas, and it reminds me of Flo’s Café in the movie Cars. There’s so much neon, and instead of cars, there are monster trucks everywhere. Pulling the bike in, we park, and I look to Chauna for direction as country music plays in the background.
“Welcome to Barber. Where the trucks are hot, but the girls are hotter,” she says with pure sexiness. In this moment, I know that this is just the beginning of an epic, new chapter in my life.
About the Author:
Casey Peeler grew up in North Carolina and still lives there with her husband and daughter.
Growing up Casey wasn't an avid reader or writer, but after reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston during her senior year of high school, and multiple Nicholas Sparks' novels, she found a hidden love and appreciation for reading. That love ignited the passion for writing several years later, and her writing style combines real life scenarios with morals and values teenagers need in their daily lives.
When Casey isn't writing, you can find her near a body of water listening to country music with a cold beverage and a great book.
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