"Sweet Romance with a Mystery to Solve"

Mike McCulloch owns the local newspaper, the Bailee Bugle. He's a man who has lived in the shadow of his older brother, who was the football star and the War hero. Even though his brother is gone and he knows his brother's secret, he cannot shake the legend his brother has left behind. The only bright spot in his life is his niece, Morgan who he has raised since his brother and his wife died in a tragic accident. Mike is a man that does what needs to be done regardless if it is what he wants to do. His life is passing him by until Pepper Malone waltzes into his office, breathing fresh air into his lungs, reviving him to take notice of other possibilities.

Pepper Malone is a big time reporter but got caught sleeping with the story. It wasn't intentional, but the result was the same. With her reputation in shambles she runs away to Bailee to check out an inheritance left to her by her aunt. Only her aunt isn't dead, but decides to stay in the small town for a while anyway. She applies for the job at the Bailee Bugle. She begins to realize how caring the town is and how much Mike has given up. She finds herself attracted to the mismatched-clothed Mike. To her surprise she becomes friends with him, a first in her book to befriend a man. She never let her guard down with a man. She always had one foot out the door, but Mike may be the one to stop her from running.

Not all is peaceful in the small town of Bailee. There is someone attacking the newspaper, putting all who work there in jeopardy. Mike is determined to find out who it is before he loses all that matters to him.

I loved the characters of this story. They're all interesting with a bit of back history to shape them. Mike and Pepper, despite their differences, they are good for each other. Mike is grounded and offers a place to call home, something Pepper craves. Pepper is a free spirit, breathing life back into Mike who forgot how to live. The secondary characters are wonderful, too. Lorie, the owner of the bakery cares about everyone in the town as if it is her responsibility to take care of them. I also like Heath, Lorie's ex-husband who is still in love with her. Their sweet story is endearing.

Ms. Thomas knows how to weave a tale with touching characters you want to know. The mystery unfolds, while your rack your brain trying to think who the culprit can be. If you're looking for a sweet sensual romance and a mystery of who-done-it, this story is not to be missed.

Karen Michelle Nutt, author

Reviewed by Karen Michelle Nutt
Posted April 25, 2009



Reporter Pepper Malone moved to Bailee, Texas, after a news story nearly got her killed. Now she wants to be left alone to do her job in relative peace and quiet. But when the newspaper’s staff is targeted by a madman with a grudge against the media, Pepper is drawn back into the public eye—and into the arms of the paper’s handsome owner.

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense


Rewriting Monday
by Jodi Thomas

Berkley Pub Group
April 1, 2009
Available: April 7, 2009
ISBN #0425226948
EAN #9780425226940
352 pages
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