Thanks to the publisher for the complimentary finished copy. All opinions provided are my own.
A Prohibition setting, an honorable hero, a small town where secrets & sin flourish but a sense of community exists too…Sandra Brown’s Blind Tiger is one of my fave books of hers (but please check out the CWs!).
The year is 1920, Laurel Plummer has recently lost her husband, & Thatcher Hutton is a veteran who’s stopped in her town to save some money so he can continue traveling to the place he lived before the war.
They first meet when Thatcher—fresh from jumping off a train—stops by the shack where’s she’s living. She gives him water & sends him on his way, though both are very reluctantly intrigued by the other.
Very soon after Thatcher is accused of murdering the local physician’s wife & as he seeks to prove his innocence he & Laurel continue to run into each other, the attraction between them growing even as the secrets between them do.
This is moonshine country during Prohibition & as always, Brown’s characters do not hold back their violence. Murders & corruption abound.
But Thatcher is willing to do what he can to bring an end to it, & Laurel is compellingly portrayed as someone who dips her toes into the less than legal moonshine enterprise in order to survive & finds herself eventually starting to sink under its weight.
Thatcher is soft & romantic compared to Brown’s other heroes & I love how he basically wears his heart on his sleeve when it comes to Laurel.
Blind Tiger is a page turner with moments of sweetness & viciousness & a setting I got excited about.
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