Review: Jackson by LaQuette

Jackson
Sourcebooks Casablanca
2021
Pages: 360
Romantic Suspense
ARC

Aja Everett longs to turn her old family ranch into a place where anyone can find rest and healing. But her big heart’s bound to get her in trouble if she’s not careful—someone wants her gone, and they’ll do whatever it takes to drive her away from the land that’s her lifeblood. Whether she’s willing to admit it or not, she needs help.

She needs a man like Ranger Jackson Dean.

Jackson doesn’t trust love. He once made the mistake of following his heart and all he’d gotten was pain in return. But when city-slicking do-gooder Aja Everett asks for his help, he can’t stay away…and as attraction sizzles and protective instincts flare, she may be the only woman able to restore the heart of this Texas Ranger. (Goodreads synopsis)

Y’all there was so much that I loved about this book. Aside from the Black love, we have a full figured main character who embraces it and is portrayed as sexy and confident. Never did she say anything about how she wasn’t okay with her body. Also, the damaged hero was so sweet and gentlemanly and never disrespected her. The writing in this was so good and binge-able. I read the most of it over a day because I needed to know what was coming next. The angst of them pining for each other through the book was amazing. I just wanted them to get together already. And the sex scenes were steamy as hell.

There was some Black history seamlessly woven into the story and I really enjoyed the discussion on Black land ownership and generational wealth. There is a mystery/suspense in plot in the story and I thought it was well done. The book was well balanced with the romance and the suspense plot line. The resolution of the mystery was interesting and not too abrupt either.

One con is that it took me a minute to get a good visual of what our heroine looked like physically. I couldn’t get a good picture of her until about 30%. That’s a minor thing but I felt it worth noting.

Overall, I highly recommend Jackson and I can’t wait to see who the next books follow. I really want to read more from this author for sure.

*****Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the advanced reader copy in exchange for a free and honest review. The views expressed are my own.*****

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