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"I tried to think of something - anything - to calm my raging hard-on. One wrong move and Leah Mae would rub up against it and that was liable to kill me dead on the spot.”

Model turned disgraced reality TV starlet, Leah Mae Larkin, crash lands in her hometown of Bootleg Springs to lay low while a scandal threatens her career. She can’t shake the feeling that her agent - and supposed fiancé - manipulated her into the role of made-for-TV homewrecker. Connecting with her roots is just what she needs, and Bootleg Springs is home to her father, moonshine, and her childhood best friend, Jameson Bodine.

Only there’s nothing childlike about Jameson - a man who turns scrap metal into art and isn’t afraid to throw down on a rowdy Friday night with his brothers and hellcat sister. He might not say much, but still waters run deep. Seeing the ring on his crush’s finger? He doesn’t like it, but he can’t wish it away. No more than he can wish away the trouble his family is in, with evidence pointing to his late father in the cold case disappearance of Callie Kendall. 

Jameson and Leah Mae are just two friends reliving their summers together, blowing off steam, and having fun for the first time in a long time. But Leah Mae is realizing what’s really important in her life, and it isn’t what she thought. 

And sometimes steam turns into sparks - hot as molten steel - and friends aren’t just friends.

©2018 Claire Kingsley (P)2020 Claire Kingsley

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loving the audio book

5* Jameson & Leah Mae were best friends until her mum decided to divorce her dad and move away. The town can't believe she's returned for a visit to see her dad after his illness, everyone is pleased to see her. Her fiance Kelvin isn't so happy about the visit and the changes in Leah Mae. I loved how Jameson knew Elle Mae and recognised her light had gone from her eyes his determination to relight it was amazing. I loved how Elle Mae became herself again. Amazing authors and absolutely brilliant series. Loved the narrator's.

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  • Jessica R
  • 20-01-21

Jameson and Leah Mae

I thoroughly enjoyed listening this story of Jameson and Leah Mae coming alive. The narrators have done a wonderful job with this series. I can’t wait for the next book!

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  • Emily M
  • 12-01-21

Awesome series

This is at least my third time reading/listening to this book. I love it that much. The two narrators do an excellent job. It can be difficult doing accents, especially a southern one. This was the second installment of the series. This town is so funny it will keep you coming back for more. The worst thing is there are only going to be six in the series. This is Jameson’s story and it was so sweet how he fell for Leah Mae all those years ago. They appear to be opposites, but really aren’t that different after all. A great friends to lovers trope. Almost a second chance since they reconnected after years apart. If you are into Rom-Coms then try this series. It has a mystery interwoven in the series also so it can read almost as a romantic suspense. I think you will find a couple authors you will love.

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  • Reading_Junkie28
  • 10-01-21

Loved it!

Loved Leah Mae and Jameson’s love story. Two people who were at one point best friends. Losing touch over the years and finally reconnecting. I loved every moment that Jameson cherished Leah for who she is and not what the world saw her as. The audio was absolutely PERFECT! The narrators really brought the story to life!

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  • Sandy
  • 31-12-20

Love Bootleg Springs

I Read this book years ago but loved bootleg springs so I was excited about listening to it. I love the story line and the little town and the characters. The female narrator wasn't bad but her voice was like listening to a bedtime story. I kept waiting for her to become a little more upbeat, the way I pictured Leah Mae to be. I adore Jameson he has such a protective, loyal sweet heart. Great book like all of Claire Kingsley's books.

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  • Jennifer Bemis
  • 17-12-20

Jameson and Leah Mae...need I say more!!!

It has been a while since I read this book and using audio as my way of re-reading made me remember why I love this book (and the rest in the series). Stephen Dexter was absolute perfection throughout the entire book....especially at the food fight scene. I have never heard anything read by Natalie Duke before but I must say, she is very talented. Both of them are great at reading the opposite sex parts and Natalie covering all the various female characters....giving each one their own voice was fantastic. Leah Mae Larkin hasn't lived in Bootleg Springs since she was 16 years old when her mother forbid her from going back and visiting her father and not long after that she became a model and was traveling the world. Fast forward 12 years and she has returned to the place she grew up in. She has grown over the last 12 years and is just coming off of a stint on a reality show and is about to face some personal and professional road bumps. Jameson Bodine is a bit of a loner....he likes to be left alone and working on his art. He is in the middle of a potential family scandal and has rarely been seen around Bootleg Springs and wouldn't you know the one day he ventures into town he runs into his childhood crush, Leah Mae. He is so happy to see her and can't think of anything but her. Fate would have it that he will finally get his chance with her and he takes it. As Jameson and Leah grow closer together they realize they have always had feelings for each other. They both have to adjust to the way each others' lives were previously but they are able to make it work. Of course the town of Bootleg welcomes Leah back with open arms and these two get their HEA!

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  • Nicole Mullinax
  • 15-12-20

Bootleg Brought to Life!

The second book is even better than the first and that first kiss scene read aloud, HOT! I am so glad Stephen and Natalie did the series and how slightly different they do each character. Jameson is a the quiet artsy type that really keeps to himself, Leah Mae is in the spotlight as childhood friends they were very close but didn't act on any feelings. Once the disappearance happens Leah goes off with her mom and Jameson doesn't see Leah again until they are adults. Leah comes to Bootleg to help her daddy and kinda stay off the grid due to the reality show she is on and how they are portraying her. You can read or listen to this as a standalone but id go back to the first book of the series.

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  • Cecly Ann Mitchell
  • 15-12-20

Even better in audio

I loved this novel when I read it and I absolutely love it as an audio book. Jameson and Leah Mae's story. The narrators did an excellent job capturing the Bodines' and Jameson's personality and Leah Mae's confusion in her interactions with her 'movie-star' lifestyle and her life in Bootleg Springs. And Bootleg Justice is so much a thing.

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  • Mithila
  • 10-12-20

Buying a one way ticket to Bootleg Springs

My favorite thing about hearing this series for the first time are the narrators. When Stephen Dexter came through my headphones with that country twang - My. Heart. Melted. And I fell in love with Jameson Bodine all over again. Phenomenal work by him and Natalie Duke as well. This was a great book to read and it was even better to hear the characters come to life!!

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  • Tina Morris
  • 06-12-20

Amazing Love Story

one of the best books I have ever read narrators you're awesome. both narrators together told a great story I have listen to books with Steven Dexter before one of my favorites

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  • Renee R
  • 02-12-20

Bootleg Love

This audiobook is fantastic. I sometimes struggle because my mind can wander when a character's monologue isn't keeping me tuned in. But not this time. Stephen Dexter and Natalie Duke are the best pairing for this. They both make the characters feels real and unique. They don't get too heavy into the accents that it seems silly. Their dramatic narration just keeps you drawn in until the last line. I had already read this book in ebook form, but listening to it is so much better. Its almost like this book was written for reenactment. Absolutely listen to this book and all the books in the series.