Blog Tour Stop including Review & Giveaway – Stranded by Jessica Frances



Title: Stranded

Series: In Midsummer #1

Author: Jessica Frances

Genre: M/M Mystery Romance

Release Date: May 29, 2020


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One small town. One hot sheriff. One night of passion. One massive cold shoulder. One murder. One suspect. One chance.

I’m furious when my car breaks down in the small, quiet town of Midsummer, Arkansas. Then I meet the incredibly hot town sheriff and hope that things might be looking up. Unfortunately, that encounter sours fast, leaving me ready to put this town in my rearview mirror. That won’t be easy though, since my car has left me stranded here. Now I’m trapped in a town that has nothing to offer me.

Or does it?

When an opportunity presents itself that could see me staying longer than expected, I begin to notice Midsummer’s charm. I start to wonder if maybe staying won’t be such a bad thing. Even the sheriff is beginning to thaw toward me.

That is until someone commits murder and I become the number one suspect.

Can I convince everyone I’m not the murderer? Or will the real killer walk free?





3 of 5 Stars

Hmmm…well I’m intrigued enough to want to read book two but just barely. I almost didn’t finish a couple of times. In the opening couple of scenes, the dialog and characters were a bit over the top. All the characters seem a bit over the top honestly but a couple of them are likeable enough to have me sticking around for the next one. That will determine the fate of the series for me.

Sheriff A$$hole and Deputy D!ckhead were apt descriptions. The deputy’s character was way over the top. He clearly wants a relationship with Rocky even though he was messing around with someone else. Is that the reason he was such a douche? It seemed like a bit much…especially how much he insulted the sheriff.

The jury is still out for me on Rocky. The way he treated Conner the first time they met, what he accused him of, the subsequent lack of a sufficient apology, and how he expected Conner to just want a no-strings arrangement AFTER treating him like crap just didn’t work for me. Stressful job, past hurt, and protection of River notwithstanding, he was a big jerk and not likeable. I’m kind of pulling for Henry.

The whodunit…I suppose it was believable as I’m learning anything is possible these days, but it was a little hard to swallow.

Love (yes that’s her name) is another character that’s over the top but she was amiable and didn’t piss me off so much as just needed to take a breath occasionally.

If this turns into a triangle, I’m out. If the deputy doesn’t go away or get better, I’m out. If Rocky doesn’t become nicer (or act like a decent human being), I’m out.



Author Bio

Born and raised in South Australia, Jessica spends her days working in a bakery, afternoons catching up on lost sleep, and nights reading and writing. Writing has always been a passion of hers, however it wasn’t until recently that she decided to put pen to paper and make things official.

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