Jessie McGee is on a mission. After
the death of her father, her vindictive stepmother sold away
a beloved slave to another plantation. Jessie and her
brother are on their way to try and get the slave’s new
owner to let them have her back. Along the way, Jessie and
her brother run into Cutter Raines and Billy Marlow, two men
who look like the bounty hunters they are. Jessie can’t
think about what they could do to her should they find out
what she really does for a living so right now her only
chance of keeping them out of her business is to get them to
help her with her mission. The only thing she has to pay
them with is her body. And that’s the easy part. The hard
part is trusting them because if there is one thing she
knows is that if anyone should find out that she is part of
the underground railroad her life could be null and void.
Evidently I am getting persnickety in
my old age because there is very little about Kentucky
Woman that I liked. The male leads were bounty
hunters which intrigued me – however, I found them somewhat
lecherous and smarmy; Billy especially. His portrayal of a
simpleton when the reader is first introduced to him just
made me cringe. Their characterizations were such that I
wasn’t attracted to either one of them and because of this,
I was turned off.
The plot and premise of Kentucky
Woman is a good one. I found the story intriguing
but I could not get past my dislike of the characters.
While I adore ménages, Kentucky Woman was not
the book for me. Amber Carlton however, will remain on my
list of authors to read. One book I didn’t enjoy is not
enough to make me lose faith in her talent.