Review: Texas Thunder by Kimberly Raye

Texas Thunder
Rebel Moonshine #1
Kimberly Raye
St. Martin's Paperbacks

Set deep in the heart of Texas, bestselling author Kimberly Raye's sizzling new series proves that men, women, and moonshine make one dangerous combination…


The most infamous moonshiners in Lone Star history, the Tuckers and the Sawyers have been feuding for over a hundred years. Sure, the days of buckshot and bloodshed are long gone, but it's not over yet. To save the family business, Callie Tucker has to find the recipe for the legendary Texas Thunder moonshine. But first she'll need to make a devil's bargain--with a red-hot hellraiser named Brett Sawyer.


A Sawyer through and through, Brett was raised to never trust a Tucker--especially one as pretty as Callie. But desperate times call for desperate measures. With his ranch going bankrupt, Brett agrees to help Callie find the recipe, sell the rights, and split the profits. Of course, it won't be easy for these two enemies to work together. But it's even harder to ignore the sparks of attraction--when just one kiss delivers a kick stronger than any swig of moonshine…

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My thoughts...

I was so happy to see that Kimberly Raye was once again writing contemporaries. I love her NASCAR series. It was so much fun. 

I will admit when I first started reading Texas Thunder I kept thinking to myself, this doesn't seem like the Raye's books I enjoyed. It was only after I read a few chapters that it dawned on me that it's been so long that I really can't remember the feel of her writing. The last book I read of hers was in 2011. 

A long time and many books ago. 

I knew I wouldn't enjoy it if I didn't stop trying to put it in a box with what I thought of her past books and judge her on the book I was reading now. Once I did that, I really started to enjoyed Texas Thunder. 

I enjoyed so many of the characters, and didn't like some of the others. You'll have to guess who I didn't like. Of course that means you'll also have to read the book to know. The idea isn't really new but that doesn't really matter, it was a good story. 

You'll really feel for Callie, she has put so much of her life on hold for so long. She really deserves to live for herself. 

I will admit it I usually find myself relating more for the hero then the heroine. Can't help it, guys are sexier. But this time it wasn't the case. It's not like I didn't like Brett. I just didn't really understand him. I couldn't really excuse his backstory. 

Through Callie's eyes I started to enjoy him. 

I'm so glad that Raye is back to writing the books I enjoy from her. I can't wait for the next one in the Rebel Moonshine Series. 

Have you every read Kimberly Raye? Did you read Texas Thunder? I'd love to hear your thoughts if you have. Happy reading! 


  1. Great thoughts on this one. I have been pretty curious about it, but now I really want to grab it up. I might just see if this author is at my local library.


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