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A hookup turned lethal. A spurned, angry cowboy. Can rebel Maggie turn the tables before a killer adds her to the list of lost causes? "Hutchins’ Maggie is an irresistible train wreck—you can’t help but turn the page to see what trouble she’ll get herself into next." Robert Dugoni, #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of My Sister's Grave Washed-up alt-country-rocker-turned-junk A hookup turned lethal. A spurned, angry cowboy. Can rebel Maggie turn the tables before a killer adds her to the list of lost causes? "Hutchins’ Maggie is an irresistible train wreck—you can’t help but turn the page to see what trouble she’ll get herself into next." Robert Dugoni, #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of My Sister's Grave Washed-up alt-country-rocker-turned-junker Maggie Killian is pulled to Wyoming by an irresistible force . . . former bull rider Hank Sibley, the man who broke her heart fifteen years before. When she unexpectedly meets his Sunday school-teaching-girlfriend at a saloon, Maggie seeks liquor-fueled oblivion between the sheets of a younger man’s bed. But after her beloved vintage truck breaks down and leaves her stranded in the Cowboy State, she learns her hookup died minutes after leaving their rendezvous. Suddenly surrounded by men with questionable motives, Maggie searches for the murderer while fighting the electricity between herself and her old beau and her new penchant for local whiskey.When the police zero in on Maggie despite a disturbing series of break-ins at her guest cabin, she realizes she’s got no one to rely on but herself. To keep herself happily in bars instead of behind them, she must stop the killer before the cops realize the man she really suspects is a jealous, angry Hank.Live Wire is the first standalone book in a trilogy featuring sharp-tongued protagonist Maggie Killian from the addictive What Doesn’t Kill You romantic mystery series. If you like nerve-racking suspense, electric characters and relationships, and juicy plot twists, then you’ll love USA Today best seller Pamela Fagan Hutchins’ Silver Falchion award-winning series. ˃˃˃ See why Pamela wins contests and makes best seller lists. USA Today Best Seller #1 Amazon Best Seller Top 50 Amazon Romantic Suspense and Mystery Author Silver Falchion for Best Adult Mystery USA Best Book Awards Cross-Genre Fiction Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, Romance, Quarter-finalist ˃˃˃ Once Upon A Romance calls Hutchins an "up-and-coming powerhouse writer." If you like Sandra Brown or Janet Evanovich, you will love Pamela Fagan Hutchins. A former attorney and native Texan, Pamela splits her time between Nowheresville, Texas and the frozen north of Snowheresville, Wyoming. ˃˃˃ The reviews are in, and they're good. Very, very good. "Murder has never been so much fun."—Christie Craig, New York Times bestseller"Maggie's gonna break your heart—one way or another." — Tara Scheyer, Grammy-nominated musician, Long-Distance Sisters Book Club"Hutchins nails that Wyoming scenery and captures the atmosphere of the people there." — Ken Oder, author of The Judas Murders"You’re guaranteed to love the ride!" — Kay Kendall, Silver Falchion Best Mystery Winner ˃˃˃ Catch more adventures with Maggie and her friends in the What Doesn't Kill You world. Scroll up and grab your copy of Live Wire today.


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A hookup turned lethal. A spurned, angry cowboy. Can rebel Maggie turn the tables before a killer adds her to the list of lost causes? "Hutchins’ Maggie is an irresistible train wreck—you can’t help but turn the page to see what trouble she’ll get herself into next." Robert Dugoni, #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of My Sister's Grave Washed-up alt-country-rocker-turned-junk A hookup turned lethal. A spurned, angry cowboy. Can rebel Maggie turn the tables before a killer adds her to the list of lost causes? "Hutchins’ Maggie is an irresistible train wreck—you can’t help but turn the page to see what trouble she’ll get herself into next." Robert Dugoni, #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of My Sister's Grave Washed-up alt-country-rocker-turned-junker Maggie Killian is pulled to Wyoming by an irresistible force . . . former bull rider Hank Sibley, the man who broke her heart fifteen years before. When she unexpectedly meets his Sunday school-teaching-girlfriend at a saloon, Maggie seeks liquor-fueled oblivion between the sheets of a younger man’s bed. But after her beloved vintage truck breaks down and leaves her stranded in the Cowboy State, she learns her hookup died minutes after leaving their rendezvous. Suddenly surrounded by men with questionable motives, Maggie searches for the murderer while fighting the electricity between herself and her old beau and her new penchant for local whiskey.When the police zero in on Maggie despite a disturbing series of break-ins at her guest cabin, she realizes she’s got no one to rely on but herself. To keep herself happily in bars instead of behind them, she must stop the killer before the cops realize the man she really suspects is a jealous, angry Hank.Live Wire is the first standalone book in a trilogy featuring sharp-tongued protagonist Maggie Killian from the addictive What Doesn’t Kill You romantic mystery series. If you like nerve-racking suspense, electric characters and relationships, and juicy plot twists, then you’ll love USA Today best seller Pamela Fagan Hutchins’ Silver Falchion award-winning series. ˃˃˃ See why Pamela wins contests and makes best seller lists. USA Today Best Seller #1 Amazon Best Seller Top 50 Amazon Romantic Suspense and Mystery Author Silver Falchion for Best Adult Mystery USA Best Book Awards Cross-Genre Fiction Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, Romance, Quarter-finalist ˃˃˃ Once Upon A Romance calls Hutchins an "up-and-coming powerhouse writer." If you like Sandra Brown or Janet Evanovich, you will love Pamela Fagan Hutchins. A former attorney and native Texan, Pamela splits her time between Nowheresville, Texas and the frozen north of Snowheresville, Wyoming. ˃˃˃ The reviews are in, and they're good. Very, very good. "Murder has never been so much fun."—Christie Craig, New York Times bestseller"Maggie's gonna break your heart—one way or another." — Tara Scheyer, Grammy-nominated musician, Long-Distance Sisters Book Club"Hutchins nails that Wyoming scenery and captures the atmosphere of the people there." — Ken Oder, author of The Judas Murders"You’re guaranteed to love the ride!" — Kay Kendall, Silver Falchion Best Mystery Winner ˃˃˃ Catch more adventures with Maggie and her friends in the What Doesn't Kill You world. Scroll up and grab your copy of Live Wire today.

30 review for Live Wire

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kristine Hall

    How do I love thee, LIVE WIRE? Let me count the ways. Honestly, if I were to list everything that author Pamela Fagan Hutchins nailed in writing this book, I’d run out of virtual ink. The bottom line is that it feels real -- the people, the places, the events that take place – all of it is just wacky enough to feel authentic. And I hate, hate that I finished the last page knowing that LIVE WIRE’s cast of characters are out there doing their thing, and I no longer have a spying eye on them. I nee How do I love thee, LIVE WIRE? Let me count the ways. Honestly, if I were to list everything that author Pamela Fagan Hutchins nailed in writing this book, I’d run out of virtual ink. The bottom line is that it feels real -- the people, the places, the events that take place – all of it is just wacky enough to feel authentic. And I hate, hate that I finished the last page knowing that LIVE WIRE’s cast of characters are out there doing their thing, and I no longer have a spying eye on them. I need the next Maggie book NOW. “Maggie is about as useful as teats on a boar hog.” Main character Maggie Killian is flawed and fabulous. To be perfectly accurate in my description, I should add another f-word in front of those adjectives, and then you have a better picture of her. Maggie is rough around the edges, but she owns it and accepts herself as she is, even if she doesn’t necessarily forgive herself for it. She’s driven and industrious, but no matter how she tries to make her life less complicated, it seems each decision ends up creating kinks – and chinks in her armor. Can you say complex character? (Side note: Maggie likes to use the f-bombs and some pretty creative derivatives, and it works. But if you’re sensitive about that, be warned.) “Where I come from, ma’am is respectful.” “Where I come from, it means you’re old.” While Maggie and her quips and actions maketh LIVE WIRE, the supporting cast woven into the intricate plot are what keep readers glued to the story. Murder, juicy gossip, drama, and holy cow, food. Readers should be sure to have a snack handy because the descriptions of the mouth-watering meals will have stomachs grumbling. And a good meal isn’t the only thing readers will crave as they wrap-up the book: they’ll be craving more Maggie. Hutchins leads readers blindly along, and the last quarter of the story keeps ratcheting-up in intensity. LIVE WIRE is truly electric! But don’t get comfortable when it seems resolution is within reach – it isn’t. Remember, Maggie and her life are complicated, and the twists and turns and gut-punches in LIVE WIRE will leave you howling “Nooooooooooo!” as the book ends. Happily, the next installment of the Maggie series, SICK PUPPY, comes out in a month or so, but while you’re waiting, I recommend jumping in pretty much anywhere in the What Doesn’t Kill You series. The other sets of books center around Katie & Annalise, Michele, Emily, and Ava, and each set stands alone though the characters pop-up in the other books. (You’ll find Michele in LIVE WIRE.) I would be remiss if I didn’t note the excellent editing and proofreading job that allowed me to focus on the story and not the syntax. Thank you. And thank you to the author and Lone Star Literary Life for providing me a free eBook in exchange for my honest opinion – the only kind I give. This full review and more special features on Hall Ways Blog.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sydney Young

    There is something about Maggie that struck a chord with me (and not just because she's an ex-singing star). She's old enough that she knows exactly who she is and what she wants--even if she can still really misread the signs. She's had some real curve balls in life, has some real scars, but is still standing, and tough as steel-toed boots. She's edgy and she makes mistakes (boy does she), but she makes no excuses for them, just carries on. And a dog loves her, which means she must be a good pe There is something about Maggie that struck a chord with me (and not just because she's an ex-singing star). She's old enough that she knows exactly who she is and what she wants--even if she can still really misread the signs. She's had some real curve balls in life, has some real scars, but is still standing, and tough as steel-toed boots. She's edgy and she makes mistakes (boy does she), but she makes no excuses for them, just carries on. And a dog loves her, which means she must be a good person at heart, despite the mistakes and the somewhat thick skin. See how I'm talking about her like she's real? Like she's Holly Hunter's next-starring-role-real? (Seriously, the dialogue was a dead ringer, pitch perfect). Or like many women my age I know? (Or like me?) That's because Hutchins wrote her so true. Maggie is layered and likeable and I'm rooting for her like she's a best friend. I also love the setting. Maggie, a Texas girl through-and-through, has followed her heart up to Wyoming where the rugged men just keep showing up. And danger. And cow dogs and horses. Its very obvious that Hutchins knows her setting as well as she knows how to deliver a story and characters that stay with you. I also loved the small jam sessions. My only complaint (besides the cliffhanger ending that left me smiling), was that I didn't really get to know Hank. But here's hoping that I'll get that opportunity in the future when I read the next books. If you like a story with a strong female lead (a bit of a rebel female lead), in a gorgeous setting, with a nice mystery and romance to it, this one's for you. Don't be afraid to jump in despite the fact that it has grown out of the overall series, it definitely stands on its own. Oh and, you won't be able to put it down. Thank you Pamela for sending me the ebook in exchange for this honest review. I was a fan of your writing before, but now I'm positively groupie status. And thanks for Maggie, she made me smile!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

    Thank you so much to Skipjack Publishing, Pamela Fagan Hutchins, and Lone Star Book Blog Tours for providing me with a free advanced ecopy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. A live wire by definition is “an energetic and unpredictable person.” And guys, I’m thrilled to report that Pamela Fagan Hutchins’ newest novel — and heroine — certainly fits the bill. This western mystery delivered authentic characters and story lines that blended seamlessly into one nonstop thrillfest that kep Thank you so much to Skipjack Publishing, Pamela Fagan Hutchins, and Lone Star Book Blog Tours for providing me with a free advanced ecopy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. A live wire by definition is “an energetic and unpredictable person.” And guys, I’m thrilled to report that Pamela Fagan Hutchins’ newest novel — and heroine — certainly fits the bill. This western mystery delivered authentic characters and story lines that blended seamlessly into one nonstop thrillfest that kept the pages turning long after bedtime. Set in the idyllic small towns of Wyoming, Live Wire quickly introduces readers to Maggie, a former country music star who’s fallen on some pretty hard times. But her curse-filled snark, whiskey-fueled confidence, and hell-or-high-water determination prove she’s more diva in denim than damsel in distress. Maggie’s wit and humor flow from the pages, but our seemingly care-free lead has her limits. And when she inadvertently finds herself at the center of a murder investigation she knows she’s got to saddle up and get serious before her life — and love interest — are over. Now obviously I can’t tell you whether Maggie’s endeavors are successful or not, but I can tell you LIVE WIRE is an electrifying ride that delivers through the final page. And I mean the final page! Seriously guys that ending?? I’m going to need book 2 delivered to my Kindle ASAP! Jokes aside, it’s clear Hutchins knows how to craft genuine scenes, dialogue, and intrigue that get readers dialed into characters and their plights. Even in low-intensity passages like the fun and flirty encounters in bars or the atmospheric romps around the Double S, there’s a clear motive to the madness that’s sure to make itself known by the concluding chapter. With a cast of characters that felt real and tangible and more twists and turns than I initially anticipated, Live Wire is an adrenaline-filled thriller that is truly worthy of your time.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ken Oder

    I was crazy about all the previous books in the What Doesn’t Kill You series, but Live Wire registers off the charts. The new protagonist, Maggie, and the new location, Wyoming, are a mesmerizing combination. Maggie has been through a lot. She’s come to a point in her life where she knows what she wants. She goes to Wyoming to get it, but her past, a murdered one-night-stand, and a rival stand in her way. A riveting murder mystery entwined with romance and the pursuit of redemption, Live Wire mo I was crazy about all the previous books in the What Doesn’t Kill You series, but Live Wire registers off the charts. The new protagonist, Maggie, and the new location, Wyoming, are a mesmerizing combination. Maggie has been through a lot. She’s come to a point in her life where she knows what she wants. She goes to Wyoming to get it, but her past, a murdered one-night-stand, and a rival stand in her way. A riveting murder mystery entwined with romance and the pursuit of redemption, Live Wire more than lives up to its name.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    "Welcome to Wyoming. Consider everyone armed." If you live in Texas or like all things Texas, you'll want to read this book because Wyoming is Texas in the North.  I found myself laughing throughout the whole book whether it was Maggie's antics or the references to Wyoming and its citizens because I swear they are just like Texans. "Wyoming is an eat what you kill state." While the wildlife might be more plentiful in Wyoming since they have fewer residents, Texans do love to hunt and eat what they "Welcome to Wyoming. Consider everyone armed." If you live in Texas or like all things Texas, you'll want to read this book because Wyoming is Texas in the North.  I found myself laughing throughout the whole book whether it was Maggie's antics or the references to Wyoming and its citizens because I swear they are just like Texans. "Wyoming is an eat what you kill state." While the wildlife might be more plentiful in Wyoming since they have fewer residents, Texans do love to hunt and eat what they kill...whether it is a deer or a squirrel, so this line resonated with me because of the people I know and their love for hunting. "Revenge sex only makes her feel better until it's over." Maggie is caught in a whirlwind now knowing what she wants or thinking she might know what she wants (aka Hank) but does he want her?  And will having a one-nighter with someone else be in her favor or not?  Sadly, this time it ended in murder.  So not sure it was worthwhile. "The sun is rising. Red. Orange. Yellow. Pink. Sedimentary layers of flame glow above the dirt and rock, like a Technicolor stage set." It's descriptions like these that paint a picture of Wyoming, the towns and the people that make me want to visit (maybe not move there) and capture these images for myself.  We have some spectacular sunrises in Texas too. "Riding Lily sounds Zen. Or as close as she can get to it, with her life like a swarm of mosquitos in a bug zapper." Lily is a horse (if you couldn't figure that out) and a pregnant mare at that!  I loved all of the interactions between Maggie and Lily and felt that a bond was forged over cookies....after all, what woman doesn't enjoy a good cookie, even if she is a horse? I have to admit this is the first book by this author that I have read but it will not be the last.  Each page pulled me further into the story, rooting for Maggie and hoping she would get together with Hank again, wondering who killed Chet and is causing other problems, and wondering will Maggie want to stay in Wyoming or return home to Texas.  I love when there is a mystery embedded in the story (who killed Chet) and is with most mysteries, the small town sheriff wants to point the finger at Maggie which forces Maggie to investigate the crime.  We all know how this is going to end - Maggie will put together enough clues, give it to the sheriff and they will arrest the killer.  Now what I'm not telling you is that the killer is someone I NEVER suspected!  Heavens!  The killer was hiding in plain sight and kudos to you if you figure it out before they are revealed. The interaction between Hank and Maggies is riveting.  There are times where I thought they might get back together, times when I was surprised Maggie was still in Wyoming, and times when I wondered if either of them would get on the same page.  Since there are two more stories in this series about Maggie, I have to suspect that it is a possibility but with certain events near the end of this book, I do wonder if I am right or wrong. Run (don't walk) to your nearest bookseller and grab a copy of this book or even all of the books she has written, I don't think you will be disappointed. We give this 5 paws up and will be reading some of her other books that I already have on my Kindle!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Z at That's What She's Reading

    I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review. If I could compose a song to sing my praises for this story, I would! But I'm not that talented nor do I have that kind of time. While she isn't a big fan of new country, I pick up a lot of Miranda Lambert vibes, so I hope Maggie doesn't mind :-) "Mother, sister, lover, friend, artist, wild child, daughter. When it suited her, she could play a role - and fill a tip jar." Maggie is a force to be reckoned with a I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review. If I could compose a song to sing my praises for this story, I would! But I'm not that talented nor do I have that kind of time. While she isn't a big fan of new country, I pick up a lot of Miranda Lambert vibes, so I hope Maggie doesn't mind :-) "Mother, sister, lover, friend, artist, wild child, daughter. When it suited her, she could play a role - and fill a tip jar." Maggie is a force to be reckoned with and truly a live wire! Just like she could find herself a little too inebriated at times, I too became intoxicated by the mesmerizing energy that is the main character. In fact, the pages are often too small to contain Maggie's personality! A former songstress full of spunk and sass, she wears her heart of gold right on her sleeve. She's incredibly flawed, completely fascinating, and owns every bit of her dynamic and charismatic presence. She is an absolute spitfire that I look forward to spending more time with as the series continues. And thank goodness it does! You'll definitely want more by the end, which I must say masterfully showcases the author's storytelling abilities, crafting poetically stunning imagery as we fade to black. Though everything is all Maggie all the time, the secondary cast of characters adds layers to the tension, packs on the twists and turns, and tugs on the heartstrings. Maggie's passion is also completely contagious and consuming, which definitely adds to the heartbeat of any place she finds herself. Her efforts to reclaim Hank's love stir up more than emotions as mayhem and murder ensue, while her attempts to steer suspicion away from herself only ends up creating more problems. But it's in these moments that her resourcefulness and ingenuity truly shine. She's one heck of a character that makes it hard not to support even if you only want to shake her sometimes! "The mountains are a dark silhouette against the edge of a brilliant sunset over their peaks." Though I'm a firm believer that the beauty of the Texas landscape is unparalleled, the author does an amazing job of convincing me that Wyoming and Texas might possibly be more than just ideological sister states. Her ability to capture the setting of this small town in such amazing detail is extremely captivating and worthy of adding the state to my bucket list of travel destinations. Overall, this was a fun and charming read that I look forward to continuing simply to see where Maggie takes us next and what shenanigans she'll most certainly end up finding herself a part of! Thank you to the author and Lone Star Literary Life for providing me a free eBook in exchange for my honest and thoughtful opinion. This review and more special features can be found on That's What She's Reading blog.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christena

    Live Wire – My Review "Louise noses her hand. The dog is like an emotional barometer. Maggie strokes her floppy ears. “I should have never left Texas. Everything’s broke. My piggy bank, my heart, and my truck.” WHAT? You can’t leave me hanging like this, Pamela? That is the gift of bringing readers back… That’s exactly how I felt after reading the last few sentences of Live Wire. What a bronc ride of a story! I’ll gladly add the next book to my MUST be READ list to find out where this story goes! Pam Live Wire – My Review "Louise noses her hand. The dog is like an emotional barometer. Maggie strokes her floppy ears. “I should have never left Texas. Everything’s broke. My piggy bank, my heart, and my truck.” WHAT? You can’t leave me hanging like this, Pamela? That is the gift of bringing readers back… That’s exactly how I felt after reading the last few sentences of Live Wire. What a bronc ride of a story! I’ll gladly add the next book to my MUST be READ list to find out where this story goes! Pamela Hutchins shaped Live Wire so well that I never lost interest due to the twists and turns of the main characters with the murders intermingled carrying the story. Trust me when I say I was not expecting the first murder. It literally came out of the blue. I immediately connected to this is a story because it’s a story where most of us have been with a former love interest. And, honestly, how many of us would raise our hand if there have been times in our lives that we simply don’t feel like adulting? Maggie’s character is down to earth relatable in many ways from her self-doubt to her taking the bull by the horns to clear her own name in a murder investigation. Of course, there is a dog named, Louise who looks quite odd by its short legs, that latches onto Maggie quickly and never let’s go. Thankfully, Maggie recognized that Louise had become her dog and did not leave her behind. Finally, someone explains the mystery of the hands high measurement of a horse in a way that I’ll remember. I’ll always wonder if Pamela loves Russian olive trees as much as I do? Their fragrance is one of nature’s scents that should be bottled. "She breathes in the scent of the Russian olive trees wafting up from the creek one last time—the invaders on their way out, like her—and savors the fingers of wind in her unruly hair. When no one and nothing stops her, she reaches in the half-open window and ruffles Louise’s ears. “It’s just you and me now, Fucker.” It’s not often I openly state I love, love a book. This is one book I love and that I wish I had had physically in my hand to have enjoyed the story all the more. I do look forward to reading the continued story of these characters. Hopefully, nothing will happen to Louise! Woof!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ruthie Jones

    A sign of a great first book in a trilogy is when the reader gets to the end and shouts, "You can't end it like this!" Good thing book two is just around the corner. It is clear from the very first page that Maggie Killian, a faded music sensation, is broken and insecure yet filled to the brim with more than her fair share of bravado and determination. While Maggie lives in Texas, she spends all her time in this first book in Wyoming, desperately chasing the one man she truly loves, even though s A sign of a great first book in a trilogy is when the reader gets to the end and shouts, "You can't end it like this!" Good thing book two is just around the corner. It is clear from the very first page that Maggie Killian, a faded music sensation, is broken and insecure yet filled to the brim with more than her fair share of bravado and determination. While Maggie lives in Texas, she spends all her time in this first book in Wyoming, desperately chasing the one man she truly loves, even though she has probably royally ruined her chances (more than once, if we're being honest) of ever winning him back. The action in Live Wire goes from zero to sixty in less than a hot minute, so hang on! As the main character, Maggie is easy to like, even with all her many faults. She certainly does nothing half way, including swearing, drinking, flirting (and oh so much more), and rubbing people the wrong way. But she has redeemable traits, too. Maggie is a mess, but she has a good heart (mostly), and she's vulnerable, even though she'll probably call you a liar if you tell that to her face. Maggie's magnetism draws both people and animals to her like honey bees, and her off-the-chart charisma is the virtual heartbeat of Live Wire. The characters; plot; and action-packed conflict, including murder and a whole lot of mayhem, all revolve around Maggie Killian and drive the story forward at a supersonic speed. Pamela Fagan Hutchins is a fantastic storyteller. Her characters jump off the page with an abundance of attitude and personality, and the plot is witty, interesting, and full of both tension and several sweet moments. The overall mystery is intriguing and hard to guess because more than one person has a motive for murder and is sending off guilty vibes. Don't be surprised if you find yourself charging through Live Wire like a house on fire because it is that engaging and that absorbing. When you finish Live Wire and want more (and you will want more), check out the other books in the What Doesn't Kill You series, featuring Maggie Killian and other memorable characters.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jay Williams

    I got a copy of this book as a first in series freebie. I have loved every other book by this author that I have read. This book took some getting used to. Maggie is not a sympathetic character, and her men friends are pretty much the same with one exception, Gene. He was the only character I could relate to. The story was interesting as a murder mystery, and the environment was very special, including Maggie's ancient truck. Maggie's luck is all bad, and it didn't improve any by the end of the I got a copy of this book as a first in series freebie. I have loved every other book by this author that I have read. This book took some getting used to. Maggie is not a sympathetic character, and her men friends are pretty much the same with one exception, Gene. He was the only character I could relate to. The story was interesting as a murder mystery, and the environment was very special, including Maggie's ancient truck. Maggie's luck is all bad, and it didn't improve any by the end of the story. I enjoyed the read, but probably won't be looking for more about Maggie.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mack Little

    Maggie was not a character I was prepared to like. She is brash and bound to cause trouble for herself and others. You can see her mistakes coming a mile away. But she won me over. I found myself rooting for Maggie. I turned the pages eagerly to see if she and Hank could overcome the past and to get to the bottom of the murder mystery. Hutchins has a deft hand in quickly and solidly developing characters. The plot is clever and unpredictable, making "Live Wire" hard to set down. Artful and enter Maggie was not a character I was prepared to like. She is brash and bound to cause trouble for herself and others. You can see her mistakes coming a mile away. But she won me over. I found myself rooting for Maggie. I turned the pages eagerly to see if she and Hank could overcome the past and to get to the bottom of the murder mystery. Hutchins has a deft hand in quickly and solidly developing characters. The plot is clever and unpredictable, making "Live Wire" hard to set down. Artful and entertaining, "Live Wire" is a must if you enjoy mystery romance novels.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    A pretty good book for its genre, sort of mystery/romance. Maggie is a tough woman character with many facets.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Caren

    After reading the Maggie novella, Buckle Bunny (part of Love Under Fire set), I was hooked on Maggie! I've been a fan of PFH ever since I read Saving Grace, and I'll admit that I don't like all of her female leads - but I loved reading about Maggie. I wanted to learn what happened after Buckle Bunny, and while I didn't like the big time gap between stories (there's a lot more that I want to know), I thoroughly enjoyed the story. I laughed, I cried, I rooted for some characters, and disliked othe After reading the Maggie novella, Buckle Bunny (part of Love Under Fire set), I was hooked on Maggie! I've been a fan of PFH ever since I read Saving Grace, and I'll admit that I don't like all of her female leads - but I loved reading about Maggie. I wanted to learn what happened after Buckle Bunny, and while I didn't like the big time gap between stories (there's a lot more that I want to know), I thoroughly enjoyed the story. I laughed, I cried, I rooted for some characters, and disliked others. Maggie is flawed, but oh-so-very human. Can't wait to see where her story goes!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    Eh, I'm torn on this one. The story kept me interested (although it almost lost me at the beginning). It was a little crass though and there were occasional cutesy country sayings in it. The one that stuck with me the most was "she was as useless as teats on a boar hog." I'm assuming maybe a boar hog implies the male of the species? Not sure. So overall the story didn't stink but I won't be seeking out more of these. Eh, I'm torn on this one. The story kept me interested (although it almost lost me at the beginning). It was a little crass though and there were occasional cutesy country sayings in it. The one that stuck with me the most was "she was as useless as teats on a boar hog." I'm assuming maybe a boar hog implies the male of the species? Not sure. So overall the story didn't stink but I won't be seeking out more of these.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jim B.

    The saying is “Be careful for what you ask for; you may get it” or something like that. Maggie has not quite asked for it, but she is most certainly reaching for it. It being Hank, a former rodeo star and successful stock breeder that she has had an off and on - mostly off relationship - for fifteen years. Her efforts stir up a hornet‘s nest with bodies falling here and there and the police make her the number one suspect. To free herself from suspicion she must take things into her own hands. H The saying is “Be careful for what you ask for; you may get it” or something like that. Maggie has not quite asked for it, but she is most certainly reaching for it. It being Hank, a former rodeo star and successful stock breeder that she has had an off and on - mostly off relationship - for fifteen years. Her efforts stir up a hornet‘s nest with bodies falling here and there and the police make her the number one suspect. To free herself from suspicion she must take things into her own hands. Her efforts seem to cause her even more problems. It’s a good thing she has friends to help her. Read the book to see if Maggie gets what she wants.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dana Wood

    A washed out 40 yr old woman still acting like a slutty 20 yr old frat girl who is obsessed over a guy and drives across country to just say hi ( can we say psychotic?). Gets rejected, proceeds to get hammered and sleep with the next guy who flirts with her who ends up getting murdered the next day. She is a hot mess with no morals and I would not want her anywhere near me. Hated this character. She was manipulative and a liar. And plain white trash. Kinda wish she did kill the guy and go to pri A washed out 40 yr old woman still acting like a slutty 20 yr old frat girl who is obsessed over a guy and drives across country to just say hi ( can we say psychotic?). Gets rejected, proceeds to get hammered and sleep with the next guy who flirts with her who ends up getting murdered the next day. She is a hot mess with no morals and I would not want her anywhere near me. Hated this character. She was manipulative and a liar. And plain white trash. Kinda wish she did kill the guy and go to prison. Would have been a better ending.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Well Read

    This is my first book by Pamela Fagan Hutchins, and I enjoyed getting to experience a new author's writing. Live Wire is a continuation of her "What Doesn't Kill You" series, and though some references are made to previous characters and situations, Live Wire, for the most part, can be read as a stand-alone mystery. Maggie is a washed-up musician, turned junk picker who is travelling in Wyoming on her way back to her home state of Texas. Her travels have an ulterior motive, though, as she is sor This is my first book by Pamela Fagan Hutchins, and I enjoyed getting to experience a new author's writing. Live Wire is a continuation of her "What Doesn't Kill You" series, and though some references are made to previous characters and situations, Live Wire, for the most part, can be read as a stand-alone mystery. Maggie is a washed-up musician, turned junk picker who is travelling in Wyoming on her way back to her home state of Texas. Her travels have an ulterior motive, though, as she is sort of stalking a former lover, Hank. When she finds out that he is in a new relationship (even though the last time they were together she told him to take a hike), her jealousy leads to to an unfortunate one-night-stand with someone she picks up in a bar. Imagine her shock when said one-night-stand ends up with a bashed-in skull in the hotel parking lot after the encounter! Instead of facing the music, so to speak, and admitting she was with the victim the night of his murder, Maggie hides out on a ranch with a group of quirky characters who were some of my favorites in the book. Maggie investigates the murder on her own, and there will be more than one dead body before she finds out the who and the why of this mystery. Maggie Killian is a very unique character, one I didn't necessarily like all that much at first, but one I could appreciate as well-drawn and distinct, with so much personality that I talked to her a bit while I was reading the book! Mainly, things like, "that's fairly immature and selfish, Maggie;" but I recognized the very human emotions that she was experiencing, and could relate to her in that aspect. Normally I feel that using profanity as character-development is lazy on an author's part, but the language does seem to fit with the rest of who Maggie Killian is, in all her complexity as a character. But if you don't care for f-bombs, just be warned there are a number of them in this novel. The title "Live Wire" is an appropriate moniker for the main character - dangerous to be around, and better to be avoided at all costs. Maggie wants what she wants, but recognizes that she often leaves disaster in her wake. She says near the end of the book: "I am a dangerous person. I hurt everyone;" but ultimately she makes a sacrificial decision that goes against her normal nature. I find myself wanting to know what will happen next in her life. The pace of the narrative is smooth and there is a welcome lack of editing issues to deal with, which is always a pleasure in a reading experience. I can see recommending this book to someone who who enjoys unique characters and realistic dialogue with their mysteries. There are also two more books in the "Maggie" series coming, so readers will be able to see what she is up to next. Look for Sick Puppy coming next month.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Well Read

    This is my first book by Pamela Fagan Hutchins, and I enjoyed getting to experience a new author's writing. Live Wire is a continuation of her "What Doesn't Kill You" series, and though some references are made to previous characters and situations, Live Wire, for the most part, can be read as a stand-alone mystery. Maggie is a washed-up musician, turned junk picker who is travelling in Wyoming on her way back to her home state of Texas. Her travels have an ulterior motive, though, as she is sor This is my first book by Pamela Fagan Hutchins, and I enjoyed getting to experience a new author's writing. Live Wire is a continuation of her "What Doesn't Kill You" series, and though some references are made to previous characters and situations, Live Wire, for the most part, can be read as a stand-alone mystery. Maggie is a washed-up musician, turned junk picker who is travelling in Wyoming on her way back to her home state of Texas. Her travels have an ulterior motive, though, as she is sort of stalking a former lover, Hank. When she finds out that he is in a new relationship (even though the last time they were together she told him to take a hike), her jealousy leads to to an unfortunate one-night-stand with someone she picks up in a bar. Imagine her shock when said one-night-stand ends up with a bashed-in skull in the hotel parking lot after the encounter! Instead of facing the music, so to speak, and admitting she was with the victim the night of his murder, Maggie hides out on a ranch with a group of quirky characters who were some of my favorites in the book. Maggie investigates the murder on her own, and there will be more than one dead body before she finds out the who and the why of this mystery. Maggie Killian is a very unique character, one I didn't necessarily like all that much at first, but one I could appreciate as well-drawn and distinct, with so much personality that I talked to her a bit while I was reading the book! Mainly, things like, "that's fairly immature and selfish, Maggie;" but I recognized the very human emotions that she was experiencing, and could relate to her in that aspect. Normally I feel that using profanity as character-development is lazy on an author's part, but the language does seem to fit with the rest of who Maggie Killian is, in all her complexity as a character. But if you don't care for f-bombs, just be warned there are a number of them in this novel. The title "Live Wire" is an appropriate moniker for the main character - dangerous to be around, and better to be avoided at all costs. Maggie wants what she wants, but recognizes that she often leaves disaster in her wake. She says near the end of the book: "I am a dangerous person. I hurt everyone;" but ultimately she makes a sacrificial decision that goes against her normal nature. I find myself wanting to know what will happen next in her life. The pace of the narrative is smooth and there is a welcome lack of editing issues to deal with, which is always a pleasure in a reading experience. I can see recommending this book to someone who who enjoys unique characters and realistic dialogue with their mysteries. There are also two more books in the "Maggie" series coming, so readers will be able to see what she is up to next. Look for Sick Puppy coming next month.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ridgely

    An Intoxicating Read: Grab Your Copy & Dive In! The story opens with Maggie lambasting her decision to go with a low-budget cell phone service, T Mobile. Maggie, the main character, mesmerizes readers with her guts, grit and spunk in Live Wire by Pamela Fagan Hutchins. Waiting for the slow as molasses cell phone screen to refresh, Maggie props up her phone up between her stomach and steering wheel. She steals a glance at the screen when she can. Readers flash to their last in-transit cell phone rea An Intoxicating Read: Grab Your Copy & Dive In! The story opens with Maggie lambasting her decision to go with a low-budget cell phone service, T Mobile. Maggie, the main character, mesmerizes readers with her guts, grit and spunk in Live Wire by Pamela Fagan Hutchins. Waiting for the slow as molasses cell phone screen to refresh, Maggie props up her phone up between her stomach and steering wheel. She steals a glance at the screen when she can. Readers flash to their last in-transit cell phone reading indiscretion. They can so relate to this scene! Maggie suddenly jumps as driver in the the car behind her lays on his horn. Her response… a finger in the air…the readers smile in agreement! All’s calm until a truck skirts in front of her. Maggie stomps on the brake sending her cell phone through the air and on the passenger floorboard. The reader exhales when Maggie eases Bess off the road… to safely retrieve the phone. Maggie’s mission is to casually bump into long-ago cowboy boyfriend, Hank Sibley, who attempted to rekindle their relationship six months ago. Maggie played hard to get and now she wants a “do-over.” Facebook stalking Hank for the last week to pinpoint his location, her plan is to casually bump into him… forget that he lives in Wyoming and she lives 1400 miles away in Texas. Maggie is now standing by on the side of the road in Sheridan, Wyoming… waiting on her cell phone screen to refresh. Things go down hill from the floorboard. Hank posts his evening plans to hit the bar. She gussies up - casually runs into him at the local honky tonk. WITH his teeny bopper school teacher girlfriend. Maggie back slides with a local cowboy in the club who then ends up dead! Bess breaks down leaving her stranded at Hank’s ranch! And there you have it-all the makings for a grand slam by romantic suspense writer Pamela Fagan Hutchins in the eleventh (11th) book in her What Doesn’t Kill You Series. Hutchins writing style encapsulates all that is right with a “good book.” A book readers can’t wait to tell their best friend to read. A book readers think about when they’re not reading it … and long after readers finish reading. Hutchins character development is exceptional. A reader doesn’t read about the characters- a reader knows the characters. Readers meet the characters, -just as they would in day-to-day life. Maggie is real. Readers see the big Texas belt buckle she snitched from Hank 20 years ago after their first hook up. They feel the tug on her heart when someone lifts the buckle from Maggie’s home. Hutchins’ backstory is credible and accurate. She researches the book’s arena. The story plays out as if it in reality it occurred in Sheridan, Wyoming. Her writing style is infectious. Readers are torn. They want to know what happens between Hank and Maggie… and yes, who killed Chet, the cowboy Maggie picked up. This is the anguish of reading a good book-anticipation of what the next page will bring against the reality the next page brings the end of the story closer. Good News for the Reader with this good book- Maggie #2, and Maggie #3 will be coming out in March 2019 and April 2019. Looks like Pamela Fagan Hutchins is the Spring Break Star of 2019!

  19. 4 out of 5

    J Young

    A disastrous one-night-stand! Maggie Killian’s career as a country-rock performer may be washed up but she is turning her life around; dealing with the issues that sent her to rehab and ruined her life and making a new career as a business owner/antique reseller. All she needs now is to reignite her relationship with Hank Sibley, the former champion bull-rider, and everything will be perfect. Unfortunately, her trip to Wyoming to see him is not as successful as she hoped. Although she has a load- A disastrous one-night-stand! Maggie Killian’s career as a country-rock performer may be washed up but she is turning her life around; dealing with the issues that sent her to rehab and ruined her life and making a new career as a business owner/antique reseller. All she needs now is to reignite her relationship with Hank Sibley, the former champion bull-rider, and everything will be perfect. Unfortunately, her trip to Wyoming to see him is not as successful as she hoped. Although she has a load-full of items to sell when she returns to Texas, her truck breaks down, stranding her in Wyoming. Running into Hank and with his much younger girlfriend at a saloon leaves Maggie drowning her sorrows in alcohol and into a one-night-stand with a young cowboy. The next morning Maggie leaves the motel only to discover that her hookup has been murdered in the motel parking lot minutes after leaving that morning. Her trip is turning into a disaster. Her vintage truck needs hard-to-find parts, the local police are content to settle on Maggie as the prime suspect, and although she can stay in a cabin on Hank’s ranch, his mother and sister hate her. If Maggie ever wants to get home to Texas she will have to solve the murder herself. Maggie may be dysfunctional but she is an interesting character and her on-off relationship with Hank kept me hoping that they could pull it all together. Louise was a good addition to the plot and reminded me of shelter dogs I have known, The characters were well-developed and relatable. If this first book is any indication, this will be a good series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dee

    I've been reading two books. One is a sci fi classic that feels repetitive while at the same time it gnaws uncomfortably at me. The other is a nonfiction account of a terrible historic event, which also gnaws at me. All that gnawing led me to have trouble sleeping, so I decided I need to stop reading both of those and turn to a comfort read. Live Wire was that comfort read. I like the interconnected world Pamela Fagan Hutchins has created and enjoyed this, the first in the Maggie series, equally I've been reading two books. One is a sci fi classic that feels repetitive while at the same time it gnaws uncomfortably at me. The other is a nonfiction account of a terrible historic event, which also gnaws at me. All that gnawing led me to have trouble sleeping, so I decided I need to stop reading both of those and turn to a comfort read. Live Wire was that comfort read. I like the interconnected world Pamela Fagan Hutchins has created and enjoyed this, the first in the Maggie series, equally as much as I enjoyed my favorite so far, Going for Kona. Both are mysteries grounded in their settings with interesting, well drawn characters. Maggie is a bit of a train wreck but you can't help loving her for it. She's been trying - and largely succeeding - at getting her life on track, but at the same time she's followed a long-time love halfway across the country hoping for another shot at love. Things don't turn out as planned. I love the Wyoming setting, and longed to stay in that little cabin next to the main house. The ending was a surprise (honestly could have used a few more hints as to whodunit), which is always satisfying. There are a few areas of dialogue that get confusing, but overall it's well written. Great visual and audible descriptions. Now, should I go back to those half-finished books? Or continue on with the next installment in Maggie's story?

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Maggie, who we met in the Michele Lopez Hanson series, is a flawed character. She is a drinker, self centered, and sleeps with whatever man is handy when drinks. Maggie heads to Wyoming to pick up goods for her shop, but her real reason is to look up Hank, the one who got away. When she sees him in a hotel with his new girlfriend, she gets drunk and sleeps with Chet. As she leaves the hotel the next morning she hears that a man has been killed in the parking lot, but she sneaks out without learn Maggie, who we met in the Michele Lopez Hanson series, is a flawed character. She is a drinker, self centered, and sleeps with whatever man is handy when drinks. Maggie heads to Wyoming to pick up goods for her shop, but her real reason is to look up Hank, the one who got away. When she sees him in a hotel with his new girlfriend, she gets drunk and sleeps with Chet. As she leaves the hotel the next morning she hears that a man has been killed in the parking lot, but she sneaks out without learning that Chet was the victim. On her way out of town her car breaks down and she is rescued by Patrick. She is close to Hank's ranch, so asks Patrick to drop her there. Hank lets her stay in a cabin on the ranch, but he makes it clear that he does not like to see her with Patrick. The whole town knows exactly who Maggie is and that she slept with Chet the night before he died, so she is told by the police that she cannot leave town. Hank fights with Patrick and is arrested for his murder. Out on bail, he and Maggie go for a horse ride but someone shoots at them with arrows. Hank is injured and his horse is killed. Maggie runs to the nearest ranch for help but discovers her pictures are all over the wall and discovers items that were stolen from her cabin. Maggie decides to fight for Hank, but when she Sheila announces in the hospital that she and Hank are getting married and that Hank will be a father, she leaves town and heads back to Texas.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary

    Live Wire (Maggie #1): A What Doesn't Kill You Romantic Mystery - a review by Rosemary Kenny Maggie Killian - sarky, sparky, sassy - and a has been rock singer, who's not afraid to tell it like it is and give as good as she gets and more in any argument - a real Live Wire. Maggie's career started well in (Buckle Bunny and Shock Jock,prequel novellas in Pamela Fagan Hutchins' brilliant What Doesn't Kill You series,of which Live Wire is Book 1 in the Maggie trilogy),when she moved to Memphis, leavi Live Wire (Maggie #1): A What Doesn't Kill You Romantic Mystery - a review by Rosemary Kenny Maggie Killian - sarky, sparky, sassy - and a has been rock singer, who's not afraid to tell it like it is and give as good as she gets and more in any argument - a real Live Wire. Maggie's career started well in (Buckle Bunny and Shock Jock,prequel novellas in Pamela Fagan Hutchins' brilliant What Doesn't Kill You series,of which Live Wire is Book 1 in the Maggie trilogy),when she moved to Memphis, leaving behind her high-school sweetheart, Hank Sibley. Now,15 years on and returned home to Wyoming,Maggie's dismayed to see Hank with Sheila,who's clearly very cosy with him. In an ill-advised move, Maggie has a one-night stand with Chet in her hotel room, only for him to turn up dead the next morning in the car park. Who's the killer? Who later ransacks Maggie's room?Is she in danger? How is Hank involved? Who is Patrick?As the suspects mount and suspicion turns from one to another, the tension mounts until you can hardly breathe, much less put Live Wire by Pamela Fagan Hutchins down for a minute before the exciting end. Get this exciting novel today and tell all your friends not to miss any of the What Doesn't Kill You series too! 

  23. 4 out of 5

    Angie Ward

    Having read all the books in the “What Doesn’t Kill You” series by the same author, I was looking forward to reading this latest instalment. I was not disappointed! Well flowing, great characters and interesting plot twists made for very entertaining reading. The descriptions of the Wyoming countryside were vivid and beautifully written, as were the descriptions of the inner workings of a cattle ranch and the history of the surrounding area which I found fascinating. Maggie is flawed, but real and Having read all the books in the “What Doesn’t Kill You” series by the same author, I was looking forward to reading this latest instalment. I was not disappointed! Well flowing, great characters and interesting plot twists made for very entertaining reading. The descriptions of the Wyoming countryside were vivid and beautifully written, as were the descriptions of the inner workings of a cattle ranch and the history of the surrounding area which I found fascinating. Maggie is flawed, but real and easy to identify with, and for me, my most favourite character in the series. The only (slight) negative was that I figured out pretty early on who the protagonist is most likely to be, so the climax was, well, a bit anti-climactic. It didn’t deter me from wanting to finish the book, which finished on such a cliff-hanger that I cannot wait to read the next book in the series. I recommend clearing the diary when you start this one, because I read the whole book in one sitting, I just couldn’t put it down! Highly recommended.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Vidya Sury

    Fun, thrills, romance, edge of the seat mystery and enjoyable dialog all woven together by engaging writing and laugh out loud metaphors. Live Wire kept me reading until I reached the last page--I read it while I cooked and would have probably carried it to my porcelain throne if the iPad hadn't been bulky. Maggie is so lovable and human and feisty! What I really loved is the descriptive and visual writing--Pamela does it like nobody else. I love that she brings her knowledge of life on a ranch Fun, thrills, romance, edge of the seat mystery and enjoyable dialog all woven together by engaging writing and laugh out loud metaphors. Live Wire kept me reading until I reached the last page--I read it while I cooked and would have probably carried it to my porcelain throne if the iPad hadn't been bulky. Maggie is so lovable and human and feisty! What I really loved is the descriptive and visual writing--Pamela does it like nobody else. I love that she brings her knowledge of life on a ranch and animals to her stories. What starts as a business trip to Wyoming and hopefully a reunion with the love of her life for Maggie turns into a roller coaster ride when she's stranded on a ranch when her truck breaks down. It seems like the end of the rope when Maggie's business is vandalized at home in Texas and her tenant goes missing--and she's the prime suspect for one of the murders in Wyoming. Will Maggie be aquitted and return home? Will she be reunited with her love? Read Live Wire to find out. You'll love it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Linda Ackelson

    After reading the novella Buckle Bunny (Maggie prequel) where Maggie meets the handsome bull rider, Hank. Of course, after reading this novella I was anxious to read Live Wire (Maggie 1 of the What Doesn't Kill you series) and see what takes place with Maggie and Hank. Of all the characters in this series I like Maggie the best. She is damaged, vulnerable, passionate and determined. It's been 15 years since she saw Hank. She decides to head from Texas to Wyoming where she hopes to find Hank and After reading the novella Buckle Bunny (Maggie prequel) where Maggie meets the handsome bull rider, Hank. Of course, after reading this novella I was anxious to read Live Wire (Maggie 1 of the What Doesn't Kill you series) and see what takes place with Maggie and Hank. Of all the characters in this series I like Maggie the best. She is damaged, vulnerable, passionate and determined. It's been 15 years since she saw Hank. She decides to head from Texas to Wyoming where she hopes to find Hank and rekindle their romance. Using her business, Flown the Coop, an antique establishment as the reason she's in Wyoming. She begins her search for antiques and the handsome cowboy she wants. Then the adventure begins. Dead bodies. Who is responsible? Items begin missing from her cabin. Who is taking them? Live Wire is full of mystery, romance and the hope of regaining Hank's love. This is the first in the trilogy of Maggie books. If you haven't read Pamela Fagan Hutchins' other books in the What Doesn't Kill You series you are missing out! Time to start reading! Fantastic book!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jan Locke

    Singing the blues Well, this is a good story but the bad guy was too easy to pick out. I kept telling them who to look at but no one listened and lots of bad things happened. Until the very end I just couldn't like Maggie. I loved this series until Ava came along and I never liked her, either. Since the ending is such a cliffhanger I may continue just to see what terrible choices Maggie makes next. The characters and settings are just surface enough to make you want to find out more about them an Singing the blues Well, this is a good story but the bad guy was too easy to pick out. I kept telling them who to look at but no one listened and lots of bad things happened. Until the very end I just couldn't like Maggie. I loved this series until Ava came along and I never liked her, either. Since the ending is such a cliffhanger I may continue just to see what terrible choices Maggie makes next. The characters and settings are just surface enough to make you want to find out more about them and see if Hank will really settle down. Pamela Fagan Hutchins is a great writer; the dialogue flows and is real, it's so descriptive you can feel Louise licking your face and feel the temperature drop, and her characters shine in their part of the drama.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cat Clayton

    Maggie's a hot mess, but she stole my heart! When Nashville had-been, re-hab'd, Maggie, rolls into the wilds of Wyoming in her magenta truck to track down her one and only love, Hank, my heart broke in two when she discovers he is involved with another woman. You can't keep from hating Sheila. And, that's just the tip of the iceberg! Tack on a hook-up-gone-really-bad, truck troubles, cowboys coming at her in all directions, and crazy accusations thrown at her, Maggie's life goes from bad to hell Maggie's a hot mess, but she stole my heart! When Nashville had-been, re-hab'd, Maggie, rolls into the wilds of Wyoming in her magenta truck to track down her one and only love, Hank, my heart broke in two when she discovers he is involved with another woman. You can't keep from hating Sheila. And, that's just the tip of the iceberg! Tack on a hook-up-gone-really-bad, truck troubles, cowboys coming at her in all directions, and crazy accusations thrown at her, Maggie's life goes from bad to hellish in a matter of days. It was all I could do to hold onto my hat while reading this fast-paced novel.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lise

    I haven't been reading the full series, but since this was the first of the Maggie stories, it seemed to be permissible to jump in again. Perhaps that was the error, but I couldn't settle with Maggie until the last few pages. She wasn't likeable - her ambivalent feelings of love allowed her to flipflop between companions and she showed a complete lack of respect for others' romantic entanglements. Moreover, the mystery was a sideshow and the denouement was a little rushed. It's a shame because lo I haven't been reading the full series, but since this was the first of the Maggie stories, it seemed to be permissible to jump in again. Perhaps that was the error, but I couldn't settle with Maggie until the last few pages. She wasn't likeable - her ambivalent feelings of love allowed her to flipflop between companions and she showed a complete lack of respect for others' romantic entanglements. Moreover, the mystery was a sideshow and the denouement was a little rushed. It's a shame because looking back I really enjoyed previous books by this author, but this one missed the mark for me.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Trudy

    Maggie is a complicated hot mess on a mission to get back to the love of her life. The unexpected reception leaves her making all the wrong decisions. The mystery, murder and mayhem that ensure will leave you laughing, scared and jumping to all the wrong conclusions. There are lots of colorful characters Wyoming and not all of them are what they seem! I ripped through this book like you wouldn’t believe! It was everything I needed in a read!!! Action, adventure, hilarious character interactions, Maggie is a complicated hot mess on a mission to get back to the love of her life. The unexpected reception leaves her making all the wrong decisions. The mystery, murder and mayhem that ensure will leave you laughing, scared and jumping to all the wrong conclusions. There are lots of colorful characters Wyoming and not all of them are what they seem! I ripped through this book like you wouldn’t believe! It was everything I needed in a read!!! Action, adventure, hilarious character interactions, suspense, lust, love, electric heat and anything and everything you can imagine all wrapped up in one heck of a story!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Debra Wenskovitch

    I have to admit, I almost stopped reading this book after a few chapters. I just didn't care for the main character. Certainly selfish would be a good description for Maggie, which the character herself admits. She would be stalking someone on Facebook, using her cell phone while driving, which meant, of course, that her driving suffered. However, she had no patience with anyone else on the road. She was rude to strangers, unless she needed something, then she would turn up the false charm. Afte I have to admit, I almost stopped reading this book after a few chapters. I just didn't care for the main character. Certainly selfish would be a good description for Maggie, which the character herself admits. She would be stalking someone on Facebook, using her cell phone while driving, which meant, of course, that her driving suffered. However, she had no patience with anyone else on the road. She was rude to strangers, unless she needed something, then she would turn up the false charm. After she got what she wanted, she was back to being obnoxious. No, I really didn't care for Maggie. But the story line pulled me in and I kept reading. The story had a lot of twists and turns and I stayed with it just to see how it turned out. In the end, I have to say I enjoyed the book.

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