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Jake: A Southern Crime Family Novel

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4.39  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Forget the Hatfields and McCoys, in a small Southern town, the Whitfields and Tallys are the real family feud. So for some unholy reason, Jake Whitfield’s old man and Angel Tally’s grandfather wrote codicils to their wills the night before they died in a suspicious fire. The codicils require Jake and Angel to marry or lose their inheritances.

Jake feels like a man with tw
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Kindle Edition, 230 pages
Published May 21st 2019
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Kathi Defranc
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Two crime families who stay in each of their sides of town, but of course some of their businesses mingle. They are a modern day 'Hatfield and McCoy' families, the Tally's and Whitfield's have nothing but distrust and hate for one another!! As the leader's of the families become older they get together and realize it would be better for the future if their families were joined, so in their wills they each wrote that Jake Whitfield would marry Sally Tally after their passing and had family prope ...more
Pelusa Rivera
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the first time that I had read from this author. These were not your ordinary crime family. So we meet Jake whose father had died and for him and his brothers it was good riddance since his father treated them horribly and they were pretty much abused. He finds out that he has to marry Sally Tally in order for him to get money and now is also in charge of Tally's family crime family and be the guardian of Sally's who goes by Angel now, younger brother. Angel claims that she hates Jake bu ...more
Jamie
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The characters are multi faceted and are written in a way that they come to life as you go along in the story. The protagonists tortured and the perfect balance of grey morality.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Tc
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my first time I have read anything from this author. This is not like the typical crime family that I have read from other authors. Perhaps that’s a good thing. Shows originality!
This is the story of Jake and Sally (who now goes by the name of Angel)
When Angels grandfather (head of the Tally’s) Jakes father (head of the Whitfield’s) are murdered , Jake and Angel are thrown together! When Jakes father dies he finds out that he is to marry Angel to get his inheritance but also he is now
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KL Cassanello
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG - it's the Hatfields and McCoys all over again, with a big bunch of crime tossed in for good measure. Jake's father and Angel's grandfather are sworn enemies, so it's a huge surprise when they die together in a fire. The wills are read, and it's time for the fun to begin. Jake and Angel must marry in order to get their inheritances. There is so much hotness between them - it's just been disguised as hatred. I love this book, it has it all - romance, suspense, crime, betrayal, murder. The bet ...more
CS
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jake and Angel share history entwined with drama, vendettas, and family feuds.
When Angel’s grandfather, head of the Tallys, and Jake’s father , head of the Whitfield’s are murdered in an explosion, their lives are catapulted together.
This second chance romance of sorts was filled with graphic and gritty action packed scenes filled with violence and passion.
As this power couple worked through their issues, their lives were constantly in danger with multiple enemies trying to kill them.
I loved
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Rosemary
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was instantly addicted to the main characters, Jake and Angel (Sally) who are the children involved in a modern day Hatfield's and McCoy feud. When Jake's father and Angel's Grandfather are murdered, they find out that they are to be wed in an effort to end the centuries old feud. Sounds like a plan but then there is the other issue, someone is trying to kill the members of both families. The connection between Jake and Angel is very hot and seems like that attraction has been simmering since ...more
Deb O
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my first time reading a book by Carla Swafford and it did not disappoint. Its the story of two crime families. It has lots of twists and turns with drama suspense betrayals and mystery. Jake and Angel (Sally) 's character's have good chemistry together. They are very hot and steamy together. They are to get married to end a age old feud after Jakes father and Angels grandfather are murdered. Its a must read for action and suspense with drama and love thrown in. I'm hoping to see other st ...more
Elvira
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow this is a great book has well developed and engaging characters and a storyline that flowed smoothly from the beginning to the end.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Lisbeth Skogly
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story of Angel and Jake has some twists and turns to it with this being a crime family sort of story. They come from two different crime families and are forced to marry! They are both trained in combat and family buisness, but it is also a love story with a thouch of mystery. I enjoyed it, but there is violence involvert like shootings and such, and some bedroom activity described, so if that is not your thing then this is not for you. It is not graffic, just a natural part of the story.

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Heather
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a modern day story of a long told family feud story. Only these families are crime families and the Patriarchs die, leaving our main character Jake in charge of both families. Only catch he's got to marry Angel. She's supposed to be tough but she has had a crush on him since she was 14.
This book is full of steam, crime and dramatics. You will not be disappointed. It pulled me right in and kept me with no problem.
My only complaint is I want more!!
Theresa Doherty
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This started with a funeral and a shooting, from then on the pace never l lessened and the romance stayed intense. Jake and Angel have a war on their hands question is who wants them dead. Amazing, loved it want more.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Heather Wamboldt
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this second chance romance mixed within a family feud. The characters were likable and had great chemistry. This has a fantastic storyline with danger, violence, suspense, intrigue, and romance.

I would love to read more by this author.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
P.e. lolo
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-erotica
Jake and his brothers should be happy now that their father has died, but there is a part of them that wants to find the person who killed him. Not that he was a good father he wasn’t. Now after the funeral, someone is shooting at him and his brothers and he believes that someone is Angel Talley who is part of the other crime family of the town. What Jake doesn’t know and will find out shortly is that in order to keep all of the holdings he must marry Angel if not everything goes to their cousin ...more
HEATHER
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a book that kept me guessing until the end.
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When the two heads of rival crime families are found dead at the scene of a fire there were questions asked. Some of them were answered when the wills were read. The families would become one, Jake the oldest son would marry the other's granddaughter. Their marriage began as a love/hate relationship but soon became much more. Jake was entranced with Angel, she was a woman who was not afraid to stand up to him, she fought as hard as
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Kaye
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
FREAKING FANTASTIC!!!
Ah crap! If you're looking for a non-stop, action packed, hard hitting, heart pounding, pulse racing, adrenaline pumping, page flipping thrill ride that hooks you from the start and reels you in for the duration. Congrats my friends you've found it. One impressive storyline and gripping plot rocks this baby to the core. A multitude of hapless surprises and a slew of daunting events that really shakes things up. Carla's take no prisoners attitude propels this little treat bur
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Jess
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Jake and his brothers just lost their dad in a fire and are happy about it, but when somebody is shooting at them during the funeral, they think it’s not over yet and somebody else wants them dead too.

They think it’s the man in the black van...except when confronted it turns out to be Sally “Angel” Tally, the rival families granddaughter....

This book started out with lots of information and it took a while for me to get through some backstory to understand the connections. The main story sounds
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Karen Roma
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Jake is my first read by Carla Swafford, and definitely not your typical crime family story. There is certainly some aspects that lead to what you’d expect, like arrange marriage, a father figure who was brutal and unyielding, and a man bristling against the expectations placed upon his life. I did have trouble warming to Angel, as she had no backbone and relented to Jake’s every wish far too easily. This was just an OK read in my opinion, but it intrigued me enough to want to know more about Ja ...more
Book Him Danno
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
3 1\2 stars

The story is very much all about romance but less Hatfield and McCoys as they suggest. The story is fast paced and while it is predictable and when not trying to solve the murders romance and sex takes over the story.
While the cat and mouse romance is interesting and worth needing a cold dip in the pool the story has moments that will have readers scratching there heads wondering why the character are either in the story at all other than to have a body or why they are acting the way
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Carla Swafford loves romance novels, action/adventure movies, and men, and her books reflect that. And that’s not all, she’s crazy about hockey, and thankfully, no one has made her turn in her Southern Belle card. Carla is married to her high school sweetheart and lives in Alabama.

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