Title: Homer Bait and Switch (Southwest of Homer Book One)
Author: Cherime MacFarlane
He’s not a bad guy, but he did something that has his mother and sister upset. Then there are all the girls in town, they’ve nicknamed him the Russian Raider.
There’s new girl in town, Lynn. Rurik feels the pull the moment he sees her. His reputation is against him and the fisherman knows it.
“I didn’t plan to take off with the money. Ally, my sister was driving our fishing boat to the boatyard to schedule a ton of work the old tub needed to continue making us money. She handed the check from the last offload of salmon to me. I was supposed to take it to the bank and deposit the money.
In all my twenty-six years, I hadn’t been anywhere out of Alaska. I stared at that check, eighty thousand plus a few hundred and didn’t want to let go of it.”
After doing something stupid, Rurik has to fix things which won’t be easy.
Homer Bait and Switch was a slower read, focusing on the life of fishermen in Alaska. Drama begins to unfold when Lynn arrives in town, bringing both friendship and romantic drama into the story with her. Like the case with many of Miss MacFarlane’s works, the descriptions of the settings are outstanding, painting vivid imagery to help guide the story along. The way the author describes the Alaskan wilderness is definitely catching and so is the way the characters interact with one another. The dialogue and personalities feel very real, hooking the readers into dilemmas that are both believable and suspenseful.