For our heroine, Riley Carver, a yearly event over the past six years sees“angels” coming out of the sky to take away her townsfolk. When her boyfriend is taken she starts to hate the status quo, and the odd Church of Angels, which asks the town to accept the strange yearly taking.
As far as her relationship with the ‘angels ‘goes, it’s not worshipping she intends, as the blurb explains “When one decides to terrorize her in her own backyard, it’s the final straw. She takes her mother’s shotgun and shoots the thing. So it’s dead. Or … not? In place of the creature she shot, is a guy. A really hot guy. A really hot alive and breathing guy. Oh, and he’s totally naked.“
From the write-up, I knew this story would be humorous. Riley’s naked, living, breathing guy is called Gabe, and he’s an irreverent flirt – and a total mystery. Riley’s determined to uncover the reason her town’s been chosen for these yearly abductions, and her journey held my attention from start to finish. Her investigations aren’t put on hold while having to cope with the annoying zeal of the Church of Angels followers, a snarky cheerleader – who won’t let her catch a break – and several unexplained phenomena.
Outcast is set in the deep South and is filled with humid summer days, drawling accents and catty southern belles. There are gun-totting and swamp-dwelling folk, as well as many supernatural beings. It’s a quirky blend of comedy, romance, and spookiness. The characters are lovable, and the plot sucked me in from the start.