These Boots Are Made for Butt-Kickin'

The MisAdventures of Miss Lilly, Vol. 2

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Pub Date Jun 26 2015 | Archive Date Jul 31 2016


“You know you’re a little crazy, right Lil?”
“I know. I get it from my mama.”

Unfinished business. Old family secrets. Guilt.

Attorney Lilly Atkins has survived the long, hot summer in Oklahoma after running home from a cheating fiancé and discovering a former flame had become a career criminal. That infamous ne’er-do-well, Cash Stetson, is on the tail end of a stint in rehab; and with a near-death experience skirted, life-altering epiphany under her belt, and cowgirl boots in place, Lilly is ready to kick butt.

Except something’s got ahold of her; turning her every way but loose. And as much as she tries to hide her crazy, it keeps flashing everyone on Main Street.

Former federal agent Spencer Locke is rescuing her. Again.
Her latest case includes dead varmints. On YouTube.
She’s finding dead bodies. In her office.
She’s getting assaulted. Weekly.

And it won’t stop raining. So there’s reason enough to come unwound.

“You know you’re a little crazy, right Lil?”
“I know. I get it from my mama.”

Unfinished business. Old family secrets. Guilt.

Attorney Lilly Atkins has survived the long, hot summer in Oklahoma after...

A Note From the Publisher

These Boots Are Made for Butt-Kickin' is the second installment in The MisAdventures of Miss Lilly, a cross genre series with elements of cozy mystery, mystery, romance, and Southern chick-lit.
Kalan Chapman Lloyd has been compared to Janet Evanovich, Rebecca Wells, Sharon Sala, Gina LaManna and Alan Bradley.

These Boots Are Made for Butt-Kickin' is the second installment in The MisAdventures of Miss Lilly, a cross genre series with elements of cozy mystery, mystery, romance, and Southern chick-lit.

Advance Praise

“Delightfully refreshing… truly a standout.” – Midwest Book Review

“Each ingredient has been perfectly measured… with sparkling wit, Southern charm and a steady pace, Miss Lilly has hit her stride.” – Kirkus Review

“Lilly Atkins is the Stephanie Plum of the South.” – Amazon Readers

“[P]art-charming chick lit romp, part cold-blooded murder mystery, and all parts girl power.” – Manhattan Book Review

“Delightfully refreshing… truly a standout.” – Midwest Book Review

“Each ingredient has been perfectly measured… with sparkling wit, Southern charm and a steady pace, Miss Lilly has hit her stride.” –...

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This was such a fun read - I am going to get the first one now! It reminds me somewhat of Stephanie Plum with her sassy attitude. It made me laugh out loud several times and was just a lot of fun. My only complaint would be that it referenced the first book a little much.

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As an attorney, I have a love-hate relationship with "legal" fiction or books that feature lawyer characters. The hate part comes from my proclivity to pick apart the legal aspect, or get annoyed when something improper is done, or get annoyed when something is done differently from how I would have done it. Because I know best, right? I know, my ego knows no bounds. The love part comes from the fact that I love to envision myself as the lead character... and with a character in my profession, that is one step closer to letting me live out the fictional fantasy. But because of the hate part, I usually find that I rate legal fiction on the lower end of the spectrum or give up and stop reading the book altogether. I am happy to report that I have found my solution and it comes in the form of Kalan Chapman Lloyd!

"My friends are just like yours. Only prettier. And scarier. Like a hormonal, big-haired, pistol-packing gang."

Why, you ask? Well this requires some explanation. Yes, I am an attorney - but one who has been nicknamed Bambi, and referred to as the "dumbest smart person you ever met." I am clumsy and klutzy and I have a little black cloud that follows me around that I have affectionately named Carlos. Weird things happen to me. This makes my life seem a bit ridiculous sometimes... so I was absolutely delighted to find a kindred spirit in the heroine of this book, Lilly Atkins. Lilly would totally be in my girl posse if she jumped off the pages of this book.

"So even though I've been raised a Southern belle, I am at least a quarter redneck from my Nonnie's side (don't tell her I found out in a genealogy search)."

Lilly is not just an attorney... she is a curly-haired dynamo, part southern belle and part redneck, and has questionable taste in men. It was like looking in a mirror, I swear. She loves clothes and shoes and handbags and boots. A woman after my own heart.

"...slipping off my heels to get into the car. You don't drive in heels, especially if they're expensive. That's how accidents happen, but more importantly, that's how heel scuffs occur."

Lilly has taken up residence as one of the few attorneys in a small podunk town - something that I think could be very fun for me after I retire. It's a thought (a scary thought).

"I used to be a snooty real estate lawyer in Dallas, but after I caught my gutless wonder of a fiance cheating on me, I hauled my heart and my bags back to my mama and daddy. I set up shop to practice small town law and got involved in some seemingly big city stuff. My ex-boyfriend tried to enlist me to divorce his wife (I'm not proud to say I accepted the retainer before I came to my senses)..."

Lilly is like Stephanie Plum, if Stephanie Plum were a southern debutante lawyer. If you are a fan of the Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich - then I predict that you will be a fan of the MisAdventures of Miss Lilly by Kalan Chapman Lloyd. No, these are not copycat books or any nonsense like that. But they are Stephanie Plum for southerners. The characters have similar family dynamics, a hip and hilarious grandma, and a penchant for getting into impossible situations. These series may not enrich you in a literary sense or impart some vast knowledge, but they are damn funny. Lloyd has created a great campy comedy that is unapologetically southern and certain put a smile on your face.
You're just embarrassed because your redneck came out while he was watching.

What's unapologetically southern you ask? Grandmas that go by Nonnie or Memaw, sisters named Talula Belle, daddies with a Magnum P.I. mustache, cowboy boots, big hair, moe-rons, and decorating that is Better Homes and Garden meets Guns and Ammo. And great southernisms like He could wait me out better than an opening day hunter in a tree stand.

There is kind of a love interest triangle at play... note that I said love interest. There is no real romance, yet. But the path is definitely paved for the future. We have Cash Stetson, the ex-boyfriend gambling addict doctor/conman, versus Spencer Locke, the yankee former FBI now attorney. Lilly is attracted to Spencer Locke but he also irritates the hell out of her. Then there is also the little problem of his heritage, which started above the Mason-Dixon line.

"...I was the belle of the ball, and he wore Yankee gray, so it would be hard for us to ever understand each other."

"You're such a Yankee. I don't know why people like you."

Now this book is not the first in the series, and I didn't realize that until after I started reading. Normally I hate when that happens, particularly when a series is following the same main character. It just bothers my OCD reading tendencies. But it wasn't too bad here. Lloyd did an excellent job of referencing and summarizing what happened in Home Is Where Your Boots Are. But now that I have read and enjoyed this book so much, I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 4.5 stars / 0 flames.

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I loved this book! It was a lot of fun to read & full of surprises. It is a great story about small towns and friends/family sticking together! I can 't wait to read the next book in the series! I received this book free to review.

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Three stories that follow good-girl Lily and bad-boy Cash from their high school years well into adulthood. Mystery, hijinks, and a whole lotta southern lovin' follow these two and their friends! These reads are as comfortable as a glass of sweet tea on a hot summer day - you'll find yourself laughing and rooting for the girls as they skirt the law in the fallout of this on-again-off-again relationship. Just read 'em!

I am totally promoting this book, and the other two in the series, across my blog this week!!!

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I want to Thank NetGalley for the free read in exchange for an honest review. I read the first in the series MisAdventures of Miss Lilly and was pleasantly surprised. I laughed-the characters were interesting and the characterization was really good-I could empathize with them. I think this 2nd kept true to the story line-although those who hadn't read the first could be confused. The story line is unique and its a fast read. You can just sit back relax and laugh with the characters. I will continue to read this author and am looking forward to number 3 in the MisAdventures of Miss Lilly. Enjoy

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I absolutely love this series and can't wait for the next book! The characters are some of the most well drawn and plot well thought out that I've read in this genre. Every page brings something to the story in a smart, funny way. The main character's thinking process and speech are one of a kind. I hope she and Spencer move along their path at a bit quicker pace than has been. Mama, the girls, everyone in. Brooks create a town full of capers and secrets and southern hospitality.

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I love this series it is fast, fun, cute and more than enough laughs for everyone. Each book builds on it self keeping the reader invested.
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These Boots Are Made For Butt-Kickin is full of southern charm and laughs. Lilly is back after shooting Cash in the toe. And she's trying to reign in her crazy. Unsuccessfully. Got to love Lilly and her posse and their southern justice. Looking forward to more Miss Lilly adventures!

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This second book in The Misadventures of Miss Lilly series is once again laugh out loud hilarious. How Ms Chapman Lloyd is able to duplicate the success of her first book in the series, expand upon the same characters, while at the same time keeping the story fresh and funny is a stroke of writing genius. The author perfectly captures small town family and friends in how Lilly's "people" always watch her back and come to her aid even before she needs to ask.

Finding Lilly still torn about Cash and forgiving him, with the Almighty's help of course, continues as part of the theme in this second book...her internal dialogues about her forgiveness abilities are hilarity in themselves. Spencer continues to plague her sensibilities, but she can't seem to turn away...he just has that dang Yankee draw that she despises. Throw in another mystery and you have the makings of an engaging read that is just so darn hard to put down. Now the wait for Miss Lilly's next misadventure installment commences.

This book was provided by Netgalley for my honest review.

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I really enjoyed this book which I read immediately after reading "home is where your boots are". It picked up where book one left off, so I recommend reading book 1 first.

I found both books refreshing and full of surprises. This is an author who I will seek out again. It is a delightful relaxing read which is certain to make you smile as it did me.

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These Boots Are Made for Butt Kickin' by Kalan Chapman Lloyd is a one of the funniest mysteries that I have read this year. After having read the first one,I had to read the next one. It is also filled with some serious thought for Lilly which made my heart squeeze a little for her as she faced herself.
Lilly and her friends and family are all about justice, respect and appreciation of the southern lifestyle. Brooks is now on the top of my "I want to visit" list so that I can meet all of them. Lilly is in crisis during this story as she tries to reconcile her past, her present and what she wants for her future. Plus she is trying to solve two murders and learns first hand how it feels to be arrested. Definitely looking forward to the next book in this series.

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Great Book, Great Author! Lilly Kay and the girls are at it again!

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This book is another fun ride with Miss Lilly as she tries to navigate her rather messy life filled with her crazy friends and family and her semi-worthless ex.
I found this book funnier and better written than the first book (although, I did like the first book). I found Lilly's zaniness a little more believable and her friends less annoying and more lovable. This series is shaping up to be entertaining and great choice for escape reading.

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This book is a hoot love the Story and the ladies will killer boots,

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This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. This was such a great read and full of surprises. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.

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See review for vol 1

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A fabulously funny and exciting book which kept me engrossed!

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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is the second of a (so far) 3 part series about Miss Lilly Atkins. I had originally reviewed the 3rd book and had to read this series from the beginning. While this is a stand alone book, since there are two others go read them! While this can be read alone, there are plot expansions and more detailed background information that only enhance the reading of this book.

Lilly, from small town Brooks, Oklahoma, returns back home to live with her sister (and basically with her parents and grandparents) after breaking up with her cheating fiance. This author doesn't disappoint. As with her other books, the writing style is first person unique, which I didn't really like at first but it works for her stories. This is not a typical romance chick-lit, but a lighthearted novel that merges mystery, lust, friendship, longing for what may have been and what might be, and self exploration. The book also outlines the importance of a close support system whether a tight knit family or good friends - a concept that is often lost and is something that people need in real life to get them through the happenings of life.

As with most small towns, since being back home after her return from the big city, everyone has an opinion on her life and feels the need to be involved someway. Between ex-boyfriends, new cases, new to town mystery men turned savior, and some mysterious occurrences (or maybe bad luck) Lilly has her hands full, all while still working towards the whole "who am i" million dollar question.

The writing style is a bit different, almost that of a real life conversation with a friend who never stops talking. While this can be annoying at first, it can grown on the reader. To me, this brought a realness to the reading but I know it may not be for everyone. In my opinion, the writing style embodies part of who Lilly is as a person, and can add to the reading experience. The book combines self exploration, mystery, sarcasm, and a whole lot of "bless your hearts". While this can certainly be read alone, I recommend reading all the books of the series as they really build upon each other and help to expand the story line, however the author does do a good job at summarizing the important parts of the previous book so that the reader isn't obligated to read the book prior in order to know what or why something has happened.

I look forward to more form this author in the future.

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A foot stomping good read...pardon the pun.

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This was fun, and like the first in the series it reflected some of the humor in being southern. The characters were just as quirky as in the first volume. The NetGalley ARC could use some careful editing before final publication. For example, opposing council said there was a court date for Thursday, and a few sentences later it was on Friday. I still look forward to the next volume.

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"And I was damn tired of getting my butt kicked every time I pulled on my boots to go kick some butt."

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Totally better than the 3rd book in the series. Having now read two books by Kalan Chapman Lloyd I get a better understanding of her writing style and found this book to be sweet and funny. If you are looking for a nice contemporary romance book to read on the weekend or vacation, this would be the perfect one. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for a honest review.

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"These boots are made for Butt-Kickin'" by Kalan Chapman Lloyd is a fun romp through the south.

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The title was a bit off-putting, however I really enjoyed this book. Highly recommended.

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