Book Review: Southern Hospitality by Amie Louellen

shNot much happens in sleepy Jefferson County, Tennessee. That is, until Yankee reporter Roxanne Ackerman’s car breaks down there on her way to Memphis, and she somehow winds up as a murder suspect! With no one to bail her out and the local judge on a fishing trip, Roxanne is surrendered into the custody of her ultra-conservative-yet-oh-so-sexy attorney, Malcolm B. Daniels IV, for the weekend.

Malcolm is nearly engaged, running for U.S. Senate, and really does not need this gorgeous, wild woman in his life right now. He just has to show her a little Southern hospitality until he can get the case dropped on Monday morning, and things will finally go back to normal.

But the more time they spend together, the more sparks fly between them. One weekend might be all the time Roxanne needs to work her way into his heart and make his life exciting again. What if, when Monday comes, he doesn’t want to let her go?





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Yankee reporter, Roxanne Ackerman, leaves Chicago in lieu of Memphis to cover an Elvis convention. She gets lost along the way and ends up in Jefferson County, Tennessee, broken down, charged with murder and released on bail to her sexy, southern attorney, Malcolm B. Daniels IV.

This is one of those stories that everything that can go wrong, does. Filled with lot’s of drama, you want to say “No, no, no” that can’t happen, but in reality, it can and probably does. I laughed so hard at times, I cried. Roxanne is smart, sassy and headstrong. She’s the complete opposite of ultra conservative Malcolm and nothing about their pairing should spark fireworks but they absolutely sizzle together.

I love the dynamics of small-town life and the author depicts this perfectly. From the slow southern twang in their voices to the delicacy of chocolate sop, I felt like I was there experiencing it all. The writing is smooth, dialogue witty and the story line

The author’s ability to make you feel a part of the story should be duly noted.  A story that I felt was light and not to be taken too seriously at times, also touched on some tough subjects. Parts of Roxanne’s past really got to me. Without giving away any spoilers, I will say that I did tear up.  For me this is what makes an excellent read.  I had only one little hangup.  Malcolm is nearly, almost, somewhat engaged to another woman, whom is also part of this story.  While their relationship comes across very blasé, the fact is, they are involved when he takes up with Roxanne.  I’ve read many stories that involve some kind of cheating, so this isn’t something that I usually find offensive and the author handles it very well with no hurt feelings involved.  It’s definitely not one of those cringe worthy matters that ruins the story.  For me, it just didn’t seem to fit Malcolm’s gentlemanly personality.  Nor did it add much to a storyline that was already filled with plenty of tension and drama.  That aside, I felt it would be an easily achieved 5 star read.

A perfect blend of romantic comedy and sizzling romance that touches on some deep emotional issues, I thoroughly enjoyed this first book in the Hot Southern Nights series.







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