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Monday, May 30, 2011

Baby, Drive South by Stephanie Bond

Baby, Drive South by Stephanie Bond
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (332 pages)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Sunflower

The hardheaded Armstrong brothers are determined to rebuild their tornado-ravaged hometown in the Georgia mountains. They've got the means, they've got the manpower…what they need are women! So they place an ad in a northern newspaper and wait for the ladies to answer their call….

Porter, the youngest Armstrong, is all for importing women. Still, he's so blown away by the sheer numbers, he falls off the water tower. Luckily there's a doctor among the newcomers—sweet and sexy Dr. Nikki Salinger.

And Porter has every intention of checking out her bedside manner….

Sweetness, Georgia is looking for single women to come to town.

Sweetness, Georgia was the town the Armstrong brothers grew up in. Then in a devastating tornado, the town was wiped out and destroyed. But the brothers aren't giving up on their town that easily. The idea of putting an ad out seeking women is unique, for sure. Then they get their wish. A group of women, looking for a fresh start, drive down to Sweetness. It's going to take a lot to get this place off the ground and rebuilt, and these ladies have plenty of requests!

What a first impression Porter Armstrong makes on the women, especially the prospective doctor, Nikki Salinger. When it comes to Nikki, Porter keeps getting off on the wrong foot with her, and Nikki wonders why she came to Sweetness in the first place. Yes, she needed a new start, but is Sweetness really where she wants to make it?

Nikki would leave, but of course, she can't. She realizes this when she can't get her van started! That darn Porter is driving her crazy every which way he can. In this charming and witty story about three brothers who want to bring their hometown back to life, Ms. Bond creates characters that make us laugh, cry, smile, and frustrated!

While Porter's intentions are good, sometimes he comes across as a stubborn brat, and maybe that's what makes him more memorable. Further into the book, the reader catches glimpses of a softer, kinder Porter. Nikki starts learning about Porter the nice guy as well, and she starts feeling things she never imagined she would. Nikki has a choice to make. She could leave, and go back to the life she once knew, face her demons and be done with it, or she could stay. She could help rebuild this town that Porter and his brothers love so much. Who knows, she may even be surprised at the possibilities in her future, not just as the town doctor, but with Porter as well.

As always, I enjoy the heartfelt, witty stories Stephanie Bond writes. Baby, Drive South is another winner that will be added to the keepers shelf, to be picked up and read when needing a good comforting story. I look forward to coming back to Sweetness in the next book, to see how the rebuilding progresses.

If you enjoy lighthearted contemporary romances, a hero who is misunderstood but lovable at the same time, and a heroine who finds happiness and a fresh start in a place you'd never imagine, then you'll enjoy this book.