Down in Whynot, NC, there are three things that hold true: 1) life moves just a little bit slower, 2) family means everything, and 3) you don’t mess with history.
When his family decides to sell a home that’s been part of their history for over a century, Lowe Mancinkus is madder than a hornet. To add insult to injury, the woman who purchased it is some fancy pants, city girl looking to fix it up and sell it off. Doesn’t matter that she’s sexy as hell or that just being near her gets his blood racing like never before. That home belongs to his family, or at least it did until she came to town.
Well that just won’t do, now will it?
From the moment that she laid eyes on the historical home in rural North Carolina, Melinda Rothschild knew Mainer House was something special. The perfect escape from life in New York City, Melinda signed the papers and set to work restoring the house to its natural beauty. That is until an angry Lowe showed up on her doorstep one day. With a scowl on his handsome, chiseled face. And a shotgun in his strong, muscular arms.
Is it getting hot in here?
Melinda’s about to get a lesson on life in the south, but Lowe is about to learn a lesson of his own – this city girl doesn’t back down from a fight.
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Juliette Poe is the sweet and swoony alter ego of New York Times Best Selling author, Sawyer Bennett. A fun-loving southern girl, Juliette knows the allure of sweet tea, small towns, and long summer nights, that some of the best dates end sitting on the front porch swing, and that family is top priority. She brings love in the south to life in her debut series, Sex & Sweet Tea. When Juliette isn’t delivering the sweetest kind of romance, she’s teaching her southern belle daughter the fine art of fishing, the importance of wearing Chucks, and the endless possibilities of a vivid imagination. Twitter |Facebook | Instagram
3.5 stars - Worth a Reader's Time
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This was a very cute return to Whynot, NC and a ultimately very sweet "enemies" to Lovers story.
I use the term enemies loosely because it doesn't take long for the animosity between Lowe and Melinda to transition first into friendship then to more.
I truly enjoyed the trip back to Whynot and while Lowe and Melinda are at the center of the story, I really felt like this was a book more about the town than an story about their relationship. The extended cast is fantastically colorful and they honestly jump off the page.
The initial transition from animosity to grudging respect and fledgling friendship was authentic and touching. Most of Lowe and Mely's relationship was similar and it made me want to root for them, my only complaint is that the final transition to commitment and intimacy seemed a little forced. The final conflict in their relationship felt like something that could have easily happened in a small town, but I didn't love how Mely responded.
Overall, Stubborn as a Mule was fun and enjoyable. It was a read that is perfect for a relaxing afternoon and I am looking forward to seeing what Ms. Poe has up her sleeve for the rest of Whynot.
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