He’s sexy. He’s southern. And he’s a superstar chef. Meet Elijah Jackson, my hot new neighbor...
From the outside looking in? I’ve got it all. Prestigious job. Pretty house. And a perfect boyfriend who proposed with the perfect ring.
But as beautiful as my life looks on the outside, I feel like something’s missing. So I hop in my car and head south. I’m hoping the thousand mile distance will clear my mind--and give me time to work on the romance novel I secretly want to write.
Charleston, South Carolina: home to stunning architecture, sultry accents, and--oh yeah--my new neighbor, Elijah Jackson. A chef at one of the city’s most renowned restaurants, he’s simultaneously intimidating and inviting. Especially when he shows up at my door, shirtless, offering me homemade biscuits.
As if his abs for days and inked up deliciousness aren’t enticing enough, he also encourages me to chase down my dreams, one chapter at a time. And the chemistry between us? Hotter than the kitchen at Eli’s restaurant.
But I still have a life a thousand miles away. One I’ve worked really hard to build. And I don’t know if I can just leave it all behind.
Romance novels always end in happily ever after. But is one possible for a southern charmer and this yankee girl?
SOUTHERN CHARMER is a slow burn, standalone romance. It’s the first book in the CHARLESTON HEAT series, set in Charleston, South Carolina.
That scene in the restaurant. Oh. My. Goodness.
Jessica Peterson is rapidly becoming a go to author for me...and for books like this one. I enjoyed it, so much.
The pacing was strong, although there were a couple of places where I thought it moved a little quickly...bit it worked well overall.
I enjoyed it and I recommend it.
This isn't my first book from Jessica Peterson and it won't be my last. This slow burn romance left me fanning myself for sure. I definitely enjoyed this title.
I truly liked getting to know these characters. Olivia is someone that I felt I could definitely relate to and I fell for Eli hard. It was interesting to watch these two peel back each other's layers and push each other to be the best versions of themselves.
The chemistry between them works. It felt real, authentic and just oozed off the page. I completely believed in them and how their relationship developed.
This book made me feel transported. I felt I was in South Carolina with the characters-and I love that. Writing like that is why I like this Author. I think the book itself flowed well and I enjoyed the plot. I look forward to what this Author will give us next! I recommend this book!
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She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, Mr. Peterson, and her smelly Goldendoodle Martha Bean. She is the author of the super sexy STUDY ABROAD and FLINGS WITH KINGS series. Check her out at www.jessicapeterson.com