Thursday, August 13, 2020

Southern Seducer by Jessica Peterson - Release Blitz & ARC Review


Southern Seducer by Jessica Peterson  is now live! 

I've done a lot of stupid stuff in my life. But sleeping with my best friend tops the list.

Annabel and I have been close since college. When I left school to play pro football, she was there. While I collected Super Bowl rings and cars worth more than the house I grew up in--she was there.

I always assumed we'd end up together. Everyone did.

But by the time I retired from football, Bel was married. I thought I'd missed my shot at love.

So I buried myself in my new job as CEO of Blue Mountain Farm, a five-star resort my family and I built in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. It seems like a good place to be alone with the secret I have to keep from her.

Now Bel is a divorced single mom, struggling to raise her daughter on her own--and it's my turn to be there for her.

So I invite her and the baby up to the resort for some much needed R&R.

Then, in a moment of bonfire-and-bourbon induced weakness, I kiss her.

And the fallout could ruin everything.

SOUTHERN SEDUCER is a full length, standalone novel. It is the first book in the all new North Carolina Highland series.

There's a lot of the author's personal story in the telling of Bel and Beau's story. And, I think it made it all the more gripping of a story, as there is something in knowing that something is "real" and true that means you are even more drawn into it than you would have been otherwise.

I also love that while this is a friends to lovers, it's one where both of them are more than willing to admit their attraction to one another, and that it's been there for a while, they are just both reluctant, each having their own reasons to feel that way. And, no, I am not telling, you will just have to read the book.

I was a little concerned, right about when Beau tells Bel, and the readers, what is going on with him that I wouldn't believe the relationship would work. Nope, nothing to worry about there. The author did a wonderful job of not only developing the romance, but of developing the deep friendship they already had...and moving to more, even if there are some challenges to that happily ever after makes perfect sense.

The real strength of this book is the characters, the fact that both of them feel at peace and more like themselves with the other (there's a wonderful scene of this during a lesson) and that makes both of them willing to take a risk and become involved with one another.

I really liked Beau, and I felt so sorry for him. Maybe I was supposed to be a little frustrated with him at points, his family certainly was, but I just couldn't bring myself to feel it...I knew how he felt, and how much it was hurting him, and I felt sorry for him. And, when he finally realizes it doesn't have to be that way, that he doesn't have to stop living, I was so pleased. For both of them.

I enjoyed and recommend this title.

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Meet Jessica Peterson writes smart, sexy romance set in her favorite cities around the world. She grew up on a steady diet of Mr. Darcy, Jamie Frasier, and Edward Cullen, and it wasn’t long before she started creating irresistible heroes of her own. She loves strong coffee, stronger heroines, and heroes with hot accents.

She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband Ben, her daughter Gracie, and her smelly Goldendoodle Martha Bean.

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