Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Blog Tour/Review: Southern Charmed by Melanie Jacobson

Southern Charmed, by Melanie Jacobson
2016, 232p, LDS Contemporary Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

Lila Mae Guidry is a Southern girl through and through. As a fourth-generation Latter-day Saint in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she’s proud of her heritage as both a Southerner and a Saint—and she doesn’t take kindly to people who disparage either. Ten years ago, Max Archer was just that kind of jerk. As the mission president’s son, Max spent his entire three years mocking the South . . . and teenage Lila. After Max’s family moved away, Lila forgot about her sworn enemy. Almost.

When a new job brings a grown-up Max back to Baton Rouge, Lila is less than thrilled with his reappearance, especially since everyone seems intent on throwing her together with this old adversary. Yet fight as she may, Lila soon realizes resistance is futile—their connection is undeniable. Max embodies everything she wants in a man—except perhaps the most important thing—her life is rooted in the city she loves, but his dreams are bigger than Baton Rouge. With such mismatched visions of the future, Max and Lila are faced with a life-altering decision: jeopardize their aspirations or risk losing love.

Once I started reading this book, I didn't stop until I was finished. It was such a fun read! Lila Mae has lived in Louisiana her entire life and has no plans to leave. She's a high school history teacher who is dedicated to her students and she feels the need to live close to her mother. Max lived in Louisiana for a few years when he was a teenager and made it clear that he wanted out of there. Well, Max is back and the sparks fly between them, but is he ready to settle down or is he is just passing through?

I loved Max and Lila's story! They worked well together and balanced each other out. Their relationship and romance was fun to read and I laughed quite a bit. There were obstacles for them to overcome which made things more interesting.

There were some great side characters in this book as well, like Lila's mother and Kiana, one of Lila's students. It was fun to read an LDS romance set in Louisiana and it was definitely full of southern charm. This is a great book for anyone that enjoys clean, contemporary romance!

Melanie Bennett Jacobson is an avid reader, amateur cook, and champion shopper. She consumes astonishing amounts of chocolate, chick flicks, and romance novels. After meeting her husband online, she is now living happily married in Southern California with her growing family and a series of doomed houseplants. Melanie is a former English teacher and a popular speaker who loves to laugh and make others laugh. In her down time (ha!), she writes romantic comedies for Covenant and maintains her humorous slice-of-life blog.

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