Stubborn as a Mule
Book 2, The Sex and Sweet Tea Series
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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.
Just LOVED Lowe and Mely!
I am just loving these fun, sweet stories from Juliette Poe (Sawyer Bennett). This fun and lively Mancinkus family just keeps on providing such great entertainment!
We met Lowe Mancinkus in Trixie's story. Lowe is not happy the family's Mainer House has been sold to some "Yankee" who buys and flips homes and he wants to make life as hard as possible for this woman. Lowe has already boarded up the doors and windows and then sat on her porch with a gun, but now he has painted all the trim work in neon pink! This last act has landed him in front of Judge Winston Edward Bowe again because "the woman", Melinda Rothschild has pressed charges. After Lowe is ordered to fix what he has done, to the agreement of Melinda "Mely", all hell breaks loose. Mely isn't happy to have to deal with Lowe and by the time they leave the courtroom, Lowe has to spend 250 hours doing work on Mely's house!
Oh, it is obvious from day 1 that these two are made for each other. They both have that fighting streak in them. I just adored the things these two did to piss each other off. Of course, this ended up such great chemistry! As Lowe and Mely spend more time together, they start to realize that they both jumped to wrong conclusions about the other and they both start developing feelings for each other.
I really enjoyed how this story was told through town gossip. It made for some funny scenes. And I just LOVED Morri! He was too funny for words. The pranks that Lowe and Morri played on each other were priceless.
Slowly over time, Lowe and Mely started to fall hard. Lowe was such a sweet, southern gentleman and you couldn't help but fall for him. I just adored the way Mely felt about Lowe's family....it was something she really seemed to long for in her life.
I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised with what happened with those two and how they go to their happy ending. Never even saw that coming!
Overall, this was a wonderful story, with such great characters.
Sweet and Cute Small Town Romance!
This was a very sweet and cute small town romance! The enemies to lovers and fish out of water tropes were perfect and created some very charming and hilarious moments. Stubborn as a Mule is the 2nd book in the Sex and Sweet Tea series, but can be read as a stand alone.
I really enjoyed Lowe and Melinda (Mely's) transformation from sworn enemies to slow burn lovers. I actually wish there had been a little more love/hate build up, but it really was adorable how they each started to realize that they might not dislike each other after all. Lowe is a Southern gentleman through and through, and I found myself falling for him as the ornery property vandal facade gave way to the lovable and charismatic home town boy. The main conflict and resolution, while predictable, wasn't heavy or drawn out and the other woman drama was the perfect amount of angst. Though there is plenty of innuendo and sexual tension between Lowe and Mely, this is more a fade to black/implied sexy times kind of book.
The city of Whynot, NC is so wonderfully eclectic and is the perfect back drop to this series. It is home to some amazing secondary characters, especially Pap and Floyd. Mely's best friend, Morri, was also a wonderful addition who brought more humor to the story (loved his prank war with Lowe!) and shed light on social issues facing the world today. I thought the nod to the Wicked Horse in Vegas was genius and I chuckled to myself when I saw it. If you're looking for heartwarming and lighthearted small town romances, you don't want to miss this series!
*I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
Laugh out loud funny and swoon worthy romantic. I love these stories with all the passion they possess but leaving some things to our imaginations.
Lowe Mancinkus is definitely passionate! About his family, it's history, and his little hometown of Whynot, NC. Before long he's passionate about the woman he is currently furious with!
Melinda Rothschild may be a city girl but she finds something peaceful about this quaint little town in NC. Everything about it pleases her...well except for the intolerable Lowe Mancinkus.
Grab a copy of this one and get to know these guys as well as a cast of unforgettable characters in this amazing story. I highly recommend it.
- Category: Romantic Comedy
- Published: Jul 20, 2017
- Publisher: Big Dog Books, LLC
- Seller: Big Dog Books, LLC
- Print Length: 278 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 2, The Sex and Sweet Tea Series