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Baby, Drive South by Stephanie Bond

The Southern Roads Trilogy Book 1, June 2011:

In book 1 of The Southern Roads trilogy, the Armstrong brothers wait to see if an ad they placed in a northern newspaper to “import” women into the remote Georgia mountain town they’re rebuilding is going to have any takers. Baby brother Porter Armstrong is hoping for a submissive hottie to warm his bed, but gets way more than he bargained for in a bossy doctor who seems immune to his charms.


This contemporary romance is right up my alley. It is simple and fun with good opposites that make for an interesting couple. We’ve got a cocky, yet charming male whose all about providing himself to the ladies. Opposite him is a vulnerable, strong woman who doesn’t know she’s got the assets, much less how to use them. Throw in a bet, desperation, a couple of brothers, 99 other women, a broken leg and you’ve got one sweet, southern ride.

Admittedly not everything about the backstory is believable. A town that doesn’t get many tornadoes and is then suddenly hit by an EF-5, shouldn’t have zero deaths. Gotta bring on the pain, baby. At the same time the concept is impressive. The bond these three brothers share with the land creates a very real sentimentality, and their vision is practical and worthy.  In the end everything balanced out nicely. No solid complaints, especially since the characters are well rounded and drive the story.

If you are a Susan Mallery fan, as I am, then I firmly believe you will enjoy this book. Stephanie Bond’s writing reminded me a lot of Mallery’s, and I think that anyone who enjoys Mallery is sure to enjoy Stephanie Bond. I predict this to be a trilogy that will deliver, and get better with each book (I am definitely interested in book 3!). I fully intend on making a book store purchase of all three books.

This will be a set worth rereading, books that that truly lighten your day.

P.S. Isn’t that some fantastic cover art? The other two book covers are just as fabulous!

*Received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


You can find Stephanie Bond at her website, and pre-order Baby, Drive South at the following links:  Barns & Noble | Borders | Books-A-Million | Amazon


One Response

  1. I do love that cover!

    I just read the prequel “Baby, I’m Yours”, which is a free kindle read. Here is the link

    It is a fun read! Since both you and I live with tornado possibilities every day of lives, I understand your skeptism, but we also both know that tornadoes are unpredictable and can it places they never have.

    I want to read this whole series. Like you, this is my type of read.

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