The last time Brantley Kincaid had an argument with someone, he was eighteen years old - and he regrets it like he will never regret anything again. If only he had not balked at going to pick up his grandfather that day, his mother would not have driven into the path of a truck and there would be two fewer graves in Merritt Cemetery. Though a frequent visitor, he hasn't lived in Merritt since burying his mother and grandfather. But now he's coming back and it might not be so easy to hide behind his wit and charisma.
Outwardly, interior designer Lucy Mead is a beautiful, confident professional. Inside, she's the friendless, overweight girl who spent her life following her archeologist parents all over the globe. And who could forget those teenage years of turmoil and unrequited love? It would have been kinder if Brantley had not known she was alive rather than treating her like Robin to his Batman. She carries the humiliation to this day.
Their friends and Brantley's family are delighted when he sets his sights on Lucy, though Lucy isn't so sure. She cannot deny the attraction, but something is wrong. Does he really love her, or does he see her as a refuge and another way to run from his grief?
If she can’t find answers, what could be a simple, sweet life might go completely south.
Sensuality Level: Sensual
About the Author
USA TODAY bestselling author Alicia Hunter Pace is the writing team of Stephanie Jones and Jean Hovey. Stephanie lives in Jasper, Alabama, where she teaches sixth grade. She is a native Alabamian who likes football, Civil War history, and people who follow the rules. She is happy to provide a list of said rules to anyone who needs them. Jean, a former public librarian, lives in Decatur, Alabama, with her husband in a hundred-year-old house that always wants something from her. She likes to cook but has discovered the joy of Mrs. Paul’s fish fillets since becoming a writer. Find Alicia Hunter Pace at AliciaHunterPace.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter @AliciaHPace.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Alicia Hunter Pace's Simple Gone South is a five star standout! There's something about romances set in the south that just draw me in. I find my brisk northern mind slowing down as I read along dreaming of sweet tea, honeysuckle, and southern drawls. One series that I discovered recently is Alicia Hunter Pace's Gone South - and I love it! Book three, Simple Gone South was just released and is simply a fabulous entry in the contemporary romance category. I was fascinated by the character of Lucy and her quick exit from parties and events when playboy Bradley was to appear in Sweet Gone South (book 1); Scrimmage Gone South (book 2); and "Slugger Gone South" in Take Me Out (book 2.5) - and figured there was an interesting backstory. Simple Gone South (book 3) offers that story and more in a really touching and sensitive love story that made me pull out the box of Kleenexes to have on hand. It's perfect time of year to read this as the story occurs in the fall and early winter (i.e. Thanksgiving and Christmas play a role). But I would suggest reading the previous three entries in the series (see above) as the characters interrelate and the stories are just so beautiful. In Simple Gone South we discover that player Bradley has some hidden depths that guard emotional trauma, while Lucy needs to learn to trust in love and friendship. I really liked both of them and had fun with the description of their careers (restoration architect and interior designer). Their friends who feature prominently in the previous stories play a strong role here as well and the warm southern hospitality will melt the winter cold away… There's a refreshingly innocent quality about this series that engages the reader along with humor, romance, and touching (and sometimes quite heated) love scenes. I do hope you'll add this to your must-read shelf as I have and enjoy a little southern comfort along the way.
In Simple Gone South by Alicia Hunter Pace, Brantley Kinkaid has blamed himself for his mother and grandfather’s death when he was eighteen years old. He keeps wondering if he had not argued with his mom and if he had only gone to pickup his grandfather as requested if the accident would not have happened. But no matter what he knows that arguing leads to no good, and he makes he sure that he does not argue with anyone no matter what. That’s why no matter what his on again off again girlfriend did or said he just let it goand got back together with her soon after. Until the day she took it too far and he was the one to end the relationship, this time definitely. Lucy Mead may seem like a beautiful and confident interior designer professional on the outside, but on the inside she still feels like the friendless overweight young girl who had to spent her life following her archeologist parent around the globe. Now Lucy is very happy that she was chosen to be the interior designer for the Brantley building. She just has to wait and find out whom the architect she has to work with will be. When Lucy sees Brantley her teenage unrequited love, one she has not been able to forget, or the humiliation she felt when he left her as they were about to be intimate she makes it very obvious that she is not interested in more than being casual acquaintances. Brantley cannot help the attraction he feels, and even if she wants to hide it he knows that the chemistry is mutual. At first he expects to be in Merritt only for the holidays as usual, but once his grandmother asks him to consider remodeling the Brantley building he knows that he cannot walk away as fast as he usually does. Now he will have to stay in the one place where the demons of his panic attacks are more active. What Brantley didn’t expect was that Lucy would try to keep away from him, or that he would find a way to keep his demons at bay when she is near. But even if she is willing to have a fling-like relationship with him, how long will she be willing to act as his refuge from his grief. Lucy wants a family and love and as long as Brantley doesn’t face his demons he will not be ready to give her what she wants. Simple Gone South by Alicia Hunter Pace is a heartwarming, sweet and entertaining read that will keep you laughing and sometimes even have you shed a tear or two.