Stubborn as a Mule (Sex and Sweet Tea Series #2)

Stubborn as a Mule (Sex and Sweet Tea Series #2)

by Juliette Poe

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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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157191269
Publisher: Big Dog Books, LLC
Publication date: 07/20/2017
Series: Sex and Sweet Tea Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 53,277
File size: 569 KB

About the Author

Juliette Poe is the sweet and swoony alter ego of New York Times Best Selling author, Sawyer Bennett.

A fun-loving southern girl, Juliette knows the allure of sweet tea, small towns, and long summer nights, that some of the best dates end sitting on the front porch swing, and that family is top priority. She brings love in the south to life in her debut series, Sex & Sweet Tea.

When Juliette isn’t delivering the sweetest kind of romance, she’s teaching her southern belle daughter the fine art of fishing, the importance of wearing Chucks, and the endless possibilities of a vivid imagination.

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Stubborn as a Mule 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the first book in this series a lot and this one was even better! The sparks between Lowe and Mely built anticipation nicely. This was a really fun read
bookbruin More than 1 year ago
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*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poor Lowell just wants to keep the family home in the family and is willing to scare off the bg city lady who took it away, but times are changing and the judge is ticked off so his best bet is to do the work ordered by the court and move on. But surprise surprise, with a whole lot of mutual attraction and local connections, maybe that New Yorker is not all bad and maybe she just might be what his life has been missing. These two were truely made for each other. I loved her BFF and the practical jokes contest that went on. This would make an entertaining romcom movie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the second in the series but you don't have to read the other one first. It is a fun book with stereotypes from the north and south and about accepting our differences. I would recommend this romantic comedy book to all.
Teewee125 More than 1 year ago
Big city woman and small town guy. Hmm.. could they work? She is used to her expensive perfume, designer clothes, rich life. He is just a southern guy living life the best way he can. How can these two possibly be compatible. From their court room scene you could sense their spark. Mely just purchased the home that had been in Lowe's family for generations. Was he upset that she now owned it...well he did border up the windows and doors and then paint the trim neon pink. I'd say he was upset. To him she was just another rich high society woman who cares nothing for the house that has meant so much to him. But after spending time with Mely, since the judge ordered him to work for so many hours fixing the house all free of charge. Lowe learns that Mely has an attachment to this house as well. They don't know each other long but you could see the sparks fly between the two and it is only a matter of time the sparks ignite. But could this uptown girl fit into this small town. I love how Juliette Poe included The Wicked Horse into this story and the town gossips were a hoot. A very enjoyable read and as usual a 5 star story.
Loganhr90 More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time getting into it because I thought the hero was kind of a hard person in the first book, but I'm glad he found someone to keep him ground level.. I liked how the story flowed
PennieM More than 1 year ago
This was a good time, laugh out loud, passionate read that was so much fun those around me had fun watching me read it. We met Lowe in the last book when he was arrested for causing damage to the ancestral home, Mainer House, that was purchased by a Yankee but now we get to watch them get up close and personal. Melinda has history with the house and bought it to bring it back to it life and to find out more about her grandmother. What she didn't plan on was getting involved with her own southern gentleman at the same time. Lowe and Mely start out as enemies but all that passion turns around and that chemistry is undeniable. Oh, and don't forget Mely brings her BFF to town. There is no describing Morri, he has to be enjoyed and it was definitely an enjoyment to get to know him. I highly recommend this book, along with the first in series. **Received this ARC for review**
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars-- STUBBORN AS A MULE is the second installment in Juliette Poe’s (aka Sawyer Bennett) contemporary, adult SEX AND SWEET TEA romance series focusing on the people of Whynot, North Carolina. This is carpenter and home town bad boy Lowe Mancinkus, and New Yorker, interior designer Melinda Rothschild’s story line. STUBBORNS AS A MULE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary. Told from several first person points of view including Lowe and Melinda STUBBORN AS A MULE follows the building relationship between carpenter Lowe Mancinkus, and interior designer Melinda Rothschild. Melinda Rothschild likes to flip homes so her purchase of the one hundred year old historic Mancinkus family home known as the old Mainer House has pushed Lowe Mancinkus over the edge and in front of a judge facing criminal trespassing and property damage. To atone for his ‘sins’ Lowe has been forced to make reparations and help Melinda Rothschild renovate and redecorate the house his family no longer owns. What ensues is the building relationship between Lowe and Melinda, and the fall out when the local town gossips start spreading rumors that Melinda believes to be true. We are reintroduced to several Whynot residents including Lowe’s grandfather Pap, local hardware store owner Floyd as well Melinda’s best friend Morri and Lynette, who is desperate to rekindle a relationship with our story line hero. The usual town gossips, busy-bodies and meddling characters present as a colorful mix of eccentric STUBBORN AS A MULE is a small-town, lighthearted romance about one woman’s struggle to be accepted by the town she will come to love, and one man’s battle to prove he is more than the sum of his past. The premise is sweet; the romance is fated-the $ex scenes are all implied and fade to black. The characters are numerous, colorful and eclectic. If you like clean and charming love stories then Juliette Poe’s SEX AND SWEET TEA series is right for you
KaraS More than 1 year ago
Let me start off by saying that Lowe Mancinkus is a tall, cool drink of water! This book is funny, witty, and quirky with characters that you’ll thoroughly enjoy. Although you don’t have to read Book #1 to read this one – go back to the beginning. Whynot, NC is a place to hang out and stay awhile. One thing I really enjoyed about the book and Juliette Poe as a writer – is that she doesn’t shy away from the hard truths about parts of the South. I’m a Southern girl myself, but the intolerance for others is not something to be proud of and she handles it with a deftness that was impressive. On the flip side - she captures the good about Southerners too - "...just friendly people." Morris D. is a genuinely laugh out loud character with enough drama of his own. Lowe’s frustration over losing his family’s home is understandable even if he channels it the wrong way at first. And Melinda Rothschild can be seen as a haughty New Yorker, but once you get to know her – you know she is a down-to-earth genuine woman. The romance between Lowe and “Mely” is very understated and cute. It’s a slow sizzle. And although you can see the point of conflict a mile away - their love story will still tug at your heart. And Lowe is one romantic soul at heart - swoon!! Favorite quotes: “You need to suck it up, buttercup.” “Don’t give me any ‘neckitude’” Favorite exchange: “I don’t think your bestie likes me very much” “He doesn’t know you” “Neither do you” “But I’m trying” – so cute!! And the fact that Juliette/Sawyer weaves connections to other series, Southern history and the like - you just want to grab a tall glass of sweet iced tea and sit awhile. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy that I received from the publisher.
LightningCityBookReview More than 1 year ago
Juliette (Sawyer Bennet) Poe's Sex and Sweet Tea series is sweet, sassy and Southern like sweet tea and moonshine. "Stubborn as a Mule" brings us a fabulous book boyfriend in ornery Lowe Mancinkus who's actually a romantic Southern gentleman. The Heroine's Yankee Melinda (Mely) Rothchild, a sleek, blue-blooded, interior designer. Lowe and Mely's "relationship" begins in "Ain't He Precious" when they end up in a wildly amusing court proceeding. Lowe's parents sold a family home to Melinda. For Lowe the building's important as it's part of his family's history and he felt by the betrayal. The fact Melinda's a Yankee makes it sting worse. In "Stubborn as a Mule" Lowe and Mely face off again in court; again in highly entertaining fashion. This time the judge orders Lowe work off his punishment by making repairs, to Mely's house. 150 hours At first antagonism rules then the just-beneath-the-surface heat combusts. Spectacularly. Juliette (Sawyer Bennett) Poe fills this book with wonderful Southern picturesque festival and dating opportunities. A romantic Lantern Festival and pick-up truck camping. Even the General Lee makes an appearance. There's a running theme of tolerance and gossip throughout the book. The small town gossip of Whynot itself is the sweetheart and the villain in the book. There are chapters dedicated to the Gossip Mill and it's delightfully humorous but also hateful and cruel. A nod of the Wild Horse Las Vegas sex club is made, which is a "cute wink" to dedicated fans. Along with the Hero and Heroine, Lowe and Mely, the Miner House is the third main character. This house fosters two grand romances which is wonderfully sweet and touching. Lowe and Melinda are truly a perfect match. Neither are what they appear at first glance and both are terribly romantic and sentimental. This book's flat-out Fantastic! To read the entire review please visit: This novel was provided, voluntarily read, and honestly reviewed.
cookie614 More than 1 year ago
Who would have thought that a city slicker and a country boy could ever see eye to eye ? Well I never thought that after there troublesome courtroom drama they could actually become of friends..maybe more.. After Lowe fixes Mainer House the way he thinks will satisfy Judge Bove .. Melinda drags him back into ..really bright pink !! He repainted the damage he created but he has now made it worse and has to fix it and do extra probationary hours BUT will Lowe make Mel's life better or worse ?? After getting over each others nerves Lowe and Mel realize they have the same feeling's for Mainer House and they want to create something they both can agree on. But when they realize they have feelings for each other and NOT just the house things start to happen and when the GOSSIP from the town threatens to tear them apart .. friends try and put them back together again .. like a house of card falling and rebuilding up .. Did I also mention LOVE and what happens in VEGAS sometimes doesn't always STAY in Vegas !! I love this installment of two characters that go from hate to friendship to LOVE !! and maybe more .. But the gossip mill has to stop or else !!
CarolN More than 1 year ago
Such a fresh summer read by Juliette Poe. Enemies Lowe and Mely become so much more than enemies once they learn they actually have the same small town family values. Both love their respective families, especially their grandparents. This lovely read is also a little bit city slicker (Mely) meets country boy (Lowe) and after several rounds of butting heads they realize they’re really on the same team. This is the second book in the Sex and Sweet Tea series but also is a stand alone. Juliette Poe never disappoints. I highly recommend this read.
Neek67 More than 1 year ago
This is just what I needed to read. I loved the first book in this series, but this one is even better. I adored Lowe and Melinda and their story which was funny and heartwarming with a touch of angst. Lowe Mancinkus meets Melinda Rothschild in court. She is suing him for damages on her house. The thing is, it was Lowe's family home until Mely bought it. And he is downright mad it's not apart of his family anymore. So Lowe has to do some time...... at Mainer House, fixing the damages he made. To say they start on the wrong foot is an understatement but the way this couple then fall for each other is so sweet. Lowe is truly swoon worthy. He is a proper southern gentleman that cherishes Mely and it doesn't take long for him to realize she wasn't the up tight New Yorker from court. She definitely has some sass but also an endearing heart. They both appreciate the history of the house and what it means to each other, and work together to restore it to is former glory. We get to meet some more of the townspeople in this book which adds to the overall delight of the book. Lowe's family are a big part of his life, and I can't wait to read more about them. *I received a copy for an honest review.
JaneyC More than 1 year ago
We return to Whynot, North Carolina - population 3,872, where Lowe Mancinkus finds himself in court. His old family home has been sold to a fancy panted NY city girl, and he fears his roots will trickle away when she renovates and flips it. In an act of defiance, he paints some of the window frames neon pink, hence the court visit. Melinda (Mely) Rothschild was drawn to the escape of North Carolina, and falling upon Mainer House, she decided it was worth the effort to restore. Little did she know what she was up against, and how much she wanted to be up against huffy, hot Lowe. As we wander our way through the dual perspective chapters, interspersed with abstract chapters from various Whynot inhabitants, we get a birds eye view of the story. What Lowe & Mely are sensing, and how the close knit community are receiving their chemistry infused playing. On the surface, their characters couldn’t be further apart, because of their backgrounds, but their true hopes for the future dovetail quite nicely. Juliette is entertaining us with the slow & sure discovery of an ideal; an ongoing part that will display the bigger picture of somewhere I’d quite like to visit myself. Here’s to further adventures in the land of Sex & Sweet Tea. Complimentary copy received from the author in exchange for an honest review.
KrissysBookNook More than 1 year ago
My five reasons why Stubborn as a Mule is the PERFECT Summer Romance. 1. The love story is sweeter than a glass of southern sweet tea. Lowe and Mely's romance is incredibly sweet. They both may be stubborn as mules but together they fit like a lemony sweet sip of sweet tea. 2. Not too hot. While this story is incredibly sweet, it glosses over the hot stuff and allows you to use your own imagination to decide just how hot you want it to be. The steamy scenes are mostly implied but you're given just the right amount of information to be satisfied without being scorched. 3. It's funny. The citizens of Whynot and their gossip mill had me laughing throughout this entire book. From Floyd going on a fun filled evening with Morri in Raleigh to Lowe taking a big bite of a not-cream-filled doughnut, this story has enough humor to keep you in stitches for hours. 4. There's a hidden gem for Sawyer Bennett fans. I'm not going to tell you when or where you can find this little hidden gem but if you're a fan of a certain wicked series by this author, keep your eyes peeled while reading. 5. Lanterns. The lantern festival is so descriptively written that you can close your eyes and almost feel the southern summer air on your skin. I was raised in an itty bitty town in Tennessee so this scene brought me back to my childhood and hot summer nights spent catching fireflies and floating on the river. I give Stubborn as a Mule 5 out of 5 Krissy's Stars! This book is truly the perfect summer read in my opinion and I hope you'll give it a read. Maybe it will lift your spirits as much as it did mine. ;) Xo-K *I was generously given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
kJenn More than 1 year ago
** Received ARC for a fair and honest review ** Stubborn as a mule is Lowe and Melinda's story and the 2nd book in the Sex and Sweet Tea series. You are introduced to Lowe in the first book and at the end of the book you are minutely introduced to Melinda Rothschild, who bought the Mainer House. This could be read as a standalone, but would best be read in order. This series takes place in Whynot, NC a small town with a lot of small town gossip. At the end of book 1 and the beginning of book 2 Lowe is in trouble for damaging the Mainer House in protest for it being sold since it was a major part of their family history. Melinda bought the Mainer House as it has historical significance for her family and she is incensed at Lowe for first damaging the house and then when told to fix it, painting it an obscene color. Things only heat up from there when he is told to fix it in the manor in which the new homeowner decides. Ok, so on to my thoughts and feelings on the b0ok. This book was hard to put down, though it took me a couple days to read since I'm in the middle of a huge home project keeping me from reading. Having nothing to do with the book, if I would have had the time I would have neglected everything else to read it. It is a sappy sweet story, the characters were a hoot, all of them except the town mean girl... I'll let you read to get the full effect of her... I really enjoyed the chemistry between Lowe and Melinda, their story was a fun rollercoaster and when the ride ended, I was not wanting it to end. If you are reading this as a first for Juliette Poe, then know that this isn't going to be a sex riddled story, there is one part that glosses over it at 89% and one other that implies that there was. If you are looking for hot and steamy, this wouldn't be for you, but the story is a lot of fun! The only criticism I have at all is the ending. Though I know you will get minor bits of the characters in the upcoming books, I still wanted more information as to them, I know that's vague but I don't want to spoil it for you. I really wish there would have been an epilogue or just a little bit more.... However, this still does not affect my rating, the book was still awesome! Happy Reading!!!
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Vero-Stro More than 1 year ago
This is Book 2 in the "Sex and Sweet Tea" Series and it is a very entertaining read! Lowe Mancinkus is Trixie's brother and we have already met him in Book 1. This time he is the main character and he will need to deal with Melinda Rothschild, a rich girl from New York who buys the family's mansion. The wonder of this book is the amazing descriptions of small town life, the gossip mill, how everybody knows everything the others are doing, and secondary characters. Although Lowe and Mely are great and their love story is sweet and wonderful, second characters are so rich that makes the story even more entertaining! I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by the author
LaurenLesczynski2828 More than 1 year ago
Ohhh this was so stinking legit...the sweetest book I have read in a hot min. Lowe...I mean HELLO...a hot, studly man who is good with his hand...YES PLEASE! Melinda just blew into town and really did a number on poor Lowe. Once they stop bickering for five seconds they actually find they enjoy each others company...maybe a bit to much if you know what I mean. Anyway this is a very sweet and charming's a small town setting which I adore with a great love story. I can not wait to see what is in store next. #SuckItUpButterCup #Mely #BlueGunk #GirlFriend #CountryBoy #Necktitude #TwistCaps #HeterosexualConspiracy #FluxCapacitor #SwappedSpit
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I'm loving the Sex and Sweet Tea series by Juliette Poe. Stubborn as a Mule is the second book to be released and I loved it. Lowe and Melinda/Mely were such fun and entertaining characters. I loved how these two moved from hating and trying to outdo the other to falling in love and finding their soul mate. Stubborn as a Mule is a beautifully written and heartfelt read that will bring out all the feels and leave you with a huge smile on your face. Another great read by the talented Juliette Poe, looking forward to Lakens book next in Barking Up the Wrong Tree.
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
Another charming, sweet, romantic and sometimes funny love story in this fantastic series from Juliette Poe. Lowe and Mely may start off as enemies over Mainer House but that all turns into passion of a whole different kind. They have oodles of chemistry and it doesn't take long for them to see the good in each other not to mention how attracted they are to each other. There are so many fun and interesting characters in this small town of Whynot! And Mely's bestie Morri D is such a delightful character! I love the pranks between him and Lowe! Epic!! Throw in a trip to Vegas and you've got quite an eventful story here! I am thoroughly enjoying this sweet series!!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
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.
Marie-Elizabeth More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: ARC received in exchange for an honest review Stubborn as a Mule is author Juliette Poe’s sophomore effort and it's a good one! Book two in the Sex and Sweet Tea series, this entry is light on the sex and heavy on the swoon. But despite being chaste, Stubborn as a Mule is a sweet, simple, and delightful read. Stubborn as a Mule pairs Lowe, a good ol’ Southern boy, and Mely, a Yankee transplant in search of a fairy tale. From the get go, these two went toe to toe — clashing, arguing, and butting heads — their relationship contemptuous and antagonistic, thriving off their mutual consternation for the other. And because there's a fine line between love and hate, it naturally was only a matter of time before all that fiery passion overflowed and changed the nature of their relationship. Poe’s novel is a true dichotomy: a slow-burn romance in an accelerated timeline. Even though Lowe and Mely go from zero to sixty in less than a month, there's a real natural progression to their relationship. And though the relationship between Lowe and Mely developed fairly quickly and over a short period of time, much of the charm and romance in the story derives from Lowe efforts to court and woo Mely… HARD. Just like in Ain't He Precious, the townspeople of Whynot remain ridiculously entertaining, and Poe uses these vibrant characters as slightly unreliable narrators, providing fodder for the gossip mill over coffee and breakfast pastries. These little breaks in the alternating narration are a bright spot in the story and were amusing and indicative of the story’s small-town setting. Poe’s second entry in this series is definitely a success — swoony, adorable, slightly treacly, but overwhelmingly pleasant. Stubborn as a Mule is warm and enchanting, like a huge helping of old fashioned Southern hospitality. Ain't He Precious set the bar high, but in Poe’s skillful hands, Stubborn as a Mule scales that bar easily. Bring on book three: Barking Up the Wrong Tree!
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
**Advanced copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review** Welcome back to Whynot, NC! All of our favorites are back in this second book, but never fear, if you didn't read the first book, you can certainly read this one as a standalone and you won't be lost at all! Lowe Mancinkus is fit to be tied that a home that has been part of his family for years now belongs to someone else. Because of that, he might have painted a few parts of the house loud, bright colors, which landed him in front of Whynot's judge with his sister defending him. When he can't keep his mouth shut in the courtroom, the judge decides that the best punishment is to have to deal with the new owner of the house and help her with the repairs she needs done on his own time. Melinda (Mely) Rothschild was born and raised in New York City and she knows nothing but that life. When she finds herself in Whynot ready to work on the Mainer House that she's recently purchased, she's in for a whole new way of life. Things in the South are much different than they are above the Mason-Dixon line and when she's forced to work with the man who used her house as his personal canvas, she is not ready for him or for what he makes her feel. As Lowe and Mely begin to work together, they form a truce of sorts as they figure out the other really isn't as bad as they initially thought. They spend more time together and slowly they are finding reasons to be around one another instead of running the opposite direction. The question is can a relationship grow while they are dealing with gossiping town folk and Mely's best friend who comes to town? This was a fantastic story with a slowly built romance that you knew was going to erupt into a five alarm inferno when they finally gave in. There is so much to love about the supporting cast of characters in this tiny North Carolina town and Juliette Poe infuses the story with so much wit and sass you can't help but love it! I enjoyed this trip back to Whynot and I'm looking forward to the next one!
LilleyLoohLah More than 1 year ago
Well, just like book 1, this is another honest to goodness happy, feel good book that left me all warm and fuzzy. Enemies to lovers, we follow Lowe Mancinkus who has been ordered by Judge Bowe to fix up his beloved Mainer House after he made a few unwanted changes to it following its sale to rich New Yorker Melinda Rothschild. Written in dual POV with a few chapters from additional character’s POV, the story was funny, romantic and the writing was just perfect. All the characters from Whynot are very small town and highly amusing, and Mely has to learn to adjust to all the small town gossip, as does her best friend Morri when he comes to visit (Morri by the way is hilarious). Lowe is a perfect gentleman, super sexy and with just the right amount of alpha. Mely is his perfect partner in every way. Fantastic characters, laugh out loud moments and a superb slow burn romance. I can't wait for book 3. A was provided with an advanced copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.