Thursday, February 13, 2014

Hot Souhtern Mess by T.A. Hardenbrook Review

My mother always said, “You need to act like a lady if you are ever going to be the perfect wife.” Well, that would require me to first become ‘lady like’, and then sell my soul to the devil. Down south, women were groomed to be the perfect trophy wives. One must be the total package, in order to catch a man that had sort of social ranking at the country club. To my parents and sister’s dismay, being sold off to the highest bidder in society wasn't the life for me.

Hi I’m Molly, and anything but the southern belle type. My hair isn't blonde and I don’t wear dresses. My shoe selection consists of my favorite chucks, and I’m lucky that I shower daily. I bite my nails and play guitar, and well my makeup regimen involves the very basics. I don’t hold any pageant titles and I’m entirely too awkward at social gatherings.

So what does one do when her younger sister finds the man of her dreams and gets married? You suck it up and put on that horrible bridesmaid dress, and explain to everyone that you are perfectly content on living alone for the rest of your life. Then, you get the hell out of there.

I just want to play my music and live my life, free of sparkles and crowns. Being twenty-five and not married wasn't the end of the world, in reality, it is just the beginning. I am not going to worry about finding “the one” till it finds me. One afternoon I walked right into all six-foot-three rock star of it, shit.

Hi, my name is Molly, and I’m a complete Hot Southern Mess.


Clare's Review:

I truly truly enjoyed this book. I never wanted to put it down. I loved the story and loved Molly and really loved Reid. The characters had great chemistry, sex was hot. There was lots of emotion and angst but also lots of cute and funny parts, particularly Molly's inner monologues.

 So Molly grew up a southern belle in Georgia, but is the outcast of her family. She finally gets fed up and takes off, landing a job babysitting rock stars. There she meets the hot lead singer, Reid, and they have an immediate connection.

 I had just a few problems with the book, mainly in some editing, where a few thoughts of Molly's are a bit repetitive. And there are a few times where you want to throat punch the characters for repeated lack of communication and stupidity.

 But other than those little things, it is DEFINITELY worth picking up. I cannot wait for book 2. Like...right fucking now.

 4 stars

Author Bio:

T.A. Hardenbrook

I like to pretend that I'm a superhero, saving the world wearing my pink sparkly cape. However the reality of my life does not involve a cape (Yes, I know it really should) and unfortunately the only "saving the world" I do on a daily basis is bandaging up scraped knees and finding lost toys. Yet, for a stay-at-home mom that is the excitement I thrive on. I am a domestic goddess (in training), a shuttle car driver, referee, chef, teacher, and a maid all wrapped up into a fantastic little package.

I have been blessed with an amazing husband and two little clones that I get to call my family. We also have a wonderful American Pit-bull Terrier and a "missing a few screws" wirehaired dachshund. I would like to claim we live a glamorous life on the beach somewhere tropical and warm; however Spokane, Washington is where we have planted our roots.

My days are packed with taking care of our minions and dealing with the daily struggles of having Multiple Sclerosis. Writing is something I am able to do for myself, letting my mind wander with the stories that flow out my fingertips. I love to get lost in a good book, or write till my mind takes a mental tap-out. Writing is therapy for my soul, and hopefully the readers will get the same type of euphoria I get while writing when they read my novels.
Remember your dreams are always reachable; sometimes you just have to push a little harder to accomplish them!


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