Review of Upcoming Book: Hot Southern Mess by T.A Hardenbrook

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Rating: B+

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.

Now, let me start out by admitting that in the beginning of reading/editing this book I didn’t think it was going to be my cup of tea, as I’m not usually one for rocker romances or women who have their…… well, let’s just say piercings. But boy did the author proved me wrong! I loved this book! It was suspenseful, romantic, infuriating at times, and just flat out entertaining at others. It kept me wanting more and kept me intrigued to know how it was going to turn out. It’s not your typical romance novel in any way, shape, or form. It doesn’t even end typically, which, trust me, is a good thing. It’s unpredictable, with several plot twists and action scenes that just come out of nowhere (in a good way). Hot Southern Mess is a hot hit!

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Review of Deadly Deception by Andrea Johnson Beck

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Dr. Anne Jamison, a brilliant neuropsychiatrist, is living the concrete jungle life in Minneapolis with her fiancé, prominent attorney Adam Whitney. But the mysterious death of Carter Leeds, her beloved former boyfriend, still haunts her…

After three years of unanswered questions, a mysterious package finds its way to Anne. The note inside reveals the possibility that Carter may, in fact, be alive. Even more shocking, her very own fiancé may have had a hand in his attempted demise. Anne doesn’t know what—or who—to believe, and the deeper she digs, the more she is overcome by a dangerous game of cat and mouse. But will Anne’s trust be restored—or will she be the one left plotting revenge?

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Rating: A+

There were several times while reading this book that I was left thinking “wow”. The emotions were so real that I experienced some of them along with the characters. It was definitely a page turner; I never wanted to put it down. The author took such care to include the tiny details that are oh so important that a lot of authors forget. I.E: “Opening her trunk, she hauled out two pieces of matching luggage, then dropped them with a thud as small rocks kicked up under the rubber wheels.” Most people wouldn’t even think about the rocks being kicked up, but Ms. Beck made sure to include it; like the rocks were just as important as the location or characters. Ms. Beck is certainly a star! This book deserves to be on every best seller list out there, because it’s simply amazing. It has blown my expectations of suspense completely out of the water.