Series: Gone South #2
Author: Alicia Hunter Pace
Genre: Romantic Comedy
is sweet, and guests are always welcome.
in the NFL—and he’s never forgiven her for it. Tolly was only sixteen when she
led college senior Nathan to believe she was older, but she never imagined he’d
want to pursue a long-distance relationship. When he learned the truth, they
both paid a heavy price…
he’s returned and taken a job as a high school football coach, it’s only a
matter of time before the good citizens of Merritt find out she’s the one who
cost their hometown hero his future. When that happens, Tolly will lose
everything she’s worked for.
set up shop on Main Street – but he can’t back out now. When an orphaned teenager
needs mentoring to get on the right path, Nathan will have to form an uneasy
truce with Tolly. As old resentments resurface, so do old attractions. After
all this time, the end zone might finally be in sight….
Author note: “We hope you will enjoy this re-release from the Gone South
series. Scrimmage Gone South, a stand alone novel, was originally published by
Crimson Romance in 2013.”
Tolly could speak another word, Nathan propelled her in front of him and drove
her through the crowd like she was a trolling motor on a bass boat.
front porch, she spoke the first words she’d said to him in over a
decade—thirteen years to be exact, almost to the day.
let me go!”
first time in as many years, he answered her. “Townshend, you are coming with
her by her real name, not the baby name that four-year-old Harris had
christened her with because he couldn’t say Townshend. No one, not even
teachers, had ever called her anything but Tolly—no one but Nathan. He had
called her that because that was how she’d introduced herself that night so
long ago when she’d wanted to be daring and do something unexpected, instead of
being the eternal good girl.
you think you’re taking me?” she demanded.
pulled her down the steps, none too slow and none too gently. She stumbled and
he caught her.
Stilettos here,” she said through gritted teeth.
teach you to wear shoes that won’t take you where you need to go.”
dead in the middle of the sidewalk. “The day is done when I care what you need.
What you are going to do is march yourself over to my pickup truck and climb
in. I’ve got some things to say to you.” He pointed down the block to where his
big black truck was parked.
finally, after all this time. She had half expected this when he had first
moved back here to replace the recently fired Merritt High head football coach.
But he’d remained silent and she’d relaxed—apparently too soon.
closer,” she offered.
He made to move her toward his truck, but she planted her feet.
refuse. A carload of Methodists had just pulled up and were unloading casserole
dishes. Dr. Carlyle was emerging from the house. They would save her, even
though she was Episcopalian. She was sure of it.
Nathan said. It was only then that she noticed just how far beyond angry he
was—he was shaking livid. “Get your butt down that street and into my truck or
I will make a scene that will get me fired and land us both in jail. I swear I
will do it.”
believed him. And a scene was the last thing she wanted. Airing her dirty linen
in public—especially this dirty linen—would be the worst thing in Bad City. If
the people of Merritt found out what she’d done, what she had cost their
hometown hero, life here would be over.
confrontation now? Until today, he’d seemed as eager as she to keep their past
a secret. And why was he, all of a sudden, so mad? He’d been mad thirteen years
ago, sure. But since, there had only been cold distance. Maybe it was the ham
she’d brought that set him off. Maybe he thought pot roast was a more
appropriate bereavement food. That made as much sense as anything.
guide her down the street. He slowed down, though whether it was in deference
to her high heels or because of his bad knee, she couldn’t say.
jerked the truck door open, picked up a playbook and knee brace from the
passenger side, and threw them behind the seat. It was a long way to the
running board and Tolly was not a tall woman. She pulled up her pencil skirt
and started to climb. After she slipped twice, Nathan scowled at her and picked
her up and threw her in. He wasn’t rough about it, but he was resolved.
himself behind the wheel and turned on her all in one furious motion.
hands off my QB-One,” he said.
literally felt her eyes glaze over. She was expecting a rant on her past sins,
but what was this?
have noted her perplexed expression. “Don’t even try that with me, Townshend.
You can pretend to be stupid with everyone else. For reasons I cannot fathom,
even Harris seems to believe you have no knowledge of football terminology. But
just in case you have had a lobotomy that I am unaware of, I will be clear.
Keep your hands off my first string quarterback. Seven. Kirby Lawson. Do not
touch him. Ever again.”
really confused. “I don’t know what you’re talking about, Nathan.”
touch him. If you still need for somebody to think you’re the cutest little
thing north of a bow on a pig’s tail, go sell yourself somewhere else. I’m sure
you’d have plenty of buyers. But it’s not going to be my quarterback.”
comprehension finally set in, heat and ice formed in her stomach and radiated
outward to her heart, her hands, and finally her tongue. The ice that she
always depended on to keep her emotions in check abandoned her.
raised his shaking hands in front of him and closed his eyes. “I think,” he
said between clenched teeth as he gripped the steering wheel. “I think you are
the kind of person who will lie, deceive, and pretend. I think you are the kind
of person who will do whatever it takes to get attention. I think you play with
people. I think they don’t come much lower than you, Townshend Harris Lee, of
the Calhoun County Harrises and Lees.”
She lived by it. “You do know,” she said slowly, giving the ice time to chase
the fire away, “that lie, deceive, and pretend, all mean basically the same thing. You have, therefore, been
redundant in your speech.”
the steering wheel with his fist. “You know plenty about all three.”
flirting with that child.”
I saw you holding his hand, hugging him, and smiling like he was the best thing
on Earth—doing whatever it took to make him think you are the most amazing
thing to ever priss her expensive ass across a courtroom floor.” Nathan’s voice
then turned to a mocking falsetto that might have been funny under different
circumstances. “‘Kirby, honey, call me if you need anything. Or if you just
want to talk. I mean it.’”
anger beneath the frozen calm but Tolly no longer felt it. “What you saw, was
me—an adult woman—offering comfort to a devastated boy who has lost the only
stable person in his life.”
huh? Is that what you are these days?”
very well I was not flirting with Kirby.”
authority, maybe even the authority
on what Townshend Lee will and will not do. If there was a journal called Townshend Harris Lee and her Lying Cheating
Scheming Debutante Ways, they would hire me to be the editor. I would be
the keynote speaker at every conference. I would lead panel discussions.”
was sixteen years old.” Tolly’s voice was quiet.
therein was the problem, wasn’t it?”
picked up her bag from the floorboard. “I’m getting out of this truck, Nathan,
and I am going to get in my car and go back to work.” Just to show she was in
control, she removed a lipstick from her purse and took her time reapplying it.
Then she carefully blotted her mouth with a tissue. “You know very well I have
no unsavory intentions toward Kirby. If he thinks well of me, it’s not because
of my scheming ways, as you so eloquently put it. It’s because I’ve been good
to him. It’s because I pay him more than it’s worth to put up my Christmas
decorations and because I invented a dozen odd jobs last spring so he’d have
money for the prom. Your implications are not only insulting but preposterous.
Though I wouldn’t expect you to care about either one. If you ever feel the
need to have a reasonable conversation with me about our past, I will do that.
But I will never again sit still and let you accuse me of something like this.”
from my quarterback. I’ll be watching you.”
acknowledging that Nathan had spoken again, Tolly hiked up her skirt, jumped
down from the monstrous truck, and clicked on her high heels all the way back
to her Mercedes. She never looked back once.
and wishes for a bigger bookstore. 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.
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.
writing community. They write contemporary romantic comedy. They love to hear
Seals In Love
~The Nany Seal’s Secret Baby
~A Second Chance At Love
Genre: #Romance #ExMilitaryRomance #SealsInLove #Novellas
My Rating: 4
POV: First-person dual perspectives
Kindle: 130 pages
Publication: April 6th 2020 (Re-released)
Read: April 8th 2020 *Review copy provided by LWoods PR
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Hot Navy SEALs? Check
A secret baby? Check
Finding love the second time around? Check
The Navy SEAL’s Secret Baby
When curvy Sophie Chambers walks in on her boyfriend cheating on her, she drowns her sorrows in tequila. Lots and lots of tequila. When she wakes the next morning in bed with a man who’s name she can’t remember, she does the only thing she can…run.
Navy SEAL David Marshall is celebrating his retirement when he stumbles across the woman he’s been dreaming about for two years. The attraction is still hotter than ever. When she drops a bomb on him, he’s determined she won’t get away this time. Not when she’s the mother of his child.
A Second Chance at Love
Callie Foster never expected to feel such a strong connection to the sexy former SEAL her friend introduced her to. She only thought about having a little fun now that she’d regained her confidence after surviving an abusive relationship. Except he pushed her away.
Kyle Harper barely survived the war, returning home with one less limb. He begins a brief affair with a gorgeous nurse, but breaks it off knowing it won’t go anywhere. She’ll only leave him like everyone else in his life. When he runs into her a few weeks later, he realizes what a fool he was.
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
There are two standalone novellas within this book. While the characters are all present in the first book as a way of introduction, their stories are separate and unrelated. I equally enjoyed both stories. Some of my favorite tropes include ex-military. These characters have a good amount of baggage and that makes the story more complex and the endings even more delicious.
Four people believing they aren’t destined to find love. Each has a bit of baggage but nothing too heavy. The heroines are somewhat insecure and hesitant to allow themselves to take down the walls around their hearts. The heroes, specifically Kyle, is very protective of his heart. When the four of them come together. each in their own ways, they all realize they found something special. But the real question is…..will they be brave enough to take a chance on forever or risk losing the best thing to ever happen to them.
There is not a lot of character development because of the short length of the individual novellas. The attractions are instant and strong. That said, I enjoyed how the author drew out the relationship development a bit so the book didn’t have that stereotypical lust/love at first sight feeling. At least it didn’t for me. In addition, there is some angst and emotional feels. Each couple had a different story which did not tie into the other. I also appreciated that individuality. One more plus for me is that I discovered a new author that I will definitely check out in the near future.
This is my honest and unbiased review. Thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂
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Three couples uncover their happily ever after in this series of connected standalones. Packed with humor and heart, Kacey Shea brings a fresh look to her debut novels.
Gone is the sweet girl and best friend I left behind. In her place, a foul-mouthed, do whatever she wants no matter what I say, and drive me completely insane kind of woman. Kate’s determined to push all my buttons, and now that she’s my new roommate things are about to get worse.
Did I mention we recently hooked up for the best night of sex I’d had in my entire life? Right. That was before she moved into my apartment. Now every time she prances by in one of her curve hugging outfits I can’t stop remembering how good she felt in my arms. How perfectly our bodies fit together. Too bad we can’t be in the same room without picking a fight. Only, lately I’m starting to feel more than just irritation for her. More than just desire. More than anything I’ve ever felt before.
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Between working at the hospital and raising two boys, Carly doesn’t have time for a man. Let alone a younger, famous, probably has a new woman in his bed each night kind of man. She’s interested in someone who fits into her life, not flips it on its axis.
But fate has other plans and the more she runs into Derek, the more captivated she becomes. Not by his rock star status, but his kind heart. Carly begins to hope for more, but will she ever truly be able to move on from her past?
Now the two are planning their own walk down the aisle. Except their path is crowded with a few bumps along the way. The urgent investigation of a family matter. A sexy new client. Pregnant bridesmaids, an ex, and a sprinkle of cold feet leaves the couple stumbling toward their big day.
Forever is a long time, but Evie and Tate are determined to get hitched no matter what life throws their way. Will they make it to the wedding or uncover more challenges than a young couple in love can handle?
This novella is the forth book in the Uncovering Love series, and while it can be read as a standalone, it contains major spoilers and is intended to reader after Uncovering Love, Uncovering Desire, and Uncovering Hope.
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Danielle Harris is the daughter of an overprotective police chief and has led a sheltered life. As a kindergarten teacher, she’s as far removed from the world of Harleys and bikers as you could get, but when she’s rescued by the sexy and dangerous Austin Carver, her life is changed forever.
be forever, right up until it wasn’t.
that’s gone wrong in my life.
happily ever after.
chocoholic who’d rather read a book than go shopping. And don’t even mention
shoe shopping!Rebecca is a lucky girl – one of four kids to school teacher parents. Wife to a
football obsessed husband. Mother to a fur-baby who has no idea how big he is.
Aunt to the most crazy/adorable little girls. And sister to two very determined
sisters and one easy going brother.
Rebecca lives in Canberra Australia and spends way too many hours a day working
the day job.
She is a book whore who can easily (and happily) read a book from start to
finish in one sitting and spends her spare time writing.
It was supposed to be one night. One night of passion. One night of scorching hot, mind-blowing, earth-rocking fun. It was a one night stand that somehow turned into two nights, then three and four… and Victoria Sands knew better. Of course she knew better. She was a good girl, a smart girl. She knew better than to continue seeking him out, knew better than to keep falling into his arms, knew better than to let her heart get involved, but when it came to Austin her logical, rational brain never stood a chance to her body’s desire.
They’re complete opposites. She’s the town princess and he’s the boy from the wrong side of the tracks. She grew up in the mansion on the hill and his mother is the woman that cleans it. She thinks everything through and he goes with his gut instinct. The one thing they have in common is that they’ve never felt anything like the sparks that flare between them.
But is that enough to build a life on? A family on? And what about forever?
Jess Bryant is an avid indoorswoman. A city girl trapped in a country girl’s life, her heart resides in Dallas but her soul and roots are in small town Oklahoma. She enjoys manicures, the color pink, and her completely impractical for country life stilettos. She believes that hair color is a legitimate form of therapy, as is reading and writing romance. She started writing as a little girl but her life changed forever when she stole a book from her aunt’s Harlequin collection and she’s been creating love stories with happily ever afters ever since.
Jess holds a degree in Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma and is a lifetime supporter of her school and athletic teams. And why not? They have a ton of National Championships! She may be a girlie girl but she knows her sports stats and isn’t afraid to tell you that your school isn’t as cool as hers… or that your sports romance got it all wrong.
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Levi Holt hoped to build a life with his wife and fight fires with his brothers. Too bad his wife didn’t realize marriage is between just two people. Once the ink is dry on his divorce, he finds a new girl stealing his heart. The tiny baby his ex-wife swears is his. He didn’t get being a husband right but he’ll damn sure get being a daddy right.
Brynn Gold came to Chicago for all the wrong reasons. Becoming a nanny for a beautiful baby—with a beautiful father—is plenty reason to stay. That adorable baby, and her sexy father, make her heart burn with what she once gave up—something she isn’t sure she really deserves.
Levi think’s she deserves everything and he’s willing to risk getting burned again to prove it.
Born and raised in the Midwest, reading and writing have always been Dee’s passion. Short stories became long stories that finally, became books.
While playing grownup during the day, meaning working a job, Dee wrote her first book. When not reading or writing, which leaves less time than she’s proud of, Dee loves spending her time with her furbabies, her husband and lots of movies night
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