Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Release Blast: Sweet Southern Bad Boy by Michele Summers

Can these two opposites find a common ground 
and the love they both deserve?

Harmony Homecomings #3
Michele Summers
Releasing Dec 6th, 2016
Sourcebooks Casablanca


When Katie McKnight gets lost location-scouting for her father’s TV studio, she stumbles upon the perfect setting for their angsty new teen vampire series—a remote barn house unfortunately occupied by a grouchy, disheveled, and incredibly sexy man who instantly mistakes her for the new nanny. Should Katie tell him the truth, or get her foot in the door?


Bestselling author Vance Kerner doesn’t just have writer’s block—he’s been run ragged ever since he was saddled with taking care of his brother’s three kids, an adopted kitten, and a runaway mutt. The last thing he needs is a teen drama defiling his property, but with fascinating and unconventional Katie underfoot charming the entire Kerner household, Vance is finding it harder and harder to say no.

Katie agrees to babysit, if Vance allows the film crew access to his property. Vance agrees to keep an open mind for the peace he needs to write.

But having Katie underfoot is anything but peaceful. And Vance is finding less and less time to write and more and more time to watch Katie weave a lovely spell on all the Kerners...especially him.

Can these two opposites find a common ground and the love they both deserve?

“Hey, there. You ain’t from around here, are ya’? I’m Clancy Perry.” Clancy stuck his hand out and Vance immediately hated the glint in his eyes.
“Katie McKnight.” She shook Clancy’s hand.
“You from Hollywood?”
“Santa Monica, technically––”
            “Well, Katie McKnight…I’m your man.” Clancy ambled closer to Katie, blocking Vance with his back. “And I’d like to audition for any and all love scenes. Especially if I get to make love to Carrie Underwood or Brooklyn Decker.”
“Oh, well––” Her unease was visible as she glanced at Vance.
“You don’t have to pay me or nothing. I’d do it for free. As long as the actress is smokin’ hot.” Clancy inched closer to Katie.
“Welcome to Harmony,” Vance said to Katie’s surprised or alarmed face (either would be fitting). He clapped Clancy on the shoulder over his worn Skoal T-shirt. “Look, go tell everyone not to stop by because there’s not going to be any movie. Got it?”
“That ain’t what I heard––”
“You’re hearing it now.” Clancy got that belligerent look on his face and was about to say something really stupid when Katie hooked her arm through his and steered him toward the door.
“Mr. Perry, as soon as Mr. Kerner and I have ironed out all the details, I will personally let you know if there any parts in the miniseries suited for you,” she said to a goofy-smiling Clancy. “Thank you for stopping by and informing me of your availability.”
Clancy shuffled his dirty cowboy boots on the wood floor. “Sure thang. Maybe you and me can talk over beers”––he made a suggestive leer with his tobacco-stained teeth–– “You ever ridden on the back of an ATV––”
            “She’s not available.” Vance cut in as he tried shoving Clancy out the door.
“How do you know?” Clancy dug his booted heels in, halting Vance from slamming the door in his face. “You ain’t her boyfriend, you douche bag.”
“Yes, I am. Now get the hell out of here,” he snarled in Clancy’s stupefied face. “And make sure you tell your brother Clinton, too.” Vance slammed the door so hard it rattled the frame.
Katie stood with crossed arms. Pointing a finger at her disapproving face, he said, “Don’t give me that look. I did you a huge favor. Clancy and his brother Clinton are two characters you want to avoid. They don’t run on all four cylinders. They trim trees for a living and have fallen out of more than I can count, which explains the brain damage.”
Katie took an aggressive step forward. “I don’t care about Clancy. You promised to listen to my proposal with an open mind. And now you’re saying no before I’ve had a chance to explain.” A wrinkle creased her brow directly below her widow’s peak. “And I’m not your girlfriend, you…you butthurt!”
Unable to form a coherent thought, his pulse quickened as he stared at Katie’s flustered face and heaving chest beneath her oversized sweatshirt. “Did you just call me butthurt?
“Yeah. And I meant it.” Katie whirled around and stormed away. “I’m outta here. But I’m coming back tomorrow to present my proposal and you’re gonna listen.”

In trying to win favor with her father and prove herself to not just him, but her ex, Katie's trying to do the best job she can as location scout for her father's upcoming miniseries.  When she stumbles upon what she feels could be the perfect location, Katie's willing to do anything to get the owner's agreement.  But Katie doesn't know what her father's got going behind her back, and doesn't realize how her life is about to change from this stumbled upon location and the people in it.  

Vance didn't realize what he was getting himself into by agreeing to keep his brother's children while his sister in law healed from an injury.  He's got a fast approaching deadline for his latest book, a lack of words, and no clue how he's going to finish while keeping all of the kids alive.  When Katie stumbles onto his property and lands on his doorstep offering to keep the kids while he takes a meeting, he's wary but all to happy to accept her help.  But to get her help, he's got to listen to her sales pitch, something he already knows he doesn't want to agree too, but desperation and a little something else tug at him to keep her there. 

Sweet Southern Bad Boy was  a fun read! I really enjoyed both characters and getting to know them.  They definitely had their own problems, mostly family issues, but I liked how they could help the other see things that they hadn't before.  Katie helped Vance and his estranged father come to a mutual understanding and eventually forgiveness, while Vance helped Katie see that she needed to break free from her father's control and be who she was.   I really liked the underlying connection between Katie and Vance that grew as she watched the kids and continued to wait for his approval for use of his land.  

This book took was about more than these two characters finding love together. It was about forgiveness, about finding your own way, even if it meant rebelling against those who should love you for who you are.  It was a story about standing up for yourself, about doing what you love and last of all, it was a story of finding love where and when you least expect too.  

Michele Summers grabbed me into the story from page one, curious to see if Katie would be able to swing Vance to her side, and then she hooked me further with the hilarity that was a grown man trying to wrangle three kids who seemed to be reigning supreme.   The writing was beautiful, the chracters unique and relatable, and the story fun; all together Sweet Southern Bad Boy was a book I couldn't wait to finish reading.  

Michele Summers enjoys writing smart romances with spunky heroines, witty heroes and wacky characters, along with a satisfying happily ever after. To her thrill and delight, she has won numerous awards for her writing. When not writing, she loves her career as an interior designer and working with clients in NC and Miami where she lived for over 20 years. These days, she stays busy herding her college freshman and high school sophomore and spends a lot of time watching them compete statewide in tennis.

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