This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Pocket Star
Released on October 16, 2017
After encountering the McCready family of Lake Sackett, Georgie in Frankie’s novella, Peachy Freaking Keen, I wanted to go back and read the earlier stories about Margot and Marianne. Imagine my delight when I got the opportunity to ‘borrow’ a book through Simon and Schuster’s XOXO After Dark page and the prequel novella with Marianne’s story was on offer.
Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck is the first installment of the Southern Eclectic series. It’s a coming home story for Marianne who ran off from her country beginnings to the big city as fast as she could get. She didn’t want to become the cliche and had big plans. Now, after finishing law school and being guilted home by her mother, she finds herself at a crossroads. So many things that she pushed away about her family, her hometown, and the guy she stomped on his heart and left behind draw her more than law school and city life ever could.
I enjoyed how Marianne works through what she really wants while the fun and zanyness of the McCready’s and Lake Sackett surround her. The heart and the laughter and togetherness in this small town setting and woman are told so well.
And, Carl, the boy turned man who was left behind? He was fabulous. Yes, she broke his heart and he wants to stay clear of her, but he’s not cruel or dramatic about it. No, he tells her that he wanted her to have her dreams and never would have stopped her- which she knew, but he wanted to be there with her until she rushed off and left him behind with no explanation because she was young and scared. The man he is now after a hard childhood had me looking at Marianne like she was the worst kind of stupid for ditching that stuff when she could have had her career and Carl, but then she wised up so that’s alright.
So, I was glad to go back to the beginning for Marianne’s second chance story. It was cute and fun and heartwarming- a good lead in for the rest of the series. Now, I must snag Margot’s book. Recommended for small town romance lovers.
Romance Roundabout #148 CR