Review: Save A Truck Ride a Redneck by Molly Harper

Posted May 6, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Afternoon Delight, Reviews, Sweet Delight / 25 Comments

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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Save A Truck Ride a Redneck by Molly Harper
Save A Truck Ride a Redneck

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Series: Southern Eclectic #.5
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Pocket Star
Released on October 16, 2017
Pages: 136
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher

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The Delight

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.

Review

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.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • I’ve had this on my radar since your previous short review on our reading challenge. I must get this! Great review as always.

    • It was one of the ‘borrow’ books Simon and Schuster offered when I signed up for their newsletter. Serendipity since I’d just read the most recent novella and wanted to see how it all started. Just in case it makes a difference and you didn’t realize, this is the cousin in the Peachy Freakin’ Keen one.
      Thanks, Evie! 🙂

  • I love small town romances but not as much second chance romances – there’s usually too much angst and drama. Well, that’s usually the case when the woman is the one who was hurt by the man. But this one sounds like the man was hurt by the woman, which is less drama usually. LOL. In any case, I’m glad you enjoyed the book, Sophia!

    Have a wonderful week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Yes, you got it right on this one. She was the one to do the leaving and hurting. It was weird b/c he was all set for her to go off to college and they’d marry later so it’s not like he was going to hold her back. Like I said, she was young and dumb about it and then wised up. 🙂

  • I love Molly Harper but haven’t read one of her books in ages! I should really fix that. So glad you enjoyed this one.

    • LOL, I’m a recent convert, Quinn. I tried one of her paranormals earlier this year and then jumped into this series. I do enjoy her playful storytelling style.

  • probably would be awesome to read during summer, gives me all the vibes , the male MC looks wonderful

    • Yeah, it would definitely work for a summer read. In fact, I planned on recommending the latest release as one of my summer reading recs because it is a resort town for the setting. 🙂

  • Going to attempt to read book 1 sometime soon!! 😀

    • Ha! I still need to read Margot’s story, too. I’m reading book two next and then I’ll go back for book one. Nothing like reading an entire series out of order. 😉

      • Hahaha I’ve done that plenty of times too 😀

  • I read and enjoyed this one but haven’t read any further in the series yet. Something else I need to get to.

  • I do on occasion enjoy this type of story.

    • The humor is what grabs me every time. 🙂

  • I have to start this series. I love the title….Ride a Redneck… LOL…

    • What a hoot, right? The stories are just as sassy, too. 🙂

  • The worst kind of stupid. lol. I enjoy this type of second-chance romance. And gotta love the title. 😀

    • Yes, it was full of sweetness and sass. She let a rumor that came from a woman she didn’t like and knew was a mean person give her the excuse to run off and then stay gone out of sheer stubbornness. Oh well, it was cute and I adored Carl so I’ll give her a pass. 😉

  • So glad you enjoyed this one, Sophia. I have to admit, I’m a little over the whole ‘I ran because I was scared when I was younger’ tropiness. I feel like that’s when we’re most fearless. I’d rather see a hero or heroine run toward something than away from it.

    Great review!

    • Yep, and here’s the thing. They had a plan. He wasn’t going to hold her back or stifle her, but he had to earn his way so he was going to stay behind and earn money while she was in school. He knew college and a career was what she wanted and he wanted it for her so the whole scared thing was ridiculous and her stomping on his heart and running away without discussing the rumor was… more ridiculousness. I honestly had a hard time with her b/c I saw only her being stupid from start to finish until she got her act together and made amends.

  • This cover/title always makes me smile. I’m glad to see you enjoyed it. I need to get back to her books. It’s been too long.

    • I agree. Its a sunny and adorable cover. I’ve got book two for review so that will just leave snagging book one at some point. Nothing like being all over the place with a series. Fortunately, it probably won’t hurt anything with these.

  • I love Molly Harper, but I’ve never tried her contemporary stuff. I will have to try them one day. Glad you enjoyed this one.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

    • I tried her for the first time with How to Date a Dragon this year with full intentions of going straight to her vampire series, but then this series distracted me. 🙂