Review: Southern Fried Blues by Jamie Farrell

Author: Jamie Farrell
Series: The Officers' Ex-Wives Club #2
Release Date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Source: Author
Pages: 340
Reviewer: Elizabeth
Rating: 5 Stars
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A Yankee Lady Stuck in the South
Divorced wasn’t a label Anna Martin ever wanted. Now she’s a thousand miles from home, underemployed, and lonely, but she’s squeezing this lemon life gave her and turning it into lemon meringue pie. Never again will she let any man—especially another military man—get in the way of her career.

A Southern Gentleman Military Officer
Jackson Davis believes in family, football, and Uncle Sam. He treats ladies right, takes his uniform seriously, and he loves his dog, but he doesn’t reckon he’s built for true love. After all, if a man good as his daddy couldn’t do it right, what chance does Jackson have?

One Undeniable Attraction
These two vulnerable souls are as different as cornbread and ketchup, but they fit together like sweet butter on hot biscuits. Short-term, they’re exactly what the other needs. But when their hearts get involved, they’re both gonna end up with a big ol’ case of Southern Fried Blues.

Elizabeth's Thoughts
I absolutely loved this book. The down home country feel of the plot and characters had me reminiscing about my own times spent down in Georgia with family. I could identify with Anna’s character and her feelings of heartache, betrayal and her strength in trying to regain her independence after her divorce.

I am totally in love with Jackson. His Southern accent and gentlemanly-polished manners had me totally swooning every time he spoke. The courtship and romance between Anna and Jackson was truly refreshing. I really enjoyed watching their relationship develop and found their romantic scenes were beautiful and tastefully written.

I loved all the Southern euphemisms and back country slang. Sometimes it was difficult to follow the dialog but having spent time in the south; I was able to power through the vernacular and sexual innuendos involving biscuits :)

The dialogue was hilarious and had me laughing through most of the book. What I did have a little trouble with was all the military acronyms while reading. I wasn’t sure what most of them meant but it didn’t detract from the story.

Bottom Line: The characters are relatable. The hero is super dreamy. The book is free of vulgar language and curse words. The love story is timeless and the happily ever after is forged from the fires of perseverance, strength, passion, hard work, acceptance and love. Jamie Farrell is an author to look out for.

I was gifted an eBook copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.

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