Jack Daniels is the cure to all evils.

Sex should be casual and, preferably, anonymous.

Giving a damn is for nurses, philanthropists and suicide hotlines.

My name is Mathew Rogers and those are the values I built my adult life around. They are also the reason I had to forsake everything I loved in Seattle and embark on a solitary road trip across the country, with no direction other than searching for the next small town, the next girl, and the closest liquor store.

Boredom, frustration and a series of unfortunate decisions led me to the rickety-ass town of Jolene, Alabama—a town I wanted to leave behind from the moment I passed the welcome sign. But it was there where I met her. The girl who made me question everything I’ve always believed in, and the only one who has ever had the power to break my heart.

Her name is Lexie.

She’s beautiful, and I’m pretty sure she hates me.

And for once in my life, I give enough of a damn that I keep finding a reason to stay.





* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *


~~ 4 Stars ~~


This was the first book by this author that I have read and I have to say it was quite enjoyable.  I really liked the storyline and the characters she created.  Even though this story starts a little on the slow side, once Mathew meets Lexie, the story totally takes off and became an easy and fun read.  I thought the flow and pace of this book was good, I thought the author did a great job of giving us just the right amount of information to make the story well developed, but not overloaded in extra information we didn’t need.  I liked that this book was bogged down with a lot of extra drama, yes there is a little disturbance between Mathew and Lexie, but it is short lived.  I will say that if you are looking for a love story that is “clean” and not focused on sex then this is the book for you.  Even though the sex is the “fade to black” type, it really isn’t missed in this story.  She added enough of the steam and swoon factor that the sex wasn’t missed.


Lexie and Mathew were great characters.  Lexie was a snarky, independent but funny person.  She loved fiercely and was loyal to a fault.  She was handed some tough things in her short 22 years of life, but she didn’t let it slow her down.  She really took the phrase, when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade.  She always tried to see the positive side of things.  Mathew on the other hand was just the opposite.  He was irresponsible, reckless and overall a complete a$$.  He also was handed some tough things in his childhood, but he chose to go a different direction and withdraw from people and form any kind of connections with them…..that is until he meets Lexie in Jolene , Alabama.  These two totally didn’t make sense together but it was weird because they did make sense together.  (I know that’s confusing, you just need to read the story.)  I loved the banter between these two.  I also liked the speed that the author took their relationship.  It felt believable to me.  I loved watching these two grow together and become better people for it.  Mathew’s change was the most drastic and I loved the person he became in the end.


We met a lot of extras in this story, but I have to say my favorite was Tanie (Lexie’s BFF) and Kodee (Lexie’s Goddaughter)  Tanie was the best friend everyone wishes they had.  I loved that she would normally have a mouth like a sailor but she didn’t believe in swearing so, it was cute to see how the author became creative with her dialogue.  Kodee was an adorable 7 year old.  I smiled every time I read about her.


I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun, and easy love story that isn’t focused on the steamy side of the story!!!




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Hopeless dreamer, tattoo enthusiast, Disney addict and hoarder of nail polishes and vegan recipes. Patty lives with her husband, her crazy cat, two dogs and elderly bunny in a house frequently visited by wild birds and chipmunks.

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  1. Giselle

    I really like seeing more romance stories that aren’t just focused on the physical relationship and lust. While I enjoy those as much as the next it’s a nice change of pace! Great review, Jennifer!


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