Book Review, Romance Review

Review: Southern Playboy by Jessica Peterson

NEW RELEASE: Southern Playboy by Jessica Peterson

Hiring the woman who wrecked me to nanny the kid I just found out I have is a dumb idea. Getting naked with her in the back of my truck is even dumber.

But old habits die hard.

Amelia Fox was my high school sweetheart, the girl who broke my heart and nearly ended my football career nine years ago. It was all I could do to put one foot in front of the other, much less make a comeback.

But I did come back. And I’m not about to let go of everything I fought for just because my world is imploding again.

When I find out I’m the father of a two-year-old boy, I’m ready to start my final season in the pros. It’s my last chance to nab the championship I promised my dad I’d win before he died.

Enter Amelia: teacher, toddler whisperer, and—oh yeah—my ex-girlfriend. We haven’t spoken in almost a decade, but I’m desperate, and she’s looking for a job.

I need to focus, which means I need help with this kid. Which means I need her.

The arrangement works until one night of bad decisions and great sex threatens to ruin everything.

Can we make it work this time around?

Or is she just another bad habit I need to break before she breaks me?

Rhett and Amelia didn’t end their relationship on good terms and don’t seem to think very highly of one another. It’s been years since they’ve seen each other when they come face to face at an engagement party. There’s a mutual attraction that they both want to fight but when they meet again soon after, they’re both reeling from life-changing news and find comfort in one another.

I liked Rhett immediately and I liked Amelia at first but wasn’t a big fan of hers by the end of the book. Rhett was so sweet with his family, especially his son, but I began thinking he could do better, that he was settling for what’s comfortable over what’s best. She was just so pushy about wanting him to quit playing football, which is why they’d broken up before. Sure, there are risks but it doesn’t make sense to walk away from that kind of opportunity unless he was somehow higher risk than the average player, and that wasn’t the case. It seemed like a selfish demand and her insistence that it was out of concern for him just didn’t feel genuine.

I was disappointed in the direction her character took because she never redeemed herself. Ultimately, they had a HEA because they were happy but it seemed like she got her way and he settled to have her in his life. That works sometimes, but Amelia didn’t seem to be worth that kind of sacrifice.

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