Book Review, Romance Review

Review: Southern Bombshell by Jessica Peterson

The Wedding Planner’s Rulebook:
1.   Keep the bride happy.
2.   Keep the wedding party out of trouble.
3.   Never let anyone know you’ve been in love with the groom for years.

I lived by these rules. Until Nate Kingsley.

The Capulets and Montagues have nothing on the Beauregards and Kingsleys. Our families have feuded for centuries, and Nate was always forbidden—which made fooling around with him that much more delicious. But then I fell for him, and he fell off the face of the earth, ghosting me without so much as a goodbye.

Fast-forward two years: as an expert in romance, I’m a wedding planner to the rich and famous. I never expected Nate to show up at my office, least of all with a shiny new fiancée on his arm. She’s got money to burn, and she wants me to plan the most extravagant wedding of my career.

I convince myself I can do Nate’s wedding and keep my feelings for him in check, even if he does look good.

Really, really good.

But when the secrets we buried years ago come to light, what kept us apart suddenly binds us together. Even if my heart belongs to Nate, and his belongs to me, he belongs to someone else. And that’s a rule we absolutely cannot break.

If you haven’t read Southern Bombshell yet, stop what you’re doing and pick it up right now. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did. Milly and Nate are one of my favorite couples ever. She’s so real and down to earth and completely lovable. Milly is smart and sassy and she has class, but she’s not afraid to use swear words liberally. She’s a complete overachiever in her career and in her life in so many ways, but with Nate she’s able to relax enough to eat until she’s stuffed, stop working until she drops and smoke some weed to relax. I love everything about her.

Nate is also awesome in every way. He’s had a tough life and doesn’t think he’s worthy of Milly so he breaks it off. Sure, it breaks his heart but Milly will be better off. Except she won’t. Milly was every bit as head-over-heels in love as he was, she was just too chicken to ever admit it. She’s never gotten over him and planning his wedding is the last thing she wants to do, but she loves her job and can’t possibly disappoint the bride-to-be because of her own hang-ups. Milly’s the kind of person who will suck it up and hide her own pain because she doesn’t want to let anyone down.

I hadn’t planned on reading this book because I read Rhett’s story and wasn’t a big fan of Amelia so I figured this series wasn’t for me. But the description sounded so good, I had to give it a shot and boy, am I glad I did. Milly and Nate are hot and they’re perfect together. Their story is super steamy with a lot of angst but the comic relief from Milly’s brothers balances it perfectly. I loved every minute of this book and will definitely read it again.

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