Baby, Don’t Go by Stephanie Bond

Baby, Don’t Go
by Stephanie Bond
Publisher: Harlequin ~ MIRA Books
Publication Date: July 26, 2001
ISBN: 9780778312574
Review courtesy of netGalley

Southern town seeks single women. Though they're nothing but trouble...

The hardheaded Armstrong brothers are determined to rebuild their tornado-ravaged hometown in the Georgia mountains. They’ve got the means, they’ve got the manpower…what they need are women! So they place an ad in a Northern newspaper and wait for the ladies to arrive…

Eldest brother Marcus Armstrong considers the estrogen-influx an irritating distraction. He’s running a town, not a dating service!

Reporter Alicia Randall thinks the Armstrong brothers are running a scam and she intends to prove it—even if it means seducing oh-so-sexy Marcus in the process. Sizzling sex and a hot story? Win-win!

At least it is, until she falls for the guy. Will love trump betrayal when the truth comes out?

My Thoughts:
This is the third installment in Southern Road’s trilogy. I typically do not read a book in a series without reading all of them, but the author was able to provide enough of a background that I was able to keep up. The town of Sweetness, GA was destroyed by a tornado, and the Armstrong brothers have their mind set to rebuild the town so it can sustain any natural disaster as well as be eco-friendly. The brothers are under time restraints, if they can’t meet the deadline, the town reverts back to the government, who is providing the funding.

Marcus is the eldest. You immediately knew that he carried a lot of the burden and didn’t share his feelings or his fears very well. He has taken on the role as the leader to move the project forward, but he also has another reason for rebuilding the town it’s to fulfill a promise he made to his father to keep the Armstrong family planted in Sweetness, no matter what. Marcus has a heavy burden on his shoulders and doesn’t have time for anything or anyone to deter his focus, well that was until Alicia comes to town.

Alicia is a reporter at a feminist magazine; she thinks something fishy is happening in Sweetness. It seems the women who came to Sweetness all answered a newspaper ad offering room and board and plenty of men. Alicia comes to Sweetness to uncover what really is happening and she plans to blog about it. What better way of learning about what is going on then to work at the local diner and chatting with the locals.  On the surface how hard could it be managing a diner, not much unless of course you have history of causing fires and there were a few close calls!!

I enjoyed the interaction between Marcus and Alicia, circumstances always had them together and you knew sooner or later that they were going to act on their attraction for one another. After Alicia meets the people and starts to feel like she belongs, she has second thoughts about the expose but is it too late to stop the presses?

There are secondary characters that help develop the story line or finish up some opens ends that I assume needed closer from the previous books in the series. I hope to read more about this southern town and the people that make up it.

If you are looking for a book with hot heavy sex on every page, you won’t find it in this. What you will find is a light hearted fun romance. It was a fun read and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. In between my other TBR’s I will make it a point to go back and read the other books prior to this one.

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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About the author:
Stephanie Bond grew up on a farm in eastern Kentucky. Romance novels were her ticket to adventure and faraway places. Years later, when an MBA instructor remarked she had a flair for writing, she dismissed the idea of writing for academic journals in favor of writing a romance novel, and eventually left her corporate career as a computer programmer to write full-time. Stephanie now lives in midtown Atlanta, where she is currently working on her next novel of adventure and faraway places.

Southern Roads trilogy:

       May 2011                June 2011              July 2011              August 2011


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