Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Review of Justified Love (The Southern Gentleman Series Book 1) by Nicole Hite

“Grabbing the beers and starting to turn towards the dance floor, I felt a slight tap on my shoulder. Turning around, I lost it and dropped the two bottles on the ground. I couldn’t hear the crashing of the glasses the way my heart was beating so loudly out of my chest. It’s him. Colton Wilson!” 

For as long as she could remember small town girl, Carrington Mason had been smitten with Avery High School quarterback, Colton Wilson. The only obstacle standing between her and her destiny was an entitled blonde named Paisley Parker, along with 100 lbs of extra baggage. 

Determined to change her fate, Carrington moves to New York City to attend Columbia University. Graduating at the top of her class, Carrington becomes a well-known, well-respected attorney. After receiving a heartbreaking phone call from her father pleading for her legal expertise, Carrington is forced to return to the very place she loathed the most. 

Returning to Avery, it seems nothing has changed since high school, especially her feelings for Colt. Exploring her new found body and attitude, Carrington is determined to change her and her family’s fate including catching the eye of her crush. With the help of her two best friends, Harley and Skye, Carrington sets out to capture the man of her dreams while saving her father’s farm. Will luck be in her corner when faced with unforeseen obstacles? Will Carrington be able to find justice or love? 

Overall Rating:  4.5 Rockin’ ★★★★☆

Take one high powered NYC boot scooting lawyer from Texas mixed with her ‘All American’ high school crush then add in a true Southern twist and you will have the first book in Nicole Hite’s The Southern Gentleman series.  Carrington Mason and Colton Wilson two exceptional individuals formed a unique bond in high school that even though neither recognized at the time, survives in Ms. Hite’s novel Justified Love. 

As soon as graduation was over, Carrington left Avery, Texas behind.  During her formative years those bad girls that we all love to hate made her their target. An overweight geek with a crush on the school’s quarterback gave them plenty of opportunity to inflect damage.  With her own girl posse as backup, Carr survived those years even though the scars on her soul lingered. She is now a successful high powered attorney with a prominent firm in New York.  When her father requests her help with a legal matter, she makes plans to go home and help him.  She is no longer the overweight, insecure girl that left.  Carrington just hopes she does not run into Colton, but a girl has to do what a girl needs to do for her family.

Colton had always felt like a big disappointment to his father.  He never felt good enough for his parents.  During high school he was looked at as the golden boy, the guy everyone wanted to be or be with, but he had wanted a geeky shy girl.  Carrington intrigued him and he wanted to know more about her, but she was driven away by others.  Now Carr had returned and he was not letting her get away again.  Colton is painted as a man that loves deeply and is intensely loyal. The care and protection he lavishes on Carrington is beautiful.  He is still all male and dominates while developing his relationship with Carrington. Long hidden secrets begin to unfold and they threaten to destroy the relationship he is building with her.

Interaction between the two main characters is sexy and sweet at the same time!  The friendship that the author develops between Carrington and her girl posse is a true high point in this book.  The way they are used as a support system for each other is also a brilliant and remarkable part of the story. The conclusion allowed the reader a glimpse of the couple’s future together. Great read and a must for anyone’s library!

***Received an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review***
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