Author(s): Natasha Madison
Series: Southern Series #3
Also in this series: Southern Chance , Southern Comfort , Southern Sunrise , Southern Heart , Southern Heat , Southern Secrets , Southern Sunshine
Published by Self-published on May 19, 2020
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Source: Wildfire Marketing Solutions
Format: ARC, eBook
Buried secrets never stay hidden in the South.
Savannah I’m the one who broke up the golden couple. The woman people still whisper about, point at, and give dirty looks to.
Did I sleep with the prom king? No. Did I sleep with the town's golden boy on vacation from college? Yes.
Did I believe that he was going to marry me? Wholeheartedly.
Did he? Not even close. He got engaged right in front of me and then his father threw two hundred dollars at me and told me to take the trash out.
So, I raised my son in a town where people love him because they think that his father is the sheriff.
It was going great, everything was working out till my lie got out.
I was getting ready to take over the mayoral office from my father, who was my hero.
Until I heard the secret he hoped would stay buried forever.
My brother has a son, not just any son but a son with the woman who was my best friend.
The woman I secretly have loved from the moment she stood up to me and broke my nose in kindergarten.
I need to protect her and in order to do that, we need to get married. Too bad her nightmare is my dream come true.
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Southern Storm by Natasha Madison is the third book in the Southern series. It gives us Beau and Savannah’s story. Book one ended with Beau discovering the secret Savannah had been keeping for the past eight years. A secret, which almost destroyed her along with Jacob and Kallie’s relationship. (Jacob and Callie were the couple from the first book in the series).
Based on Savannah’s role in destroying Jacob and Kallie’s relationship, I came prepared to dislike her. However, on learning the truth and getting to know her on a deeper level, my feelings towards her changed. I don’t condone what she did, but based on the situation she found herself in which at the time was scary for someone so young I understood the reason for her irrational decision. This story revealed the depth of her strength. She didn’t allow the gossip, name calling and a host of other issues to break her. However, sometimes the situation can become overwhelming and the need to give up intensifies. As attacks against her escalate she felt this need, but she would learn that not everyone hated her as she believed by the support and encouragement provided when her enemies tried to get the better of her. Also, with the help of her best friend Beau she would learn that true love had the power to overcome the pains of her past.
Beau have been in love with Savannah since they were teenagers. However, he thought she never shared the same sentiment. Then the situation involving his best friend Jacob only helped to reinforce this belief. However, when the truth of the situation came to light, he saw an opportunity to protect Savannah and reveal to her that his feelings went beyond friendship.
This story took me on a heart breaking and tear-jerking journey, which was sprinkled with hope, love and forgiveness. The road to true love is never smooth and Southern Storms was the perfect depiction of that statement.
I enjoyed spending time with the characters, however there were some I found despicable. Savannah’s mother was a piece of work and don’t even get me started on Beau’s father.
I adored how the romance developed. Theirs was a love that grew from strength to strength as the years went by. It remained steadfast despite all the storms it faced. However, there were moments when I wanted to knock some sense into them. I can’t believe they could be so clueless.
The revelation at the end forms the basis for the next book in the series and I am eager to see how it will unfold. Readers should read the series in order, for although it features different couples the stories are interconnected.
I found Southern Storm to be a lovely addition to the Southern series and one I would recommend to fans of friends to lovers romance.
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