This was my first Stephanie Bond book, and I was quite pleased! I'm a fan of romantic comedy, and Bond provided both the romance and the comedy quite well.
Porter Armstrong and his brothers Marcus and Kendall have devoted their lives to rebuilding their hometown, Sweetness, Georgia, after a tornado flattened the town a decade ago. They're fighting the odds with not enough help, no proper town or facilities, and a time-limited grant.
But all the men in town are getting restless, and they think maybe women will help...both to distract them and to help them stay put instead of heading off to the nearest big city for female company, often never to return.
But when 100 women answer their ad and arrive in Sweetness to much more primitive conditions than they were expecting, the brothers have their work cut out for them. Except for Porter, who, in his excitement at seeing a caravan of women on the way to ease the tension in his town, takes a spill off the water tower and breaks his leg.
Luckily, one of the newly arrived women is Dr. Nikki Salinger, fresh from heartbreak and looking for a new start. But her plain looks and serious demeanor leave her not nearly as appealing to the men as her flighty, clothing and makeup obsessed counterparts. On top of that, all the men are used to being treated for their medical issues by Doc Riley, an older man who prefers mountain medicine to conventional. It doesn't take Nikki long before she realizes she's made a huge mistake coming to Sweetness.
But as one thing after another keeps Nikki in Sweetness -- and close to Porter -- things between them heat up. Their falling for each other seemed very natural and believable. There are, of course, many comedic moments, as they navigate their relationship. Nikki's desire to get as far from Sweetness as possible and Porter's determination to keep her there create great conflict.
There were several secondary characters in Baby Drive South who were fun, but I was disappointed that none of the other men in town were very present. Maybe that would have made the book too big. :) Also, I would have preferred a little more of the ending, as I felt as though Nikki's change of heart was a bit too abrupt. I'd have liked to read more of her thought process and how she was able to make the decision to stay with Porter.
All that said, I am looking forward to the next books in the series. I developed a fondness for Sweetness, Georgia, and the love and care that the Armstrong brothers were putting into rebuilding. Really liked this book a lot!