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Baby, Drive South (Southern Roads) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Stephanie Bond , Cassandra Campbell
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Media Inc; Unabridged edition (26 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452604479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452604473
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 16.3 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Stephanie Bond was several years into a corporate computer programming career when an instructor in her night school MBA program remarked that she had a flair for writing and encouraged her to submit one of her projects to academic journals. "But," Stephanie says, "all I could think was 'I wonder if I could write a romance novel?'" Bond grew up on a farm in eastern Kentucky where the entertainment choices were few. Luckily, she had a beloved aunt who shared her passion for reading. "When she visited once a year, she brought boxes and boxes of gothic novels by Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney and lush historical romances--I was in heaven! So suddenly thinking about writing in the genre of the books I loved was very exciting." After writing every spare moment for two years, Stephanie sold her first romantic comedy manuscript, IRRESISTIBLE? to Harlequin books. Two years later, she walked away from her corporate career to write commercial fiction full time. To date, she's published over 60 romance and mystery projects with Random House, St. Martin's Press, HarperCollins, and Mira Books, and is most well-known for her BODY MOVERS humorous mystery series. Her newest series is TWO GUYS DETECTIVE AGENCY (about two sisters whose last name is Guy). Stephanie lives in midtown Atlanta and is probably working on a story at this very moment.

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4.0 out of 5 stars YA indie princess 8 Jun 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved the plot of Baby,Drive South. Stephanie Bond had me hooked from the first page. Porter is amazing and totally had me SWOON. Nikki is a really great character with a likeable voice. I really enjoyed the book being told from both POV'S of the two main characters. I really can't wait for book 2 & 3 for Porters two others brothers story's.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  41 reviews
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Susan Mallery fans will love! 21 May 2011
By Posey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This contemporary romance is right up my alley. It is simple and fun with good opposites that make for an interesting couple. We've got a cocky, yet charming male whose all about providing himself to the ladies. Opposite him is a vulnerable, strong woman who doesn't know she's got the assets, much less how to use them. Throw in a bet, desperation, a couple of brothers, 99 other women, a broken leg and you've got one sweet, southern ride.

Admittedly not everything about the backstory is believable. A town that doesn't get many tornadoes and is then suddenly hit by an EF-5, shouldn't have zero deaths. Gotta bring on the pain, baby. At the same time the concept is impressive. The bond these three brothers share with the land creates a very real sentimentality, and their vision is practical and worthy. In the end everything balanced out nicely. No solid complaints, especially since the characters are well rounded and drive the story.

If you are a Susan Mallery fan, as I am, then I firmly believe you will enjoy this book. I predict this to be a trilogy that will deliver, and get better with each book (I am definitely interested in book 3!). I fully intend on making a book store purchase of all three books.

This will be a set worth rereading, books that that truly lighten your day.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars North vs South - And I'm Not Talking the Civil War 27 Jun 2011
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Small town southern good ol' boys vs big city northerner women - It is perhaps a testament to Stephanie Bond's writing skill that she manages to tip toe her way through this minefield of clichéd stereotypes managing to stay just this side of humorous without ever getting overly offensive.

Anyway, men rebuilding a tornado ravaged abandoned town are getting awfully hormonal with no release (read between the lines) in sight. So they place an ad in a recession ravaged northern city's paper asking for some .... well companionship I guess .... because to tell you the truth other than their much sought after vaginae, it really isn't quite clear what all these northern woman are doing there. But what is clear is that they are bossy, opinionated, and so ill suited for the "Southern" lifestyle (some of them don't even eat meat!) that you could practically make a sitcom out of this plot. Hey, maybe Stephanie Bond is hoping to sell her second tv pilot.

Along for the ride comes Doctor Nikki Salinger, who is running away from her own disaster of a failed engagement to a total citified northern boy schmuck. She immediately runs up against of block of "southern male stubbornness" when all the Good Ol' Boys of the town are aghast at the thought of an educated woman doctor and prefer instead to have their aches and pains treated by some local who wraps infected toes in bacon.

yes really.

And yes really, this book does supposedly take place in current times - even though poor Nikki does have to climb to the top of the water tower to get cell phone reception every time she wants to check her voicemail.

Then there's looovvvveeeee in the air because even though Nikki is educated, prickly and not as pretty as all the other women, there's just something about her that catches the fancy of Porter Armstrong.

It's almost impossible to read this book without humming the theme song from Dukes of Hazard although Petticoat Junction might be a good alternative.

Oh it's summer. Go ahead and enjoy yourself. LOL
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love those Southern boys! 27 May 2011
By Scave31 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fun story with a great backstory. 6 Jun 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"There's a caravan of women headed into town."

Sweetness, Georgia was ravaged by a tornado more than ten years ago. Because of the lack of industry in the area and the horrendous damage to practically everything, the town was abandoned.

Now, three brothers are back and want to rebuild the hometown they grew up in. With a grant from the government to rebuild the town under their "Green-Town" experiment program, the brothers hope to bring life back while building an industry that will support it. Great plan and the brothers have thought of everything but one. Women. With a lack of women, it's hard to keep a crew of men happy and enthusiastic about the project. Unfortunately, it's hard to raise an interest in a town with minimal conveniences. Thus begins a plan to recruit the fairer sex to Sweetness with an ad placed in a Northern newspaper. But what the brothers don't understand is that it takes a hell of a lot more than promises to keep a woman happy.

Baby brother, Porter Armstrong, is far from a baby. Having recently retired from the Army, he's more than capable of pulling his weight. Excited at the prospect of recruiting women to their town, he's all set to find a woman who is "reckless, ripe and ready for the picking." Instead he gets Dr. Nikki Salinger.

Nikki Salinger is sure she's made a terrible mistake. After being dumped by her fiancé, Nikki had hoped to make a clean break from her past. Except now that she's in Sweetness and seeing the type of women the men want to meet, it is more than obvious she's not the right person for the town. But one of the sexy Armstrong brothers keeps getting in her way of leaving. From the moment she met Porter, she knew she wasn't his type. Yet each time they're together, the sexual tension threatens to combust. As soon as she gets the fuel pump fixed on her van and the grant papers complete for the new clinic, she's on her way outa here. This is exactly what she wants. Except why is the thought of leaving no longer all that appealing?

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This is a fun story with a great backstory. I love the idea of rebuilding a town after a natural disaster and the Seven Brides for Seven Brothers theme that occurs in the need to recruit women to their town.

Porter Armstrong is fun and sexy and his easygoing personality had me ignoring the fact that he kept overlooking Nikki. The outlandish ideas he comes up with to keep her in town were inventive and I couldn't help but anticipate her reactions. I knew when the truth came out there would be a backlash, but when Stephanie Bond ended the story like it began, I cheered at the genius of the idea.

Stephanie Bond hooked me with the free prequel short story, Baby, I'm Yours, which tells the HEA story of Emory and Shelby and the day the tornado struck Sweetness. Now that I've read Baby, Drive South, I can't wait to read the other two books in the series. Not only for the other two brothers' HEAs but to glimpse the next stage of Porter and Nikki's life together.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh. 2 Jan 2012
By Lauracw - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was a cute story, definitely a good way to waste a few hours. I really didn't like Porter at all though! I understand that he's "from the South" but that doesn't mean he needs to be quite so patronizing. Every time he said "little lady doc" I wanted to punch something and that's a problem, especially since it was said up to three times on some pages!
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