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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Books (23 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758207093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758207098
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,644,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It didn't take me long to discover how things worked in the publishing world. You write a book, you mail it off, you get rejected, you write another book. I did this for six years until one day I talked my husband into mailing my manuscript for me. I couldn't take one more look of pity from the postal workers. Being the loving husband that he is, Karl mailed Bachelor Party to Hilary Sares at Kensington to be considered for the Precious Gem line on a Tuesday. On Friday of that same week, Hilary called to offer a contract.

Wow! Wouldn't it be great if everything in life was that easy? Publishing can be a rocky road with lots of highs and lows but, oh, what a fun trip! I love writing.

When I'm not writing, I love doing crafts, and I'll try just about anything. At present, I'm scrapbooking and making necklaces. The necklaces are amateur at best but I'm hoping to improve over time. We'll see :)

I'm country all the way. I love antiques, embroidered scarves, crocheted doilies and quilts.

I met the love of my life when we were kids, we married when we were still just kids even though everyone said it wouldn't last. That was almost 44 years ago and Karl is still my very best friend. We have 2 fabulous children who married fabulous people and gave us four wonderful grandchildren that we can spoil--then return to the peace and quiet of our home.

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By Diane carpenter on 16 Jan. 2015
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Lovely story
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Too hot for comfort... 23 July 2004
By Emily Flippin Maruna - Published on
Format: Paperback
With her cover thrown, bullets flying, and no way to contact her boss, undercover DEA agent, Fallon Hargis is on the run. Trying to escape two angry goons while trapped in a crowded hotel is hard, but the stranger she forces to masquerade as her lover is even harder. In order to get out of there alive, she accepts the stranger?s offer of help and goes back with him to his small town to hide. But even though she?s concealed from the bad guys, Fallon finds herself revealing more to this man than she ever planned.

Wade Tanner retired from undercover work when the stress got to be too much. Now he works as Sheriff in the small town of Two Creeks. When he meets Fallon he?s immediately attracted to her, but after the first time they make love she informs him it will be their last. While trying to get past her physical and emotional boundaries, Wade learns that Fallon isn?t the only one who needs more in their lives. In an attempt to keep Fallon safe and help her bring down the drug dealer who killed her family, Wade goes undercover and back into The Pit that almost destroyed him years ago.

?Southern Comfort?, Karen Kelley?s debut book, has not only one of the best and most imaginative first meetings between the main characters, but also some great sizzle, action, and romance. It is a story about facing your fears and getting beyond your past. With some fun side characters, the best being Josh who I think needs his own story, ?Southern Comfort? is a true delight.

Emily Flippin Maruna
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Action and sensuality both sizzle 11 May 2005
By booksforabuck - Published on
Format: Paperback
An undercover job goes badly wrong and Drug Enforcement Agency Fallon Hargis needs to escape from killers. She follows a hotel guest into his room, orders him to strip at gunpoint, loses her wig, and fakes having sex with him while the drug enforcers tear through the hotel looking for her. Unfortunately for her plan, the faked sex turns into the real thing and it's the best sex Fallon has had in a long time.

Wade Tanner had come to Dallas to get get away from Two Creeks, Texas for a couple of days. He'd hoped for a little excitement--but a beautiful woman forcing him to have sex, then almost bleeding to death on him is a lot more excitement than he had anticipated. Since someone in the D.E.A. blew Falon's cover, she needs to stay underground--and Wade persuades her to return with him to Two Creeks where she can get doctored up and think about next steps. He anticipates more excitement, more sex. He doesn't guess that Fallon has a personal stake in bringing down one of the biggest drug dealers in the southwest--or that he will be forced to return to 'the pit,' the most dangerous and lawless place in the North American continent.

Author Karen Kelley mixes fast-paced action with steamy sensuality in an exciting romantic suspense. From the first page, she sends her characters (and her readers) on a rollercoaster ride of violence, danger, and sex. Still, Kelley is able to step back from the action for long enough to develop the characters, allowing the eventual resolution of their conflict to progress naturally.

If you're looking for an exciting action/suspense romance with plenty of sizzle, you won't go wrong with SOUTHERN COMFORT.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Southern Comfort has it all 26 July 2004
By Judy - Published on
Format: Paperback
Southern Comfort is a must read by new author Karen Kelley.

Fallon Hargis, Dea Agent is on the run after her cover is blown. She sees a man entering his hotel room and seizes the chance to hide out. Wade Tanner is on vacation and didn't expect to be told to strip at gunpoint by a beautiful woman. What happens next is passion that neither will ever forget.

Small town Sheriff Wade Tanner takes an injured Fallon home to recover and hide out from the criminals chasing her. He can't seem to keep his mind or his hands off of Fallon.

Fallon has never let anyone close since her family was killed when she was young. But she finds her self-adjusting to small town life and unable to stop wanting to get close to Wade.

Southern Comfort is an amazing novel. The characters are smart and witty. Their passion is tantalizing and so hot it scorches. Karen Kelley is on my auto-buy list now.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A Strong and Sassy Read! 12 Dec. 2004
By Kristi Ahlers - Published on
Format: Paperback
Ms. Kelley's debut effort is a strong romantic suspense which will keep the reader coming back for more until the final page. Although this is not a long read (it totals 237 pages) Ms. Kelley has managed to pack a lot into very little and the reader will come away satisfied.

Fallon Hargis is an undercover DEA agent that has had her cover blown by an insider. Barely escaping with her life she runs from her would be killers right into the strong arms of Wade Tanner. Under the threat of gun point she forces the handsome man into bed in order make do her skin of the teeth escape. Where this action leads to is far from what she planned on but it's the one thing she needs.

Wade can not believe what is happening to him. One moment he's on vacation trying to enjoy himself, the next he's in bed with one sexy lady who just so happens to be bleeding all over him. Fallon is everything that he has walked away from but she is also the one thing he can't forget. She's sassy, fun, stubborn, and ill-tempered. She has also brought him back to life. Can he turn his back on a damsel in distress? Heck no and before either of them knows it they are in it together for the long haul, or at least until Fallon can determine who sold her out to the bad guys.

This was a fun read with great characters. Fallon although stubborn and at times over the top will be a character that will stay with the reader long after you finish the book. Wade is your typical southern gentleman and he is a perfect complement to Fallon. I look forward to reading Ms. Kelley in the future she is a talent we can look forward too.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful love story 31 Oct. 2004
By Robin L. Taylor - Published on
Format: Paperback
Undercover DEA agent Fallon Hargis has experienced a close call. At a meeting with a dangerous dealer named Cavanaugh, Fallon was shot by two thugs, and now she's vying for her life. Though she's hiding, she quickly realizes the thugs have a passkey to all the rooms at the hotel. Fallon grabs a man entering his room - at gunpoint. She tells him to strip, and to get into bed. She figures when the thugs enter the room, what they'll see is a dark-haired woman making vigorous love. As she wore a blonde wig the entire time she was on this case, she is certain she won't be recognized. Her ruse works. However, the pretend love she's making with the handsome stranger quickly turns into a powerful moment of passion.

Now safe, but not knowing who to trust, Fallon has to figure out where to go, and how to find the mole that is certain to be the one that got her shot. Fallon has information that she knows Cavanaugh will go to any extreme to retrieve, even killing her. The guy Fallon accosted, Wade Tanner, feels much more than intense passion for the woman. She identifies herself as DEA, and tells Wade that she doesn't know who at the agency has blown her cover. Wade's protective instinct takes over, and the suddenly, Fallon is headed to his small town of Two Creeks.

Wade is a small-town sheriff, and can do no less than help the bold, beautiful Fallon. Attracted to her beyond belief, while impressed with her brutal honesty, he'll do what he can to help her find Cavanaugh, while trying to keep her alive. First order of business is to get to his hometown, and get her gunshot treated.

Wade's got his work cut out for him. For one thing, he's determined to break through her tough exterior. Fallon is a fiercely independent woman whose emotions run deep. Kudos to Ms. Kelley with writing Fallon's character. I felt her pain, and I also felt whenever she shut down around Wade. When you pick up Southern Comfort, no doubt you will feel the same.

As mentioned, Fallon's character was written with such tremendous flair, but that is only part of what makes Southern Comfort such a fantastic book. The action is never ending. In the meantime, it is quite humorous to enjoy Fallon's introduction to small-time life, and her reactions to some of Wade's friends and family.

Delightfully, Fallon's one rule of never sleeping with the same man twice, is broken before she can blink, because the attraction she and Wade share is utterly combustible. All the while, with the intrigue continuing, Fallon's past shading her present, and is determined to harm her future, is something that Wade picks up on. This indeed makes Wade a wonderful hero. He sees right through her tough exterior, and does his best to teach this woman about trust.

When you watch Fallon grow, all while Wade's tender nature wins out, it is quite touching. There's also a minor player in Southern Comfort who makes an incredible impact on Fallon. I thank Ms. Kelley for including her, along with the other members of the cast of characters, in order to flesh out Fallon's personality, which allows her to grow. Karen Kelley has written a wonderful love story! Every element - the story, the characters and the stunning conclusion - blends together just perfectly.

(For In the Library Reviews, September 2004)
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