Can you resist being... Southern Charmed by Melanie Jacobson (Blog Tour Review & Giveaway)

Melanie Jacobson is one of my favorite LDS authors and I love her general romance as well. This is her newest release and it simply looks and sounds adorable! Check out my thoughts and the giveaway below...

Southern Charmed
Southern Charmed
by Melanie Jacobson
LDS Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 232 Pages
September 2016 by Covenant Communications


Lila Mae Guidry is a Southern girl through and through. As a fourth-generation Latter-day Saint in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she’s proud of her heritage as both a Southerner and a Saint—and she doesn’t take kindly to people who disparage either. Ten years ago, Max Archer was just that kind of jerk. As the mission president’s son, Max spent his entire three years mocking the South . . . and teenage Lila. After Max’s family moved away, Lila forgot about her sworn enemy. Almost. 

When a new job brings a grown-up Max back to Baton Rouge, Lila is less than thrilled with his reappearance, especially since everyone seems intent on throwing her together with this old adversary. Yet fight as she may, Lila soon realizes resistance is futile—their connection is undeniable. Max embodies everything she wants in a man—except perhaps the most important thing—her life is rooted in the city she loves, but his dreams are bigger than Baton Rouge. With such mismatched visions of the future, Max and Lila are faced with a life-altering decision: jeopardize their aspirations or risk losing love.

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My Review

SOUTHERN CHARMED was a fun read from start to finish! With its characters full of personality, some humorous situations and match-making antics, sweet romance that slowly builds, and some Southern charm it's sure to keep readers engaged. If you enjoy books in the genre or Jacobson's other books, definitely pick this one up!

So lets talk about these characters... Lila definitely gave Max a run for his money. She's spunky, caring, smart, and very good at everything she does. She's also one home-grown Southern gal and can hold her own in the kitchen and in the charm department. Then there's Max. He's a little rough around the edges in places and tends to say things without always thinking it through, but he also is a great guy, talented, smart, and charismatic. Of course one of the important things is he gets Lila's pulse racing with a simple touch, so the chemistry and attraction is there from the beginning, but it's a slowly building romance and one that Lila isn't sure will work.

I liked the way that the story wasn't all about the romance. It was about these two adults with careers, grieving for a father, helping a student who doesn't have the best home life find her dreams, and finding that love doesn't always just magically fit into place, but that sometimes there are sacrifices. I wasn't entirely sold on how everything was resolved, but still a very enjoyable, heartfelt read.

In the end, was it what I wished for? Yes. I have yet to regret reading a book by this author and I loved the twists and turns in this one as well as these imperfect characters with real worries and a budding romance that had a lot going against it.

Content: Clean

Source: Received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

Melanie Bennett Jacobson is an avid reader, amateur cook, and champion shopper. She consumes astonishing amounts of chocolate, chick flicks, and romance novels. After meeting her husband online, she is now living happily married in Southern California with her growing family and a series of doomed houseplants. Melanie is a former English teacher and a popular speaker who loves to laugh and make others laugh. In her down time (ha!), she writes romantic comedies for Covenant and maintains her humorous slice-of-life blog.

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