Even the town’s black sheep needed a friend sometimes
Southern Storms, an all-new, small town second chance romance from Brittainy C. Cherry, is available now!
All I wanted to do was run away, I never expected to crash into his arms…
After leaving the city life behind to escape my loveless marriage, I moved to small town Havenbarrow for a fresh start.
What I didn’t expect was to find myself drawn to the town’s black sheep.
They called him troubled. Cold. A man with a dark past.
What everyone seemed to miss about Jax was the splashes of light in his eyes. The random acts of kindness he performed when no one was watching. The way he made me smile and laugh.
Jax helped unpack the baggage I’d been carrying around with me. He was patient with my pain and gentle with my scars. He was the stillness during my hurricane.
Yet when both of our pasts come back to haunt our present days, we realized quickly that sometimes love stories didn’t end the way we’d hoped.
Sometimes you were left with only the damage from the storm.
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This was a wonderful and very emotional friends to lovers romance that will make you believe in fate, soul mates and new beginnings.
Both Kennedy and Jax are such broken characters, each of them trying to escape the demons of their past with the burden of guilt and shame weighing heavily on their shoulders. Kennedy has just come out of an emotionally abusive marriage and she ends up in a town where she finds her long lost childhood friend Jax. It almost seemed kismet. Only Jax is not the sweet boy she remembers. He’s the town’s black sheep. The quiet, brooding man that always seems grumpy and is quite happy being a loner.
Jax and Kennedy are pulled together and they fall into a natural friendship that brings healing to both of their souls. Kennedy is a woman who lost so much self esteem during her destructive marriage and I loved how patient Jax was with her. He allowed her to heal in her own time and he became a beam of strength and support for her. Their friendship progresses into love but I did wish it happened a bit sooner in the story. It also didn’t read like a slow burn romance to me for the simple fact that there didn’t seem to be any sexual tension between the charcters until fairly late in the book.
There are parts of the book with flashbacks of their younger selves where they meet at camp. I did find these moments sweet and cute. However, I felt like these were also missed moments for more romance because they were too young to experience a real first love.
The writing, as is the norm with Brittainy Cherry is flawless, with real tangible emotional connections to these characters. I did feel like I needed more “romantic love” in this love story but how amazing was this story of healing, hope and courage.
Heat Level: Mild
*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review
Joy Jones was quite the character to take in. That morning, when the sun came up, she walked outside to her front porch and sat down in her rocking chair with a smile on her face and a large cup of coffee. A few of my nosy visitors told me that it was a daily routine for her.
Her silver-dripped hair was tossed up in a messy bun being held together with two knitting needles, and her thick-framed, vibrant-orange glasses sat on top of her head. She wore a vibrant bow in her hair that matched her dress for the day, and she always greeted everyone who passed by her house, even when they didn’t speak back to her. Everyone in town called her Crazy Joy, even though she was the kindest person. Her only odd quirk was that she never left her property.
I wondered how she managed, though. I wondered how she kept living without stepping foot outside of her home. It seemed she hadn’t any children and she didn’t have a caregiver who came to aid her, from what I could tell.
Later that morning, my questions were answered as a blue pick-up truck pulled in front of the house. Needless to say, my jaw dropped to the ground when I saw Mr. Personality step out of the vehicle. He walked his way straight toward Joy’s front porch with his arms filled with grocery bags.
He proceeded to greet Joy. She stood from the rocking chair as he set the bags down on the porch. Then, he hugged her.
He hugged her!
I wouldn’t have thought someone as grumpy as Mr. Personality had the ability to hug someone. The two of them walked inside to put the groceries away, leaving me completely baffled and unable to return to my scheduled reading. It took a lot to break me away from a book. And by ‘a lot,’ I meant a lot. My house could’ve been on fire, aliens could’ve beamed me up, and I would’ve still been trying to get in that one last page. When my own love story was broken, I turned to story books to heal the cracks of my broken heartbeats. When my world fell apart, the story books still believed in happily ever afters. Those books saved me on the days I felt my soul falling victim to the hardest of storms.
Yet, Mr. Personality pulled me away from the words against the page. He made me curious about him walking into Joy’s house. Watching him chat away with her had my mind racing. A few minutes later, when the two of them walked back outside with two glasses in their hands—one with wine, the other with some dark liquor—whiskey, I assumed—I couldn’t stop myself from glancing over to them. Joy kept talking, and Mr. Personality kept responding. Even though I couldn’t hear what they were saying, Joy looked beyond smitten with whatever was being said her way, which forced my own heart to skip a few beats.
Well, I’ll be damned.
The town’s asshole made me swoon.
Author Brittainy C. Cherry is an Amazon #1 bestselling author.
She has been in love with words since the day she took her first breath. She graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelor Degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Creative Writing.
Her novels have been published in 18+ countries around the world. Brittainy lives in Brookfield, Wisconsin with her fur babies.
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