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Baby, Drive South: Southern Roads Trilogy, Book 1 | [Stephanie Bond]

Baby, Drive South: Southern Roads Trilogy, Book 1

The hardheaded Armstrong brothers are determined to rebuild their tornado-ravaged hometown in the Georgia mountains. They've got the means, they've got the manpower...what they need are women! So they place an ad in a northern newspaper and wait for the ladies to answer their call. Porter, the youngest Armstrong, is all for importing women. Still, he's so blown away by the sheer numbers, he falls off the water tower. Luckily, there's a doctor among the newcomers - sweet and sexy Dr. Nikki Salinger.
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Publisher's Summary

The hardheaded Armstrong brothers are determined to rebuild their tornado-ravaged hometown in the Georgia mountains. They've got the means, they've got the manpower... what they need are women! So they place an ad in a northern newspaper and wait for the ladies to answer their call.

Porter, the youngest Armstrong, is all for importing women. Still, he's so blown away by the sheer numbers, he falls off the water tower. Luckily, there's a doctor among the newcomers - sweet and sexy Dr. Nikki Salinger. And Porter has every intention of checking out her bedside manner.

©2011 Stephanie Bond, Inc. (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A few cute pets and a slew of hunky men make the first in Bond's new Southern Roads trilogy a good time." (Romantic Times)

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    10-22-11
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    "Baby, Drive South ~ Anytime !!!"

    This was my first Stephanie Bond book & it was a kick. I enjoyed the interaction between the three brothers, how they each had their own place in their family & town.

    We only got to know a few of the women in this book & I'm looking forward to more interaction with them in the next two books.

    All in all I would say this is an enjoyable, funny, light read.

    Narration was good.

    If you are interested the author has a prequel to this book for free on her web site.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Angelia 01-17-13
    Angelia 01-17-13 Member Since 2008

    I love books, it's my great escape.

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    "Baby I’m Hooked, this is a great new series"

    I am so pleasantly surprised. I loved it. The Armstrong brothers are totally hot. This story is somewhere in between Robyn Carr's Virgin River series and some of Debbie Macomber’s early work about the guys in Alaska who were building a town. I absolutely love how Stephanie Bond develops the lead male character; Strong, sexy, vulnerable, and lots of appeal. Who falls in love with the new female doctor in town. This story is cute and light hearted and just what you need to make you smile. I can't wait to get the next one. I hope they can rebuild this beautiful town. Narration was superb.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robbie Huntingdon, TN, United States 07-05-13
    Robbie Huntingdon, TN, United States 07-05-13 Member Since 2010

    I spin my own wool and knit. Listening to audiobooks while I craft is one of my favorite things. I'm hooked.

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    "Southern Boys with Northern Ways"

    I actually googled the author to see where she's from. She is from the South, though not the deep South. I read to me more like "southern boys written to appeal to northern ladies".

    Three brothers are rebuilding their town 10 years after a tornado. Now right here, I went "huh?". Ten years? I've seen demolished towns rebuilt mostly by volunteers (and some FEMA money) in a matter of months, and towns much bigger than the one mentioned here. So right there it threw me. And they are rebuilding it to be a model of environmental efficiency. Then there's one scene with a deer that made me cringe for it's total lack of "southerness". So yeah, if you're reading this to find out what "real" southern men are like, maybe look somewhere else. This book isn't it.

    However, if you just want a nice easy romantic read, with charming characters and a fun story, this is an excellent choice. After I decided to just pretend this town was located in Maine or somewhere, it was a pretty cute book. Nothing heavy, just a nice pleasant contemporary love story that was very well narrated by Cassandra Campbell.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Berkeley Springs, WV, United States 05-17-13
    Kate Berkeley Springs, WV, United States 05-17-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Fun escapist reading, though a little off"

    I enjoyed the premise of the series very much, three brother are trying to rebuild the town they grew up in more than 10 years after an F5 tornado destroyed it. The characters are little over drawn, too much the stereotype. The men working on the project are getting restless and one of the brothers convinces his siblings that if there were women living there things would be better. So they put an ad in a northern city hit hard by the recession for single women with a pioneering spirit. The three things that bothered me: first the women all show up together after having talked among themselves and organized the exodus. Second, the women are ticked off because there's no vegan menu, no fresh fruit, no yogurt, no shoe stores... excuse me ladies, did you read the part about "pioneering spirit"? and third I thought that the heroine ended up with the wrong brother, it would have flowed better for me, but it was possible to follow the lines that created the attraction, it was just a little unlikely.

    Based on getting this book on a special "first in a series" sale I went ahead and got the other two books, which got increasingly poor reviews from me, to the point that I've returned the third book in the series as too annoying to re-read. So it you're looking for a fulfilling series, maybe you should skip this one. If you’re looking for a little escapism, this is certainly a good fun book and book 2 wasn't too annoying, I even enjoyed it when I wasn't fretting over the stupid way the characters behaved toward one another.

    So, I can neither recommend or advise avoidance. For the one book, I'd say go ahead and enjoy it if you're got a credit going to waste otherwise. But if you don't mind a paper copy, get them all from the library instead. It's not really a series worth owning.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ShoniRenee Moreno Valley, CA, United States 03-13-13
    ShoniRenee Moreno Valley, CA, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2012

    I AM God's BELOVED destined for GREATNESS, Devoted to the purpose of LOVING GOD and dedicated to give Him my UTMOST. I am focused to fulfill my GOD-GIVEN DESTINY and live my life to its MAXIMUM POTENTIAL. I am determined to make a dent in this world as a WOMAN OF INFLUENCE leaving a legacy of FAITH and SIGNIFICANCE.

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    "New Stephanie Bond fan"

    Loved the overall story. This is a true romance. Yes it's not a realistic story but that is what Fiction is all about. I love stories that take me away from real life and real situations. Nothing is wrong with that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "This is a cute book. You have to get the trilogy."
    If you could sum up Baby, Drive South in three words, what would they be?

    An enjoyable romance. Makes you long for the small town life.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the characters and wanted to hear what happened to each.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 12-23-14
    Karen 12-23-14

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    "Sorry Tanya Eby"
    If you could sum up Baby, Drive South in three words, what would they be?

    I love stories of men towns, but it takes a great female voice for men IE: Tatiana Solkov, Karen White, Gabra Zackman or Natalie Ross. This had a good outline, but audio needs sexy men's voices from female reads.


    Would you recommend Baby, Drive South to your friends? Why or why not?

    Story had potential


    What aspect of Cassandra Campbell’s performance would you have changed?

    she needs to take a page out of Tatiana Solkov aka Tanya Eby. I am not crazy about her T.B. voice, but her deep T.S. male voice has given her lots of work. C.C. needs a deeper voice. C.C. was good with MacLoad Andrews in Karen Robards Hunted.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this readers' AKA was Tanya Eby, but I was mistaken

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 06-13-13
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 06-13-13 Member Since 2011

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Not sure about the Southern, but a cute story."

    This is a cute light hearted story. The hero was a little shallow but he eventually grows on you. There wasn't a lot of substance to it, but if you need an easy getaway this one would be good. Although it referred to being in the south there was a lack of southern culture there. I bought it on sale and will buy the others if they go on sale. Narration was okay, but she didn't have any kind of accent for the southern folks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Texas 05-31-13
    Elizabeth Texas 05-31-13 Member Since 2013

    Anything to pass the time on the daily commute...

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    "Don't do it!"
    Any additional comments?

    Just don't buy the book. Seriously, don't do it. It is not written well, it is not realistic, and the story is not good. I didn't even finish 30 minutes of it.

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    Mona 10-12-11
    Mona 10-12-11

    Crazy for audiobooks!!

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    "So weak"

    I couldn't even get through this audio book. I tried. In fact, more than once. I didn't care for the narration, yet I do know that Cassandra Campbell is renowned in her narration. I just don't happen to care for her. It's been my experience that a narrator can make or break an author's book. I would suggest they be more considering before hiring one. The plot is childish really, and then the reasons for keeping the Lady Doc from leaving Sweetness was so ridiculous that I just couldn't get into this book at all. So sorry. Hopefully better the next time.

    5 of 13 people found this review helpful
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