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He was the bad boy I fell for in college. Now he’s a sexy single dad and Charleston’s most successful venture capitalist. Dominant and decisive, Ford Montgomery is used to getting what he wants. And he just set his sights on me...

Ford Montgomery was my first everything.

First love.

First guy I slept with.

First heartbreak when he dumped me without explanation.

A decade later, it’s just my luck he’s the first guy I run into after moving back to my hometown of Charleston. Three-piece suit, tie, and a watch worth more than my car - being a mogul looks good on Ford. So does being a doting dad to his adorable four-year-old daughter.

I tell myself I can resist him. But one impulsive, ill-advised kiss later, Ford is in hot pursuit. He’s determined to make up for his past mistakes and convinces me to give him a second chance.

What started as fun between the sheets gets really serious, really fast. Problem is, I swore I’d never give up the dreams I worked so hard for to settle down and do the family thing.

But seeing Ford light up around his daughter - seeing how he’s chasing his ambitions while rocking fatherhood - is making me rethink what I want out of life.

It doesn’t help that behind his corporate veneer is the bad boy I fell in love with. And bad boys aren’t afraid to play dirty...or break hearts.

Southern Heartbreaker is a full-length, stand-alone romance. It is part of the Charleston Heat Series, which is a series of interconnected stand-alone novels set in the steamy Southern town of Charleston, South Carolina. The books can be listened to in any order. 

©2019 Peterson Paperbacks, LLC (P)2020 Peterson Paperbacks, LLC

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Great Story!

Another swoon worthy installment in the Charleston Heat series. While this is book 4, it can absolutely be read as a standalone. In Southern Heartbreaker we accompany Ford and Eva on their journey back together; after 10 years of living separate lives. Ford and Eva were college sweethearts, however went their separate ways after graduation. Fast forward 10 years and they find themselves back in their hometown and the dormant feelings resurface as they see each other frequently in their friends and family circle. Many things happened in 10 years - Ford is now a single parent, widower, with a 4 year old daughter and Eva has build a career as successful pit-master and food blogger. There are many competing priorities as they try to reconnect, self doubts, punishing deadlines and vulnerabilities to overcome. Will they be able to slow down enough to find their way back to each other? Ford is my favorite Charleston Heat hero so far. His dedication to his little girl, his steadfast leadership in his venture capital firm and the way he bares his soul to the woman he loves...swoon!!! The narration by Joe Arden and Emma Wilder is perfection. If you like your romance on the steamy side, you will not want to miss Southern Heartbreaker!

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The best yet!

Gah! This book pulls at my heartstrings immediately! Like I can just feel what Eva is going through! I adore all of Jessica’s books, and the audiobook of this one just brought it roaring back to the front...it was incredible! Good lord, it was everything! I had butterflies when Eva first bumps into Ford again! The way Joe and Emma bring their chemistry to life is everything! They play off each other so well, I can’t even with how much I love it! These two are my absolute favorites and I’m sad this wonderful series is now over! Everyone should get these audiobooks...the best series out there!

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Sweet and steamy southern romance

I loved this second chance romance from Jessica Peterson. This audiobook was wonderfully narrated by Joe Arden and Emma Wilder! Years after a devastating breakup, Ford and Eva are reunited. Ford, now a widower and single father to his 4 year old daughter, knows Eva is everything he needs, but she is hesitant to begin again after she was so hurt and heartbroken in the past. I loved their journey to find love and to find a balance between work, home, family, and personal ambitions. If you love your southern romance with a sweet story, plenty of steam, and an on-point narration, you will love Southern Heartbreaker! Huge thanks to the author and Valentine PR for the audiobook! This was my first read from Jessica Peterson and I really loved it! It is a standalone in a series and I was able to enjoy it fully as it’s own story.

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Single hot dad! YES!!!

Ford and Eva's story is a great second chance love story! Ford has grown so much since he was the college guy that dropped Eva for a bad reason. He was endearing as this single father who had been through so much and was ready to give a relationship a shot even though he didn't have any time for one. Eva comes back to town and a relationship is the last thing on her list. These two has some HOT scenes! WOW! They literally melted the pages. The narrators did a great job with that. I would have died reading that LOL. Ford's daughter always stole the show and I loved how Eva fell in love with her as well as with Ford. Another good story in this series. The narrators did a fantastic job with the story. There were some really hot scenes in here! They brought every detail to live. Great job!

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Fun, Emotional, and Sizzling Romance!

I love second chance romance and when you add in a sexy single dad, I can't resist! This fourth book in the Charleston Heat series is Eva Lacy and Ford Montgomery's fun, emotional and steamy romance. Eva and Ford were college sweethearts until Ford blindsided her and broke her heart on graduation day. Now years later, they are both successful, and back in the same city. Eva is a pit master/chef with a successful Blog, and a best selling cookbook. She has writers block for her next cookbook, so she moves back home to hopefully find some inspiration. She unexpectantly runs into the one man she has worked hard to forget. Ford Montgomery is a successful venture capitalist and a widowed father of an adorable little girl, Bryce. He has only gotten better with age, and how sweet he is with his daughter, makes it impossible for her to resist him. Eva is the one that got away for Ford, and he has regretted his rash action ever since. Now Eva is back in his life and he is determined to prove he is a better man and they are meant for each other. But Eva has hopes and dreams and isn't sure being a mom fits in with those plans. I thought Eva and Ford were so perfect together. They both worked hard, were close to their families, and their chemistry was explosive. I loved the narration by Joe Arden, and Emma Wilder. They really brought out the push/pull between both Ford and Eva and allowed us to experience their vulnerabilities and growth, and their sexual tension was palpable! I really enjoyed this fun, emotional and sizzling romance!

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So Good!

I loved this book when I read it but listening to it was soooo much better! Joe Arden and Emma Wilder are absolutely perfect! They made the story come to life in the most wonderful way. And the sexting scene! 🔥

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I loved every second of Southern Heartbreaker!

I loved every second of Southern Heartbreaker, the fourth book in the Charleston Heat series. This second chance and single dad romance would read wonderfully as a standalone, although characters from previous books in the series do appear and certainly are fantastic enough on their own for everyone to go back and read the rest of the series. One of my favorite things about this series is how food-centric it is- I love the connection the characters have to food and Jessica Peterson is masterful in her dish descriptions and makes me so hungry! Eva is a bad-ass BBQ pit master looking for inspiration for her next (overdue!) cookbook. Reconnecting with college love Ford gives her that and more. Ford is not only drop dead gorgeous and the one Eva never got over, he's also a pretty darn perfect single dad. Their chemistry is as hot as they remember from college. I related so much with Eva and her struggle to find a balance between career and personal life. It's a real struggle most women today face. Jessica Peterson handled the issue with grace and wisdom and her ability to write internal monologues is just another one of her many talents. Joe Arden and Emma Wilder were fantastic, as always. They are true pros and such a joy to listen to.

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Love the single Dad story line

This one choked me up at times and also gave a great observation of love does not have to be perfect it just needs to be present.

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Jessica Peterson Saved the Best for Last!

Who doesn't adore a loving single dad? Sigh.... Incredible writing and delicious Southern narration by Emma Wilder and Joe Arden. I loved the whole series and look forward to more from Jessica Peterson.

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Ford and Eva!

Jessica Peterson knocked it out of the park with this one! I absolutely love the single dad trope! Ford has a heartbreaking story and past, but with Eva's help, he slowly comes back to life and learn to love. Eva is hesitant to reconnect with Ford since he broke her heart so many years ago because he didn't think she was very career driven. Eva has written some very successful cookbooks and is currently trying to write another. I just love how this couple gets a second chance to get it right! Joe Arden and Emma Wilder narrate! They are absolutely fabulous and I just love their southern drawl in their accents. This book is so great and you will not be disappointed. So good, so hot!

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  • C. L. Oliver
  • 11-28-20

Great

This was a great audiobook. First book I have read in this series and it didn’t disappoint. Loved the storyline and the narration. I will need to go and listen to the previous books now.

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  • Clare Tunilla
  • 11-17-20

I really don't want this series to be over

This is the series where I found this author and I've really enjoyed each and every book. This is a really cute single dad second chance romance. Ford and Eva dove right back in when they were brought back together, and I loved how Eva stuck to her guns, yet found a way fit Ford and Bryce into her busy life. I really hope this series isn't over because not hearing Joe Arden's southern drawl really would be a crime. I volunteered to listen and review a complimentary copy of this. All opinions are my own.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 11-15-20

Amazing addition to the series!

Single dad romances are a favorite of mine, so when given the chance, I love to listen! This is my first book by Jessica Peterson, and it definitely will not be my last! A story of second chances and parenting, strong family ties and learning the balance of all that comes with it. Ford and Emma were together in college and when they graduated, Ford decided they should split. Now ten years later, the two meet again at a baby shower. The two have intense chemistry, and seem to almost pick things up where they left off. But a broken heart is not something easily forgotten, and when Eva sees Ford with his little girl, there needs to be some serious consideration for this goal oriented woman. Will they find a happy medium? So much fun, this listen brings out realistic views of life. There are so many things to consider and I love how Peterson takes a look at it from all sides. It's book #4 in the Charleston Heat series, and though I can tell there is crossover characters from the previous books, it completely stands alone, letting us enjoy just Ford and Eva. And Brice steals the show, with her 4 year old innocence and bubbly personality. I loved this story and can't wait to go back and catch up on the others in the series. Emma Wilder and Joe Arden are fantastic as always. Using their southern accents to bring this to life just makes it all the more authentic. And Wilder's voice for Brice is amazing! You would think it's really a little girl! This is a fun listen you don't want to miss!

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  • Maria Fernanda G. Lechuga
  • 09-11-20

Second Chances. Great Narration

I loved everything about this book, of course it didn't hurt that the narration was super awesome, but the story was great to. It's the first book I listen or read by this author and I really enjoy it. The story is entertaining, fast paced, not drama, funny and really easy to listen. The characters are quite likeable, I loved Ford and Eva. I liked how they both changed over the years and how Ford is more mature and really helped Eva figured somethings out. The advice he gives her about her mum, really hit home and left me thinking (THANKS for that Jessica Peterson). I was happy that they got their second chance because they're perfect for each other. The narration was perfect. Emma Wilder and Joe Arden were amazing, perfect for the characters in every single way.