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I’ve done a lot of stupid stuff in my life. But sleeping with my best friend tops the list. 

Annabel and I have been close since college. When I left school to play pro football, she was there. While I collected Super Bowl rings and cars worth more than the house I grew up in — she was there. 

I always assumed we’d end up together. Everyone did. 

But by the time I retired from football, Bel was married. I thought I’d missed my shot at love. 

So I buried myself in my new job as CEO of Blue Mountain Farm, a five-star resort my family and I built in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. It seems like a good place to be alone with the secret I have to keep from her. 

Now Bel is a divorced single mom, struggling to raise her daughter on her own — and it’s my turn to be there for her. 

So I invite her and the baby up to the resort for some much needed R&R. 

Then, in a moment of bonfire-and-bourbon induced weakness, I kiss her. 

And the fallout could ruin everything.  

Southern Seducer is a full length, standalone small town novel. It is the first book in the all new North Carolina Highland series.

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

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Simply Extraordinary

Southern Seducer is so much more than contemporary romance!
The author tells a beautiful love story of 2 friends becoming each other’s everything after 15 years of friendship.

“What if you making out with Annabel is just your friendship blossoming into something it was always meant to become?”

While telling the story of Beau and Annabel, Jessica Peterson shares, via the heroine, her own intimate journey and struggle with postpartum depression. Through sharing of her vulnerabilities, she provides help and a voice to so many going through similar experience.
And, as if tackling one taboo wasn’t enough, Ms. Peterson bring to light yet another topic, Traumatic Brain Injuries/CTE associates with some of our most beloved sports and the athletes we adore. She has managed to seamlessly weave a beautiful love story around two incredibly important, often silent, issues and give her literary couple a powerful narrative of self realization, care, family dynamics, support and importance, overcoming obstacles (whether real or perceived) and above all - finding a way to each other through it all.

Annabel’s and Beau’s story plays out in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, the scenery is vividly painted by the author and you have no choice but to fall in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The narration by Jason Clark and Virginia Rose is phenomenal, they bring Beau and Annabel lo life in the most engaging way. I felt completely immersed in the story!

I tremendously enjoyed and recommend Southern Seducer - it is an extraordinary book!

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Not her best work IMHO

I’ve have read almost everything that she has written and was so excited for this one. Didn’t think twice about using a credit but dang.. I just couldn’t get into it. Not to make lite of postpartum because I am a mother and understand but it was just too much. It was so hard to go from one mood to the next with the leading lady that she was starting to become annoying this making it hard to relate. Didn’t even make it past the first kiss. Just had to move on.

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***** Southern Seducer *****

I rated this book 5 stars when I read it, wishing I could give it more. Now, after listening to it, it definitely deserves 10 stars!
Jessica Peterson tackles 2 huge, rarely talked about, diagnosis and she does it beautifully.
Jason Clarke and Virginia Rose did an excellent job bringing Jessica’s words to life.

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So very sweet, humorous and teary at times.

Loved this book! If I had to describe this book in one word I would say REAL. It touched on some real life issues while keeping whats important at the forefront! I leave it right there. Trust me you will not be disappointed...😊

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Wonderful Start to the New Series!

I was so excited to start this and have to say it did not disappoint! Jessica Peterson knows how to write a book that keeps you saying "one more chapter and then I'll go to sleep!" I just could not stop listening. This story dealt with some emotional subjects...TBI and PPD, but it was done with such care, that it made the story so much deeper. Virginia Rose and Jason Clarke truly brought it to life. I can't wait for book 2. I can see that there will be some fun coming up for this family.

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Moving

This was the 1st story I've ever listened to by Jessica Peterson. And I am definitely going to continue the series. The story was very moving, The topic Of him having brain issues because of his professional football playing was very interesting, It problemo shun out in me some crying, All in all it was a wonderful story, Narrators did an excellent job, I really felt part of the story which means they did their job. I recommend as an entertaining story.

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Loved, loved, loved

Having read several books by Jessica Peterson and enjoyed her style of writing, I was looking forward to reading the first book in her new series. Ms.Peterson wove a story with characters you couldn’t help but fall for.

This is Annabel (Bel) and Beau’s second chance at love story and may well be my favourite book I have read so far from this author. For Beau, Bel is the one who got away, however fate works in mysterious ways and now Bel is a divorced mother to a gorgeous little girl Maisie and Beau has the opportunity and means to give her a helping hand.

I fell hard and fast for Beau whilst Bel is one of those women that I could easily see as a friend. She is feisty, sassie, independent, a wonderful mother and I loved her. I was impressed with the way the author handled the issue of postpartum depression,particularly if you are a first time mother. It is an issue that is often swept under the rug, as she handled it with dignity and respect.

There were times, I laughed, times I cried but at the end of the book, I was left with a smile on my face. Southern Seducer is a little gem, one click on release, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Having loved the book I couldn’t wait to listen to it on audio and I was not disappointed. The performances by the narrators Jason Clarke and Virginia Rose, did justice to an entertaining book and added to my enjoyment overall.

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Unspoken journeys of love and motherhood

Author Jessica Peterson has taken a “taboo” medical condition and brought it right to the forefront of the romance world…and did an incredibly tasteful job! Heroine Annabel, suffers from post-partum depression. I am applauding you, Jessica! You brought realism to this character…because, as you know…being a new mom is not always roses and rainbows!

This first book in the North Carolina Highlands series by Jessica Peterson sets up the Blue Mountain Farm resort storyline…and oldest son, Beau, is the hero of Southern Seducer and is struggling with his own medical diagnosis…but trying to help his best friend, Bel, get through her PPD…without crossing the line of no return. However, when both parties are on the edge of falling over, what is to stop them?

I cannot tell you how much I loved this book. The topics, the characters, the families, the storyline, the setting…ALL of it just blends together so perfectly to create this incredible read! And the innuendos...OMG...they were fantastically spread throughout this whole book! Southern Seducer is the perfect start to this series and I am anxious to get my hands on the next book in the series!

The narrators Jason Clarke and Virginia Rose were PERFECT for Beau and Bell!

This is an absolute must listen... ESPECIALLY recommend for a momma. 5 Stars!

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Emotional & Real

Another amazing book from Jessica. Beau and Bel are best friends that developed into so much more. I love how real this book is It is emotional and also funny at the same time. This book has all the feels. Virginia Rose and Jason Clarke were so good together in this book. You really felt their emotions when telling the story. I love the start of this series and can’t wait for more.

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Real characters, real issues, and real situations

Jessica Peterson is one of my favorite authors because she delivers such real romance. Real characters, real issues, and real situations. Bel and Beau are authentic and their deep friendship is #goals. The author deals with two serious issues with grace and dignity. And let me just say I am here for this new series focusing on Beau's family! I know it's going to be such a treat. Jason Clark and Virginia Rose gave fantastic performances and were so enjoyable- they brought the story to life so well.

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  • K. Ramjohn
  • 12-13-20

Loved the narration

Southern Seducer is book 1 in the new North Carolina Highlands series. This is Annabel and Beau story and it was an emotional tale as the author discussed Postpartum Depression and general depression. The story was raw, honest and real as Jessica gives us an excellent description of the feeling and emotions of those suffering from depression. Both Beau and Belle were likable relatable characters who brought out the best in each other. This was a friends to lovers romance and a great start to the series.
The audiobook was narrated by Jason Clarke and Virginia Rose. They did an excellent job with the characters and brought out the emotions in the story. They brought the story to life and it was a pleasure listening to them narrate this novel.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 12-01-20

Friends to lovers and so much more!

Jessica Peterson is fast becoming one of my favorite listens! She has a style that is easy to listen to yet yields such true to life stories. This first book in her North Carolina Highlands story feature best friends Beau and Bel. These two have been tight since college, and through the years have shared everything from failures to successes. Now life has taken a turn for Bel and she needs to get away. She and her new daughter are off to see Beau at his resort and things are just not going as planned. Suffering from postpartum depression, she is trying to get her life back on track and who better to do it with than Beau. And our love story begins. Friends to lovers, But secrets are held, and Beau's is a beauty. When he reveals it, will Bel's feelings change? And why does he keep pushing her away? Peterson weaves a beautiful love story around these two very broken people. She lets us experience the pain and uncertainty of depression and Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain injury Beau has from playing football. Each is dealt with compassion, yet is not sugar coated which I love. It's real, it's gritty and their love is beautiful.

Narrated by the talented team of Jason Clarke and Virginia Rose, we are exposed to superb story telling. These two become Beau and Bel, and I was completed captivated with their performance. Clarke's accent fits Beau to a "t" and Rose uses that spunky, vulnerability to create Bel. A better casting could not have been made for this story.

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  • Clare Tunilla
  • 11-25-20

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I've listened to this authors Charleston Heat series and I adore her writing. The small town feel, the family, it's all here in her new North Carolina Highlands series and even though this is only book one, I can assure you I'm as hooked on this series as I was on the last. Jason Clarke and Virginia Rose were incredible as college friends turned lovers Beau and Bel. There's a lot of real talk in this from PPD to single mom struggles. I really admired that because it often gets glossed over, even in this day and age. I volunteered to listen and review a complimentary copy of this and all opinions are my own.

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  • Bette
  • 10-13-20

Wonderful Story & Narration🎧 Gripping & Heartfelt!

This is an awesome friends to lovers romance, it is beautifully written, the book grabbed my attention right from the start and held it straight to the end. The characters and storylines are realistic and easy to relate to, Jessica Peterson does an awesome job covering some real life issues in this book, depression and PTSD, I just loved how she kept it all real. Annabel “Bel” Rhodes and John Riley “Beau” Beauregard met in college at a football party. The two just clicked and soon became friends, BTW, I loved how they first wind up communicating. He went on to play pro-football and she continued on with her education, the two remained in touch the entire time. Years later, Annabel has a great career and wanting more, most specifically a baby she decides to have one on her own. But she soon realizes it is not so easy, making it worse she suffers from postpartum. Still in touch with Beau, who is now retired working with his family who converted their farm into an upscale resort, Blue Mountain Farm. Beau suggests that she and her daughter come for a visit, her Mom too. OMG, I loved these two together, there is a great chemistry between them and an easy friendship. But Bel is not the only one with issues, Beau has his own and thinking he is doing everyone a favor pushes them away. I loved how everything plays out in this book, the story is beautifully plotted with plenty of drama, heartfelt and emotional moments, heartbreaking one and a wonderful friends to lovers romance. Jessica Peterson, thank you for this wonderful story and the emotional rollercoaster ride.

🎧📚🎧 And for the wonderful narration, Jason Clarke and Virginia Rose are the perfect cast to bring the characters and their story to life. They do an awesome job portraying the characters giving each their own voice and personality. Jason Clarke’s Beau sounded just as I pictured him to sound the same with Virginia Rose’s Annabel. Both were great playing the secondary characters as well. You could hear how much heart they put into their work and they captured the character’s emotions, their passion and vulnerabilities and projected them into their performance. Both are talented and entertaining storytellers and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another wonderful listen🎧

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  • Barbra Lazzarini
  • 04-08-21

Beautiful 🤎🤎

I love this story and these two beautiful people. They have a amazing relationship. With what they have gone through they realise they love each other and they should be together. It’s just them getting over their fears that stop them . I can’t wait for more. 🤎💕🤎💕🤎💕💕🤎💕