Book Review – Southern Pleasure by Kaylee Ryan

southern-pleasureThey tell you that a parent’s love is all consuming. I never put much thought into it. Not until the minute I heard her take her first breath. That little girl is my world. I’d do anything to protect her. My ex signed over her rights and her family vowed that my daughter didn’t exist. Now that she’s gone, they want my little girl. They’re trying to say I can’t give her what she needs.

I’ve known Evan all my life. Our families farms run parallel with each other. He and my brother Aaron have been best friends for as long as I can remember. What they’re trying to do is wrong. He needs my help, someone he can trust and I’m more than happy to do it. I volunteered without hesitation.

I should have thought about what it would be like to have our lives intertwined. I should have thought about what would happen when our time together ended and how my heart would feel when I had to walk away.

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this book!!!  I was perusing amazon.com and came across the second book in this series, and since I believe in reading series in order, I had to read the first one, and I’m so glad I did.

Evan finds out that his girlfriend is pregnant, and has no intentions on keeping the baby.  Evan begs her to carry out the pregnancy and sign over parental rights to him, which she begrudgingly does.  In the meantime, Evan’s freaking out because he doesn’t know what he’s doing.  His best friend’s little sister, McKinley, steps in and agrees to help him with everything.

Once the baby arrives, a girl named Lexi, McKinley (whom they pretty much call Kinley) pretty much moves in with Evan to help with the baby.  A few months into Lexi’s life, Evan gets a letter from the exes parents saying the ex has died and they want custody.  The ex signed over rights, including rights to her family, so they basically had no leg to stand on.

Kinley suggests that she and Evan get married and raise the baby together, and once everything with the family goes away, they can get their marriage annulled.  Of course, they didn’t plan on falling in love.

At several points during this book, I wanted to smack both Kinley and Evan and yell “wake up, idiot.”  It was so obvious they were in love, but they were both too stubborn to admit it.

Evan was such a stand up guy, going to such great lengths to take care of his baby.  Kinley was great too; she swooped in and helped and you couldn’t help but love her.

Overall, this was a really sweet story and I’m looking forward to reading the next book about Kinley’s brother, Aaron.

Happy reading.

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