Title: Sinful Southern Hero
Lucy escapes an abusive marriage and moves to Clifton, Tennessee for a fresh start, somewhere safe to rebuild her life. She isn’t prepared for Dalton, a tattooed construction company owner with a penchant for dominating in the bedroom, or the feelings he awakens.
When Lucy’s ex-husband proves he’s unwilling to allow his reign of terror to end along with the marriage, will she be able to set aside her fears and place her trust in Dalton?
The one thing she wasn’t looking for in the small town of Clifton is the one thing Lucy needs…a SINFUL SOUTHERN HERO.
Author: S. J. Drum
Series: Sinful South
Published: November 27 2013
Genres: Erotic Contemporary Romance
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Lucy has finally moved away from her abusive ex husband to a small Tennessee town. When she arrives at the office space she will be renting she finds it in chaos with a busted water pipe and other cosmetic damage. Repairing it all is Dalton, a sexy tattooed contractor with big muscles and charming dimples. Dalton is Dominate. He always needs to be in control whether it’s a situation or sex. He likes his women submissive and doesn’t have any desire to settle down. When he sees Lucy, he knows she’s not his type. She’s full figured, shy, almost delicate and seemingly fragile. He knows he couldn’t be rough with her but she draws him like no woman has before.
I really enjoyed this story. It was a bit intense at times since it deals with an abused spouse and physical and emotional scars but seeing Lucy overcome all of that was inspiring. I did think that Dalton immediate obsession with Lucy was a little far fetched though. He had always gravitated toward a certain type but from the minute he sees her he is smitten. There was a part that wasn’t cheating since Dalton and Lucy weren’t together but it that showed Lucy that Dalton liked to dominate his partner. I could have down without it since it bothered me. However, it was a key scene in the book and set the rest of the book on course. It was just hard to read but everything turned out great in the end.
While Dalton is a self proclaimed Dominate, the book was actually pretty tame. With Lucy’s background, Dalton takes his time with her and they don’t actually consummate their relationship till pretty far in the book. I gave it 4 flames since there is some light bondage but the sex scenes were few, only 2 I believe. I would have liked a bit more myself since Dalton is super sexy with tats and a piercing….ah well. They do talk about going further but we don’t get to see any of it.
I did feel like the ending was a bit rushed. There is a big climactic moment then next we know it’s a year later. I wouldn’t have minded that if we had gotten some internal monologue explaining a bit of what had happened in the last year with Lucy’s ex and all the other big changes that would have happened. Instead we are left somewhat in the dark with how everything worked out.
This is the second book in the Sinful South series but I don’t think they have to be read in order. Each book is about a different couple and there isn’t a continuing story arc so they work well as stand alone novels.