Favorite Lines: “In the side mirror, the amazing watercolor sunset was melting onto a distant mountain range. Nikki paused a few seconds to drink in the matchless scenery. If this town ever took root, it would blossom in the most glorious of surroundings.” (p. 70-71)
SOUTHERN TOWN SEEKS SINGLE WOMEN. LOTS OF THEM!
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…
Book one in Stephanie Bond’s Southern Roads series takes us to man filled Sweetness, Georgia, where we are introduced to the Armstrong brothers. But before Baby, Drive South there was the prequel, Baby, I’m Yours. Don’t worry the novella and book are stand alone, but if you like the town of Sweetness you might want to read both stories.
Let me state something right off the bat. Porter is a jerk. I knew from early in the book Bond was going to have to work wonders to make me believe he was worthy of the heroine and a happy ending. After tons of jerky moments, one of which had me in tears of disappointment, Bond managed to redeem Porter in time for a wonderful scene where it all started. No…I’m not telling you. When you read the book you’ll know what I mean.
Poor Nikki. She has horrendous taste in men. Her reason for traveling to Sweetness involved a man, but it will take more than a man to keep her there. Or so she thinks. Nikki is insecure, but extremely intelligent. She was so lonely that I ached for her. Her loneliness separated her from the other women of the town and prevented her from living a full life. I kept waiting for her to take control of the town’s medical needs and her desire to be part of the town.
There were tons of secondary characters, all of whom I’m sure will be reintroduced in the next two books: Baby, Come Home and Baby, Don’t Go. I was a little irritated by the convenient connection Nikki has to a person who will be a key player in the next book. It wasn’t until the end of the book that the connection was explored and I felt a little better about it.
Conclusion: Baby, Drive South is a light-hearted, contemporary romance which focuses on a couple finding love while rebuilding a town gone green. The hero is a rake who gradually fell in love with the plain Jane doctor who worked hard to ignore him. He’s one of those guys who thinks he can have any girl and it takes the girl he can’t have to open his eyes to love.