TITLE: Southern Sweets: A Midnight Novel
AUTHOR: Cori Williams
PUBLISHER: Booktrope Publishing
Sugar and spice don’t always play nice—Amelia Emerson learned that the hard way after her heart was snatched straight from her chest. What was done could not be forgotten.
Tanner made his choice, and there was no turning back from the hurt he caused. Amelia is left dealing with the aftermath and trying to juggle the new life she has been handed.
Worn down, she struggles to gain back the confidence she once possessed, and prove to everyone she is able to do things on her own—But when life takes another sharp turn in an unexpected direction, will she be able to let go and start fresh? Or is the pain too unbearable to forget?
After reading Midnight Ballerina and falling in love with Miller and Monroe, I was so glad to get Tanner and Amelia’s story and it was a very rocky road for them in this book. It’s not a must to read Midnight Ballerina but I feel like it makes this story so much better because we get more of Miller and Monroe in this book as well.
Amelia has always been the perfect daughter and followed her snooty parents’ wishes, no matter how miserable she made herself. Even dating the rich and perfect man, she knew that was not a life she wanted. She wanted to be a chef and I really admired her for stepping up and making her own choices. She is definitely a stronger woman than I thought she was in Midnight Ballerina. However, those choices come with a price that will change her life forever.
Tanner has been married to his high school sweetheart for years and in book one, we find out life isn’t always perfect. Tanner wants to make his marriage work, but no matter what he does, he can’t forget hot and feisty Amelia. They weren’t together long, but he couldn’t get her out of his mind and heart, even knowing he was trying to do the right thing with his wife. Sometimes fate intervenes and when Tanner finds himself imbedded in Amelia’s life forever, those feelings resurface.
My heart just broke for Tanner and all this poor man had to endure. Even though he tried as hard as he could, he always seemed to make the wrong choice. Just when he makes his decision, his past intervenes and destroys their world in more ways than one. Throw into the mix of insane Danny who wreaks havoc on Amelia’s life and what a story we have! I would loved to have strangled Danny myself!
Tanner and Amelia come together and are definitely a one of a kind couple. Their back and forth banter is one thing I really loved about this story. As irritated I seemed to find myself with Tanner at times, I really did fall in love with his character. He’s such an easy guy to love once you dig deeper inside his heart. Plus, seeing the relationship Amelia and Monroe still share even though they have their own lives is a real bonus for me. I love how well Monroe supported Amelia in her decisions, even knowing that it could interfere with her relationship with Miller. And, I do love how Miller supported Tanner as well.
I think Cori’s writing is getting better and better with each book. Her stories are unique and that’s one of many things I love about her writing. The characters are easy to understand and you get a different kind of romance. One that shows strengths and struggles. One that shows obstacles in life. Nothing is ever easy in a relationship and you really get that in this story. I applaud Cori for another great book and give this book 5 stars.
Cori Williams is a contemporary romance writer who recently relocated from Michigan to southern living in the mountains of North Carolina. When she's not busy taking care of her three young children and sometimes fourth, aka as her husband, you'll find her tapping away at the keyboard with music blaring and endless amounts of candy fuel at hand. Her love of reading from a very young age transferred over to a love of writing and now the stories are never ending as she creates the happily ever afters for her characters with sometimes bumpy journeys along the way. "Forever isn't always easy."