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The Sassy Belles

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  284 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Meet the Sassy Belles

They're strong as a mint julep, sweet as peach cobbler, and no matter what, they stick together.

There are only two seasons in Tuscaloosa—football and waiting-for-football. When Lewis Heart, football announcer and voice of the Crimson Tide, vanishes after an impromptu romp with Vivi Ann McFadden at the Fountain Mist Motel, Vivi does wha...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Harlequin MIRA (first published January 1st 2013)
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Oct 24, 2013 Ian rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of the Dixie Divas by Virginia Brown
When Lewis, the voice of the Crimson Tide apparently dies while in the throws of passion with Vivi Ann, she immediately calls her best friend and lawyer Blake. But somewhere between her running from the hotel room and the ambulance arriving his body has disappeared. When the media gets involved sightings of Lewis start coming in from all over Alabama.

The Sassy Belles is quite an unusual book in that the journey is more important than the destination. Honestly it doesn't really add up and there...more
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My opinion: WHAT (dramatic pause) an adorable read this was without being overly sticky sweet! I just had fun reading this book. I love when chicklit/romance authors can do a really nice balance between a good mystery (that left me guessing) and lighthearted writing. Ms. Albright has shown herself to be a master. It was a easy going read which was to be expected. I must admit that I didn't expect to be kept guessing. It was a really nice break for some h...more
I just loved this book! I found myself laughing out loud as I was falling in love with Sonny(of course) and cheering for Blake! There was romance and mystery but not too much romance! I can't wait to read the rest of the series and I'm sure the other books will be just as good as this one was! I'm not from the South but know plenty of people who are and Beth is spot on in her descriptions and the way things are there!
This turned out to be a great debut and a lot of fun. It is a good start to a trilogy that I am looking forward to reading. she used several genres that I like, Women's Fiction, Southern Fiction and a little Cozy Mystery.

I enjoyed getting to know each of the characters in the book and
Tuscaloosa Alabama. I found myself googling a few of the places she mentioned. I will be continuing with the trilogy and looking forward to the next books Wedding Belles she is putting recipes in this one and Sl...more
RaeLynn Fry
Blake's best friend, Vivi, has been caught in the middle of a scandal. Vivi's discreet affair with Lewis, Blake's brother-in-law, is made public when he winds up dead--smack dab in the middle of one of their rendezvous. Now it's up to lawyer Blake and her lawyer husband to get Vivi out of this pickle (which no good Southern belle should ever find herself in). But with the right amount of sass, the right friends, and a strand of pearls, a true Southern belle can overcome anything; even that pesky...more
Vivi Ann and Blake have been friends since the third grade. Their lives revolve around small town, Alabama football. Blake needs to use all her strength and her law degree to get Vivi Ann out of her latest escapade. Fun reading about the best of friendships. Wonderful summer beach read.
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 5/10/13:

This was such a fun read! It's also the perfect novel for the spring. I love novels set in the South that paint an accurate portrait of southern culture. Not everyone in the South lives like these women, but there is a lot of truth living within these pages. The dialog was reminiscent of my conversations with friends and family at times. I loved the emphasis on southern culture and values.

The story revolves around the...more
Kari Anderson
From Goodreads:

There are only two seasons in Tuscaloosa—football and waiting-for-football. When Lewis Heart, football announcer and voice of the Crimson Tide, vanishes after an impromptu romp with Vivi Ann McFadden at the Fountain Mist Motel, Vivi does what any Southern woman would do: call her best friend, Blake O’Hara Heart, attorney-at-law.

With the town gossip swirling around them, Vivi and Blake are determined to find out what happened to Lewis and clear Vivi’s reputation. Because after all,...more

The Sassy Belles does remind me a little about soap operas. They are strong women characters who all have good points and bad faults. Some characters grow up and some grow up too much. In some ways I figured out where the book was going to go but I had to keep reading to find out how it was going to go.

Some scenes just make me smile just by picturing it in my mind humming It's raining men. Other scenes I wanted to shout don't do that. Some scenes were perfect reminders of different southe...more
Lynne Levandowski
THE SASSY BELLES by Beth Albright
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Date published: May 28, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-7783-1528-5
Romantic Fiction
Reviewed by Lynne
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 4.5

In Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where women are strong and beautiful, are THE SASSY BELLES, Vivi, Rhonda, and Blake. Having established this exclusive sisterhood back in junior high, these Southern Belles vowed to guard each other’s backs forever, no matter what. They deemed themselv...more
This book started off very weird for me to be honest, I have never heard of a book where someone thinks that they have killed someone during sex, and instead of calling an ambulance, they left the body there took off, and called their best friend who happens to be an attorney, and she happens to be married to the dead guys brother! Seems like a complicated plot right? Well, it only gets worse, however, in the best way possible!

Beth has created a story so seemingly complicated that I thought it...more
Caren ~ the misfit geek
This was such a fun book to read. There is really nothing quite as charming as Southern fiction when it is done well. The cozy mystery aspect kept me engaged all the way through. It was easy to read and thoroughly enjoyable all the way through.

The author did a fabulous job of creating entertaining and quirky characters. She also did a great job of showcasing the unique culture that exists in southern communities. I really enjoyed the special best friends bond between Blake and Vivi. They made me...more
Helen Barlow
Originally published on my blog My Novel Opinion

THE SASSY BELLES was so much fun to read. Before reading the book I really wasn't sure what to expect, was this just another romance novel? No, there were so many different aspects to the story - the mystery of Lewis's disappearance, the unraveling of Blake and Harry's marriage, Vivi realizing she's in love, the role of Meridee within the close-knit community. The characters felt very real, and the book was practically perspiring southern charm! I...more
Harlequin Books
"You don't have to be from the South to enjoy Albright's debut, but if you are, you most certainly will. Moreover, if you're a 'Bama fan, this is a must-have book. Albright has crafted a witty and adorably charming read that will leave readers grinning from ear to ear. Nicely paced with hilarious characters, the only thing missing from this Southern delight is a glass of sweet tea." RT Book Reviews, rated 4 1/2 stars

The Sassy Belles, New Series!
Category: Relationship Novel

This is definitely a pa...more
Sharon Chance
If you enjoy fun and lively Southern fiction, you will adore Beth Albright's "The Sassy Belles!"

Beth takes you right into the heart of Alabama in all it's glory - with it's passion for good friends, good food, and good football! Beth's characters are just charming - close friends who stick by each other through thick and thin, no matter what!

I highly recommend "The Sassy Belles," as well as Beth's second book in the series, "Wedding Belles." Grab a cold glass of sweet tea and sit back and enjoy...more
Beth Albright’s debut novel blends elements of romance, mystery, and chick lit into a frothy mix that is as Southern as grits and barbecue and as appealing as a glass of cold sweet tea on an August afternoon. Albright overgeneralizes Southern experience, but the result is a cast of amusing characters. The Sassy Belles was such fun to read that even a reader with ties to Georgia and Auburn could enjoy a few hours in Tide Country.

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Cambron Jewell
Upon hearing of the soon to be released “Sassy Belles” book, I was immediately intrigued by what the pages between the title had to offer. I am, after all, a belle myself. While the scent of magnolia made me instantly entranced by the main character Blake and her lifetime bestie, Vivi, it was the continual banter of sexy men, college football and a family lineage big enough to make the Kennedy’s blush that made me zip through this lovely read.

To open, Beth Albright painted a frantic scene fille...more
I really enjoyed reading this book by Tuscaloosa author Beth Albright! Check out my longer review at:

Alabama Letters
I enjoyed the writers wit in telling her story. My Mother and Aunt were the queens of "Bless their hearts". It was always a joke in our family that Mother used that phrase when she said something negative about someone. It was interesting to read about places and things I recognized in Tuscaloosa. Both my children graduated from The University of Alabama and yes I still love Coach Bryant and Joe Namath. The ending left me shaking my head. it didn't make sense why Lewis faked his death and the po...more
Ann (Noumena12)
I tried reading this book but just couldn't get past the sample. The characters just seemed so inane.
Kelly Hagens-swart
Cute, witty, and southern from the iced tea to the football Saturdays. A great book for a beach read.
fun book to read. certainly can relate to the bonds of friendship...
Paula  Phillips
If you are like me and one of your favourite TV Shows currently is "Hart of Dixie" , then you will just love yourself some of Beth Albright's new series "The Sassy Belles". Set in the heart of the South , Beth Albright has captured the heart and essence of what I could only imagine a Southerner belle to be like. The story starts off with Blake O'Hara Heart wondering how she is going to tell her husband Henry she wants a divorce when a phone call happens and it turns out to be Blake's best frien...more

Review originally posted: Traveling With T

Meet Blake O’Hara Heart. Southern Belle from the top of her head to the tips of her toes. Lover of pearls, Alabama football, sweet tea and family (not necessarily in that order!) And fiercely protective of her best friend forever, Vivi. And boy, does Vivi need some protecting after the latest mess she’s found herself in!

It’s Blake O’Hara Heart’s 10 year anniversary with her husband, Harry, and she’s planning on asking him a biq question. But when her bes...more
The older I get, the more I realize that life just does not flow as planned. And sometimes, the heaviness, the disappointment, or the stress of it all just feels too much to carry. Some people, when overwhelmed, might drink, smoke, swear, sleep around or gamble to ‘blow off some steam’. I read romance novels. I will drown myself in these stories that always end happily, consuming 3 or 4 (or more!) in a frenzied week. Enter, ‘The Sassy Belles’ series.

I have a recent obsession with the deep south...more
Anne Mackle
The book has a colourful summer cover and I thought it looked just right for a summer read. This is a debut novel by Beth Albright and is the first book in a series. Beth is from Alabama and this is where she choose to set her story.
The story begins with Vivi's best friend's husband (a lawyer) receiving a phone call from her saying that his brother (Lewis) with whom she has just spent some time in a hotel bedroom is dead and she killed him. Why she didn't call an ambulance or even motel receptio...more
Roz ~ My Written Romance
This and other reviews can be found on my blog, My Written Romance.

Those who know me will tell you that I love books set in this part of the world. The southern states were the one part of the USA I am kicking myself I didn't get to while I was travelling. There is just something about the whole Southern thing that I can’t quite put my finger on, but I can’t wait to discover for myself.

The Sassy Belles has that special Southern charm – it’s funny, heartwarming, even heartbreaking and oh so colou...more
Sassy Belles was a fun read, loved the way the author depicted all the southern charm and ways about Tuscaloosa and its people. She really gave me a good idea of how it's like. The characters were great, funny and supportive. Vivi is Blake's best friend. She can count on Blake to help her find the man she loves- Lewis, who has disappeared or may be dead.
My only issue is that Blake, the heroine, is in an unhappy marriage. Her husband Harry is running for office which is his main priority and whe...more
Shay Williams
I very much enjoyed meeting the Sassy Belles. Anyone who still thinks that Southern women are all sweetness and light really should read this book. A true southern belle can cuss you out in a very sweet accent all the while they are renewing their friendship with Jim or Jack.

I found THE SASSY BELLES to be a delightful bit of fluff even though it deals with a possible murder and a missing person. All of the women in Blake's family are bigger then life and ones that I would love to call a friend....more
Jo (My House of Books)
Though The Sassy Belles is published by Harlequin, I don't consider it a true romance; I would label The Sassy Belles as women's fiction -- there's a declining romance, a new romance beginning, and a bit of a mystery.

Told by narrator Blake O'Hara Heart, we are treated with life in Blake's small social circle of Tuscaloosa, Alabama: her lifelong best friend, Vivi; her husband, Henry; Henry's brother and Vivi's love interest, Lewis; Blake's mother and grandmother, Kitty and Meridee; and Blake's f...more
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Beth Albright is a Tuscaloosa native, former Days of Our Lives actress, and former radio and TV talk show host. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Journalism. She is also a screenwriter, voice-over artist and mother. She is married to her college sweetheart, Ted and mother to brilliant college student, Brooks. A perpetually homesick Southern Belle and a major Alabama Crimson...more
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“You have to understand that women in the South, women of Southern blood, just don't partake in scandalous adventures--- and when we do, it's in a discreet manner. We have reputations to consider, after all." ~ Blake O'Hara Heart in THE SASSY BELLES” 6 likes
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