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Southern Comfort

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Atlanta homicide detective Patrick “Tick” Kelly turned his back on the world the day his wife and children were murdered. Abandoning his city and his career, he holed up in a beach house on Mango Key, Florida, and drowned his grief in Jack Daniels. Now sober and a bestselling author, Tick would gladly stay a recluse forever if his brother Pete didn’t keep trying to drag hi ...more
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Published April 26th 2011 by Brilliance Audio (first published January 1st 2011)
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J
Jun 30, 2011 J rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow - not the right book to read after "The Spy who came in from the Cold". This book was as bad as "The Spy" was good!

Fern Michaels is a step below Mary Higgins Clark, if you can imagine that. The first 50 pages were incredibly painful, but then the writing improved enough that I could finish the novel. Fortunately it wasn't that long. Throughout the novel, the writing was laughable poor (both content & grammar) and nonsequetor at times. I found it unenjoyable - even as light summer reading
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Gevera Bert
This author couldn't write her way out of a wet paper bag.
Louise
Feb 20, 2012 Louise rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like sugary sweet endings
Recommended to Louise by: my e-reader apparently.
I have no idea how this one ended up on my e-reader; I have no memory of putting it there or even why I would having never heard of the author. Intrigued by this random book I set out to read it - mistake!

The first few chapters implied this might be quite a interesting mystery novel. The character of Kate Rush initially showed promise and I was relishing the idea of there being a decent strong minded female in the book. Sadly neither of those panned out, there was much talk of how cute people l
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Kari
May 23, 2011 Kari rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, 2011
Southern Comfort is the latest by Fern Michaels. I have to admit that I was largely disappointed by this one.

What I didn't like: The plot. It never got off the ground for me. The book dealt more with Lawrence "Larry" Tyler and his problems than it did with Kate and Tick. I found Larry Tyler a very annoying character. I can't stand whiners and that is how he came across to me. I found myself rooting for Kate and Sandy when they were picking on him. The suspense part of the plot was never really
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Stephanie
Jun 07, 2011 Stephanie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking forward to reading this book. The idea and plot sounded like fun. The book however really missed the mark. The story is choppy and disconnected. I barely made it to the end.
Stephanie Bridgeman
Not what I thought it would be like. no suspense, you can guess what will happen next & it was very cheesy. definitely not my favorite, but not the worst either.
Lauren Barry
This book seemed cheesy. The end seemed very rushed and I felt like I was reading a book about a middle school romance with all the references to someone being "cute". Little disappointed. I had to finish it though because I wanted to know what was in "that place."
Susanne
Feb 27, 2015 Susanne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure how I got through this book....but it will be a few hours of my life I will never get back and what a waste that is.

If Fern Michaels said something once she said it 3 times. There was NO plot, I kept waiting for something to happen and it just didn't. The characters were so predictable but the lack of any realism really does this book in. How does an ex-cop suddenly becomes a successful author? How in this day and age is it possible for two brothers to not see each other for over 8
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Jeanne
Aug 03, 2014 Jeanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is the first Fern Michaels novel I've read that does not have a dog as a supporting character in the story. However, it did feature a bilingual, foul mouth parrot that added many moments of comic relief! There was a big build up to the mystery of the big house (aka "That Place") at the end of Mango Key and it ended up falling a bit flat for me. I did love the epilogue, which earned a bit higher rating for me. 6 out of 10 on this one.
Marta
Aug 01, 2011 Marta rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really should've checked the rating before impulsively downloading this onto my Nook.
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How I managed to continue reading past the line, "Sally Pritchard Kelly was the wind beneath his wings," I'll never know.

The characters were unoriginal and bland, the story uninventive and boring.

The writing improved only enough for me to manage finishing it.

I don't feel like wasting anymore time on this book and neither should you.
Mum
I have trouble thinking of the Florida Keys of "southern" in terms of the reference to "southern comfort." The story seemed long and overly complicated in the beginning, and wrapped up ignoring all the complications of adopting a child in Florida. It was a quick read, which was a plus.
Emily
May 04, 2011 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recently all of this author's books that I've read have been disappointments. This just fell in the same category. I will leave her writing alone for a while.
Faith Dean
Jun 06, 2011 Faith Dean rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was too predictable. I made myself finish it though.
Monkeyface
Listened to Southern Comfort by Fern Michaels.
Atlanta homicide detective Patrick 'Tick' Kelly turned his back on the world the day his wife and children were murdered. Abandoning his city and his career, he holed up in a beach house on Mango Key, Florida, and drowned his grief in Jack Daniels. Now sober and a bestselling author, Tick would gladly stay a recluse forever if his brother Pete didn't keep trying to drag him back to the land of the living. After years of sacrificing her personal life
...more
Tina
May 17, 2011 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Former Atlanta homicide detective “Tick” Kelly turned his back on the world the day his wife and children were murdered. Abandoning the city life and his career, he now lives in a beach house on Mango Key, Florida. After drowing his grief in Jack Daniels, he finally manages to sobered up to become a bestselling author. However, Tick would gladly stay a recluse forever, that is, if his brother Peter will let him.

After years of sacrificing her personal life in favor of her DEA job, specialist Kat
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Shannon
Jul 03, 2011 Shannon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, first-reads
Tick (short for Patrick) Kelly, lost it the day his wife and children were murdered. The former homicide detective moved to Mango Key, Florida and became a beach bum and writer. Kate Rush, a DEA agent, has had it with her official job and the personal sacrifices it has required, and moves back to Miami. However, another intriguing job presents itself and Kate can't pass it up. Lawrence Tyler, Kate's former boss and the son of the governor of Florida, has come to the end of his career and is will ...more
Jane
Aug 04, 2012 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-romance
Atlanta homicide detective Patrick 'Tick' Kelly turned his back on the world the day his wife and children were murdered. Abandoning his city and his career, he holed up in a beach house on Mango Key, Florida, and drowned his grief in Jack Daniels. Now sober and a bestselling author, Tick would gladly stay a recluse forever if his brother Pete didn't keep trying to drag him back to the land of the living. After years of sacrificing her personal life in favour of her DEA job, special agent Kate R ...more
Bookaholics
May 27, 2011 Bookaholics rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Southern Comfort by Fern Michaels
Contemporary Romance -May 1st, 2011
3 1/2 stars

Scarred by the horrible murders of his wife and daughter, Tick (short for Patrick) Kelly retired to the Mango Key down by Florida to become a beach bum. When two beautiful agents show up to investigate in Mango Keys, he was unwittingly pulled out of self-imposed isolation. His self imposed isolation is further broken by his twin brother Pete, who refuses to let him wallow in the past. When Tick, Pete, Agent Kate, and
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Kym
Jul 02, 2011 Kym rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: books-ive-won
Fern Michaels amazes me at how she can have so many complex characters in one book, all weaved together.

Southern Comfort grabbed my attention from the forward, I was glued !

Tick is a Homicide Detective, that moves to Mango Key Fl after a tradgic night. He tries to drown out the memories by drinking and becomes a recluse. His Brother Pete comes to visit, and tries to bring him back to the "land of living." Pete and Tick meet two hot DEA agents, Kate and Sandy. They all become involved in a year l
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Karen & Gerard
Southern Comfort by Fern Michaels is a good read loaded with humor. Tick is a good cop, loyal and loving family man, but when he gets home from work one day to find his wife and children murdered, he turns to booze and becomes a beach bum in Mango Key. He sobers up but likes living on the beach with just his talking parrot that chose to live with him. It’s pretty deserted except for down about a mile is a building called “that place” by the villagers. He’s lived there for eight years in peace an ...more
Karen
Apr 02, 2012 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The jury is still out. I picked this up to listen to while driving since I had never read a Fern Michaels book. So far, 6 chapters in, I can't see what the huge appeal is. She repeats herself with descriptions, the characters are fairly standard (no one I would cry over), actions/events seem to be choppy giving the feeling that an over enthusiastic editor took out lines to save space. As for the reader, well, he's just trying too hard. A different voice for each character can be a good thing pro ...more
Heather
Jul 21, 2011 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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Anne Holly
Apr 17, 2016 Anne Holly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-away
This one wasn't for me, at all. It was slow going for the first while, but I wanted to give it time to grab me; it never did, and I ended up skimming the rest. There's precious little romance in here, and not even much mystery. People talk, and then putter around, and a crazy parrot yells some stuff. A sleazy rich guy gets lots and lots of chapters devoted to him. (view spoiler) So many wo ...more
Pamela
Apr 19, 2015 Pamela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-read-2015
Classic boy meets girl, marries, has kids, loses family.

Boy drinks to excess, withdraws, comes out of it, great solarity life.

Then boy meets new girl, conquers the world, gets and extra bonus and lives happily after. Sounds Cheesy but Fern Michaels makes it awesome and a pleasant escape from the dulldrums of life. Great read.

only warning is the desire to go some place tropical while/after reading.
Cynthia
Jan 12, 2015 Cynthia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read a few of Fern Michaels books. Every time I get her books I can never put them down. This was a very good story about a police officer trying to find himself again after losing his family to a brutal crime. He ends up finding love after 8 years alone and helping a young woman who would have been sold into salvery with the help of DEA agents and his brother. I would recommend this book to be to read.
Cassidy Petersen
Jun 18, 2014 Cassidy Petersen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was absolutely unoriginal, horrific in a horrible way, and the ending was absolutely excruciating. High fiving your dead family from beyond then high fiving your bros who all got married on the same day then running off to the dance floor?!?! Saying it's the best day of your life?! What about when your kids were born?!
Terrible writing, terrible book.
Carol  MacInnis
Jun 10, 2011 Carol MacInnis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Fern Michael's novel "Southern Comfort" is about Patrick (Tick) Kelly who is a cop and on his way home from work to see his loving wife and young son and daughter, he is faced with his worse nightmare. His entire family has been brutally murdered and Patrick finds himself alone looking at the inside of a bottle for over eight years. He has moved away to a remote part of Florida where his twin brother (Pete) finds him. Tick has decided to give up the bottle as he felt he did not want to die and w ...more
Trudy Miner
After the brutal murder of his wife and children, Atlanta homicide detective "Tick" Kelly moved to Mango Key and dropped out of society. Unfortunately, his new "home" was up the beach from a mansion/fortress reputed to be home to a drug lord or some sort of mafia boss. DEA special agent Kate Rush finally resigned her job and moved to Miami but was talked into investigating this dwelling on Mango Key by a former supervisor, off-book. So Kate and another former DEA agent move to Mango Key to spy o ...more
Michelle
Mar 31, 2015 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was more a story of Lawrence Tyler - who was simply not a good guy - than Tick and Kate. I wasn't a fan of the writing, didn't care about the characters, didn't care about the "mystery". I was only able to slog through a little over half of the book and then I gave up. When you think "this is time that I'm never getting back" it's time to move on!
Therese B
Mar 13, 2016 Therese B rated it liked it
A story about two women Federal Agents that leave the bureau because of their dislike of the director. He is the governor's son and not likely to be fired but he is BAD. They rejoin an agent, unofficially and fall in love....yada, yada yada Very typical but not a bad story.....but ....not a good one either.
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