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Baby, Drive South (Southern Roads #1)

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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  1,462 ratings  ·  150 reviews
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

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Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Mira (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jae
A mousy and plain intellectual heroine
A cheating ex-fiancé
An immature and silly hero a hot one, nonetheless
An equally silly brothers
Great dialogues
Bones breaking numerous times
Car sabotaging for a good cause
Slaps upside the head between brothers
LOLOL moments

I'm not feeling for an elaborate reviews this morning. I just had to finish the book very late last night which resulted on a sleep-deprived me today.

I love this book, had a good laugh through out the whole book. Heading to
Baby, Come Home (Southern Roads, #2) by Stephanie Bond now.
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FlibBityFLooB
Apr 15, 2011 FlibBityFLooB rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to FlibBityFLooB by: ARC from Netgalley
3.5/5 stars. I have previously read one of Bond's mysteries, Body Movers, and enjoyed it, so I was happy to receive an advance reader copy of this novel in exchange for review.

Perhaps it is the tornado-alley dwelling side of me, but I enjoyed the premise of this book: ten years ago, a town was wiped off the map by a tornado, and now three brothers are re-building said town into a green-utopia in hopes of bringing prosperity anew to their childhood home. Now comes the unbelievable, albeit entert
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Nicole
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Dianne
Shallow misogynist men, ditzy whining shallow women fill this novel with pain for the reader.

It was an interesting concept---take one town that was razed by a tornado 10 years ago, have three sexy, hunky brothers buy the defunct town and try to rebuild it,fill it with men to work, be miles from nowhere, and then import women from the NORTH (apparently northern women are desperate for men?)to 'keep the men company'.

If you've loved Ms Bonds other books as I have and are looking forward to the same
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Splage
I wasn't sure what decade this book was in, it had so many tendencies and cliches from the 1950's. Sort of Leave it to Beaver morals and thoughts, but set in 2011. The book was cute though and I did like the H&h's first encounter, as well as, it did get better as I got farther into it. I plan on reading the next one in the series because I had already bought it and will then decide if I want to go farther.
Ellen (more books, please)
DNF for me. Didn't even get a third of the way in.


My willing suspension of disbelief ability just wasn't quite good enough. They advertise for women. They get women who all come together from one town in Michigan. One of those women happens to be a doctor that just happens to travel with portable x-ray machine/drugs and still have room for other women. Man falls out of water tower and only breaks a leg. Man given sufficient drugs to knock him out to set leg. But when he comes out from under it
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Book Binge
This was a great start to a new series. I really liked the setting and the concept behind the town the brothers are trying to rebuild. The idea of building a green town from the devastation of a tornado is pretty awesome.

Porter, Kendall and Marcus Armstrong grew up in Sweetness, Georgia. They each left to make their way in the world, with every intention of returning someday. Then an F-5 tornado tore through town and detroyed it. Luckily no lives were lost, but the town was decimated. 10 years
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Debbie
Over a decade ago Sweetness Georgia was swept away by a monster F-5 Tornado destroying every standing building and amazingly without loss of life. Now after their stints in the various arms of the military the Armstrong brothers with the help of men they personally recruited and a government grant are back to rebuild the town, only now it’ll be better than before it’ll be eco-friendly and it’ll sustain itself and it’s residents on environmentally approved businesses. The only trouble, the town n ...more
Jess
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The first word that came to mind as I was reading this book was delightful. So, ok, the “idea” that starts the series off might be a bit out there, but beyond that, this was simply a fun read. Three brothers are rebuilding their small hometown that was devastated by a tornado years earlier and abandoned by all the residents. The brothers, Marcus, Kendall and Porter Armstrong come together to help bring life back into Sweetness, Georgia. In an effort to
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Barbara
This is the first of a trilogy set in the north Georgia mountains in the fictional town of Sweetness, which was razed to the ground by an EF-5 tornado a decade ago. How this tornado managed to raze an entire town without any loss of life is something the reader must simply believe. Three brothers, Porter, Kendall, and Marcus (all good old southern boys with washboard abs) are rebuilding the town. They invite women from Broadway, MN, to come down for companionship (i.e., sex) and to help with the ...more
Crystal
May 20, 2011 Crystal rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys a Susan Mallery book!
Shelves: 2011
This contemporary romance is right up my alley. It is simple and fun with good opposites that make for an interesting couple. We’ve got a cocky, yet charming male whose all about providing himself to the ladies. Opposite him is a vulnerable, strong woman who doesn’t know she’s got the assets, much less how to use them. Throw in a bet, desperation, a couple of brothers, 99 other women, a broken leg and you’ve got one sweet, southern ride.

Admittedly not everything about the backstory is believable
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Jennifer Estep
Baby, Drive South by Stephanie Bond is the first book in her Southern Roads contemporary romance trilogy.

Porter Armstrong and his two brothers are trying to rebuild their hometown of Sweetness, Georgia, years after a tornado ripped through the area. So the brothers place a newspaper ad in hopes of attracting single women to the town to help with the rebuilding process. Dr. Nikki Salinger is one of the women who answers the ad. Nikki is trying to get over a bad breakup, but she's not sure that sh
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Cyndi Delia
I love Stephanie Bond's books. She departs from her Body Movers series(totally fun books but totally not what I'd call romance) and goes back to writing a sweet romance in this series starter. The Armstrong brothers are rebuilding their hometown of Sweetness, GA which was completely destroyed a decade ago by a F5 tornado. They recruit women to the town without really thinking about what 100 women really need(it sure isn't just a five minute shower). Upon their arrival the youngest brother, Porte ...more
Jennifer
I rated this book 2 stars, although I struggled between doing 2 or 3, since no matter my complaints, I'll probably still end up reading the next two in the Southern Roads Trilogy.

I knew this book was going to be fluffier than my usual preference right from the beginning - Three hot ex-military men rebuilding their hometown realize that the other hundred or so men there could probably use some eye candy, so they run an ad in a Northern paper and the women come in droves.

Nothing wrong with fluff,
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Elaine
This is a sweet, sentimental love story, much more contemporary romance than romantica. Heat level more of a 3 than a 5.

I read for the escape, and love of reading and this book did not disappoint. Yes, as other reviewers have stated, aspects the story are unbelievable, but isn't that the way it is with most erotic romance literature as well? I found the whole premise of the series (as read in the description) to be unbelievable, but as it was a freebie, thought why not give it a shot? As for me,
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Ellie
For me this book was a bit slow, dry and stale. We've heard the premise a million times and Bond tries to make it into some sort of after-school special using the hot (but lonely) girl to tell the ugly duckling heroine (who does not try to maintain her appearance) that she is indeed pretty. Sigh. That sort of shit promotes physical up-keep laziness. I say if you want your heroine to be loved in spite of being drab, perhaps her hero needs to be a little more drab as well.

But I guess this is fict
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Teri Heyer
May 28, 2013 Teri Heyer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves contemporary romances.
I finished reading 'Baby, Drive South' just minutes before midnight last night. What a great read. I absolutely loved it. This is the first book in the Southern Roads Trilogy by Stephanie Bond. There's also a prequel, 'Baby, I'm Yours,' which you'll probably want to read first. This is a series about the three Armstrong brothers, Marcus, Kendall and Porter, who are in the process of rebuilding their hometown of Sweetness, Georgia which was destroyed by an F-5 tornado ten years before. The brothe ...more
Blythe Barnhill
Well. What was the most annoying thing about this book? The fact that the plot would have made more sense if it were set jn 1936 instead of 2011? The hero's irritating nicknname for the heroine (little lady doc)? The tedious way the plot focused on whether she would stay or go? There are just so many choices.
Opal
The premise was interesting, a trio of brothers ( all set for a trilogy) rebuilding a tornado decimated town. There were bits about how they used recycled material which was offbeat.But then on, it was same old hot-idiotic-chauvinistic-hero, same old poor-old-me-heroine and a bunch of women ( 100 of them) where not a single character stood out. The ex-fiancee was as expected, an ass. Romance was so so as the only reason the H and h fell for each other was their "hotness". Even the heroine overni ...more
Jenn
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Auri90
- Für alle die kitschige Frauenromane zwischendurch lieben - ;-)

Erster Satz und erster Eindruck

"Marcus Armstrong starrte seine beiden jüngeren Brüder, die vor seinem Schreibtisch saßen, ungläubig an." Es handelt sich um eine wirklich süße Geschichte, die für eine nette Unterhaltung für zwischendurch sorgt.

Cover/ Gestaltung: 1/5 Pkt.

Eigentlich mag ich die Aufmachung von den Mira Star Taschenbüchern. Aber dieses Cover passt irgendwie nicht so richtig zum Buch...natürlich geht es um ein gebrochenes
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Taylor
Baby, Drive South by Stephanie Bond was an absolutely amazing story about courage and finding a home in the last place you expected to. I fell in love not only with this story, but with the characters as well. Baby, Drive South gripped me and reeled me in with Porter’s antics and Nikki’s cautious

Things I Love About Baby, Drive South by Stephanie Bond:
The ad
Sweetness itself
The Armstrong Brothers
Women caravan
Nikki and Porter’s first meeting
Porter always sticking his foot in his mouth
Nikki’s emoti
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Danielle
Set in the town of Sweetness, Georgia the three Armstrong brothers, decide to rebuild their hometown after a tornado destroyed everything. The brothers, big and strong military men, have recruited several other men to help rebuild the town as a "green town experiment". But the men they recruited are getting more and more restless. Porter Armstrong, the ladies man of the three brothers, decides what the town needs is women. Porter places an ad and the women come, which shocks Porter so much he fa ...more
Tasha
The Armstrong brothers are trying to rebuild their childhood hometown of Sweetness, GA. In an effort to speed things along, they have place an ad in the newspaper to recruit single women to the town with the promise of a fresh start.

Among these women is Dr. Nikki Salinger, who is what some may call a plain Jane. Nikki is trying to heal from a broken heart and is not at all interested in getting involved.

I enjoyed the storyline and the witty dialogue. The town of Sweetness seemed like a place on
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Nath
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Jo (My House of Books)
3.5 stars

A newspaper ad placed in a dying Northern metropolitan area inviting females to move to a (practically) dead Southern town -- genius! Through the course of Baby, Drive South, we learn that Kendall, the middle brother who placed the ad, had ulterior motives for doing so.

But I'm jumping the gun.

Ten years after the events of Baby, I'm Yours, the Armstrong brothers have returned to their hometown on Sweetness, Georgia, set on rebuilding it. They've been away serving their country in variou
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Darcy
I like the main premise to this book, 3 men re-building their home town that was decimated by a tornado 10 years ago. They are starting with nothing, trying to re-create the community of their youth with a new take, a renewable community. Things are going good for them, until the men in the very rough town, complain there are no women around. The brothers come up with a brilliant idea of putting an ad out for 100 pioneering women to come to the remote town to help in the shaping of the town. The ...more
Scooper Speaks
I'd give it a 3.5.
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)

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.
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Brina
Da ich schon länger auf der Suche nach neuen Autorinnen bin, die ähnlich gute und romantische Werke wie Susan Mallery, Nora Roberts oder Robyn Carr schreiben, bin ich auf Stephanie Bond aufmerksam geworden. Da ihre Bücher im gleichen Verlag, wie auch die anderen genannten Autorinnen, verlegt werden, war ich besonders neugierig und habe mich auf "Liebe ist kein Beinbruch" geradezu gestürzt.

Auf Stephanie Bonds Schreibstil war ich ganz besonders gespannt, da dieser im Vorfeld mit dem von Susan Mal
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Stephanie Bond was seven years deep into a systems engineering career and pursuing an MBA at night when an instructor remarked that she had a flair for writing and suggested that she submit to academic journals. But Stephanie, a voracious reader, was only interested in writing fiction–more specifically, romantic fiction.

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Southern Roads (3 books)
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Body Movers (Body Movers, #1) 2 Bodies for the Price of 1 (Body Movers, #2) 5 Bodies to Die For (Body Movers, #5) 3 Men and a Body (Body Movers, #3) 4 Bodies and a Funeral (Body Movers, #4)

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