Baylee Jean Brown has been in love with Jimmie Joe Johnson (manwhore) since she was sixteen. For ten long years she's watched Jimmie Joe play the field with just about every woman in Possum Hollow, Alabama. What she doesn't know is that her Aunt Callie, a witch, threatened to pickle any man's vital parts if they came anywhere near her nieces, Baylee Jean and her sister, Randi Lynn.
Jimmie Joe Johnson, local mechanic, backed off not so much because he believed Callie's threats but that Baylee Jean deserved better than a man like him who was destined to be as unfaithful as his father was. Now twenty-six, Baylee Jean knows the truth as to why Jimmie Joe left her, she's determined to claim her man. With a hound dog training book that Jimmie Joe gave her years ago as her guide, Baylee Jean sets out to bring her own hound dog to heel.
This contemporary romance is pretty funny. The romance is kinda sweet with Baylee Jean trying to collar Jimmie Joe. In the meantime Jimmie Joe and his pool-playing team are intent on making the APA Nationals and going off to Vegas. The town is full of colourful local characters and the possum plays a great part. I'm not sure the people of Alabama would appreciate being characterised as a bunch of redneck hicks, but I think it's done with good-natured humour.
If you can appreciate a story where almost everyone has a double first name, where 'isn't' is 'ain't', the 'g' is dropped from every word endin' in 'ing' (wonderin', tryin', diddlin') and where there's constant reference to 'cock-a-doodle-doo', you'll like this. And where there's plenty of homespun, backwoods sayings -
"Sally's right up there with sun-warmed butter - easy to spread."
"It ain't havin' hordes of females that makes a man a man. It's findin' that one woman who puts the "cock" in your "doodle-doo"...."
There may be some other stories here, especially for Randi Lynn. It's not terribly deep and I'm not sure this brand of humour will suit everyone. Jimmie Joe Johnson: Manwhore is a little over-the-top, a bit ridiculous. And I found it pretty darn funny.
ARC courtesy of Kensington via NetGalley