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Kentucky Home

(Southern Comfort #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  289 ratings  ·  40 reviews
In this warm and witty new series, author Sarah Title introduces readers to the down home Kentucky hospitality of the Carson family and their Wild Rose Farm and Stables. It's a place where love is always possible--and sweeter than ever the second time around. . .
Mallory Thompson and Keith Carson are far from impressed with each other when she arrives at his family's horse
ebook, 256 pages
Published April 18th 2013 by Kensington Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Mallory Thompson is escaping an abusive marriage and her good friend Luke Carson has the perfect plan. He is brought her home as his fake fiancé, but right after he drops her off he leaves. This left Mallory, city girl, on a horse farm with unfamiliar people and an uncomfortable lie to sustain.

Keith Carson had the love of his life and she was killed in a car accident. He hasn’t given another woman the time of day until Mallory drops into his life. Unfortunately, she is his brother’s fiancé. Draw
Nov 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Again, as many other books I've read, this one had such a great premise but the execution didn't always match the possibilities.
The characters seemed to have potential but it feels as if they weren't developed enough. It's as if something is missing in how they all matter to the big scheme of things, I think it's not that easy to accept some of their actions and some of their motivations when they, sometimes, feel one dimensional. This is the author's first book so I could assume she wanted to c
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
When I received this review request I first noticed Sarah Title is a debut author, which I am always eager to try and then the horses on the cover drew me in. Giddy up.

This one very pleasantly surprised me. When it first starts we meet Luke, who is the hero’s brother. Luke left his family’s Kentucky horse farm to move to DC and explore other adventures. He met Mallory at a business function and they became fast friends. Luke is somewhat of a manwhore, but him and Mal never take their relationshi
Jane Stewart
3 ½ stars. Enjoyable story if you don’t mind some unfilled plot holes.

I liked the plot - Mal was not able to stand up against her controlling and verbally abusive husband until recently. Luke is a friend. With his help she left her husband to stay with Luke’s family on a horse ranch for a while. Luke tells his family they are engaged. Then Luke leaves for a few weeks. While he is gone, Mal and Keith fall for each other.

I enjoyed the story but there were holes. I wanted to see Mal stand up to her
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Mallory Thompson appears to have it all -- a loving husband and a beautiful home . . . but appearances can be deceiving. Mallory has been on the receiving end of emotional, psychological and verbal abuse from her husband, Dr. Michael Thompson. He has told her what to wear, sabotaged any possibility of her having a job, and made her daily life a living hell. Even after their "separation" he continued to demean her by bringing women into their home and expecting her to continue to provide for him ...more
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Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. (posting 8/21)
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I've been having fun trying new authors and Sarah Title caught my eye. I'm glad, too. Kentucky Home hit the spot!

The Gist: Mallory needed to escape an abusive husband so her friend Lucas decided to take her home to his family in Kentucky. They'd pretend to be engaged and she could stay safe with his family and regroup. Problem is? Well, she kind of falls for his growly older brother Keith in the mean time. Oop
Genevieve Bomes
Nov 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I love Mal and Keith and all the characters. I loved all the descriptions of Kentucky and I loved the story line. An abused lady who with a help of a friend finds a new family and friends and to stand on her own two feet and of course fall in love. It is an amazing story and one I couldn't put down. ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life

(I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review).

After years of abuse, Mallory Thompson turns to new friend and bartender, Lucas Carson. The one place Mallory's husband cannot find her and a place that may heal her heart and soul is Wild Rose Farm & Stable. Lucas himself has runaway from the sleepy town but his brother and sister, along with their father and longtime housekeeper/cook, have continued to make it their home.

Keith lost his wife and child years ago and h
Alex Nicolajsen
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the best small-town romances I've read in a while. ...more
Nov 15, 2021 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed Sarah Title's later works, so I thought I would try this series, with Kentucky Home apparently her first novel. I was a little confused when the story opened with Luke thinking about his family home, the difficulties of the family ranch, and his friend Mal who arrives at his door, a bruise on her face. Next chapter had Luke and Mal going to his family's home and pretending they are engaged. I had to reread the synopsis because Luke seemed to be the love interest with this bizarre chara ...more
Penny Leidecker
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mallory has been in a verbally abusive marriage for years. The first time Michael hits her and it makes her actually leave. She gets her friend Luke to help her. Luke takes her to his family’s horse farm in Kentucky. He introduces her as his fiancée and leaves the next day. Mallory is a city girl who happens to be terrified of dogs. Peanut, Keith’s dog, scares her so much she gets sick. She’s never been on a horse either, so how is she going to survive in this small town? I won’t leave any spoil ...more
Glenda Bettin
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first time for me with this author and what a delightful book. So looking forward to more of this series
Pam Jackson-gorsline

This is a good with many twists and turns. The characters were complex and interesting. There is humor and sadness which always make a happily ever after ending
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading it because it had Kentucky in the title. It turned out to be a romance, not my favorite genre, but as romances go it was pretty good.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-romance
What a nice change, a romantic heroine who isn't a total biyatch. ...more
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
It is wonderful to have good friends to turn to when you need them, too bad they are sometimes a little unpredictable. Mallory Thompson is a good friend of Luke Carson and when she needs help, he was the one person she can turn to. She is married to Michael, a doctor who is not only controlling but also emotionally and recently physically abusive and she is ready to get out.

Luke lives in DC and works as a bartender and although he is a good friend he is never satisfied to stay in one place and w
Andrea Guy
I wanted to like Kentucky Home so much more than I actually did. I found it difficult to connect with Mallory, in fact, at the beginning of the story, I wasn't sure who she was or what part she was going to play in the story.

I really thought Luke was going to be more of character here, since the prologue is told from his point of view, so when it changes to Mal's and Keith's, I have to say I was a little confused.

The Carson family is really dysfunctional, but in an almost good/lovable way. It wa
Dec 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western, romance
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By: Sarah Title
Published By: Kensington Books
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For: GMTA

"Kentucky Home" by Sarah Title was a sweet contemporary romance about 'second chances.' With Mallory Thompson leaving a abusive marriage and escaping with her friend Luke Carson to his home as a 'fake fiancé.' Then Luke goes off leaving her this 'city girl' with people she did not know. Luke's brother Keith did take notice of her but she was his brother fiancé. Keith has
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Loved this book. The story of a woman, Mal, who is married to a doctor who belittles her and runs around on her is a classic. She turns to Luke Carson, a friend she has met while he bartends at most of the charitable functions. Luke takes her home to Hollow Bend, KY to stay with his family and tells everyone she is his fiancee. However, she falls in love with his older brother, Keith. The story of how they get together is fraught with conflict and yet love conquers all. Great book with such beli ...more
Mar 08, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This was a nice small town contemporary romance. It felt a bit chlichéd at times with the awesome cooking housekeeper who cared for everyone and the grumpy old dad. The hero's two siblings have their issues, too, and you can already see the sequels lining up but it was still an emotional read with an adorable hero.

(A review copy was provided by the publisher through NetGalley.)
Virginia Markhart
Nov 25, 2013 rated it liked it
It was fine. Nothing to write home about but a gentle book.

Mallory left an abusive husband and went to Kentucky with Luke, her pre tent fiancé. Luke left Mallory in Kentucky with his family while he returned to New York. Malory falls for Luke's brother Keith who is recovering from the loss of his wife who died in a car accident.

There are some funny parts of the book. It is slightly chopping, does not flow well. All in all, a comfortable book.
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. An impressive debut novel by newcomer Sarah Title, Kentucky Home is an absolutely delightful romance that is full of charming characters. This well-written novel is a wonderful story about starting over and finding love when it is least expected. Please click HERE to read my review in its entirety. ...more
Bette Hansen
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really wonderful story about Mallory who was leaving an abusive marriage and Keith a young widower who hasn't been able to move on. These very different people both learn how to love again. Recommended. ...more
Susannah Carleton
May 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Well drawn setting of a small town in Kentucky' bluegrass region and a small family-run horse farm outside the town. The main and secondary characters were all a little over-the-top in one respect (each in a different way) for my taste, but the story moved along and kept me reading until the end. ...more
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-like
This is the first book I have read by this author and while the story line was interesting, I found that the author put an excessive number of sex scenes in it. I will read the next book in this series, but if it continues in the same vein I will not read any more of her books.
L. Denise McGinley
Very real

Reading this I could almost picture the place and the people. I wasn't happy that it just ended in the wedding so I hope there is a companion book to continue Mal and Keith's life.
Rachel Ekberg
Too predictable. Too convenient. Not one of the characters was even remotely likeable except Libby & Peanut. Mal was too stupid for her own good. Luke's character needed more development, and Kieth needs counseling. ...more
Feb 28, 2015 rated it liked it
City girl meets country boy in this charming contemporary romance.
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
The plot had a few holes in it and I couldn't like Luke. It was a light easy read that feels good. ...more
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Sarah Title has worked as a barista, a secretary, a furniture painter, and once managed a team of giant walking beans. She currently leads a much more normal life as a librarian in West Virginia. Kentucky Home is her first novel.

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