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Justified Love

(Southern Gentleman #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  222 ratings  ·  40 reviews
“Grabbing the beers and starting to turn towards the dance floor, I felt a slight tap on my shoulder. Turning around, I lost it and dropped the two bottles on the ground. I couldn’t hear the crashing of the glasses the way my heart was beating so loudly out of my chest. It’s him. Colton Wilson!”

For as long as she could remember small town girl, Carrington Mason had been
Kindle Edition, 342 pages
Published January 6th 2015
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Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Editorial Review

Nicole Hite is a new author, but she writes as though she's a seasoned one. Justified Love is the story of Carrington and Colton. They grew up together - both secretly smitten with the other. Years later, when Carrington is called back home to help her father with a legal issue, Carr and Colt connect on a level they've always dreamed of.

This love how this can be a stand alone book and the fact that we will be reading more
Maree Repa
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I so loved this book. How Carrington could return back home to Avery after having such a hard life. Now changed and feeling better about herself and losing all that weight she was carrying she came back home to face her fears in life and save her home, for herher dad and her grandmothers. I loved this story. It should her two most beautiful friends that stood up for her. And the romance that was in town with her true love Colton Wilson. I so loved this book!!
Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
4 Stars!

I really enjoyed this book. Light, fun, sweet, and steamy, this is a sweet second chance romance between high school friends who never found the right time to confess their feelings. This book deal with some serious subjects and quite emotional ones.

This is Carrington and Colton's story. Carrington was bullied in school. Having only two close friends, she counted down the days until she could flee her small town and never return. She always liked the popular guy and high school
Karen Harper
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book as an ARC in return for an honest review.
As I read “Justified Love”, I was constantly changing my mind. I loved the synopsis and immediately decided this is a book I want to read and I did enjoy reading it.
I think everyone is aware of the “mean girls” at high school; the ones who think they are so much better than anyone else so as I was reading this book, I was hoping that Paisley Parker was going to get her just desserts. Even her name made me cringe. That, in itself, kept
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hot, steamy, and lots of fun

I absolutely loved this book. I decided to check it out after hearing about it on Facebook. It was great. I could not put this book down! The relationship between Carr and Colt is so hot, it will make you melt. Carr has to face Colt again after she returns home for a family emergency. Colt hears Carr is back in town and he goes out of his way to meet up with her. These two finally learn what they should have seen years ago, they are meant for each other. A great first
beth myrick
May 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Really really a cheese fest

The writing was pretty good though a bit amateurish. Not a lot of depth to male lead. Everyone really acted very new adult rather than later new adult, almost high schoolish. The flashbacks got to be so many I skimmed over because I didn't care anymore. The repetition of I can't believe I'm here with Colt, too much. The run ins with former bully, too much. Just an okay read that will hit the spot for those not looking for a whole lot of depth.
Originally posted at Revenge of the Feels

*Thank you to the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for a honest review.

Justified Love is one of the sweetest, funniest, and definitely most enjoyable contemporary romance read I’ve had in a while!

Oh god, the humour in this novel is too much! Literally. I can’t stop laughing or smiling to myself when I was reading this! This is such a wonderful novel!

(Honestly, my mom thought I was crazy for the constant smile on my face as I stare at my
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.75 Boot Scoot Stars

You might not be used to seeing gals in cowboy boots, but I am. Or even guys dressed in suits and cowboy boots. That's the norm here in Texas where this book is set. Lots of boots and shorts, bathing suits, and suits here.

Carrington left her home town as soon as possible. And didn't come back. She has been away from home, starting her career and only missing her home town in her dreams. Her dad needs her back home and her lawyering skills. (is that a word?)

Colt was the star
Lynn Smith
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Carrington returns home to Avery after a phone call from her father asking for legal help. She hadn't been back since high school graduation. Being bullied and having her life made miserable didn't leave Carrington with to many warm memories of home. She missed her father and grandmother and her two best friends Harley and Skye. Not even that could get her to return. How can she tell her father no. In all these years he has never
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really don't know what to think of this book. When I saw it on Amazon and read the content I was like "Wow, this sounds good!" and then I started to read and it got from super to okay. Normally I have no problems when a book is badly formatted but this one got me irritated. No only the linespacing and stuff but also the going back and forth between present and past. This got me confused when one moment we were in the present and then the story goes on and in the next sentence we are suddenly ...more
Smut Hut
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Twist you don't expect from a story that sounds like your normal small town love. Carrington (Carr) was bullied and overweight in high school. She had a crush on Colt since they were younger. Her BF's Skye and Harley and Carr are three peas in a pod and after graduation insist that Carr leave to pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer in NY.

Now in her 30's and she is a successful lawyer and has lost weight while still crushing on Colt. She takes a leave from work to go back to Avery, TX to help
Amy  Crull
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was so so good! I could relate to Carrington so much. I got picked on a lot in school but my friends stuck by my side. Anyway, I loved she finally got her chance to stand up to the mean girl and got the chance to get the guy. Carrington and her friends were picked on constantly in school. After graduation she was determined to prove herself. Making a name for herself in New York City at a very respectable law firm. Trouble is brewing at home and she's needed. Carrington throws herself ...more
Reflections of a Book Geek

3.5 Stars

I received a copy of this from the author for an honest review.

I'm not sure how I really feel about this book to be honest, I liked it, I just didn't love it. I felt it took too long to get into the actual story and I understand it was setting the back story but for me there was a little too much. To me there were a few parts of the story that were a little predictable.

I really liked Carr, she had it so tough growing up and I can totally relate since I had similar treatment at school!
Ink Angels  Book Blog
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What is there to say about this book other than it was simply AMAZING!

I enjoyed every page of this book, from beginning to end. I love books that portray women with such independence and Justified Love fit perfectly into that category. Carr was an amazing character as was Colton and their relationship was too sweet.

I will admit that I was a little put off from Colton by the way Carrington talked about him in the beginning, but he himself changed that quickly with the way he spoke to her after
For the Love of Books
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have to be honest and I did find this book slow to get going, however once I became invested in the characters that all changed. Carrington and Colt grew on me enormously through the book. Carrington and her love for her Grandmother and Daddy shone through and how she saw karma and justice being served to the bullies and crooks of the town was done with class. I think I would have been more like Harley and just wanted to kick ass!! Colt is a dream boat, he loves Carrington but will he be able ...more
Page Turners
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a sweet story! I loved every minute of it. Carrington had left home after graduation and never looked back. She had fond memories of her crush on Cole but he never noticed her in high school or so she thought. Asked to come home by her father due to legal issues, Carrington reunites with her friends and of course runs into Cole. These two have instant chemistry and maybe she was not as invisible in school as she thought. This story was fun to read because of her best friends and the romance ...more
Nikki Costello ***Crazy Cajun Book Addicts Blog***
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Crazy Cajun Book Addicts for an honest review.

Nicole Hite maybe a new author but Justified Love is a fab read.
Growing up Carrington Mason is the overweight girl in school the one the bullies aim for and she has the biggest crush on school quarterback Colton Wilson. After graduation she leaves her home town of Avery for the bright lights of New York City and her dream job. Years later she returns a different young women and on a night out with
Melissa Ann PA
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Justified Love (The Southern Gentleman Series Book 1) by Nicole Hite was given to me to review. This book was a great love story you have Carr who was a little overweight and made fun of in school so she leaves after she graduates and hopes to never come back. You have Colt who is the football star and big guy in school who everyone loves. The thing is people don’t realize that things aren’t always what they appear to be. Carr gets a phone call from her dad to come home and her whole life gets ...more
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story

Loved the foundation of all the relationships in this story. Made for wonderful read. Glad to see karma being a birch. Look forward to next book.
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great read

I loved this book!!! Carr was amazing and put so much together! Colt was hot and smart! Together they were fantastic!
Tina Parreñas
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Twin Sisters Rockin' Book Reviews
Overall Rating: 4.5 Rockin’

Take one high powered NYC boot scooting lawyer from Texas mixed with her ‘All American’ high school crush then add in a true Southern twist and you will have the first book in Nicole Hite’s The Southern Gentleman series. Carrington Mason and Colton Wilson two exceptional individuals formed a unique bond in high school that even though neither recognized at the time, survives in Ms. Hite’s novel Justified Love.

As soon as graduation was over, Carrington left Avery,
Stephanie (Between the Coverz)
I was pleasantly pleased with the book and series. Each story played out differently compared to the typical rich businessman falls for a regular girl. It kept the story unique and kept my attention throughout. It is nice to read something that is different.

The story has some steamy sexual scenes throughout which add to the story. They don’t take place of the story line. As you read through each book you feel so many different emotions. You loved the characters and wanted to beat them senseless
Jan 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Carrington moved away from Avery right after HS. She was constantly made fun of by the 'mean girl' of the town. Colton has been the man of her dreams from the time she was 5 years old only they didn't really talk in HS.

Carrington is called back to Texas to help her dad, she is a lawyer and has lost a lot of weight. When she runs in to Colt he knows who she is and starts flirting with her. He claims he has always wanted to get to know her better - it is sweet but seems almost too perfect. I
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Needs work

First and foremost, this book needs an editor and proofreader. A few hints: the plural of breast is not breast. Distain is not a word. There are rules for punctuation - commas have a purpose.

A good proofreader would make a big difference in making this an smooth read. However, the writing seems juvenile. Courtroom scenes should at least have some basic guidance by someone familiar with the law. The dialogue between the protagonists sounds like high school kids.

I think with some
Feb 22, 2016 rated it liked it
This story was good and really kept my attention. A classic 'underdog girl gets the jock' type story, but this has the emotional side too. I would've given this a 4 star if it wasn't for :-
*the story needs editing. Some silly spelling mistakes and line spacing issues etc.
*it took a little long for the story to get around to the whole house thing
* I'm pretty sure the whole legal side of things wouldn't have been solved that quickly .
But, editing issues aside, this is written well, great story
Iona Fincati
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Oh this is so bad. So Carrington gets bullied in school while the football start looks on and does nothing. Which btw is her crush. Years later she returns home with a positive attitude and better body. But is still obsessed with this guy. If he cared back in school about her then he should've done something then, not years later when it doesn't count anymore. And to be that obsessed about someone who never cared for you in the beginning is poor reflections on the supposed character growth.
Nov 11, 2015 rated it liked it
I bought the three book set and the first book was good southern gentleman stuff. It is a bit of a story I've heard before with the Muffintop Carrington Mason forever in love with HS hot guy Colton Wilson. This is the first book written by this author and was good enough for me to go on to book 2.
Daian Diaz
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
This could have been more fun but, I was so annoyed with the typos. Gaming "consul"? Really? Console, dammit. It irked me most of all, I mean aside from the several eyesores I've seen along the way. Also, it could've been better if the scenes didn't appear like whiplash. Well, proofreading should've done alot in this case. Still, I finished reading up to the last page.
Amanda Griffith
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hot, southern & sassy!

Super sweet and utterly romantic book with lots of Southern charm. Carrington runs away from her small hometown after completing highschool. Years later she's come home to help out here dad. Carrington left her hunky crush Colt behind. He's turned into a hunky southern gentleman. Follow along on their journey together.

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