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Southern Heat #1

Drawn to Her

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Feisty and outspoken, Lexie McKenna will do anything to protect her cantankerous and ailing patient—even if it means going up against his cold and calculating, but sexy and irresistible, grandson. After all, as a nurse, her number one priority is her patient.

Drake Carmichael doesn't trust the nurse who's taking care of his grandfather—despite how adorable and compassionate she seems. He refuses to let her get her grips into their hard-earned money.

But as the two square off and begin to battle about what is best for the dying man, Lexie and Drake realize they know very little about each other and that first impressions are deceiving. Once they finally give in to their desires, the battle has only just begin.

With a fight between family and fortune, love and lust, will either one be able to find the southern comfort they both truly crave?

288 pages, Kindle Edition

First published April 12, 2016

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Jenna Harte

22 books182 followers
I've always had a romantic streak. Even as a kid, my favorite characters on TV were almost always happily married and as a twelve year old, I'd write stories about them (this was before fan fiction or the Internet were invented).

I love to read romantic suspense or mystery, but am disappointed that romances don't follow up on the happily ever after and mysteries rarely provide the sexy, romantic elements I enjoy. So I decided to write my own with the Valentine Mysteries.

When I'm not telling stories, I work by day as romance ghostwriter and run an online community for romance writers at WriteWithHarte.com. I'm an empty nester in central Virginia living my HEA with my hubby and a nutty cat.

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Author 4 books146 followers
March 10, 2016
Drawn to Her is a really smart, well-written contemporary romance about a young nurse who has taken a job as a hospice caretaker to a crusty old man who has spent his life with the misguided priorities of business first, family second. Now in his final days, he has set his twin grandsons -- who he raised after the deaths of their parents -- against each other in a competition to win the family business.

In order to get a leg-up on the competition, one of the old man's grandsons moves into his home to get his business insights and, as of course must happen in a romance, the young man eventually falls in love with the sassy and headstrong young hospice nurse.

Jenna Harte is truly a talented author who completely nails the chemistry between the main characters in the first few moments of their appearance together on a page. It was well-done, believable, and had me truly rooting for the main female character.

Not only was this a really fun and fast read, but what I loved best about it was the eventual realization by the old man that the most important thing in life isn't business, but family. To me, watching the realization of that "life lesson" unfold for the characters took this book to a new level and gave me far more enjoyment.

If you're a fan of contemporary romance, I strongly recommend this novel by Jenna Harte. Drawn to Her will be released on April 12th by Penner Publishing, and is the latest in a string of fun romances by the talented Jenna Harte. Check it out!
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3,379 reviews40 followers
June 20, 2016
For this one Lexie made the story for me. She is one delightful character. She's the catalyst for the changes to come for the Carmichael family. There is also a sad air through out this book and it has a powerful message behind it. Like many nowadays out priorities are not always ordered as they should be which could lead us to have many regrets down the road. The way Drake grew up and the path he is on is making him into the man he's truly not meant to be. When Lexie comes into his life she throws him for a loop because now he's realizing what more there could be to life. Lexie can see the true Drake that's hiding behind the gruff exterior, but can his true nature over power what has been ingrained into Drake? Lexie is so good for Drake, but can he come to terms with what she makes him feel? This book takes you a journey of a family broken yet can be mended. It's a beautiful story with sad undertones. I loved where this book took me and ended up.
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1,549 reviews
June 28, 2019
This is a new author to me. I enjoyed this story. Lexie and Drake meet at a bad time because his grandfather Oliver is dying and Lexie is his nurse. Drake thinks that Lexie is nothing but a gold digger but that is not the case. She genuinely cares about Oliver. There are some issues with the business and how it is run. Drake has a twin brother who is trying to change how the company is. Drake goes to Virginia to see if he can get his grandfather’s help in stopping his brother. While Drake is in Virginia, he starts to see Lexie in a new light and his attraction starts to grow for her as does hers for him. I thought it was a sweet story. If you are looking for heat then this is not the book for you but if you are looking for a nice story, then you found it with this one.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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1,154 reviews
March 14, 2016
Drawn to Her ( Southern Heat Book 1 ) - Jenna Harte

(5 Stars)

A Heart - String Pulling Story !!!

* Gifted an ARC Copy by Author through instafreebie for an Honest Review.

Lexie is hired by Oliver a Curmudgeon of an old man to be his stay at home nurse , but they get along splendid with her fiery , outspoken take charge attitude.
When his grandson Drake shows up out of the blue to visit the ailing man about a business problem , Lexie is Fuming inside , because of the lack of Trust and Compassion this Arrogant , yet Hot man has towards his dying grandfather ,As well as her abilities to care for him properly.

Could there be a valid reason why Drake is such a Hardened man and will Lexie be able to figure him out before they both lose Faith in being able to find true love & Happiness ??

Jenna Harte is a new author to me , but I am so Happy to have found her ...I will be a Stalker for life !!

This book was a Breathe of Fresh Air .I had been reading a lot of Paranormal & Dark romance .Which I Love , but needed a break and this HEA romance with a lot of Heart , Reality and emotion was something I was craving. I feel a lot of readers are missing out on , because they can truly relate to this storyline.
Everyone goes through pain in different ways .Whether it's the process of losing a loved one , Finding Love in weird unexpected places or being deceived by the ones you Love .
Lexi and Drake's relationship felt real amongst all the chaos and drama they were both trying to embattle and that made me fall in love with their Heart -Sting Pulling story .
This is a real eye opener in the you don't know what you've got until it's gone & The don't give in until you have the one that makes you heart soar and life complete, kind of way if you know what I mean.
I cannot wait to read the next books in Jenna's Southern Heat Series , because if it's anything like this book ...I'm sold !!
Thank you Jenna for the gift !!
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283 reviews1 follower
April 9, 2016
ARC received from NetGalley

This was a really nice book to read, it's low on angst but you still want to know what's going to happen next throughout the book.

The ages are not mentioned in the book, which is a blessing and curse at the same time... I personally like knowing the ages of the characters because it's easier to relate, to be honest. But, it was nice that this story didn't mention the ages because it kept me wondering and I could easily create their ages myself.

Lexie is a nurse who is taking care of a billionaire grandpa who is dying of lung cancer. On paper, it seems like she can't keep a job... but it's not that she can't keep a job, it's that she's not passionate about the jobs she's had. I really really enjoyed her character, she was fun and she said what was on her mind. Such a refreshing personality. At times I felt second hand embarrassment from her, but she totally owned the way she acted and I loved it. She was funny and blunt, but not in a mean way. She's actually really sweet and caring! She's an honest character and I'm sure you would really enjoy her character.
Enter Drake, Oliver's grandson. You know, it was hard not to like him but he had such a hot and cold attitude I wanted to hit him with a cookie pan. He wanted to be this harsh businessman, but in actuality, he has the biggest heart and he cares for people!! I didn't like it when he pushed Lexie away just to pull her back... love whiplash or what?? He wasn't the perfect book boyfriend, but he definitely redeemed himself towards the end...

I can't wait to read the next book and I wonder who it's going to be about! Maybe Chelsea and Mitch?
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329 reviews4 followers
June 19, 2019
Lexie is the nurse to a dying cranky older wealthy man Oliver. He's left the family business & returned to his childhood home. He has pitted his twin grandsons against each other & raised them after the deaths of their parents. There was no love only business.
Drake, the nicer of the twins, tracks down his grandfather & encounters Lexie thinking she is a gold digger & after his grandfathers money. They are at odds in the beginning even though being attracted to the other. A love/hate develops until they give in to it.
There are a few obstacles in their way esp when Derrick, his twin & wife appear. A few secrets are revealed as well.
Will Drake give up the family business for love or continue to fight for business against his ruthless brother?
If you love a tiny fiery southern belle vs a stubborn millionaire then you will love this. The banter & chemistry between our protagonists was very believable.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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709 reviews18 followers
September 15, 2020
This was a well written easy read.

Lexie and Drake WOW I loved them both. Lexie was the nurse hired to take care of Drake's Grandfather, and Drake was a workaholic who came to get help for the business from his Grandfather.

Lexie was a take no crap southern girl, and Drake was a stiff stick up the butt New Yorker. At first they didn't get along, but with the help of Oliver (Drakes Grandfather) they finally got together and the sparks did fly.

And they finally got the HEA they were both looking for.
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3,960 reviews27 followers
June 29, 2019
Drake needs to learn to live life to the fullest. That is exactly what his dying grandfather and Lexie have to teach him. This was a charming story that draws you in with the wonderfully-written characters and storyline. It is emotional, funny, steamy, and keeps you turning the pages as you read of the importance of love and family over all else.

I would love to read more from Jenna Harte.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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1,498 reviews298 followers
April 12, 2016
From its classy book cover to its opposite attract/adversaries to lovers main couple, this romantic tale definitely drew this NetGalley reviewer in. But here’s a friendly warning, folks. You better be prepared to deal with an overbearing, maddening, rich, very competitive, workaholic, forgotten what it’s like to be human, too handsome for his own good hero, at least in the very beginning. But don’t worry. Beautiful, short, feisty, calls it like she sees it, caring/compassionate Southern Belle nurse, Lexie McKenna, is just what the doctor ordered. Not just for Oliver, Drake’s terminally ill grandfather she’s being hired to care for, who is now living with deep regret for the too tough/choose business over family legacy he instilled in his identical twin grandsons, but for Drake, as well. Yeah, that’s quite a mouth full, huh?

With Drake and his brother about to face off in a final smack down board meeting, which ultimately will determine which one gets to replace Olivier as CEO, Drake travels from New York to Virginia, where Oliver is living his last days in his childhood home reminiscing over what should have been. He’s hoping to get Olivier’s help in stopping his evil twin’s current plan to restructure the company.

Slowly but surely you start to see a side to Drake he’s tried to keep buried. He actually does have a soul and wants to be CEO mainly to keep Derick from closing stores/taking the livelihood away from families who desperately need the money. Not that their over-the-top sibling rivalry instigated by dear old Gramps isn’t a factor, as well. But you definitely start to see it more as Derick’s obsession. The details/consequences of which, I have to admit, had me absolutely despising a certain member of their family. One part didn’t surprise me, in fact, I was expecting it. After all, these two competed over everything. The consequences of those actions, however, were quite a shot to this romantic’s heart. It was a painful twist to this already train wreck of a family. You definitely started to feel more sympathy for the hero. Thankfully, the author did a good job of finally dissipating that dark cloud looming overhead.

Overall, I found this North vs. South clash of cultures/wills quite entertaining. The writing style flowed, and I was so fully engaged I couldn’t put it down. In case you are wondering, The South did win this one and saved the snobbish, misguided, Northern Carmichael clan from their own worst enemy, themselves. All it took was Drake’s relationship with Lexie to bring them to their Yankee senses.

An in-depth, steamier, longer version of a Harlequin type romance comes to mind when describing this one, my fellow romance book-loving friends. Since I happen to be an avid fan of those short, flirty, engaging, angst-filled, HEA romantic tales, I definitely mean that as a compliment, not an insult. If you are wondering about time frame, the entire story occurred over a two week period with the main couple breaking up twice and then making up. Yes, there is quite a bit of romantic hero groveling at the end.

Here’s to hoping my review was helpful, and you enjoy it as much as I did.

Title: Drawn to Her, Series: Southern Heat (Book 1), Author: Jenna Harte, Pages: 483, stand-alone, HEA, some VERY steamy scenes with lusty language that do not hijack the storyline, no cheating, no love triangle/OW/OM drama after meeting, no cliffhanger.

(This review is based on ARC generously provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion. No compensation was paid to the reviewer nor is there any affiliation between the reviewer and author/publisher.)

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198 reviews10 followers
April 4, 2016
Drawn to Her (Southern Heat) by Jenna Harte (Book Review)

4 of 5

ARC provided for an honest review through NetGalley.

Wow. What a roller coaster ride of emotions! This book will hook you and take you for a ride. I was frustrated, angry, upset, sad, elated at various points within the story and I LOVED it! I really enjoyed the well-rounded main characters, Lexie and Drake, their background stories and the relationship that forms between them.

Lexie is a sweet and smart southern girl who doesn’t let anyone push her around which (I think) makes her perfect for being a nurse. She's kind and caring. After working in the ER, she realizes that her calling isn’t there. She wants to help others and the ER only allowed her to help for a brief moment, until Oliver comes in. Oliver, Drake’s grandfather, is diagnosed with cancer. He moved back south to live out the rest of his life in an old family home. After meeting Lexie, it’s clear that she doesn’t put up with his stubbornness and he hires her to be his personal nurse. I really liked Oliver and Lexie’s interactions…especially their banter. Lexie becomes a friend and family to Oliver. She is there for him especially when his real family doesn’t visit. One day a tall handsome man, Drake, claiming to be Oliver’s grandson shows up. She instantly notices his attractive looks and his rigid dedication to his grandfather’s company.

Being from New York, Drake has a different perspective on life, work and personal goals. He sees his work in the company as his top priority and with his grandfather near death, he prepares to take over the business with his twin brother whom he does not get along with. Drake’s past is complicated and has shaped him into the man he is…hardworking, work-oriented, cold and driven. Lexie is his opposite and not his typical "type" but she ignites a desire within him. Will she be able to show him that there is more to life than just work? Can she show him how important family is? Can she show him what love really is?

Overall I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed reading Lexie and Drake grow and learn from one another. I enjoyed their romance and hot chemistry. There are times that the story felt slow and a little drawn out. This was mainly in the beginning with Lexie and Drake’s meeting. I did like that they didn’t jump directly into a relationship or fall in love at first glance. It made it feel realistic and believable, I love that! Then there were times that were too quick for me. I would have loved to see more with the “bar/going out” scene with Lexie’s friends/family and had more scenes/interactions with Lexie’s mother.

Looking for a romance book with hot chemistry and a plot that will take you on a ride!? Check this out!
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2,640 reviews18 followers
April 26, 2016
I got this book from net gallery for an honest review.

This book was absolutely brilliant and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Lexi is privately nursing an elderly man called, Oliver. She's been nursing him for a few weeks but no family members have ever visited him. However, one day when she's playing cards with Oliver, a harsh male voice draws her attention. Drake, is Oliver's grandson and he is not impressed by Lexi's jokes. Oh my god, I was laughing so hard when Lexi grabs a step stool to gain an extra foot in height to Drake so she can show him that she's his equal and not frightened of him even if she is just the hired help. Lexi is feisty and speaks her mind and she won't be intimidated by the Carmichael's or their money.

Drake is attracted to Lexi, just as she is too him. However, he is rude, arrogant and his behaviour towards Lexi is unjustifiable. He makes various comments which were inexcusable such as, the help shouldn't be having dinner with their employer or accusing Lexi of being a gold digger. Sometimes I felt like slapping Drake because of his comments, he was so frustrating.

The sexual tension and attraction between Drake and Lexi doesn't go unnoticed but they do level with each other. One thing that stood out was when Lexie's mum visits and Drake overhears their conversation. When she leaves, Drake asks Lexi whether her dad comes home for lunch everyday and she replies that her dad comes home for sex and if he has time maybe some lunch. Drake made me laugh because his jaw dropped at Lexi's answer and apparently her stating that she's surprised they didn't have more kids because of the way they are always at it - made his jaw drop that much more.

I adore Lexi, she's caring, compassionate and not afraid to stand her ground or make her feelings heard. I love her southern way of speaking such as "Great day' or "O Lordy" - it adds originality.

The sex scenes are hot, erotic and sexy. I like the fact that Drake is drawn to Lexi but is shocked by his actions. He fights his feelings and attraction but he gives in as does Lexi for one night which turns out to be so much more.

I couldn't stand Bobby Lee and Kelly - those two were annoying and insensitive. I felt like slapping them both for having the audacity to go to Drake asking him to pay off Bobby Lee and Lexi's debt. These two have no shame whatsoever.

Fantastic story which was funny, sad, yet entertaining and I absolutely loved it. Jenna Hart is an amazing writer: I was hooked from the moment I started reading until the very end. I'll be definitely adding her to my favourite author list and looking out for other titles from her.
2,622 reviews6 followers
April 21, 2016
I won this book through a contest, and I just couldn't put it down! The southern charm was endearing, but it was the characters that really set this book apart.

I think Lexie really made the book for me. She is funny, smart, and sassy. Best of all? She tells it like it is. This was one of Drake's favorite characteristics, and I have to say it was one of mine too. It seems like most books I have been reading lately center around the main characters not communicating or the heroine not saying what she really feels. That is not the case with Lexie. She is direct and honest, whether she is admitting that she finds Drake attractive or talking about what the town thinks of her. What I liked most was that she really owns who she is. She jumps from job to job because she hasn't found what she loves yet, and she makes no qualms about that. She is very sweet and compassionate, as you can see from her interactions with Oliver.

You also can't help but fall in love with Drake. Yes, in the beginning of the book he is a bit of a snob, but you quickly find out that he is so much more than that. He is an uptight businessman, but he also cares about people. Lexie talks about him being Dr. Jeckell/Mr Hyde and how difficult it must be for him to show a different persona than who he really is...and she hit it spot on. Drake was brought up in a certain way and was taught to be against his true nature, and he grew up into a confused man. I loved seeing him let loose around Lexie, and I absolutely adored him towards the end.

Oliver, Lexie's patient and Drake grandfather, really helped to tie the story together. He knows that he has made mistakes in his life, and he wants to right them in the short amount of time he has left. Getting his grandson to believe that he is not testing him and actually WANTS him to focus on something other than business is a tough task, and I really liked these scenes. Things did wrap up just a little too nicely at the end (especially for Derrick) but that was part of the charm of this story--I couldn't help but have a smile on my face when reading most of it. I liked the build of Lexie and Drake's relationship, so I was surprised at the end when the author noted how little time had actually passed. Those really were my only qualms. I just adored this book and it made me happy to read, which I can't often say. I cannot wait for book 2!!
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181 reviews1 follower
June 25, 2016
Genre fiction is quite often formulaic. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, unless the author uses the formula like a crutch to prop up poor writing skills. I am thrilled to say that Jenna Harte does not have to resort to that. Drawn to Her follows the archetypical romance novel formula of boy meets girl, boy and girl hate each other, boy and girl realize that fighting the chemistry between them is futile, complications arise causing boy to lose girl, resolution of the complications, and happily ever after. I've probably read thousands of romance novels that follow this exact pattern but Ms. Harte brings such fun and entertaining storytelling into the mix, it is very easy to ignore the formula and just enjoy the characters. I live in the South, myself, though I was not born here, and the attitude, mannerisms, speech patterns, and colloquialisms of Lexie and the other denizens of the Virginia town of Charlotte Tavern are very authentic.

The chemistry between Drake and Lexie is sizzling, and I did not feel it contrived in any way. They seemed like two people who genuinely lusted after one another rather than two medieval nobles in an arranged marriage the way some characters are. The secondary characters are maybe not quite as drawn as the primary characters, but they are certainly not one-dimensional background, either. I wanted to learn more about them as much as I wanted to know more about Drake and Lexie. I'm not sure if the other novels in the Southern Heat series involve the same characters or if they are all just set in the South, but I'd love to see further books involving these characters.

The sex scenes, as I've alluded, are hot, but not explicit or frequent enough to tip this into "erotica" territory. The book is probably best described as "steamy", but should still be recommended to mature readers 17+.

Reviewed by HR Duby for Romance Authors that Rock
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Author 1 book83 followers
June 28, 2019
I chose this story at my favorite book review site because it has a nurse as the heroine, Lexie. I am an RN myself, so I can't help but want to read books that have a nurse as the protagonist! Lexie, though, is a private duty nurse. The relationship between her and the hero, Drake, was fractious from the beginning to nearly the end. They certainly didn't like each other when they first met; neither was impressed by the other and formed bad impressions. But the author peeled back the layers of both of these complex characters, making their growing relationship seem organic as we got to know them better. I absolutely adored Oliver, the dying grandfather. I believe there is a saying that at the end of your life your regrets have to do with your personal choices about family and relationships and not about your job or career. Oliver is the living embodiment of that concept, and his realization is something that he wants to leave as a legacy for his grandsons who are battling over his business.

I do actually like the story from a romance standpoint, but from a nurse perspective, it is not realistic. It would be against our code of ethics to date a family member of our patient! So that aspect of the story didn't sit right with me. I had to consciously put that idea aside, imagine that I wasn't the nurse, and just try to enjoy the characters and romance for what it was. It did have some issues with grammar, punctuation, and usage, but not enough to detract from the enjoyment of the story. I love how the author injected southern charm into the story. While I have not visited the south, I enjoyed the quaint phrases and habits and southern-style dialogue. All in all, I found this to be an enjoyable read.

I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.

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6 reviews57 followers
April 12, 2016
I really liked Lexie. She's smart, compassionate, funny, and come across as a genuinely good person. I think she was the reason this book drew me in (no pun intended) so quickly. Her interactions with Oliver, her patient, are what brings that point home. Not only is she taking care of him and making sure his last days on earth are meaningful, but he's helping her (and his grandson) learn to actually live.

Drake took a bit to like and get to know. He starts off as the stereotypical rich snobbish dude, but then he reveals layers that make him incredibly likeable. He's not just worried about his money and company, but the actual people that he employs. A stark contrast to his brother, who cares only about the bottom line.

They share a somewhat instant connection and to see/read how their chemistry grows is pretty fun. Lexie isn't gonna start swooning instantly and Drake isn't used to wanting more than a casual fling. The way this relationship grows is quite lovely. It is sparky and delightful to read.

Jenna Harte has created two characters that are interesting and engaging. Lexie and Drake were both fun to read and well written. The side characters aren't just extra scenery and come across as real people that have more than just a passing part to play. The romance is steamy and the story was pretty darn good!! (This is coming from someone that doesn't consider romance as her genre of choice! So that says something!!)

Drawn to Her is book one of the Southern Heat series, and is out today (April 12th). I do think I will be picking up the rest of this series when it comes out. I honestly cannot wait to find out what's next!
396 reviews
June 27, 2019
Oliver is a rich man that has come back to his roots to die. Lexie meets him in the E.R. where she works when he comes in one day ill. After being admitted to the hospital she visits. When he tells her he is dying and asks her to work for him as a private nurse at his family home he has recently bought she agrees. Over the months of living with him she finds out that he has 2 grandsons in New York City so sends them messages that they should come see him before he dies. It saddens her seeing him bravely fighting the disease without family. Then one of the grandsons appears at the door demanding to see his grandfather. During their first meeting there is chemistry. Drake decides to stay and ask his grandfather to help him save thefamily company from his twin brother. During Drake's time in Virginia Lexie and he fights their attraction to each other. This is a really feel good story that not only tells you how one man decided to die with grace and try to recapture his the feelings of his past before his death. It also shows you that maybe you should stop and smell the flowers along the way and to trust in love and hold on to it when you really find it. I look forward to more from this writer.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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1 review
April 17, 2016
ARC provided for an honest review through NetGalley.

I really loved this book, I don’t typically read contemporary romance but this book kept me turning pages all night!

Lexie gave me everything I was looking for in a heroine, she was well-rounded with a backbone (I can’t stand a central character that allows themselves to be walked all over). She had tons of personality and southern charm, with cute little sayings like, “Great Day!” and “O Lordy”. Drake on the other hand I wasn’t sold on at first. He didn’t appreciate Lexie during their first meeting and I was preparing myself for another dismissive H. It took him some time but I was so glad when he finally accepted how perfect he and Lexie were for each other.

Drawn to Her was definitely a fun read that left me in a good mood when I was done. It’s not too long so it’s perfect for an afternoon read or something to keep you entertained while traveling. I’m so excited this is going to be an on going series but with each book as a stand alone so the story will never feel too drawn out. I’m also thrilled that it will keep its southern charm going into the future books, come on Jenna, we’re all not so patiently awaiting book two!
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Author 11 books147 followers
March 18, 2016
I really liked this book. I don't often read straight romance, but I really liked it.

The heroine was petite and spunky, a nurse - not someone I can identify with at all (being super tall and introverted). However, I liked her and wanted her to have her guy even though she wasn't entirely sure she wanted him.

As for the guy, when I read the synopsis, I wasn't sure he'd be my type since I'm more of a beta hero type of girl. He has everything in world except the love of family, and that definitely made me want to root for him.

When they come together, it's truly an opposites attract situation, but the attraction felt very natural. I really love them together and I hope they're the main characters in the remaining books of this Southern Heat series. I want to read more of their story.

This was an easy read, and with summer coming soon, definitely pick this up for a beach read or to enjoy on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
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16.8k reviews8 followers
July 13, 2016
A new Author for me. This is book one in the series and I know I want the next one as I could not put this one down. Lexie McKenna is Oliver Carmichael’s live in nurse the two after some time have become close friends. She is angry that none of his family have come to visit with him as he is dying.When Drake Carmichael comes he wants Oliver's help with the family company, he and his brother had not believed Oliver was dying, Oliver had told them to stay away .Drake and his twin brother Derrick have been competing for years and can not see that something's are more important than the company.When Drake first met Lexie he thought she was after Oliver’s money and Lexie thought he was cold and calculating. What happens when Drake stays with Lexie and his Grandfather ? What is Oliver's greatest regret? What happened between Drake and Sharon, Derrick’s wife? Who is Tad? I was gifted a copy for an honest review barwatts@telus.net
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2,058 reviews7 followers
July 30, 2016
Excellent contemporary billionaire romance. Drake has competed against his identical twin his entire life. At a young age their patents died so they were raised by Oliver, their grandfather. Oliver taught them that business comes first. Oliver is dying and only has a few months left yet told his family to stay away. Lexie was an Emergency Room nurse when she met Oliver. After getting his diagnosis Oliver hired her to care for him for the duration. Drake shows up to ask Oliver for help with the company. Lexxie and Drake go head to head about Oliver helping him to save jobs. There is an attraction neither thinks is a good thing to act on but they do. Alexis ends up showing Drake there's more to life. There are numerous trials and confrontations. I enjoyed this book as they both change. I received a free copy of this book solely in exchange for an honest review. I look forward to reading more of Ms Harte's books in the future.
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263 reviews
April 27, 2016
"Drawn to Her" is a lovely story and a pleasant way to spend a few hours. Having said that, I did wrestle with something. The problem I had with book was that as much as the characters were genuinely likeable, they didn't seem fully realized. The scene where Lexie and Drake first meet is so vibrant, you can't help but mentally rub your hands together and think, "oh boy this is going to be good". She's sassy and a bit of a firecracker and he is broody and dominant. What's not to love? After that first scene though the characters' personalities seem to diminish in their intensity. You don't get that clear picture of them any where else in the book that you had when they clashed over his grandfather. I still believe it to be a good book to curl up with, but for me, it wasn't all that I had hoped for.
4,336 reviews26 followers
June 29, 2019
Love and family are complicated, not a competition.

Drake storms into a home in Virginia not knowing what to expect. Turns out the grandfather who raised him really is dying from lung cancer. Not a test to see how his grandsons react. Brother Derrick staid in New York to try to take over the family business. Fun family .

Losing their grandfather has life changing potential for the boys, especially since there are likely still a few weeks before he passes.

Meeting his nurse, Lexi, has love and life changing potential for Drake - if he fails to throw it all away in the name of fear, greed and business success.

Intense KU read!

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661 reviews15 followers
June 20, 2016
Kindly provided with an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review......

Brilliant !!! This was Lexie and Drake's tale and I found it a wonderful witty, romantic story.
It features Lexie as a nurse who's patient has two grandson's who are vying for the family business. Drake moves into his grandfathers house in a bid to out maneuver his twin and earn points with Grandaddy. However Drake ends up with more than he bargained for.......he looses his heart and falls in love !!! *sigh*.

A definite feel good read !! Well done Jenna and many thanks for this opportunity xx

Later peeps xxx
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938 reviews3 followers
July 29, 2016
I received this book in exchange for my honest review. I can't wait to read more to this series. I just couldn't put it down once I started reading it. You will love reading about Drake and Lexie. They battle it out till they find out that they know nothing about once another and decide to change that fact. Lexie and her top priority it to look after her patient. Drake just doesn't trust the nurse looking after his grandfather. He thinks that she is out for their hard earned family money. Will they come to blows or be able to work things out? Will they be able to fight the attraction for one another in the process?
3,079 reviews16 followers
June 29, 2019
She's going to do whatever she has to do to protect her patient, even if it means dealing with his very handsome grandson.

He doesn't trust the nurse taking care of his grandfather, even if she is compassionate.

As they go against each other for what's best for the patient, they both realize judging by first impressions isn't always the best.

A reminder that money isn't everything, don't forget to build a life while building your empire, family is important and don't always judge someone by the first impression

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9,520 reviews147 followers
April 6, 2016
You could tell there was some mega chemistry between Lexie and Drake, "she lifted her knee blocked by his thigh and heaved herself toward the notebook. “Whoa!”Drake banded his arm around her and jerked her to his chest just as her knee was about to land in his lap. Her face hovered inches from his. “I’ve got important things down there.” Was his voice husky or were her ears ringing?" I really liked this book I thought I would dislike Drake more but I fell in love with him.
865 reviews6 followers
September 7, 2016
Main Girl: Lexie McKenna
Main Guy: Drake Carmichael

Mean Old Man That Later Changes: Oliver Carmichael

I really liked this story, the way both characters come together with a little help from an old man that went from being Mr. Scrooge to Mr. Rogers.

This was a story about second chances at love, life and family. You’ll be rooting for Drake to learn there is more to life than money and you will absolutely love Lexie and her attitude.

Rating 5 out of 5
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587 reviews3 followers
December 4, 2019
Good and captivating story. Being a palliative care nurse made it easy to relate to the story and the emotional aspect of it. It's amazing how much personal and emotional growth patients go through at the end of life. The writing was good. The dynamics between the two main characters was maddening at times but in a good way. Recommended
52 reviews2 followers
January 6, 2022
intriguing story but LOTS of explicit sex

Really enjoyed the characters. The story line had a good lesson about people being more important than business. However their is a LOT of explicit sex I had not expected. Skipped a lot of those parts (not my preference) but finished because of I wanted to see the end - sooo I will not be reading anymore of this author
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