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Stubborn as a Mule

(Sex and Sweet Tea #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  849 ratings  ·  240 reviews
Down in Whynot, NC, there are three things that hold true: 1) life moves just a little bit slower, 2) family means everything, and 3) you don’t mess with history.

When his family decides to sell a home that’s been part of their history for over a century, Lowe Mancinkus is madder than a hornet. To add insult to injury, the woman who purchased it is some fancy pants, city
Kindle Edition, 198 pages
Published July 20th 2017 by Big Dog Books, LLC
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Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I LOVE Juliette Poe’s writing style!!!!

EVERYTHING about this novel worked for me.

The sass. The banter. The slow burn. The small town life.


I was chuckling, smiling, laughing out loud while reading Stubborn as a Mule. I already had an inkling at the end of Ain’t He Precious? that I would love Lowe Mancinkus’s story. His obstinance toward Melinda Rothschild, new owner of his family’s former historic Mainer House, continued in Stubborn as a Mule and landed him immediately in h
A perfect summer read. Stubborn as a Mule has it all: small town charm, witty exchanges, hilarity, sexiness, and heart.

I had to bite my lip to keep from laughing out loud, but a few chuckles and big smiles were evident to anyone throughout the entire read. But let’s back up a bit. I met Melinda and Lowe at the end of Ain’t He Precious?, the kickoff book in the series. I was sure they’d make a great enemies-to-lovers story as Melinda Rothschilnd declared war on Lowe Mancinkus by taking him to
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Stubborn as a Mule was a very easy and sweet read. A true southern romance full of small town gossip and stolen kissed on the front porch. I really enjoyed reading about Lowe and Mely and seeing them put their differences aside to realize that they were perfect for one another. There was also some humor added to the story in the form of some pretty hilarious pranks, which I loved getting to laugh at. Bottom line, a perfect read for a summer day and a big recomm
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sawyer Bennet writing as Juliette Poe has a much lighter feel to her words than her usual contemporary romance vibe. A sweet, southern and charming book STUBBORN AS A MULE is and I had a lot of fun reading it!

I'm always in the mood for a rough around the edges, handsome southern fella. The charm and wit is endearing and Lowe Mancinkus has it in spades. He's all fired up because a fancy New Yorker has come to town and purchased his family home and can't stand someone other than his kin living in
I'm very quickly FALLING IN LOVE with Sawyer Bennett's alter ego, Juliette Poe. This is a very different writing style from the erotic words of Ms. Bennett. This is her lighter side, her sweet and swoony side, and I absolutely ADORE IT! I started falling after reading the first book in this series, 'Ain't He Precious?' And then I fell HARD with Lowe and Mely's story! Not only do these stories have INCREDIBLE covers and CUTE titles, they have equally INCREDIBLE characters that are so unforgettabl ...more
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review


Oh I am completely smittened with Sawyer Bennett’s alter ego, Juliette Poe. There is just something about the Sex and Sweet Tea Series that has me smiling like a fool. Maybe it’s the fact that this series is ridiculously sweet and subtle, which I find refreshing. Or maybe its the fact that it, this series is written by one of my favorite authors. In all honesty, it's all the above and of course Lowe Mancinkus and his stubborn and yet sweet
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
4.5 stars

Author Juliette Poe returns to the town of Whynot, North Carolina with the second book in her Sex and Sweet Tea series, Stubborn As A Mule. Enemies, turn to frenemies and finally turn to so much more is this funny, sweet, and sexy small town romance.

Furious that his family sold the family’s ancestral house to an outsider, one from New York no less, Lowe Mancinkus as made a nuisance of himself to Melinda Rothschild, the new owner of Mainer House so much so that he finds himself in court
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
We return to the tiny town Whynot, North Carolina but this story focuses on Lowe Mancinkus. He's been angry and hurt that his historical family home the Mainer House has been sold outside his family to a city woman no less. In taking a stand, he gets himself into some hot water a couple of time with a judge and finds his punishment is going to force him to spend time with the out-of-towner to help fix the house.

Melinda Rothschild has her own personal agenda for buying the house. She she can als
Enjoyable like the first one.
I like the many different POV's that the author throws in, especially the gossipers :)
3.5 stars
(I need Goodreads to come up with 1/2 stars...sometimes I really need it!)
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Stubborn As A Mule is a sweet, funny return to Whynot, North Carolina, in a feud over an old house. Lowe Mancinkus is mad his family sold a house that had belonged to the family for over a hundred years. It didn’t matter that it was in disrepair and no one lived there; it was family and it was history.

Melinda Rothschild wanted to restore Mainer House to its former glory, but vandalism stops her in her tracks. Bringing the matter to court only ramps up tension between herself and the vandal -- L
4.5 stars

I'm loving the Sex and Sweet Tea series by Juliette Poe.
Stubborn as a Mule is the second book to be released and I loved it.

Lowe and Melinda/Mely were such fun and entertaining characters.
I loved how these two moved from hating and trying to outdo the other to falling in love and finding their soul mate.


Stubborn as a Mule is a beautifully written and heartfelt read that will bring out all the feels and leave you with a huge smile on your face.

Another great read by the talented Juliet
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-2017
Stubborn as a Mule (Sex & Sweet Tea #2) by Juliette Poe
4 stars!!!

“I am not, however going to make this a pleasant experience for Miss Rothschild…I’m not going to make this easy on her.”

I love Sawyer Bennett and have totally fallen in love with her alter ego, Juliette Poe. Juliette Poe is the lighter, softer side to Sawyer Bennett’s writing and with this series has delivered some honest, real, swoon worthy romances and Stubborn as a Mule is no different. After reading the first book i
Karen Mc
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it

I finally met Author Sawyer Bennett's alter ego, Juliette Poe, and oh was this a different side of Sawyer! Where Sawyer Bennett's books are hot and heated, Juliette Poe's are more sensual, soft, and slow. Juliette Poe's latest sensation transports you to the sweet, small-town South where tradition, history, grace, manners, and more rule. Stubborn as a Mule is SASSY and SWEET SOUTHERN GOODNESS!!!

Beautiful Meli is a wealthy New Yorker relocates to a small North Carolina town to chase down her past
Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)
4.5 Lanterns

This is the second book in the Sex and Sweet Tea series. The books follow the Mancinkus family. It can be read as a stand alone but we do have some story and characters from the first book pop up in this one.

This is a wonderful enemies to lovers book. Lowe and Melinda HATE each other from the start. Lowe is ticked his family sold their legacy home. Melinda and the historic home fall under his cross hairs as he tries for vengeance.

Things seem pretty grim for our couple. But add in a
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We all remember 33 year old Lowe from his sister's Trixie's book.
He's one of 5 Mancinkus siblings living in Whynot, North Carolina. His siblings are a vet, a lawyer, a farmer and a bakery owner.
Carpenter/town handy man Lowe has recently been arrested for trespassing and destroying private property!
The family had to sell the old & empty Mainer House in town, because renovating it would've been too expensive. But Lowe loved that house. He hates that some stupid New York lady bought it to destroy a
Beneath The Covers Blog
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Pamela Lilley
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well, just like book 1, this is another honest to goodness happy, feel good book that left me all warm and fuzzy. Enemies to lovers, we follow Lowe Mancinkus who has been ordered by Judge Bowe to fix up his beloved Mainer House after he made a few unwanted changes to it following its sale to rich New Yorker Melinda Rothschild. Written in dual POV with a few chapters from additional character’s POV, the story was funny, romantic and the writing was just perfect. All the characters from Whynot are ...more
Catherine (The Sassy Bookster)
STUBBORN AS A MULE has all the makings of a delightful and entertaining enemies-to-lovers romance and coupled with the Southern setting, sounds like the perfect way to enjoy a summer weekend.

Lowe Mancinkus loves the history of his family and the ancestral home is a big part of that, so when his family decides to sell that home and to an outsider no less, he expresses his disappointment at that decision in troublesome ways, leading to a lengthy sentence in the form of his labor to the new owner.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-wishlist
The dynamic between Lowe and Melinda (Melly) was established during Ain't He Precious  with Lowe going out of his way to antagonise the Yankee who dared buy his family home. 

Lowe has a desperate need to preserve his family history and the connection he has to Mainer House has been stripped away from him. Although he subconsciously understands the cost of keeping the house was not financially viable for his family, he is too stubborn to let go of his desire to preserve his connection to the house
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is just what I needed to read. I loved the first book in this series, but this one is even better. I adored Lowe and Melinda and their story which was funny and heartwarming with a touch of angst.

Lowe Mancinkus meets Melinda Rothschild in court. She is suing him for damages on her house. The thing is, it was Lowe's family home until Mely bought it. And he is downright mad it's not apart of his family anymore. So Lowe has to do some time...... at Mainer House, fixing the damages he made. To
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We met our protaganists Lowe and Mely in the first book in the first book, Ain't He Precious, however you could read Stubborn As A Mule as a standalone, but why would you want to?

Our lovelies are both pig headed and stubborn, which makes for a lot of fun - for those outside their range of fire.

I adore Lowe - in the first book I felt he was a little bit of a spoiled brat, but in this one we get more of why he acts like he does, and it is all kinds of great.

Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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4.5 Stars

Charming. There really is no other way to start a description of this book. Whynot, North Carolina is a charming town, the people are charming, and the story and characters are, you guessed it, charming.

A lot of the appeal of these stories is the writing, and it is on point. You can't help but enjoy it, and laugh, and feel engaged and connected to the characters, the people in the town, and the story. In a lot of ways, there are a whole b
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
The second book in the series sends us back to a small town and all the quirky people who live there. Mainer house has been a B&B for generations. but the newest generation let it fall into disrepair. Along comes our heroine who is on a bit of a road trip to put a face on the stories her grandmother told her. In our small town she comes across the dilapidated Mainer House and decides to buy it. She has made a fortune buying and flipping houses. This one she plans to keep.

Enter our hero. His fa
book bruin
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a very sweet and cute small town romance! The enemies to lovers and fish out of water tropes were perfect and created some very charming and hilarious moments. Stubborn as a Mule is the 2nd book in the Sex and Sweet Tea series, but can be read as a stand alone.

I really enjoyed Lowe and Melinda (Mely's) transformation from sworn enemies to slow burn lovers. I actually wish there had been a little more love/hate build up, but it really was adorable how they each started to realize that th
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Sweet CROWNS

My second trip to Whynot was just as sweet and endearing as the first one. Juliette Poe has really nailed the small town, slow burn romance, and I'm in love with the town and people as much as each of the romances.

Stubborn as a Mule focuses on Lowe and Melly. Lowe, the local, and Melly, the NY transplant, have been at odds since she has bought the family home. Their antagonistic behavior not only puts them in the direct path to each other but also serves as the impetus for their bu
Erin Lewis
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Star Review of Stubborn As A Mule by Juliette Poe (Sex & Sweet Tea #2)

This was a fun, quick read full of romance, laughter and love of family. This is Lowe Mancinkus and Melinda Rothschild's story and I loved it from start to finish, it was amazing.

Ms. Poe described Whynot in such great detail that I would love to visit. I love the idea of a small town where everyone knows you; although as Lowe and Melinda found out that can be annoying at times.

Lowe is furious when his family decides to sell
Nadine Bookaholic
I love a good enemy to lovers story and this one didn't disappoint at all. Sweet and Sassy is a great combo when it comes to Mely and Lowe, they both give as good as they get and when Mely's friend is in town for a visit....well, lets just say that Lowe did not expect the feelings he was having before he even met the guy.
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***4.5 ‘Small Town’ Stars***

After getting a glimpse of what was going on with Lowe and Melinda in Ain’t He Precious? I knew that a good portion of the start of the book would drive me a little bat shit crazy, and not only was I proven correct, but found that the title was absolutely perfect! There is all kinds of sweet and crazy heat between Lowe and Melinda as they go from enemies to lovers and add in an eclectic mix of characters that populate the small town of Whynot and all you can do is
I waited and waited months for this book to come out and let me say, I am NOT disappointed. Stubborn as a Mule starts off with Lowe and Melinda in the court room trying to figure out a punishment for Lowe’s vandalism. The judge has known Lowe and his family for a long time, so when the outsider, Melinda, starts putting up a fight about how much punishment he is actually getting. When the judge finds her to be a nuisance, he summons both of them to work on the house together for 200 hours. When t ...more
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If you read AIN'T HE PRECIOUS, the first book in the Sex and Sweet Tea series, you'll remember Trixie needing to save her brother Lowe when he loses his mind over a family house being sold.  In STUBBORN AS A MULE we get Lowe's POV and watch as he finds himself falling for the enemy.

I didn't like Lowe's story as much as Trixie's. It felt like his relationship with Mely was a bit forced.  These were two characters who were practically at each
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Juliette Poe is the sweet and swoony alter ego of New York Times Best Selling author, Sawyer Bennett.

A fun-loving southern girl, Juliette knows the allure of sweet tea, small towns, and long summer nights, that some of the best dates end sitting on the front porch swing, and that family is top priority. She brings love in the south to life in her debut series, Sex & Sweet Tea.

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