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An Uphill Battle

(Southern Roots #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,143 ratings  ·  217 reviews
Azalea Barnes has hated Drake Collins since the day he broke her teenaged heart.
Fast forward almost seven years later and her libido still hasn't gotten the memo.
Now they're frenemies... with benefits.
Which suits Azalea just fine. She gets what her body craves while keeping her heart safe. Kind of.

Drake has loved Azalea since the day they met. He knows that she
Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published January 16th 2018
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Jan 10, 2018 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF @49%

I think the title sums up my reading. This really didn’t hold my attention, I didn’t connect with the characters, and I didn’t feel their connection or any chemistry. Now, I didn’t read the first book in this series so maybe Azalea Barnes and Drake Collins are introduced more intriguing in that one, but here it feels as if the reader is thrown into the middle of an existing friends-with-benefits situation. And then it’s several chapters till we’re given a tidbit of their history in flash
Louise H  -  ⭐ Life in the Book Lane Reviews ⭐
Technically the writing in this is good, and the fact that the characters elicited such deep feelings of annoyance means that in some ways they were well written. However for me reading this was very much An Uphill Battle .

I am genuinely saddened to be critical of the book because (a) the author will have invested a chunk of their soul in the writing of it and (b) in many ways I thought the book was quite well written. It's the second of these two points that raised this from a 0 or 1 star r
Nov 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Awful, awful people and the H spends the last part of the book trying to make her jealous with an OW, after he has never been a trustworthy person in the first place. It's also one of those books where the OW lectures the h about how she's not good enough for the H.
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
So I just finished An Uphill Battle. I was stalling all day because I didn’t want it to end!
BUT I have to mention....there were a few times in the book where it said Drake bites down on his fist and the only thing I could picture was Lenny (from Laverne & Shirley). I would start giggling and have to go back a couple pages to read it again once I cleared my head. 😂

I said in the review for her first book that LK’s writing can only improve and I was so right. I’ll probably say it in every review f
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We met Drake and Azalea in Coming Up Roses. An Uphill Battle is their story and what a story it is!! This beauty arrived on my kindle last night and I have not wanted to put it down. What a story it is!! Drake and Azalea have battled their feelings for years, the question is will their hearts finally win the war?

“Just to be next to her, to have her hands on me, to get a reaction out of her...I may be playing to win, but I never said I wouldn’t play dirty.”

LK writes some swoon worthy men!! Drake
Isha Coleman
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Life's biggest regret is having not bothered to try. That ever winding road of regret and heartache has brought Drake and Azalea to an impasse. Will she risk her heart to the man that broke it without a care? Will he forgive himself for hurting the one person, he thought would always be there? An Uphill Battle tackles the road less traveled. Youth caused him to take her for granted, maturity proved to be his wake up call. Did it come too late? L.K. Farlow has a way of bringing characters to life ...more
Heather M. Orgeron
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LK has done it again! I was completely sucked into Azzy and Drake's story from the start. This frenemies to lovers romance will give you all the angsty, delicious feels the trope promises with the sweet southern flare I've come to depend on from Mrs. Farlow.
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved Coming Up Roses by this author & couldn’t wait for Azzy Jo & Drake’s Story! And it was it worth the wait. They’ve had a love/hate relationship since they were kids. All grown and it’s all love really, but man do these two suck at communication! Watch them navigate every obstacle in an attempt to find their Happily Ever After! ...more
Kayla Brunson
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, arc
ARC provided for honest review.

The quotes were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.

"So much of this drama between us was nothing more than miscommunications, and totally avoidable."

That quote literally wraps up this whole book. Miscommunication, miscommunication, oh and more miscommunication. 

I really wanted to love this book because Coming Up Roses was so good! Sadly I struggled with this book a bit. 

It really was Azalea that was making it so hard to read. I couldn't br
Megan Green
Jan 16, 2018 added it
Shelves: read-2018
Nobody writes sweet southern charm like L.K. Farlow. I fell in love with these characters in Coming Up Roses and that love only deepened in An Uphill Battle. LK’s women are smart, her men are swoony, and her words are nothing short of beautiful. Drake and Azalea’s story was the epitome of what a friends-to-lovers novel should be…a slow burn with enough sexual tension to ignite your kindle! I can’t wait for book three!
Richelle Robinson
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love me a good friends to lovers story and these two did not disappoint at all. Drake and Azalea these two were SOOOO stubborn at times and I just wanted to reach in the book and shake them! I wish that they would have had better communication with each other at times. Then when Drake would tell Azalea his feelings she was in denial and brushed him off. I was so frustrated with her but once I got her backstory it all made sense.

I still find it hard to believe that this is L.K. Farlow’s second
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

I just can't with these two immature idiots. I just can't.

Talk about dysfunctional, toxic, non-communicative, and JUVENILE!! Gotta be one of the worst couples I have read lately. I have an icky feeling just thinking about them.

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I usually like friends to lovers books but I struggled with this book a bit. I enjoyed the characters, especially Drake, but I felt the plot was a little lacking. It had that friends to lovers element but the way it was done seemed fake and I didn’t connect with their feelings. Also there was little suspense. I think this book had more potential if it was written with more of a suspenseful plot of either Drake’s or Azalea’s true feelings toward the other. I did not read the first book in the ser ...more
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Holy moly what a roller coaster ride of emotions! I read this book in one sitting, the second it hit my kindle. There were times when I wanted to slap both Azalea and Drake upside the head for their stupidity and misunderstandings but it certainly made the story interesting!

Completely itching for the next book!
Aubrey B3 Book Blog
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From the start, I was hooked. Loved Azalea and Drake's hinted connection in CUR, so I was super excited to get their story.

Holy. Hell. I'm not a fan of rollercoasters, but this was one of the best rides of my life.

LK Farlow is a beautiful writer. Not only are her stories phenomenal in their plot and with their characters, but the words themselves are poetic. This is only her second book and I'm not going to lie, she puts more experienced authors to shame. There isn't a single aspect of this boo
Harloe Rae
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I fell in sweet love with LK Farlow’s style in Coming Up Roses and my infatuation cranked to another level after reading An Uphill Battle. I’m extremely impressed with this talented author and cannot wait for more.

The relationship between Azalea and Drake is not effortless. It’s not meant to be. What I enjoyed most about their journey is the reality behind it. I easily empathized and rooted for Azalea because I’ve been in her shoes. Many might fault her, which I really hope isn’t the case, but
Jan 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved the first half of this book but when things started getting to the childish games I couldn’t do it. I think I’m the only person that didn’t like Drake. I get the girl was all over the place but she clearly had some trust issues. Drake started to play some silly petty games with her that had me really irritated and angry. Kelly and Kasey also didn’t help the issue. Was not there biggest fan nor did I like the fact they stuck around. I just really really wish he hadn’t played those games w ...more
Amanda Mitchell
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of, "An uphill battle". Having read Kate's debut "Coming up roses", I was familiar already with the characters, Azzy Jo and Drake. The second book in this series did not disappoint. Azzy Jo and Drake, have been in love with each other, since they were teenagers. Although they have great chemistry, they are never fully able to make it work, whether it's bad timing, jumping to conclusions, past hurts or a lack of communication. This book deals with, letting ...more
Miscommunication... what a irritating word. As always, heroine ruins another book

And one who doesn't talk or show - whatever- and the other who doesn't want to listen. And they with other people. What kind of clusterfuck is this? Those reviews (and comments) made me boil and it wasn't even the book.
Sharon Moritz-rosenthal
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

This book is tough to rate because on one hand I loved it, so much that I went back and read the previous book in the series and it was FANTASTIC. This is only the 2nd book the author has ever written and while it extremely well written, I had some issues with the characters. Largely I think it was the author trying to write out of a corner than the issue was its plot because the first book had none of the issues like this book did.

At th
Lager & Lefse Book Blog
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: almost-dnf
The title is more fitting than you might think. I, honestly, don’t know where to start. I so wanted to love this book, based on the blurb and from what I’ve heard about it. The problem is, I don’t think I do.

The writing by the author was technically fantastic and superbly well written (I know, it doesn’t make sense, but keep reading). The back and forth, will they or won’t they was really aggravating. The main characters, Azalea and Drake, have a frenemy with benefits type of relationship. Whene
DNF at approx 35%

OK, so I was really looking forward to this one and just could not read on as much as I tried. The overall premise is this is a friends to lovers/second chance/southern setting. Typically all things I love in a good romance read. Unfortunately, the heroine was everything I do not like and this coupled with the actual storytelling itself prompted me to call it quits.

I'm not one to DNF a lot of things, but the more I read, the more I know what I like. Also, this one is a Kindle U
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Azalea and Drake should've been childhood sweethearts but age differences, misunderstandings and bad timing have kept them from each other. These things haven't changed the fact that they've loved each other since spandex was in but roadblock after roadblock (mostly of their own creation) have kept them in the dreaded in-between. Sure they can't keep their hands off each other but that's not the end game. Will they ever be able to move from friends to forever? That's the (continual) question in ...more
Alecia (The Staircase Reader)
An Uphill Battle is the second book in the Southern Roots series. This novel centers around Azalea and Drake's mindfuck of a relationship.

Since ending Coming Up Roses, I've been dying to get my hands on Azalea's story. She seemed like a no-nonsense chick and given the back and forth moments in her relationship with Drake, I was excited for some sexy banter and loads of drama that, no doubt, would surround these two.

I have to say, I was a little annoyed by certain parts of this novel that occurr
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate”

To quote the film from “Cool Hand Luke”, I couldn’t get over the frustration I felt over these two.

Azalea has trust issues, Drake even knows that, but each time Azalea reaches out, Kelly’s always there to put her down, and Drake doesn’t even go to bat for his girl and explain or clear the air. But to be sure, our girl Azalea goes drama queen and storms off most of the time. Rinse and repeat.

“Every time she puts herself out there, your good friend K
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
I will start off by saying I think L.k. Farlow has a nice flow to her writing. It isn't choppy and I see a lot of potential in her writing.
I, unfortunately, didn't connect to the characters. I had a really hard time with the storyline and the repetitive behaviors by both characters throughout. I typically love a friends to lovers or even an enemies to lovers, depending how you look at Drake and Azalea's relationship. There was so much back and forth it left my head spinning. There was little to
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I absolutely loved Coming Up Roses and I went into reading An Uphill Battle thinking that this was going to be a fun read with two snarky characters that I adored. In reality, I wanted to yell at both Drake and Azalea every time I turned the page.
The only reason this relationship seemed to be "an uphill battle" is because both of the characters are stubborn and made false assumptions about the intentions and actions of the other character. Even after their respective bffs begged them to just ta
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
*This ARC was received in exchange for an honest review*

This is the story of Azalea, who has been having a friends with benefits relationship with Drake.

Drake has been in love with Azalea for a lot of years but didn't want to ruin the relationship they have now by telling her, but it seems that Azalea may have been having the same feelings but neither one wants to own up to this.  All their friends and family know that they are destined to be together.  So Drake decides that he doesn't want to b
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I really wanted to read a ennemies (frennemies) to lovers story and sadly I didn't see this story as one. It felt like it is two characters that are friends but have issues. I was disappointed because some things came quickly and then it was only about dramas.

I saw someone putting this quote in her review :
"So much of this drama between us was nothing more than miscommunications, and totally avoidable."
And I completely agree with her, while reading I was thinking that all this drama was not "str
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