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Tailgates & Truck Dates

(The Locals #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Life in the small town of Athens is easy, safe, and predictable. It’s everything Adrian wants in her life. Madison has 4,724 reasons to leave Athens as soon as she can. Life in a small town isn’t for everyone yet sometimes it’s difficult to escape. The two new adult friends are making the most of the first-year after high school. The always in control Adrian dreams of owni ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published September 10th 2018 by Haley Rhoades
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Kristina Aziz
Some good aspects

I really liked about 25% of this book. What started as a cute and interesting story about a new adult with her first business turned into sex, but if it was written by a man. Characters and writing voice turned dry, and the book became boring. So I can recommend reading the first few chapters of the book, but then save yourself and read something else.

I got this book for free from a Goodreads giveaway.
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is done a bit different where you read POVs from 2 best friends. 1 of the friends has a great story to tell and I can't wait for more of her story. The other I could take or leave, I don't feel like her story enhanced the book. ...more
Annie Woods
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Eight friends in small town Athens are getting ready to start their lives after High School. Two of them want nothing but to leave Athens behind (Madison even has a list of 4,247 reasons for leaving), the other six are happy to stay and build a life amongst friends and family where everything feels safe and familiar.

I love the premise of this book, that we follow a group of friends during that time when life shapes and small decisions can have such major impacts on the whole future. The descript
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rural Friendships

Characters are tied with the bonds built through simple rural experiences. Caring for each other above themselves. Can't wait to see what happens next. Can the secret be kept? What will happen if it is exposed? Ready for book 2!!
Sherry Seibert
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a good read. I really loved this book!! I loved how the friendship and love for each other was like they were more one big family!!! Haley really did a great job of telling the story of how much love and sacrifice of what Madison had to go thru. I can not wait to read the next one to see what happens. November can't come soon enough!!!!!! ...more
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway
I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

Overall this was a catchy story. It appears the series will follow a group of small town friends who graduate from high school together. This particular book focuses 2 of the friends, both single females. The narration is told mostly from one person's perspective, but occasionally jumps to the other friend, which I found a bit odd. The story sucked me in and the characters were mostly likeable, although 2 of the friends get married upon graduatin
Polly Barreto
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
If I didn’t know any better I could've swore that Ms. Rhoades was writing about me and the little small hometown in which I live in. Just like Madison, I too, had 4,724 reasons why I needed to leave my hometown. However, even with all those reasons, that small hometown just keeps pulling us back.

Madison keeps getting pulled back with all the friends that she left behind when she left for college and she is trying to get them all at an arm’s length. You see, she left with a secret….and one in whi
M.L. Broome
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Are you looking for a fun-filled read about a group of friends living in Athens? No, not that Athens—but the small, rural Athens tucked away in the middle of nowhere. The story doesn’t revolve around one character but rather a cast, and Haley creates such vivid and three-dimensional folks that by the end you feel as if they’re your friends, too.

It shows life changing for these friends after graduation—some get married, some open a business, some get drafted and some...well, let’s leave some thi
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a decent very quick read that follows a group of friends in a small town. The timeline begins a week before their high school graduation and follows the characters through college, weddings, and careers. This book focused on two main story lines, though one sucked me in much more than the other. I am very intrigued to read more about Madison's story. The writing wasn't bad, though it could use another round of editing and maybe a little bit more development. All in all, I was still ente ...more
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the Locals Series and is a good start to the series. This is the story of eight high school graduates life in a small town but basically focuses on the lives of Adrian and Madison. It's told from a dual POV which allows you to know what they're both thinking. The story follows them during their lives from high school until later life. Attend their weddings, follow their pregnancies, their careers, their loves and heartbreaks. Full of drama of course and some heartbreak. ...more
C Standing
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book by Haley and I have to say, she didn't disappoint! I loved how close the gang were. I love that there's little romances blossoming between each other the friends.

It was a cute little story with very little drama. A nice little read. I'm curious to find out if Maddison gets a HEA. I look forward to book two!
Lyndsey Gallagher
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An entertaining easy read with relatable characters. A first for me from this author but I will definitely be reading the rest of the series. I felt though I were there with the characters as the story unfolded.
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of this book for an honest review. This was my first book by Haley Rhoades. Wow...just wow. Best friends to lovers to a surprise pregnancy. This book has ALL the feels. I love this story & can't wait to read the next installment. ...more
Amber Auffert
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Literally could not put this down... read it all in one day
Linda Rea
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Madison has a good head on her shoulders even if her mom is a mess and she keeps her friends on an even keel. Madison and Hamilton are best friends but one night she asks for a favor that will change her life forever.
Haley Rhoades
Oct 23, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Quick Read. Small town vs big city life.

I'm offering 3 giveaways on Goodreads to celebrate the approaching release of my next book. Check 2 of them out on the Goodreads Giveaway tab and one listed in my events.

Nancy Shepherd
Jul 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: adult readers
Recommended to Nancy by: Writers of the Riverwalk
I received a copy of this book through a givesaway by Authors on the Riverwalk. While I enjoyed the writing and the story itself, I was not impressesd with all the graphic sex. I have an imagination, and I do not need nor want multi-page descriptions. This book is much too graphic for my taste.
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Haley Rhoades’s writing is another bucket-list item coming to fruition, just like meeting Stephen Tyler and skydiving. As she continues to write romance and young adult books, she plans to complete her remaining bucket-list items, including ghost-hunting, storm-chasing, and bungee jumping. She is a Netflix-binging, Converse-wearing, avidly-reading, traveling geek.
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The Locals (4 books)
  • Tailgates & Heartaches (The Locals #2)
  • Tailgates & First Dates (The Locals #3)
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