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Lead the Way

(Dirty South #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Fresh off the high of college graduation, Melody James is back in her Podunk town. She needs a job, but first, she’ll spend a lazy summer with no agenda at all.

But life’s got other plans for Melody, ones she’d sooner ignore. When the next-door neighbor passes away, his son returns home to take care of his affairs. Thane Cohen hasn’t been home in ten years. The last time he
Kindle Edition, 243 pages
Published April 20th 2019 by Swoon Romance
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Bookworm Extraordinaire
description I wanted to love this one, but I just didn't. I struggled the entire way through. It was SO slow going, and I lost interest several times. I wanted more about the murder of the heroine's parents. Instead, I just got a bunch of day-to-day things with everyone and their brother hating Thane. It slightly picked up in the second half, but it wasn't what I expected from reading the synopsis. Not to mention I just couldn't stomach Jackson or the heroine who is 22 years old, but lets her brothers bull
Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
Melody has just graduated from college and returned home to the family farm for summer. She lives with her two older brothers after they tragically lost their parents when she was young. Her older brother Jackson took on the responsibility of raising her and her brother. Whilst they have all grieved the loss of their parents, Jackson has never been able to let go of the anger he has been harbouring for the man he believes killed them.

Thane Cohen is the target of all that hate. In fact the entire
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book had a lot going on, between the romance between Melody and Thane, and the suspense of the secret knowledge of Melody’s parents’ death that Thane knew. But it wasn’t too much. I was a little nervous going into this because of the romance and the suspenseful mystery aspect, but it ended up being pretty good and blended together nicely.

I won’t hint a single thing about the secret, but I will say, you won’t be disappointed when things come out. It’s big. A lot of novels do that thing where
KarenJo Custodio
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dangerously sexy and addictive, Lead the Way was an absolute page turner romance that made my heart ache and race at the same time.

With plenty of drama, conflict, intrigue, steam and a hint of suspense, this book was such an utterly thrilling and wonderful love story. I loved Brittany Carter’s writing style. It was engaging, emotional, and captivating. My heart felt so heavy, but also filled with hope and happiness as I experienced everything the characters were feeling. I laughed and I swooned
LJ Simmons
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
GAH ... I'm swollen with swooning after this book! The anticipation had my heart racing. It's dangerously sexy and worth the read.

I pre-ordered this book back in February when it first came to my attention. I’m from the south and I love a good ole’ country boy romance, but this was … wowza.

The descriptive small town they live in is brought to life in a way that made me feel like I lived in Woodland County myself. Besides the beautiful scenery of the book, the main characters are ying and yang b
Savannah Miles
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So, I've been reading some of the other reviews for this book, and 99% are good reviews. The one bad review that I did come across did not hinder me from reading this, and I'm so glad I didn't take her review to heart because I would have hated myself for missing out on this!

This book is based off of a small southern town which I am also from. The black sheep concept is more realistic in small towns than bigger ones, and I believe that has a lot to do with the one reviewer not understanding. Wh
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m not the best at writing reviews because I don’t want to accidentally leave spoilers.

This was so heart warming with a little heat break.

Melody has had a tough time, her pearents being killed her brothers looking after her. And her oldest brother still treating her like a 5 year old.

I love how bold she is. She’s so forward and damn anyone who gets in her way.

Thane comes across a sad lonely man who had a terrible childhood, and wanted what the family next door had. A loving family, happines
Sunny Shelly Reads
When the world is against them, will love lead the way for Melody and Thane?

This was a really enjoyable second-chance romance with a twist of suspense. Thane has tried so hard to put his past behind him, and Melody can’t seem to escape hers. Their lives are forever connected, but not necessarily in a good way.

He has built some pretty big walls around his heart, and rightfully so. There’s an nice push/pull between the characters as Melody tries to get past his boundaries and prove to Thane that h
Brittany Dees
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing

The way she ties Arkansas to Louisiana and uses experiences from her own life growing up just constantly draws me in. I am always looking forward to her next book. Seriously a great read. Kept me intrigued the whole time!
book junkie
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book the chemistry between Melody and Thane is felt from the first moment they met.
I was unable to put the book down as I wanted to see what happens next and I hope the other characters get to tell their story in their own books.
Love this author !
Angela Dawson
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Loved reading this book! I got so caught up in the lives of the characters and couldn’t put this book down!
Tammi Nowlin
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sultry Southern Romance

Lead The Way by Brittany Carter was a great read. She brought to life the many feelings of an unprotected, abused child dealing with a pedophile father, building concrete walls around his own heart. One could envision the agony he endured growing into his manhood only to have a strong woman bring him out of the darkness. I wanted to keep reading. Very deserving of 4 stars as she conveyed the hush hush Southern ways of life and the love of family. I would definitely recomme
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Received from Xpresso Book Tours

In the start, the book reads like a classic romance, but I was very surprised by the depth and the issues that the story dealt with. It was amazingly done. :)

Melody's parents were murdered and for some reason, her brothers always blamed the neighbors' kid, even after he was cleared by the police. She comes home from college, for she hoped will be carefree summer. Thane neighbors kid comes back after ten years, because of the death of his father and the entire town
Julie Hoag
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! It's a sweet hot read perfect to enjoy this summer while by the pool or on the beach. The romance is delicious, a forbidden love that is wholly passionate, it will grip you in its sexy claws and leave you fully satisfied. I loved Thane as a character, he was sweet, brooding, hot, sexy, and devoted. Melody was a sweet character who never gave that. This irresistible story will entertain you and make you swoon will love it! There was great tangible suspense to ...more
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Can I keep you?”

Melody is back home for the summer. Her next door neighbor, Thane, is also home. His father just passed and he needs to sell their house. Thane will forever be the black sheep and “murderer” but Melody doesn’t believe it. Will she risk everything to clear Thane’s name to be with him? Or will the things she uncovers make her run?

This was everything I want in a romance book. I felt all the emotions in this book. I laughed, I cried, I felt angry and hurt and happy. It’s hard to b
Brittany Carter
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
A little something from the author ...

Thank you to everyone that read (or is reading) LEAD THE WAY. Whether you liked it or not, I appreciate the honest review! Reviews are one of the keys to getting sales, and that's all an author ever wants is for their book to be liked! <3
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