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Southern Gentleman

(Charleston Heat #3)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  1,219 ratings  ·  278 reviews
I know two things when I meet my new boss, Greyson Parker Montgomery III.
One, he’s an egomaniac. And two, we’re going to get naked.
Something I didn’t know? That I’d end up pregnant.

No one is more surprised by our off-the-charts chemistry than me. I’m a free spirit with a passion for design and a taste for the bohemian. Greyson is a cocky venture capitalist who’s as pret
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 25th 2019 by Peterson Paperbacks (first published July 24th 2019)
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Southern Gentleman is book three in the Charleston Heat series by Jessica Peterson. This is my very fist book by Jessica. The books can definitely be read as stand alones. I fell so in love with ALL of the characters in this book. The main two, plus all of the secondary characters, which means I’ll need to go back and read the first two books!!

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By day, Julia Lassiter is a professor of twentieth century literature. She loves romance and one of her classes is specifically on just that. On the side,
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When you start a book review with a loss for words, it can either be a good thing or a bad thing. Let me tell you this is A Very Good Thing! This book stole my heart from page one. Going into this book I had a preconceived idea of how this story was going to play out. I was wrong. This book is everything you want but it is SO much more. It’s real! To know what I’m talking about you have to read it. You deserve to enjoy this story as much as I did. Believe me I want so much to discuss this book. ...more
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Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Here we are, back in the deep south once again with some of my favorite people!!...and food :)

I've been craving more from this series, possibly because I'm super excited to be traveling to Charleston myself this July. And I would be lying if I said that Jessica wasn't to blame for me to be heading to The Holy City. Ever since Charmer, I've been dying to experience the sights, the people, and most definitely the FOOD!

Don't worry guys, we get plenty more southern cuisine in Southern Gentleman!

Amy Dickinson
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

"She’s got a nuanced understanding of me. My story. The world."

There is just something about Jessica Peterson. Southern Gentleman is the third book I've read that she's written, and she's quickly setting herself apart as a romance writer with an intentional voice geared at socially-conscious romance.

As was the case with Southern Charmer and Southern Player, Southern Gentleman gives us a heroine with the internal fortitude to accept and love an imperfect hero. And Greyson is
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I needed this book so much. I had found myself in a book funk where it seemed every book I picked to read ended up being a slow burn. I have come to appreciate a slow burn some, however, they aren’t my favorites. So this, this book right here is exactly what I was looking for. If you want a steamy, sexy read then you came to the right place. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of feelings packed in it too. It has hate sex and making love. Opposites attract in the best way. Julia and Greyson go o ...more
Leisa Ann
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great book! I love a cranky male with a gooey center! This book handles real life issues in a real candy coating it. Relationships are hard and communication is key....what we think we are saying and what the other person hears might not always match up. Pregnancy and raising kids is hard. Life is hard. This book is a good reminder that when are surrounded by our “tribe” of friends, family, and a partner we can breathe a little easier and know that if we stumble someone in our tr ...more
Jessica Peterson
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Hey y'all! SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN is NOW LIVE and free in Kindle Unlimited! Grab your copy here!

SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN is a standalone romance in my bestselling Charleston Heat series. This is Julia and Greyson's story. If you like accidental pregnancy romances, enemies-to-lovers, and super hot hate sex, then I think you're going to like their book! It releases on July 25 directly into Kindle Unlimited!

Be sure to join my Facebook reader group, The City Girls, for exclusive excerpts and giveaways galore!
Jenifer Briggs
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Talk about some southern heat! Y'all. You need this book in your lives. It has everything you could want in a romance novel: witty banter, sexual chemistry, hot, growly alpha-male who doesn't think he deserves to be loved, and a feisty heroine who sees the deeper parts of our Growly Greyson (Totally just gave him a nickname) and a surprise pregnancy! Plus plenty of swoon worthy and steamy moments! Let's dig in!

When Julia and Greyson first meet, not only do the sparks fly, but so do the insults.
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
I am very fortunate to have visited Charleston, South Carolina, a few times and am just in love with the Charleston Heat series! The author expertly writes each chapter so that it captures the charm and uniqueness of this beautiful city and its residents, including at least four smoking hot and swoony men who live there–Ford is next y’all so look out for book 4, Southern Heartbreaker!

Southern Gentleman is so relatable…it features real people with real jobs, real families, and love stories that w
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Just. Wow.

If I could give this book ten amazing stars I would (but for some insane reason I’m limited to 5)!

Where do I start- amazing story, amazing characters and amazingly written.
It was beautiful, real, brutally honest, raw and of course, hot. So many writers create conflict for the sake of it to drive their characters apart and we all know the feeling at 70-80% through where we’re waiting for all hell to break loose and devastate us. What’s beautiful about Southern Gentleman is that any
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good, with so many things to appreciate. Greyson and Julia start out with this magnetic attraction to each other mixed with a banter that takes no crap as they trade barbs back and forth with each other. Julia is such a great character. I love how she is non-judgmental, embraces the people in her life, and doesn’t get hung up on societal expectations. Greyson is a bit buttoned up to begin with, but Julia helps him get past that pretty quick. Oh, and he is super-hot!
This book fol
Melanie Moreland
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved all the books of this wonderful series, but Greyson stole my heart.
Grumpy, gruff, and argumentative- and yes - growly, he found his perfect mate in the equally argumentative, sassy, Julia. I loved their chemistry, his misguided attempts at giving her what he thought she should have, rather than what she truly needed, then his sweet ways of making it up.
The sex was hot, the romance hotter, and Greyson - he lit up the pages.
5 huge want-to-find-me-a-Greyson-stars!
Katie Phillips
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It has been an incredibly long time since I've fallen so in love with a story, that as soon as I've finished the book, I've found myself starting it again.

Southern Gentleman has all the boxes on your favorite romance requirements checked off and more. Julia and Greyson, the stars of the story, finally meet and collide after both getting hired to work on the refurbishing of a local business. From the moment they are introduced, sparks fly. Both hard headed, they each refuse to back down from any
Carolyn Spence
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great story. An unexpected twist, well, maybe not, but it's enemies to lovers and Julia is quite the quick wit to Greyson's barbs. He's her boss, she works for him on a project, the sparks fly and things escalate quite quickly in the back of a Yukon. It's wonderful writing about all the ups and downs of what she's going through, quite detailed which brought back a lot of memories for me as the mother of three grown boys. Some of it's quite hilarious. You see some of your favourite charact ...more
Geornesha Jefferson-Clayton
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was blessed to receive an advanced reader copy of Southern Gentleman. Y’all, this book is amazing! It’s so real and raw! There’s a buildup and a growth in the characters. It’s lovely to see play out. The sex and the chemistry between Julia and Grey is phenomenal! If you love enemies to lovers and accidental pregnancy tropes, you’ll love this book!
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jessica Peterson fans, romance
3.5 Oh, That Thin Line Stars
* * * 1/2 Spoiler Free
You know the saying, "It's a thin line between love and hate." Well, Jessica Peterson took that idea and ran with it.
In her 3rd entry, Southern Gentleman (Charleston Heat, #3), she had her main characters frothing at the mouth with distaste for each other one moment and then had them hooking up with the best sex of their lives.

It was Addictive...
And then it became something else altogether different...

You see these two were thrown together to d
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my ya'll!!! Jessica Peterson absolutely knocked it out of the park with Southern Gentleman - it was just wonderful and amazing and I loved every minute of this story!!

Greyson......that man surprised me. I was expecting a total a*hole, but that softer side to him really snuck up on me. I knew that he would step up to the plate and take care of his own child, but the way he was there for Julia when she didn't expect it really made my heart skip a beat. And those texts - gah, I loved his textin
Melonie Fatchet
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Southern Gentleman hooked me right in to the story! I absolutely adored the perspective of Julia’s pregnancy. There are a million single mom or unexpected pregnancy romances available but this one is so unique. The experience is real, and true and relatable. At the same time, it is funny, awe inspiring and even brought a tear to my eye. The fresh perspective blended so well with the story line to make it even more endearing. This is the third book in the AMAZING Charleston Heat series, and I mus ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
This right here is the reason why I don’t like or read romances with characters that were married/engaged to OP, and/or obsessed by an ex. This Zero was just too much. He married OW because he loved her & because his family liked her & were close friends with her parents. He had the “perfect” fairytale marriage – only to find out later on that he fell out of love with her and divorced her. So we have a Zero who spends the entire story feeling guilty & miserable for breaking his ex-wi ...more
Jolene St Germain Triggs
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
OMG y'all, this book, I reckon it's slap yo' Momma good! For real, this book was so true and real and honest about love, in a way I haven't seen captured in quite some time. I mean, lots of books paint love with colorful words and sweetness and they focus on the absolute best parts about love. On the opposite side, sometimes we get sucked into a book where the hero and heroine suffer unbearable (and often unrealistic) challenges, and because its a romance, true love wins, blah blah the end. This ...more
Robin Sweeney
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pack my bags, I'm headed to Charleston STAT! this book was so steamy, I'm ready to move down south and find me a Southern Gentleman! I loved the growly Greyson and I thought Julia was the perfect match for him. Their story starts off with to alpha personalities who clash with how they work together but then crash into well a backseat! Forward a few weeks, throw in an accidental pregnancy and watch these two characters figure out life as adults, do it together, and all the while falling in love. ...more
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow wow wow!!!! I am swooning over Grey! I think Julia is really amazing as well. I love the brutal honesty between them. They balanced each other perfectly. He ended up being the perfect mate once the armor was taken down.
I really enjoyed reading the closeness of friends and family they each had.
I loved the nick name Charlie Brown.
All of the sweet gestures in the book from bringing pumpkin muffins to Julia’s class to cooking family recipes it was just perfect!! Without giving away all the se
Kelly Greer
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ohh this book! <3 I didn’t know it could get better than books 1 & 2!! You could totally read this as a standalone with no issues...but you really need to read Southern Charmer and Southern Player just because they’re amazing!!

Jessica’s books are SO compelling. I find myself DEVOURING them, and then feeling bereft (in the best way) when I finish, already wanting to read them again. This is no exception.

Going in, I had forgotten that these books are funny, too. “I always took you for the
-  Michelle Claypot_Reads
In the words of Britney - Oops she did it again!!!! Oh yes she did!!! Jessica Peterson has been a one click author for me for a while now, and her last book Southern Charmer was a six star read for me. But this one right here - Southern Gentleman has cemented her there FOREVER!!!

I binged this in one late night session & hubs says a HUGE THANK YOU for his 2am wake up call. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.... seriously though - it's heartfelt and hot and funny and filthy and EVERYTHING I love about s
Liz Booker
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
God this book is good.
I may elaborate at a later time.
I may leave this review simple as that.

This book was so good. I was overwhelmed. It was so real. The Hero was so humble; scared of letting anyone down and so he'd become a machine of sorts. But he let his guard down with the heroine unwittingly and she wormed her way into his heart without him really noticing. But when he finally decided to go all in with her, boy did he. Still trying to shield himself from the emotion of it all though and t
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Southern Gentleman is the third book in Jessica Peterson’s Charleston Heat series, and like the prior books in the series this one had me hooked. It was another book I finished in no time at all, demonstrating once again why Jessica Peterson is one of my favourite romance writers.

As with each of the books in the series, Southern Gentleman can be enjoyed as a standalone novel. I certainly recommend reading the prior books, though, as you get to see more of the characters from the prior books and
Cheryl Blackburn
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Simply Amazing, right down to the very end.
I was given the opportunity to read the Advanced copy to give my honest review. I honestly love Greyson and Julia's chemistry right off the bat. Jessica Peterson writes wonderful, sexy, flawed characters, just like I like them. I found myself laughing out loud and reading parts of the book to my husband. I loved every minute of this book to all things David Bowie, Peanuts to TDP.

Jessica gives you the sense of being in Charleston, South Carolina, and she
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
They couldn't be more different - Greyson Montgomery is cocky, buttoned up and use to getting his way, but when a work project partners him with the gorgeous, free spirited Julia Lassiter, their physical connection is instant and electric. They both know that they will have to play nice and shelve their intense attraction for the sake of the project, but damn that proves easier said than done. Jessica Peterson turns up the sizzle in the latest installment in the Charleston Heat series. 2 words: ...more
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it

Holy HOTness!!!!!

Okay, so I have two level of ratings for books I read: the tear rating and the flame rating.....Southern Gentleman gets the flame rating:


This book was HHHHHHOOOOOOTTTTTTT!!! Greyson and Julie had instant chemistry and shew....I had to keep a fan next to me to cool off!

After reading emotional draining books, Southern Gentleman helped with the book-hangovers I’ve been experiencing.
Nova  Brantley
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Seriously the whole divorcee thing was so over the top. Like get over it already. This quite boring. The same thing over and over. More lust than anything.
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Jessica Peterson writes smokin’ hot romance set in her favorite cities around the world. She grew up on a steady diet of Mr. Darcy, Edward Cullen, and Jamie Frasier, and it wasn’t long before she started writing swoon-worthy heroes of her own. She loves strong coffee, stronger heroines, and heroes with hot accents.

She lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband Ben and her smelly Goldendoodle, Martha

Other books in the series

Charleston Heat (4 books)
  • Southern Charmer (Charleston Heat, #1)
  • Southern Player (Charleston Heat, #2)
  • Southern Heartbreaker (Charleston Heat, #4)