Dixie’s back in her hometown, but she’s not looking for a reason to stay.
Four days. That's all I promise when I begrudgingly return to the water tower town of Kissing Creek, Tennessee. I have no plans to get tangled up in small town life—and I definitely don’t intend to take up where I left off with Deke McAllister. Then I bump into him and time melts away. A decade ago, his warm caramel eyes and sweet southern charm made it damn hard to leave. This time I’ll be sure to say good-bye.
Deke made his place in the world, then found his place in Kissing Creek.
It’s been ten years since I set eyes on Dixie Barnes. Now she’s back, making my tongue trip and short circuiting what’s left of my common sense, and jeopardizing my heart every time she’s in my arms. The girl’s only here for a few days, and she doesn’t plan to change her mind. Last time she left I didn’t go after her. I won’t make that mistake again.
Author’s Note: Heart of Dixie (Book Two of the Heart of Dixie trilogy) was originally released a few years ago, set in the fictional small town of Moreover, Tennessee. You may have read it. If so, you probably loved it. ::grins:: Spoiler alert, even authors sometimes need a do-over.
I was so in love with these characters and their history together, I decided to introduce the setting’s name change in a prequel novella of Dixie and Deke’s origin story and, well, got a little carried away while writing. Good news for you, right? Then I decided I wanted a bonus epilogue for y’all, and what do you know? Same thing happened. Now we have three books to binge.
Heads up, you hopeless romantics, Heart of Dixie ends with a cliffhanger, but you’re going to love the rest of Deke and Dixie’s story in Something to Talk About, which picks right up where this story leaves off.
3.5 Heart Review by Ashley
Oh man I don't think I was quite ready for the emotional punch Ruthie Henrick gave me with Heart of Dixie. This is small-town romance at its finest. I don't just mean the main characters falling for each other. I'm talking about Dixie falling for Kissing Creek and all that it is and isn't all over again after a decade away. The places, the memories, the people.
No one more than Deke. The boy she had to let go. The man she can't seem to get out of her head. I loved how he was there for her to give her what she needed as her past clashed with the present. But it was the push and pull, how they would get close and back away to preserve their hearts that had me clutching mine.
While things repeated themselves a time or two, I was still fully wrapped up in will they or won't they of it all. The tender moments were wonderfully balanced with steam and humor. But the way things were left hanging at the end...GAH! I can't wait to see what's in store for them next.
About the Author
Ruthie's an Arizona girl, married to her high school sweetheart and mama to three grown sons. She writes contemporary romance with heroes who make you swoon, yet might live right next door. She's a true romance junkie and a lifetime avid reader who spent far too much time shushing the voices in her head—until the day she sat at her keyboard to see what all those voices had to say.
She's a big fan of coffee and easy to cook meals, and country music songwriters, who she believes are some of the best storytellers ever. She loves chatting with other readers, sharing her favorite books and authors, and discovering those new to her. Go by and hang out with her on any of her social media!
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