Title: Sweet Home Carolina
Series: Lowcountry Lovers #3
Author: Kim Boykin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: May 10, 2014
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 5 stars
Source: Borrowed, Kindle Unlimited
Darcy Vance has sunk every cent she has into making Mimosa House the best bed and breakfast in Magnolia Bay. But the key to her success lies in the hands of the Historic Preservation Society run by the Bloom bitches who are embarrassed about their father’s connection to the storied house and they have no intention of validating it with a spot on the society’s registry.
After losing his PGA card, Trent Mauldin has come home to Magnolia Bay to lick his wounds and has no plans to stay. Until he falls for Darcy. Things heat up between the two until Trent’s good intentions to help Darcy go sideways. While Darcy works to save her house, Trent fights to win her back and keep her in Magnolia Bay for good.
Read on for my thoughts on Sweet Home Carolina. No true spoilers, promise.
I loved Sweet Home Carolina so much, but not only for the obvious hot love story. Darcy and Trent were so good together, hot, cold, angry, frustrated and all the emotions of figuring out exactly what love is – and how the heck you react to something you never planned on. But their story isn’t the only one I want to touch on in this review.
This story has a serious side story of girlfriend power. You know the girl code, right? If a guy hurts your girlfriend then all the gaggle of ladies will tar and feather him for her… that’s girl power code. There are six, no seven when you count in Darcy in our Magnolia Bay gaggle of girlfriends. Six die hard ladies who have taken in Darcy. Who freely admits that in her past professional or personal life she was a tomboy and never really played nice with the girls but now these girls have got her back. When the Bloom bitches, I mean old biddies, block every attempt to get Mimosa House on the Historical Tours of the Historic Preservation Society, Darcy is facing serious trouble making her dream of opening a Bed & Breakfast in the historic old former brothel. While an ancient beauty, Mimosa House is a black hole money pit and Darcy needs that tour spot in order to survive. When Trent’s father moves the entrance to his gaudy, Vegas styled Golf Resort next to the property line of Mimosa House again threatening Darcy’s livelihood, it almost destroys Darcy (and puts a bit of a damper on romance too).
During these heartbreaking, maddening and frustrating moments is when the six super ladies do what girls do best – come to the rescue of a member of the girl power circle. Descending with baskets of wine and food, the ladies take over Darcy’s down mood and bring her back to fighting mode – and come up with fantastic ideas as well. Girl power rules – no matter the age. I’ve read novels (we all have) with a best friend as a dominant secondary character and loved the relationship. This time, with this group of ladies – honestly, they took over the story for me, and I love their part in the overall story.
I’m sorry to say that while Trent was gorgeous, sexy and did things to a tool belt that should be illegal – he took second place to the group of ladies who made Darcy one of their own and brought resolution to most of the story.
Sweet Home Carolina is a beautiful story with so many Southern charms it’s hard to list them all. Trent and Darcy will fight themselves and each other over the attraction they have. And when outside forces butt in, that only adds to the frustration of a man who has no clue what being in love is – but he’s pretty sure he’s there. The fight for Mimosa House is told so well, it’s as though you’re watching a neighbor’s story from down the street play out in front of you.
If you are in the mood for a feel good story with romance, and a precious girlfriend gaggle of ladies who know how to kick serious butt – then this story is perfect for you. I love the Magnolia Bay and Lowcountry stories by Erika Marks and Kim Boykin, and Sweet Home Carolina by Ms Boykin is simply describing a small town that I can only dream of moving to. Yes, I’m gushing but I really did love this novel – and I’m hoping that you’ll give it a chance to become one of your favorites as well.
Available for the Kindle (and yes this shows an updated cover)