Hissy Fit (The Southern Gentleman #1) by Lani Lynn Vale
He is the one that never looks her way.
He is handsome and strong.
He is rough around the edges and mean.
He is everything she’s ever wanted.
He doesn’t even know she exists.
Her life is a joke.
She doesn’t step on cracks in the sidewalk.
She laughs at inappropriate times.
She talks when she shouldn’t.
She is clumsy and trips on air.
She is finally on his radar.
God help her now.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
My first though about this books was “Yay, a brand new series by an amazing author! I can’t wait to get started!” Second thought was, “Wait. What? Southern Gentlemen?!? That’s not what we do! We have bad boys, and we like them!” I have to say, I pouted a bit, thinking that a gentleman could never match up the LLV’s boys, then I got over myself, and started reading. And boy, was it a ride! Different? Sure. But I couldn’t help but love this story! Ezra and Raleigh were such a cute couple! And absolutely perfect for each other!
Raleigh is a teacher, in a small southern town. Everyone knows everyone, everyone went to school together, and everyone knows everyone else’s business, good and bad! She teaches high school in her home town, and wouldn’t have it any other way. But, simply put, Raleigh is a menace! As sweet and likable as she is, she’s beyond clumsy! It’s like she has a little black rain cloud over her all the time, and Murphy sits on her shoulder, waiting to embarrass her. But she also considers herself invisible, a wallflower, someone who sits on the sidelines of life, watching it go by. Until, one day, her clumsiness puts her front and center, right in front of the man that has had her attention forever, the same man who never even knew she existed!
Ezra is THAT guy! You know the one I’m talking about. He was the star football player in high school and college, then returned to his hometown to be the Football and Baseball Coach and most loved teacher. Literally, everyone loves him! But he is absolutely clueless! But that is what makes him so lovable! And when he realizes what is right in front of him, things go from 0 to 100! (I love insta-love!)
If I could sum this book up in one though, it’s that while Fate works in mysterious ways, she also works in her own time. Raleigh and Ezra grew up together, their entire lives, going to school together, being in classes together, and nothing ever happened. Until one day…… It’s absolutely crazy how things work out, but it sure makes for a fantastic story! I absolutely loved the connection between Ezra and Raleigh, how perfect they were together, how they balanced each other out, and how real they were! Neither were over the top bada**es, like you see in a lot of stories, but there was a level of realism, of sincerity and truthfulness to them that took this story to another level. I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed this book, and how I’m eagerly anticipating the next story! (On a side note, I totally adored Morgan, and hope we see more of him in the future, Maybe he will get his own HEA?!? )