Lowe fights to win back his childhood home in ‘Stubborn as a Mule’ by Juliette Poe





Down in Whynot, NC, there are three things that hold true: 1) life moves just a little bit slower, 2) family means everything, and 3) you don’t mess with history.

When his family decides to sell a home that’s been part of their history for over a century, Lowe Mancinkus is madder than a hornet. To add insult to injury, the woman who purchased it is some fancy pants, city girl looking to fix it up and sell it off. Doesn’t matter that she’s sexy as hell or that just being near her gets his blood racing like never before. That home belongs to his family, or at least it did until she came to town.

Well that just won’t do, now will it?

From the moment that she laid eyes on the historical home in rural North Carolina, Melinda Rothschild knew Mainer House was something special. The perfect escape from life in New York City, Melinda signed the papers and set to work restoring the house to its natural beauty. That is until an angry Lowe showed up on her doorstep one day. With a scowl on his handsome, chiseled face. And a shotgun in his strong, muscular arms.

Is it getting hot in here?

Melinda’s about to get a lesson on life in the south, but Lowe is about to learn a lesson of his own – this city girl doesn’t back down from a fight.

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In this book, we follow Lowe as he struggles to try and make peace with the woman, Melinda, who is now the owner of his childhood home. There is a back and forth between the characters as they both want the home for sentimental reasons and neither are willing to compromise.

Lowe is that Southern good ole’ boy with the Southern charm that is going to melt your heart. Yeah, there are times when he does things without thinking (I mean whose not guilty at doing that) but overall he has a good heart that only wants what’s best for the house. Melinda is a typical New Yorker who is all about instant gratification and has a hard time seeing Lowe as something other then someone who is trying to ruin her life. Watching her melt into his arms is romantic and sweet and makes you want to go and find a Southern man.

I loved something that Poe did in this story with the Gossip Mill. Every few chapters or so, she would have a chapter that was titled ‘Gossip Mill’ via some third party character’s point of view. I found these chapters hilarious and entertaining because that is the South. They love their gossip and have no problem telling everyone and their mother about things that they found out.

The climax of the story is predictable. You will be likely to figure out who is going to cause the problem and the resolution is predictable as well, but it’s not in a bad way. Some people think that when you know what’s going to happen is a bad thing, but for me, it gives me a feeling of satisfaction because that means everything works out the way that it’s supposed to. Also, I like it when I can figure out what’s going to happen.

The pace is quick and fun and not one of those books that will have your heart wrenching after reading (and this is a good thing). The pace is what deterred me a little bit because we don’t see too much background to the characters and I would have liked to have seen it but I am ok that there wasn’t.

Rating: B-



Juliette Poe is the sweet and swoony alter ego of New York Times Best Selling author, Sawyer Bennett.

A fun-loving southern girl, Juliette knows the allure of sweet tea, small towns, and long summer nights, that some of the best dates end sitting on the front porch swing, and that family is top priority. She brings love in the south to life in her debut series, Sex & Sweet Tea.

When Juliette isn’t delivering the sweetest kind of romance, she’s teaching her southern belle daughter the fine art of fishing, the importance of wearing Chucks, and the endless possibilities of a vivid imagination.

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