Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck (Southern Eclectic, #0.5)
Carl and Marianne were high school sweethearts, loving the way only teenagers can—with no thought to logic or pride, just a bone-headed, optimistic frenzy of unicorns and hormones. That was all they needed. Or so Carl thought.Scared of being stuck in Lake Sackett, Georgia, like so many of her friends—without a real shot at a future or achieving her own dreams—Marianne panicked and bolted to college after stomping Carl’s heart into the high grass. But when she returns to Lake Sackett for the summer with her family after years away, she and Carl are drawn together like moths to a flame. As they rekindle their old romance and remember what it was like to be in love, they have to wonder: is this, finally, their real chance at happiness?Perfect for fans of Kristan Higgins and Amy E. Reichert, this warmhearted and witty love story introduces Molly Harper’s new Southern Eclectic series set in the small town of Lake Sackett, Georgia.

Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck (Southern Eclectic, #0.5) Details

TitleSave a Truck, Ride a Redneck (Southern Eclectic, #0.5)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 16th, 2017
PublisherPocket Star
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Novella, Audiobook

Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck (Southern Eclectic, #0.5) Review

  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    >4 absolutely adorable stars!!!The biggest problem with this book is it was just too darn short! Molly Harper sure knows how to create fabulous characters.... this was a sweet second chance love story about Marianne and Carl, I really adore both of these characters (although I would’ve liked more!)...This book was also an introduction to all these characters in this small Southern town... I am looking forward to reading this series and getting acquainted with all these fabulous characters! No >4 absolutely adorable stars!!!The biggest problem with this book is it was just too darn short! Molly Harper sure knows how to create fabulous characters.... this was a sweet second chance love story about Marianne and Carl, I really adore both of these characters (although I would’ve liked more!)...This book was also an introduction to all these characters in this small Southern town... I am looking forward to reading this series and getting acquainted with all these fabulous characters! Nothing beats small town romance, makes this city girl want to move to a small town....
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  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    January 1, 1970
    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.I didn't want this story to end! I was really excited to get my hands on this prequel novella to Molly Harper's Southern Eclectic series. The fact that I won this title in a Goodreads giveaway made it even a little nicer. I listened to the audiobook of another of Molly Harper's books earlier this year and really enjoyed it so I was really eager to give this new series a try. This turned out to be a very enjoyable read.This really fel This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.I didn't want this story to end! I was really excited to get my hands on this prequel novella to Molly Harper's Southern Eclectic series. The fact that I won this title in a Goodreads giveaway made it even a little nicer. I listened to the audiobook of another of Molly Harper's books earlier this year and really enjoyed it so I was really eager to give this new series a try. This turned out to be a very enjoyable read.This really felt like Marianne's story to me. Yes, there is some romance between Marianne and Carl but this was Marianne's tale. Marianne left the small town she grew up in when she went to college because she was looking for something more. She found what she thought she wanted and has a life she likes and what she thinks she needs as she comes home for a little while before going to law school.Marianne has a large and colorful family and they all live by each other. Some of her family works in the funeral industry and Marianne is there to help out since she is home for a while. She ends up putting some of her negotiation skills to use pretty quickly when a family can't decide how to handle a loved one's final wishes. It was fun to watch Marianne try to find her spot in her family and their business.When Marianne left the small town, she left Carl. It is pretty obvious right away that Carl and Marianne are still very attracted to each other. They have a lot of unresolved issues to work through since their break up was pretty rough but I thought that they really seemed to fit with each other.I would recommend this book to others. I will say that just as the romance started to get going the book ended. I guess the idea behind a prequel novella is to make readers want to start reading the series and I can say that this novella accomplished that goal because I do want to find out what happens next. Anyone who enjoys a fun romantic story filled with humor and great characters will enjoy this one. I can't wait to read more from Molly Harper soon!I won a kindle copy of this book from a giveaway on Goodreads. Initial ThoughtsI didn't want it to end! Really...it was just getting to the good stuff and boom...it's over. It was a nice intro to the series. I thought it was fun and the characters were great. I had fun with it but would have really liked to see another chapter or maybe an epilogue.
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  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    January 1, 1970
    What a sweet ol read. I love her! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Molly Harper just knows how to write fun, feel good stories. Whether you are devouring one of her quirky paranormal romance stories or a sweet contemporary romance, you know you are going to be entertained!This new offering is a quick story that offers up a classic second chance romance. There is nothing like your first love, especially if it was the one that was supposed to be. But knowing you made a decision that haunts you doesn't make What a sweet ol read. I love her! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Molly Harper just knows how to write fun, feel good stories. Whether you are devouring one of her quirky paranormal romance stories or a sweet contemporary romance, you know you are going to be entertained!This new offering is a quick story that offers up a classic second chance romance. There is nothing like your first love, especially if it was the one that was supposed to be. But knowing you made a decision that haunts you doesn't make it easier to come home. Especially when that decision is waiting for you head on.Easy breezy with a wonderful lighthearted HEA, this book is just what you need for a quick pick me up. A lovely southern charmer.* copy received for review consideration
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  • Ian
    January 1, 1970
    (After reading Sweet Tea and Sympathy I've come to the conclusion that this prequel novella would be best read after reading that)A short and sweet Contemporary Romance about a woman returning home for the first time in a few years. It's kind of perfect. It has Molly Harper's trademark snark, it's entertaining and it's G Rated so you could give this book to your grandma without worrying too much.
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  • Jacqueline's Reads
    January 1, 1970
    3 Hitch a Ride Stars Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck is a novella and is a standalone. I would suggest reading the first book in the series first or plan to read it right after this one, only because you get more insight of the characters. Since this is a novella, I didn’t get a lot of character development and a lot of secondary characters were thrown at my face. It’s a little hard to follow, but there is a family tree at the beginning of book and if you use it, it will help you better. I’m starti 3 Hitch a Ride Stars Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck is a novella and is a standalone. I would suggest reading the first book in the series first or plan to read it right after this one, only because you get more insight of the characters. Since this is a novella, I didn’t get a lot of character development and a lot of secondary characters were thrown at my face. It’s a little hard to follow, but there is a family tree at the beginning of book and if you use it, it will help you better. I’m starting to like novellas because I feel like you get a little treat without committing to a full length book. The premise of the book is super cute. Carl and Marianne are high school sweethearts, but Marianne leaves Carl broken hearted as she leaves the small town for school.I love a good second chance novel and I was itching for some angst, tension and fights. Molly Harper writes charming, wholesome books. I usually read more New Adult, but I have nothing against slow burn novels, I think I would have preferred a little more interaction between the two main characters.I found myself wanting more Carl and Marianne, instead of Marianne’s interactions with everyone in the town. I liked Carl’s dismissive personality and his carefree attitude. I liked Marianne’s confusion towards Carl and I craved more of it. Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck is kind of like a prequel to what’s to come because EVERYONE is introduced into this book (or it seems like it). I felt like the introductions of characters was slightly more important than the two main character’s story. Regardless, I love a good small town read.An ARC was providedAMAZON - http://amzn.to/2zhd222READ as an...
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  • ☕ Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    Our story begins with Marianne McCready returning for the summer before starting law school in the fall. She isn't exactly excited about returning home but she is also having doubts about her life plan. An unexpected accident shares a brief encounter with her high school sweetheart, Carl. As feeling stir and Marianne deals with doubts about her career choice, we spend time with the McCready family as they handle the family businesses and celebrate Marianne's return the McCready way.Filled with l Our story begins with Marianne McCready returning for the summer before starting law school in the fall. She isn't exactly excited about returning home but she is also having doubts about her life plan. An unexpected accident shares a brief encounter with her high school sweetheart, Carl. As feeling stir and Marianne deals with doubts about her career choice, we spend time with the McCready family as they handle the family businesses and celebrate Marianne's return the McCready way.Filled with laughter, shenanigans, potato salad, town gossips and some unexpected heartfelt moments, Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck reminded me why I love this series and crazy family.  Since I'd already read book one, I can tell you reading this isn't necessary, but it offered up a cute romance, introduced key characters and delivered a story I enjoyed. It offers a  great taste for the series.The romance was a second chance, and Harper did a wonderful job of sharing their backstory. While the romance didn't get a lot of page time since this is a novella, it did offer all the warm and fuzzy feelings. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer
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  • Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
    January 1, 1970
    Just sheer perfection. Yes, it was short and I wanted a hell of a lot more. But honestly, I got all the feels in this book. In a short time, I was totally invested in these characters. Molly has a way of writing that is simply effortless and shows a talent many can only dream of. I can’t wait for the next book. I do hope though that we get more of this couple. I want to know where life takes them.
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    I had read some of Molly’s other books a while ago and this synopsis + her name had me eager to read this. I liked Marianne and Carl well enough. They’re both good people with an interesting past. There are a lot a lot a lot of characters and it seemed like we got the backstory on every single person who was mentioned. I especially liked Frankie and Duffy. Plot wise, it felt like a lot of tell and not show. I didn’t really see the chemistry between Marianne and Carl and the few conversations the I had read some of Molly’s other books a while ago and this synopsis + her name had me eager to read this. I liked Marianne and Carl well enough. They’re both good people with an interesting past. There are a lot a lot a lot of characters and it seemed like we got the backstory on every single person who was mentioned. I especially liked Frankie and Duffy. Plot wise, it felt like a lot of tell and not show. I didn’t really see the chemistry between Marianne and Carl and the few conversations they had didn’t seem like enough of a basis to practically get married.Overall, I feel like this story would have been better as a full length. There was definitely promise, but it moved a bit to quickly for me to really enjoy it. However, it was a quick, fun read and I am interested in other books in the series. **Huge thanks to Pocket Star for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck was the hush puppy to the big catfish buffet that's about to happen when the rest of Molly Harper's new contemporary series, Southern Eclectic hits the bookshelves. This novella did what all starters for new series should. It set up the town and the people in it. Wither Harper is writing about vampires, naked werewolves or other plain Jane humans in some of her other contemporary romances the flavor is the same. Heart. Snark. Laughs. Sexy. Save a Truck, Ri 3.5 stars Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck was the hush puppy to the big catfish buffet that's about to happen when the rest of Molly Harper's new contemporary series, Southern Eclectic hits the bookshelves. This novella did what all starters for new series should. It set up the town and the people in it. Wither Harper is writing about vampires, naked werewolves or other plain Jane humans in some of her other contemporary romances the flavor is the same. Heart. Snark. Laughs. Sexy. Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck was an enjoyable fast read that has me wanting more from the Southern Eclectic series. I recommend it to Harper fans (no fangs or fur required).
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    Save A Truck, Ride a Redneck Southern Eclectic, Book .5 I Picked Up This Book Because: I’m a fan of Molly Harper’s writing. The Characters: Marianne McCready: Carl Dawson: Pretty much all of Lake Sackett The Story: This book serves as our introduction to Lake Sackett, a small town in Georgia. Marianne is heading back for the summer after basically fleeing small town life and all its trappings for a pre-law degree. The main trapping being Carl Dawson. Lake Sackett is full of characters a Save A Truck, Ride a Redneck Southern Eclectic, Book .5 I Picked Up This Book Because: I’m a fan of Molly Harper’s writing. The Characters: Marianne McCready: Carl Dawson: Pretty much all of Lake Sackett The Story: This book serves as our introduction to Lake Sackett, a small town in Georgia. Marianne is heading back for the summer after basically fleeing small town life and all its trappings for a pre-law degree. The main trapping being Carl Dawson. Lake Sackett is full of characters a lot of them seem to be in the McCready family. The beginning of this book made me think about Sweet Home Alabama but the references do not carry far. While I like the characters we are introduced to there sure are a lot of them. For a story that is about 116 pages I feel like we meet a new person every other page for most of the book. I like the direction that Marianne and Carl’s story took and I see so much potential in the stories from the other characters.I look forward to the shenanigans that are sure to happen in this town. The Random Thoughts: The Score Card: 3.25 Stars
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  • Robin Reynolds / October Woman
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first time reading Molly Harper, but I've seen her name here and there. Browsing Netgalley one day the title caught my eye, and when I saw the author's name I decided it was time to try her out so I requested it, and a big thank you to the publisher for accepting my request! This is a sweet second chance romance. Marianne is interesting and self-deprecating. She hightailed it out of her small town to go to college, and Carl was left behind with a broken heart. It's been many many year This is my first time reading Molly Harper, but I've seen her name here and there. Browsing Netgalley one day the title caught my eye, and when I saw the author's name I decided it was time to try her out so I requested it, and a big thank you to the publisher for accepting my request! This is a sweet second chance romance. Marianne is interesting and self-deprecating. She hightailed it out of her small town to go to college, and Carl was left behind with a broken heart. It's been many many years since I was Marianne's age, but I could relate to the feeling of needing to get away from the place where you grew up. Lately my catnip is small town stories and/or cowboys. Carl isn't a cowboy, but he had many of the attributes that those heroes usually have, though I wasn't sure at first how I felt about him. Wearing shirts with the sleeves torn off...he didn't exactly appeal to me. But he quickly grew on me. Marianne has a lot of family and I had a little trouble keeping track of them all, but I really liked her brother Duffy and her cousin Frankie. I'm hoping that future books in the series will feature them. I'm not generally a big fan of novellas, just because I like to get more story than the shorter form allows. Marianne and Carl's new, or resumed, relationship was a bit sudden, and I would've liked to spend more time watching them get to know each again after being apart for four or so years. But I loved their interactions, and I laughed out loud a few times. A quick and enjoyable read, and I'm interested now to see how much deeper Ms. Harper goes into her characters in a full length novel. She certainly seems to be popular, with over four thousand followers on Goodreads! I'm glad I gave her try!
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  • Cyndi
    January 1, 1970
    Marianne is called home by her mother. She has tried to avoid the handsome boy she left whenever she came home over the years. But she knows she will have to face him on this trip. Its a cute little love story that works through one romance while setting up others for later books.
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  • Mandi Schreiner
    January 1, 1970
    Romance is super rushed and falls flat. Otherwise I loved the heroine and the small town.Review to come
  • Sascha
    January 1, 1970
    It's been years since I read a book by Molly Harper. But the names of authors who make me laugh OUT LOUD always stick with me so when I saw a new title with her name attached to it, I was on it.Save a Truck Ride a Redneck has all of the quirk I expect from a Molly Harper novel and eccentric characters, but it also has a love for the small town lifestyle and the idiosyncrasies that go with it.Marianne's family who runs a funeral home/bait shop (yep, doesn't that make you want to read it right the It's been years since I read a book by Molly Harper. But the names of authors who make me laugh OUT LOUD always stick with me so when I saw a new title with her name attached to it, I was on it.Save a Truck Ride a Redneck has all of the quirk I expect from a Molly Harper novel and eccentric characters, but it also has a love for the small town lifestyle and the idiosyncrasies that go with it.Marianne's family who runs a funeral home/bait shop (yep, doesn't that make you want to read it right there?) lives in a compound of sorts. Family is never far away. Carl, who is best friends with Marianne's brother Duffy, is now pretty much a member of the family too.Even though years have gone by, Marianne is still drawn to Carl; it's reciprocated. In fact, this has one of the hottest scenes, rich with swoon and steam, without sex, that I have read in a long time.The only drawback that I found with Save a Truck Ride a Redneck is that it's a novella so I didn't get to spend as much time with Marianne and Carl (especially the delicious Carl) that I would like. However, Harper manages to put so much in this novella that I never felt cheated as far as a real story and characterization (except for wanting more Marianne and Carl!). Typically that's my main complaint with many novellas, but I didn't have it here.Save a Truck Ride a Redneck falls under women's fiction so for those of you who hang back from reading romances, you might want to give this a try. While there is some romance with Marianne and Carl, there is a lot of family and relationships and humor. If you need some quirk, snark, and humor, this might just do it for you.Fun times!I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Debbie Oliphant
    January 1, 1970
    I really like this author. I made the mistake of reading Sweet Tea and Sympathy first. This book was like a delicious appetizer preceding an incredible meal. I love this family and I can tell that there are more stories to tell.Marianne has left her little town to go to college. She leaves behind her true love, Carl, but she breaks up with him before her departure because she is under the impression that he wants a commitment of marriage which will hinder her plans to become a lawyer. After year I really like this author. I made the mistake of reading Sweet Tea and Sympathy first. This book was like a delicious appetizer preceding an incredible meal. I love this family and I can tell that there are more stories to tell.Marianne has left her little town to go to college. She leaves behind her true love, Carl, but she breaks up with him before her departure because she is under the impression that he wants a commitment of marriage which will hinder her plans to become a lawyer. After years in college, she wants to spend the summer at home before going to law school. She bumps into Carl and all those little feelings ignite again, but Carl has his walls up because she broke his heart. Carl is proud and grew up in poverty while Marianne had a more privileged upbringing. He had assumed that she rejected him because he was poor. Carl, too, has changed since Marianne left, he is an owner of his own business and he has a home that he is proud of. The two can't seem to stay away from each other but continue to be cautious. Can Carl forgive Marianne for breaking his heart? Marianne is also readjusting to life back home and her family is so quirky and eccentric but loveable. She also gets some heartbreaking news that prompts her to make decisions with her own future. This story made you want more and I cannot wait for the next installment.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Almost didn’t add this one because I was too embarrassed by the name, but was classic Molly Harper humor wrapped comfort reading.
  • Jane Stewart
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars for the series. A nice escape - being in a small town for a while.This review is for all four books.I’ve read two Molly Harper books in the past and was not wowed enough to buy more. They were both told in 1st person. But when I saw this new series being told in 3rd person I thought I’d try it. And yes, I really enjoyed it. Why is it that I feel like I can relax and enjoy a 3rd person book, but 1st person seems stressful?The setting is a small lakeside town in Georgia. There is a romant 4 ½ stars for the series. A nice escape - being in a small town for a while.This review is for all four books.I’ve read two Molly Harper books in the past and was not wowed enough to buy more. They were both told in 1st person. But when I saw this new series being told in 3rd person I thought I’d try it. And yes, I really enjoyed it. Why is it that I feel like I can relax and enjoy a 3rd person book, but 1st person seems stressful?The setting is a small lakeside town in Georgia. There is a romantic relationship in each book, but there is more of an emphasis on the town and things happening to various characters than on romance. I liked the way this was done.You can read each book as a stand-alone except for Book 1.5. That book is the beginning of Book 2. You will be unhappy if you read 1.5 without continuing on to 2. But you can read Book 2 without 1.5. In the first three books there were no sex scene details, but maybe a few references to “staying the night.” The fourth book had two sex scenes, briefly described, no body parts named.Book #0.5 Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck - 3 starsnovella, 136 pagesCarl the auto mechanic and Marianne who recently graduated college with plans to go to law school. Nice story but I wanted more relationship development.Book #1 Sweet Tea and Sympathy - 4 ½ stars307 pagesMargot lost her job as an event planner in Chicago. She comes to Lake Sackett for a while at the request of relatives. She meets her biological father Stan and Kyle the elementary school principal.Book #1.5 Peachy Flippin’ Keen - 3 starsnovella 75 pagesFrankie the female coroner and funeral home director meets Eric the new sheriff, formerly a cop in Atlanta. Someone has been playing mean pranks and vandalizing the family business - funeral home and bait shop. When I read this I was angry at the way the story stopped. But I soon learned this is the first chapter for the next book #2. So plan to read them together.Book #2 Ain’t She a Peach - 4 ½ stars304 pagesContinuation of the story about Frankie, Eric, and the vandalizing of the funeral home - and other things going on in town.AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:Amanda Ronconi narrated all four of these, and she did a fine job. I think she changed the way she does voices, since she was not good in a couple other books that I listened to.DATA:Narrative mode: 3rd person. Swearing language: mild and rarely used. I think the f word was used once. Sexual content: mild. Setting: current day Lake Sackett, Georgia. Copyright: 2017 and 2018. Genre: womens fiction with romance.
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  • Under the Covers Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    I read this out of order as this is meant to be the prequel to the series, but it was totally fine.  This novella is packed full of southern charm and Ms. Harper's fun writing style.  For some reason, in contemporary romance it works for me.SAVE A TRUCK, RIDE A REDNECK is a second chance love story about high school sweethearts.  Marianne didn't want to get stuck in her small town after high school so she dumped Carl and went off to the big city to become a lawyer.  She wanted nothing to do wit I read this out of order as this is meant to be the prequel to the series, but it was totally fine.  This novella is packed full of southern charm and Ms. Harper's fun writing style.  For some reason, in contemporary romance it works for me.SAVE A TRUCK, RIDE A REDNECK is a second chance love story about high school sweethearts.  Marianne didn't want to get stuck in her small town after high school so she dumped Carl and went off to the big city to become a lawyer.  She wanted nothing to do with the family business and nothing to do with becoming like some of the other women her age.  Married, pregnant and stuck.  Now she's back in town to visit her family and has to face the issues and emotions from before.While this wasn't a perfect story and Marianne got on my nerves a little bit, it was a sweet read and it delivered what I was looking for from this series.  I think it has quite a bit of family dynamics so it's not all focused on the romance, which I think was great.  Probably the connection and the romance could've been better but it was nice.I'm really excited for Frankie's book now.  I'm so close to getting to it and I think she'll be my favorite for sure.Reviewed by Francesca❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤
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  • Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
    January 1, 1970
    It's cute, short, not raunchy at all, which by the title, I totally thought there would be something... so it's safe to pass it off to your mom or friend and not feel like a dirty person. Now, it's very short, so you can read it all in one sitting. Which I liked! I got the whole story at once and I didn't have to drive myself crazy wondering what would happen next while I was at work.Marianne is s sweet character, I would've loved for more character development between her and Carl but with the It's cute, short, not raunchy at all, which by the title, I totally thought there would be something... so it's safe to pass it off to your mom or friend and not feel like a dirty person. Now, it's very short, so you can read it all in one sitting. Which I liked! I got the whole story at once and I didn't have to drive myself crazy wondering what would happen next while I was at work.Marianne is s sweet character, I would've loved for more character development between her and Carl but with the book being so short, I think it was great! This was my first time I've ever read this author and I found I really liked it. I love cute romance novels and it's rare to find any without sexy times. *I won this through a Goodreads Giveaway*
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  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    See the full review at HarlequinJunkie.comMolly Harper can get me giggling like no one else and that’s exactly what happened with Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck. From the hilarious title to the sweet cover to the wonderful people we met along the way, this novella kicked off the Southern Eclectic series in style.It goes without saying that Molly Harper’s newest release is funny, snarky, and filled with a lot of heart. So even though this didn’t take place in our beloved Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky– See the full review at HarlequinJunkie.comMolly Harper can get me giggling like no one else and that’s exactly what happened with Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck. From the hilarious title to the sweet cover to the wonderful people we met along the way, this novella kicked off the Southern Eclectic series in style.It goes without saying that Molly Harper’s newest release is funny, snarky, and filled with a lot of heart. So even though this didn’t take place in our beloved Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky–and it’s contemporary, not paranormal–Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck was still a sassy Southern romance. This time it was set in small town Lake Sackett, Georgia which had its own fair share of offbeat, completely likable characters. Read More
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  • Pandora Black
    January 1, 1970
    le titre est merveilleux mais n'a rien à voir avec la choucroute, cela étant, c'est mignon je lirai la suite ;)
  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars! I loved getting to know Marianne and her big, crazy family. Great storyline, great characters, and great narration. Can't wait to read more from this author :)
  • Malinda
    January 1, 1970
    4-4.5 starsThis was a really enjoyable story. I liked both Carl and Marianne and was happy to see them work things out.Marianne is a law student who has finished with pre-law and is planning to go on to law school. Marianne came from a small town and has been determined to escape it but lately has been thinking her future plans aren't as great as she always thought.Carl is a mechanic and owner of the local garage. Carl came from a horrible family and was befriended by Marianne's brother and then 4-4.5 starsThis was a really enjoyable story. I liked both Carl and Marianne and was happy to see them work things out.Marianne is a law student who has finished with pre-law and is planning to go on to law school. Marianne came from a small town and has been determined to escape it but lately has been thinking her future plans aren't as great as she always thought.Carl is a mechanic and owner of the local garage. Carl came from a horrible family and was befriended by Marianne's brother and then the rest of her family. He's made a good life for himself but still is rather reserved.I wont go in to too much details to avoid spoiling things (since this is a very short story) but I will say that I liked the set up, the characters and thought that Harper did her normal, high quality story crafting. Things came together quickly but believably and ended in a good way, with Marianne and Carl starting to rebuild their relationship and heading towards and eventual HEA together.This was a really enjoyable story and I would recommend it. :)* note - I listened to the audio version of this story and the narrator did a very good job.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    Proving that rednecks can be just as sexy as vampires and werewolves.
  • Sophia
    January 1, 1970
    After encountering the McCready family of Lake Sackett, Georgie in Frankie's novella, Peachy Freaking Keen, I wanted to go back and read the earlier stories about Margot and Marianne. Imagine my delight when I got the opportunity to 'borrow' a book through Simon and Schuster's XOXO After Dark page and the prequel novella with Marianne's story was on offer.Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck is the first installment of the Southern Eclectic series. It's a coming home story for Marianne who ran off from After encountering the McCready family of Lake Sackett, Georgie in Frankie's novella, Peachy Freaking Keen, I wanted to go back and read the earlier stories about Margot and Marianne. Imagine my delight when I got the opportunity to 'borrow' a book through Simon and Schuster's XOXO After Dark page and the prequel novella with Marianne's story was on offer.Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck is the first installment of the Southern Eclectic series. It's a coming home story for Marianne who ran off from her country beginnings to the big city as fast as she could get. She didn't want to become the cliche and had big plans. Now, after finishing law school and being guilted home by her mother, she finds herself at a crossroads. So many things that she pushed away about her family, her hometown, and the guy she stomped on his heart and left behind draw her more than law school and city life ever could.I enjoyed how Marianne works through what she really wants while the fun and zanyness of the McCready's and Lake Sackett surround her. The heart and the laughter and togetherness in this small town setting and woman are told so well.And, Carl, the boy turned man who was left behind? He was fabulous. Yes, she broke his heart and he wants to stay clear of her, but he's not cruel or dramatic about it. No, he tells her that he wanted her to have her dreams and never would have stopped her- which she knew, but he wanted to be there with her until she rushed off and left him behind with no explanation because she was young and scared. The man he is now after a hard childhood had me looking at Marianne like she was the worst kind of stupid for ditching that stuff when she could have had her career and Carl, but then she wised up so that's alright.So, I was glad to go back to the beginning for Marianne's second chance story. It was cute and fun and heartwarming- a good lead in for the rest of the series. Now, I must snag Margot's book. Recommended for small town romance lovers.
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  • Kellison
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars.Very cute story, and I would have gladly continued on just following them living their lives once Marianne got her head on straight again. It was rushed, due to the novella length, which lost it some star-age. I would have enjoyed some more angst and a more thorough resolution to the issues between the characters, and given that the next book in the series takes place years down the road I feel like I could definitely have had more time with these characters in this time period. Like, 3.5 Stars.Very cute story, and I would have gladly continued on just following them living their lives once Marianne got her head on straight again. It was rushed, due to the novella length, which lost it some star-age. I would have enjoyed some more angst and a more thorough resolution to the issues between the characters, and given that the next book in the series takes place years down the road I feel like I could definitely have had more time with these characters in this time period. Like, the storyline involving Marianne's dad being sick is barely touched on, and that's a pretty big plot point to just glance upon. Also, the other romantic interest is done away with practically within pages of her introduction, and then that whole relationship is never explained adequately. Why does Carl light up so much in her presence? Honestly, I could have done with less description of the deer and the accident at the beginning if I'd have had more time with Carl as compensation.
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  • Ines
    January 1, 1970
    Carl and Marianne were high school sweethearts, but Marianne breaks Carl's heart when she moves away to be a lawyer. After a few years she comes back to realise maybe she misses home more than she initially thought. This is a short nice read, possibly perfect for a commute.
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  • Llaph | No Frill | No Shill
    January 1, 1970
    Ah this book was so cute I can’t wait for the first full novel in this seriesHarper always seems to straddle the line for me when it comes to funny and too funny. Her descriptions and imagery for the characters are always spot on.I find that I really want to learn more about this weird little clan and their interesting businesses
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  • Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
    January 1, 1970
    Cute novella to start off this series.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsChallenges:♥ Pass the Parcel Round 10: Week #10 - Read a shorter book with 100-200 pages
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