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A little bit about Jess.
Hi there! My name is Jess, and I’m a PNW country girl turned Edinburgh vet student. I run a romance book review blog over at Roses in Ink. I’m also a huge fan of quotes, and Charles Bukowski is one of my favorites. Thanks for taking the time to read my review, and make sure to keep up with me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
Now for her fabulous review.
Real Good Man takes us into the heart of Gold Haven, Kentucky, and the small town life that ensues there. There’s definitely a country girl hiding inside me, so I loved these as much as the rest of March’s books with these characters. Though this book and its sequel can definitely be read as standalone novels, there are two other series set in the lives of these characters. Nonetheless, Kentucky is as good a place to start as any! Read on and let me know in the comments or on social if you uncovered a hidden cowgirl as well!
Real Good Man in 85 Characters or Less
E-relationship between car restorer and NYC partier turns real in small-town KY
Full Plot Summary
Fall for a woman over text messages? No way in hell. Reality can never be as good at the fantasy, right? Wrong. It’s better.
Banner Regent is smart, funny, and she’s so far out of my league, she might as well be royalty.
I’m a mechanic from Kentucky. She’s a New York City party girl.
We were never supposed to meet, but one text started something neither of us saw coming.
How do you seduce the woman who already has everything?
Show her what it’s like to be with a real good man.
By Jess, Roses in Ink
Banner is a HOOT
With a name like Banner Regent, it’s not a surprise that there’s some humor following around this party girl. The mishaps that she finds herself in and both her and her friend’s reactions had me cracking up with laughter so much that I dropped my Kindle on my face…twice. It happens, folks. I don’t want to say too much on the stories (you’ll have to read and find out for yourself), but just prepare yourself for a good laugh.
What’s more, though, is how she handles some of the embarrassing situations. Yes, her methods are humorous, but they’re also insanely confident. She doesn’t care what other people think of her, she doesn’t care that she made a fool out of herself in a professional setting, and she doesn’t care that literally every eye in Gold Haven is focused on her. Banner’s admirable in her self-confidence, and it’s amazing reading about confident girls. They make you feel like you can be one.
Small Town Life Is…Unique
Nix just Banner, this whole book is going to make your tummy hurt. Gold Haven is pretty much exactly what you’d expect of a small town in the south: gossip mills like no other, mothers marrying their daughters off, and food. Lots of food. Poor Logan gets the brunt of all of this. He handles the attention and life he lives like the best of them, and it’s amazing how truly he sticks to his goals and ideals, but you can’t help but laugh at the situations he finds himself in as he tries to respect both himself and the women around him. Again, don’t want to say too much… read it!
Short Read Time – There’s a Sequel?
I feel like so many authors are tending to do this nowadays, and I understand how it could pay off from a business perspective, but it’s a pain for a reader to go through two short books with a cliffhanger in the middle instead of a longer but complete novel. Real Good Man had a Kindle read time of just over an hour and three-quarters, and it probably took me about an hour and a half, tops. Like many of March’s books, there was a cliffhanger at the end, and there’s an equally long sequel.
This may just be personal preference, but I’d have loved to read the entirety of Banner and Logan in one sitting, in one novel. I could have said this for some of the other books, but something about their story seemed exceptionally short to me. Anyone else feel this way?
Holy Hot Cowboys
Okay, Logan’s a car mechanic and restorer, but still…
Logan is the perfect southern gentleman the you’d expect out of a small town in Kentucky. He opens car doors for girls, pays for their meals, and says ‘ma’am’ and ‘sir’. He works with his hands and he’s humble, even though he’s a successful business owner. He’s caring and protective toward the people he considers family, including ones who have passed and ones struggling through personal issues.
Put him in the bedroom, and all the niceties fall to the wayside in favor of true manliness. Throughout the story, Banner gives examples of dates she’s been on with Manhattan men, and Logan blows all of those completely out of the water. That’s the point of the book, right? Show Banner what it means to be a real man? He absolutely nails that one on the head, and you’ll fall in love with Logan just as much as Banner does by the end of the book.
Meghan March is the USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen novels.
Meghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure. She’s also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she’s ever had. She loves hearing from her readers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meghan is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.