Reading his future in a glass of sweet tea.
The youngest son of one of America’s richest families, Remy Merced is so busy trying to save his family company from collapse, he’s never taken time to figure out if he’s gay, much less if he’s happy. Then his meddling mama hires him an assistant who’s everything Remy thinks he doesn’t want. Cute Harper Treadwell, from rural Arkansas, is a brilliant business prodigy… and openly gay. His wit and charm could confirm Remy’s suspicions about his own sexuality almost instantly—if they weren’t both already partnered.
When Remy’s girlfriend and Harper’s boyfriend get a little too friendly, Remy finds that the path to happiness requires a long drive in an old Prius, a growing appreciation for small towns, and a whole lot of sweet tea. But before they can forge a future—they have to let go of the past.
Favorite Movies That Take Place in the South
Hi. Welcome. I’m so happy to be here celebrating the release of my new romance, LOVE YOU SO SWEETLY. This book starts in southern California like so many of my novels, but then moves to a rural town in Arkansas. I was actually born in the southeast, in Augusta, Georgia, although I left before I was a year old. Still, tons of southern relatives kept me very much in touch with my southern roots. You may know that I love movies second only to books so I thought I’d tie these themes together and share some of my favorite movies that take place in the south. Here they are in no particular order—
- A Streetcar Named Desire – this old movie is worth seeking out to see the astonishing and astonishingly sexy Marlon Brando as Stanley and Vivien Leigh as Blanche Dubois.
- In the Heat of the Night – they do call him Mr. Tibbs, and Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger make this tense and fascinating movie so timely for us today. The heat is another character.
- The Big Easy – Dennis Quaid with a bad accent and great abs plus Ellen Barkin make this movie a sizzler.
- The Long Hot Summer – While most people think of the Paul Newman/Joanne Woodward star turn, I’m particularly fond of a 1985 made for TV version starring Don Johnson and Cybil Shepherd.
- My Cousin Vinny – Containing one of the all-time best funny performances in movies, My Cousin Vinny can be watched over and over, especially to see Marisa Tomei.
- Django Unchained – In Tarantino’s top 5 in my opinion, the film is (of course) tough to watch, but still brilliant and funny in its marvelous excess.
- Gone With the Wind – No list would ever be complete without it.
There are some of my faves. There are many others, including most of Tennessee William’s plays made into movies. What are your favorite movies set in the south?
But he and Felicity hadn’t had sex in weeks. Shouldn’t he have a set of horns that would put Dasher, Dancer, and Prancer to shame? Hell, he was in his twenties. Even if he was sleepwalking, shouldn’t he be ready to stick his cock in anything female that passed within five feet of him? Wasn’t that the way most guys felt? Shit, these questions haunted the back of his brain all the time while the front worried about the business. And it wasn’t like he didn’t know why it worried him.
He sipped coffee and glanced at John Jack, who was smiling at his wife with open lust. It’d be nice to have somebody he trusted to tell him straight if he was undersexed or asexual, or…. He sighed softly. But he and John Jack didn’t have that kind of relationship. John Jack was seven years older and was more a product of Arkansas than California. He put a lot of store in “being a man,” and Remy was scared of what John Jack would say if Remy tried to get personal. Remy worked all the time, so everyone he knew was associated with the company, and since Remy was the boss, who the hell was he going to tell his troubles to?
His mama’s voice came from the direction of the kitchen, telling Nigel she’d like some more ice cream.
Felicity turned to Remy and leaned in. “I’m going to make my excuses. I’m too tired.” She put a hand on his arm. “Sorry, dear.” She kissed his cheek, rose, said a fast goodbye to Trudy and John Jack, and was gone before Mama even made it into the room.
Remy had a pretty good idea he shouldn’t be smiling.
Tara Lain believes in happy ever afters – and magic. Same thing. In fact, she says, she doesn’t believe, she knows. Tara shares this passion in her best-selling stories that star her unique, charismatic heroes — the beautiful boys of romance — and adventurous heroines. Quarterbacks and cops, werewolves and witches, blue collar or billionaires, Tara’s characters, readers say, love deeply, resolve seemingly insurmountable differences, and ultimately live their lives authentically. After many years living in southern California, Tara, her soulmate honey and her soulmate dog decided they wanted less cars and more trees, prompting a move to Ashland, Oregon where Tara’s creating new stories and loving living in a small town with big culture. Likely a Gryffindor but possessed of Parseltongue, Tara loves animals of all kinds, diversity, open minds, coconut crunch ice cream from Zoeys, and her readers. She also loves to hear from you.
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