July 20, 2017

Five Reasons Stubborn as a Mule by Juliette Poe is the PERFECT Summer Romance | Review|

Stubborn as a Mule (The Sex and Sweet Tea Series Book 2) by [Poe, Juliette]

Stubborn As A Mule

by Juliette Poe

Release Date: July 20, 2017

KBN Rating:


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.


This review is late.

I could give you the several little excuses as to why I’m late with this but they really aren’t worth a flip. The biggest reason might be worth a little flip, however, so I do want to share it with y’all.

This summer has found me at a personal crossroads with my blogging “career”. I began blogging as a way to heal from tragedy, connect with new book friends, and share the books I love with others. All of those reason still remain but there’s an invisible factor that makes an appearance every once in a while that stops me from being able to effectively do my duty as a blogger  – mood.

I find that when I’m reading a book, the feelings and emotions I’m feeling in real life often follow me into the story and if those feeling and emotions are sad, mad, or just plain unhappy, I can’t truly disappear into the world the author has created. Yes, there are some stories that carry me away no matter what’s happening in my crazy head, but those are the stories that I’ve already read and loved. Not ones that I’m reading for the first time and need to be giving my full head and heart to in order to enjoy.

So,  that super long (probably unnecessary) explanation is why my review is so late. I just wasn’t in the right head space to be carried away to Whynot even with all of it’s southern charm.

Eventually my mood lifted and I was able to read Lowe and Mely’s story and totally fall in love with them. So, without further ado, here are my five reasons why Stubborn as a Mule is the PERFECT Summer Romance.

…- well, that’s just a kind of special you can’t buy at Walmart.

1. The love story is sweeter than a glass of southern sweet tea.

Lowe and Mely’s romance is incredibly sweet. They both may be stubborn as mules but together they fit like a lemony sweet sip of sweet tea.

2. Not too hot.

While this story is incredibly sweet, it glosses over the hot stuff and allows you to use your own imagination to decide just how hot you want it to be. The steamy scenes are mostly implied but you’re given just the right amount of information to be satisfied without being scorched.


3. It’s funny.

The citizens of Whynot and their gossip mill had me laughing throughout this entire book. From Floyd going on a fun filled evening with Morri in Raleigh to Lowe taking a big bite of a not-cream-filled doughnut, this story has enough humor to keep you in stitches for hours.

4. There’s a hidden gem for Sawyer Bennet fans.

I’m not going to tell you when or where you can find this little hidden gem but if you’re a fan of a certain wicked series by this author, keep your eyes peeled while reading.

5. Lanterns.

The lantern festival is so descriptively written that you can close your eyes and almost feel the southern summer air on your skin. I was raised in an itty bitty town in Tennessee so this scene brought me back to my childhood and hot summer nights spent catching fireflies and floating on the river.

I give Stubborn as a Mule 5 out of 5 Krissy’s Stars!

This book is truly the perfect summer read in my opinion and I hope you’ll give it a read. Maybe it will lift your spirits as much as it did mine. 😉


*I was generously given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Add Stubborn as a Mule to your Goodreads TBR!



Juliette PoeJuliette 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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