Title: Southern Comfort: Chandler’s Story (The Southern Series)
Author: Shelley Stringer
Published Date: March 24th 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
SOUTHERN COMFORT is the first of three books in the SOUTHERN Series…Romance, Paranormal Intrigue, Abduction, Murder, and Eternal Love.
Southern Comfort immerses the reader in the essence of southern Louisiana culture, history, voodoo and folklore. The supernatural story takes a back seat to the romantic story line between the protagonist, Chandler Collins, and the handsome dark-haired Navy SEAL, Banton Gastaneau.
When a car accident takes the lives of her parents, Chandler leaves the sheltered world of small-town Texas and moves to southern Louisiana. There she settles near her only remaining family – her aunt, uncle and cousins and plans to finish college at LSU.
Through the purchase and renovation of an old antebellum house near campus, she meets two neighbors, ex-Navy SEALs Banton Gastaneau and John Calder, who appear to have a hidden agenda and seek much more than a casual friendship with Chandler. As Chandler works on a writing project and unlocks the secrets of the old house and local folklore, she is drawn into a world where blood-drinking Orcos, Sange-Mele half-breeds, Aldon protectors and spirits exist.
As Banton’s interest in Chandler moves from friend to protector to lover, the story moves from Chandler’s spirit-filled house to the college campus in Baton Rouge, the French Quarter in New Orleans, and the underground sewers of the city where Orco terrorists plot to destroy the SEAL team now protecting Chandler, endangering Chandler’s life.
The author tied several things together in her books and made a story that was both believable and unbelievable at the same time. Believable because it felt like you were a part of the story and unbelievable because of how invested the reader becomes in the characters and plot. I love how she could describe the Orco’s in one breath and then a cute little clothing store (Ev’s) in another. It was so smooth flowing and fun to read that the reader lost track of all time, all things going on around them and any sense of responsibility. (I fell victim to this). The ending was a good one, but left the reader on the edge of their seat wanting more and wanting it sooner rather than later. I am looking forward to reading book 2 and already know that I will need book 3 shortly after.
Make sure you add this book to your TBR list and you won’t be sorry at all. It is a roller coaster ride with friends that you think about long after you have finished the book. It is a journey that will leave you wanting more and more and even after that you will still think about the characters and the plot that Shelley Stringer just gave you. This is an author to watch out for as I see her going to amazing places with the books that she writes.
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