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Southern Comfort

Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
Series: Honkey Tonk Angels, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
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Summary

A man hiding from his past and a woman running from hers.

Two people from different worlds who know one another only from what they have shared in Facebook messages. They've never heard the other's voice, or seen a photo.

Analise Becke writes romance with western heroes, men she has dreamed up by combining the looks of her favorite western actor with the qualities she discovers in her online chats with the Texas rancher, Riley Morgan. She's cooked up more than a few fantasies about Riley over the last year, but knows them for what they are - fantasies of a lonely woman whose marriage is falling apart.

Riley looks forward to the online chats more than he is willing to admit but has never considered asking what she looks like. She's just an online friend. Yeah, they have a connection, but certainly not enough to even consider that a face-to-face meeting will spark anything other than a solidification of their friendship.

Riley Morgan and Analise Becke are in for a big surprise - actually a series of surprises. Their lives are about to be turned upside down as passion and danger come to Cotton Creek, Texas.

And they say nothing ever happens in Cotton Creek.

©2015 Ciana Stone (P)2016 Ciana Stone

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loved it

A good, romantic suspense with great cast of characters. The story is fast flowing and had me entertained from start to finish. The paranormal element towards the end took me by surprise even though I knew before starting it that it was an element of the book! There was no hint of it before it appeared and I was that emmersed in the story that the paranormal aspect felt like a weird, random addition. The twister tornado in the middle of a gun fight and hostage situation was completely over the top but great fun.
A good, entertaining read!

I voluntarily reviewed an audio review copy.

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Engaging and Interesting Start To A Series

I am a fan of Ciana's Cotton Creek stories and this one is the first in a spin-off series Honky Tonk Angels. Southern Comfort is about Riley Morgan a hardworking cowboy, an ex-star of the big screen and internet friend to Analise a writer of western romance.

In this book, we revisit some characters from previous books and learn more about them but Riley Morgan and Analise Becke are the main stars. Riley has returned to his hometown Cotton Creek, Texas leaving behind his days as Nate Bridges "Movie Star". He lives and works on his ranch surrounded by people to whom he's a friend and not a star. Analise made a friend in Riley on facebook while researching her books on cowboys, she has no idea that Riley was once Nate a star she has crushed on for years! Analise's husband has been unfaithful for years, their marriage is over. So now that her son is settled in college she going to divorce him. She withdraws half the money from accounts held by her husband offshore, this she puts in trust for their son. She also withdraws half of their two joint saving accounts all this totals sixty million. What she doesn't know is that the off-shore money belongs to the mob and that they want it back.

Analise has bought an RV and after a series of events decides to go to Cotton Creek and visit her friend Riley. But on arrival, she faints when she sees her longtime fantasy crush, her perfect man, Nate Bridges whom she has based every one of her book heroes on. Feeling that Riley has not been honest she ends up going home with Cody Sweet, another friend she has met online. She becomes fast friends with the whole Sweet family and gradually gets to know Riley better.

But the mob are becoming impatient they want their money back, her ex is being pressured to get it back or else! Friends of Riley's in the FBI come to her aid along with Joe a character we have met in other books. How can Analise get the mob and her ex to leave her alone and not bring trouble to the people that mean the most to her?

This is an exciting story if you like cowboys, and stong and sassy ladies, off the chart hotness, intrigue, and a strong sense of family and friends, and a touch of paranormal then this is a book for you.

The narration is excellently done by J. Scott Bennett who has a way of bringing all the characters to life.

I was given this audiobook as a gift and am voluntarily writing my review.

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  • zoe
  • 14-09-16

Southern Comfort

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I loved the story, the characters, the fun and the romance as the two come together. It was great to see an older couple find the happily ever after, from their past unsettled lives. A very sweet love story.

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  • Shrtip
  • 12-05-17

Loved

Loved the story and would recommend. Lots of drama, and new beginnings. I was given a copy through ARC for an honest review.

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  • Joyce K. Retherford
  • 03-03-16

Lonely Lady Meets the Man of Her Dreams

Where does Southern Comfort rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is definitely in my top twenty of most liked audio books. I just really enjoy stories about middle aged couples.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Analise is my favorite because she is such a wonderful person who truly cares for people and has had a rough life.

Have you listened to any of J. Scott Bennett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to J. Scott Bennett before and this is one of his best performances of all. He has such a sexy smooth tone and does all of the character's voice so well.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was moved by the moment when Analise realized her son was in danger and she accepted Riley's offer to bring him to the ranch. She totally trusted Riley to keep her and her son safe.

Any additional comments?

This book offered many happy moments showing the love between two people who thought they could never love again. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this story.

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  • 🎧 Cyndi Marie 🎧
  • 15-09-16

Not your typical cowboy romance!

I thought I was going into a Cowboy Romance and was surprised that this book had a twist of the abnormal kind. I enjoyed the story line but that twist didn't really fit in to the story. It wasn't really explained well. I also enjoyed the characters but this book was average to me. I do not mean that as a bad thing, I just mean that nothing really stood out to make this book better than all the others just like it. Kind of a cozy read. I will continue with the series.

The best part of this audiobook was the narration. His voice fit perfect for this story.

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  • seelk
  • 05-11-19

want some southern comfort

My second book from the author and I love how she weaves the story with characters I can fall in love with. I enjoyed the story, a great mix of drama, suspense, romance, second chances, family and small town closeness and a touch or paranormal. I am glad Analise and Riley found their HEA with each other, they fit. The journey is perilous, especially when the mob is after her. Love the ending.

The voice telling it is on my 'eargasm' voices, I love it how Mr. Bennett can change it to fit the character, emotions and circumstances portrayed so well.

Looking forward to the next one.

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  • Reggie
  • 27-09-19

Cowboys and mafia crime boss...

Good story with cowboys and the mafia. An author decides to leave NY, and the trouble of her husband’s company’s money laundering investigation, and travel to TX to visit an online friend. She doesn’t anticipate the trouble that will follow her, or that she will find love. But that’s exactly what happens! Good story with lots of action and honest cowboys. Great narration!

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  • The Book Junkie Reads . . .
  • 15-02-18

More adult-mature adult romanc

I very much enjoyed. There was more than just sex. There was a story, a life, a connection. Ana and Riley were a perfect fit. Riley's other life threw Ana fir a loop but she was resilient. Ana's life was way more complicated than she even knew.

Secondary characters and the storyline made for a good read. I love adult romance. This one came at a different direction.

J Scott Bennett did his job well. I knew women were women and the men had their own voice.

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  • Maria
  • 28-09-16

Sweet Southern Comfort

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes most definitely, I loved everything about this audiobook

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cody, hope that's how you spell her name, she was funny and her conversations very entertaining

Have you listened to any of J. Scott Bennett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I have not, this was my first audiobook with J.Scott and I loved it, very talented man. I can't wait to listen to the rest of the books in the series.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, Annie comfirmed what she always thought about her husband as right. Not giving anymore info as I don't want to spoil it for others

Any additional comments?

This books was gifted to me by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 31-01-16

Great western romance!

--I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

Let me start by saying I love Riley. There isn't a bad thing to say about that man...how he could have been married 3 times before, those women must have been stupid to let him get away. This was a feel good romance, has a little suspense in it and was very enjoyable. The characters were interesting, pretty well developed(would have loved a little more evil Gina..she seemed pretty wild) and the plot was good. I especially loved the Joe. I believe we all have guardian angels, and he certainly pulled through at the most opportune time. Annie developed well into her own. I think the break from Rick into the western girl she became was well thought out, bringing out the best qualities in her. Loved the fierce momma bear she was protecting her son.

J Scott Bennett has a great voice for the western romance. His performance was spot on and kept me going!

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  • Mcj56
  • 27-10-19

Good

A decent cowboy romance with some suspense to keep it interesting.
I liked the narrator and think he does a great job.
Overall I enjoyed this and look forward to continuing the series.

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