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Lusting after the woman trying to steal my job is stupid. Sexting with her? That’s a game-changing fumble. 

Emma Crawford became enemy number one the second she stepped foot on Blue Mountain Farm. She might think I’m just a dumb jock, but I know she’s a stuck-up wine snob who believes she’d be a better exec than me. 

She can take my position over my dead body. 

But with her ridiculous curves and fearless smarts, she’s becoming one giant distraction just when I need to prove my worth most. 

Lucky for me that I have a secret internet sext partner to blow off steam with. My nightly dirty chats with V scratch all the itches Emma gives me. 

Emma and V couldn’t be more different - except it turns out they’re the same person. 

Just when I thought this scenario was enough of a disaster, I’m falling for the co-worker I can’t touch and can hardly stand. 

Even a hotshot player like me can see this is a game we’re both gonna lose. 

Southern Hotshot is the next STAND-ALONE novel in the all new North Carolina Highlands Series! This is Samuel and Emma's smoking hot enemies-to-lovers story. Coming winter 2020!

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This Hotshot is on fire!!

Jessica Peterson is quickly becoming a go to one click author for me. Her stories are fantastic and her narrator casting is perfection. I was hooked on this story within 5 minutes and could not put it down. I listened to a 10 hour audiobook in 2 days without speeding up the audio. Jason Clarke in all his southern growly grumpiness is amazing as Samuel, and Virginia Rose gave a fierce performance as Emma. I love this enemies to lovers story with a dominant female submissive male power dynamic. This was a hot and emotional story. My only complaint is that I wanted more. Some of the hottest scenes were between the two characters in an internet chat room, and I would have loved to see the power dynamics play out more when the characters were in person together. I highly highly recommend this audiobook as well as all the books in the North Carolina Highlands and Charleston Heat series.

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Samuel and Emma!

Samuel has transitioned from his career as a professional football player to handling the beverages and cuisine at the family owned Blue Mountain Farm. Hiring Emma due to her knowledge of wine was not Samuel’s choice and now that he is forced to work with her, he is beginning to like it even less.

Emma is determined to succeed in her career and at this job as she knows that she has education and experience to ensure it happens. She isn’t about to back from anyone or anything and that includes her new boss so it is only a matter of time before the sparks fly.

Working together Samuel and Emma may think that they know each other but they are about to find out that they don’t really know each other at all. The chemistry between them radiates off the pages and though they had their obstacles they prove that they are the perfect match both personally and professionally. I enjoyed the performance of the narrators as they brought the banter and emotion of the story to the forefront.

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Bring on the wine!

What a story! Jessica Peterson does it again, bringing us an incredible enemies to lovers romance. Her amazing cast of characters lets us focus on Samuel and Emma. Emma comes to Blue Mountain Farm as the new sommelier with a fresh look and exciting ideas. Samuel, the Beauregard brother that runs the restaurant doesn't see the need for her expertise. Things are good as they are. But their banter is just foreplay, as each begins to learn and respect the boundaries and the possible ideas. Romance at the workplace is frowned upon though, and as things heat up, life gets complicated. Will these two work it out? Will Emma have to go? What will the brothers think? This is a fun, fast paced listen with an interesting story line. I enjoy Peterson's style and her stories are pure entertainment for me. Emma is a strong willed woman, and with every push she gets, she gives one right back. I love that about her, that even in this man's world, she doesn't step down. Samuel is such the typical man. So many layers, and I love seeing Emma pull each one back. Add in the secondary characters of the family and we have a vintage you can't miss.

Jason Clarke and Virginia Rose are such a great team and I am happy to see them continue this series. Clarke has the perfect twang for Samuel, and his voice just melts my heart. He sounds exactly as I imagine him, and he gives Samuel all the inflections to make his character realistic. Rose is fantastic, and pulls out such a strong woman in Emma. Each battle is easily won by this personality and Rose has her nuances in place to give her every facet of the perfect personality. Love these two and can't wait for more of this series!

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I really vibe with this series.

This has a lot going for it. Banter, chemistry off the chain, an alpha male you can totally get behind and a strong heroine who knows her stuff in and out of the wine cellar. I really enjoyed the dynamic between Samuel and Emma kept me hooked and especially the narration. All the food and drink talk kept me hungry. The push and pull was electric and I'm really excited to see what's still to come from this series. I volunteered to listen and review a complimentary copy of this. All opinions are my own.

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Scorching hot and emotional

This book was hotter than a volcano! There weren’t many intimate scenes, but there was so much tension between Emma and Samuel all along that it combusted my headphones.

It was hot, but it had flesh too. Foodies and wine lovers, you’re gonna enjoy this book. And it isn’t just a background. Food and wine induced beautiful scenes that helped shaping the characters and their interactions.

Though the whole premise was an extremely convenient coincidence, it was a believable enemies to lovers story. I could see their relationship evolve bit by bit–like themselves. Characters’ arcs were well defined, and the side characters had a real role in the story–especially Samuel’s brother and Emma’s sister.

As for the narration, it was perfection. The sexy chats were recorded as a duet, which made them even sexier, but the rest of the book is in dual narration. Yet, because both narrators are talented, the various voices, the accent, and the emotions were delivered amazingly well. It added some depth to an already intense story. Scorching hot and emotional, that’s an audiobook you don’t want to miss.

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Terrific Story & Narration🎧 🔥Samuel💘Emma🔥

Jessica Peterson delivers another great novel in her wonderful for “North Caroline Highlands” series! This book is Emma Crawford and Samuel Beauregard’s story, an enjoyable enemies to lovers romance. It is the second book in the series and can be enjoyed on its own though I do recommend reading or listening to the first book “Southern Seducer” because it is an awesome story and it gives some more in sight on the Beauregard’s Blue Mountain Farm. After a career ending injury Samuel came to work for his family’s business, a farm turned high end resort and inn, he runs the restaurant portion of the inn. His brother has been trying to Emma, a sommelier, to work at his farm, he feels bringing her in would be good for business. Samuel and Emma butt heads right from the start, he is set in the way he runs things. He tries to challenge her but she does back down and gives as good as she gets. It does not take long for him to appreciate who she is and what she has to offer, but things are complicated, work place romance can be a risk, family drama gets in the way and then there is the whole online relationship thing going on, which was super hot. This fast paced story is beautifully plotted with plenty of drama, angst, a surprising twist or two, some heartfelt and emotional moments and a fabulous romance. Jessica Peterson, thank you for another great story and emotional rollercoaster ride, I am looking forward to Hank’s story, I hope he finds what he is looking for and gets his HEA.

🎧📚🎧 And for the wonderful narration, Jason Clarke and Virginia Rose continue to bring these characters and their story to life. They do an awesome job portraying the characters giving each their own voice and personality. Jason Clarke played the perfect Samuel, sounding just as I pictured him to sound. Virginia Rose’s Emma was perfection as well. Both were great playing the secondary characters as well. They set the perfect tone for the story, captured all of the characters emotions and projected them into their performance. They are entertaining storytellers and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another great listen🎧

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  • Cyndi Loo
  • 05-02-21

Super fun and sexy

This book, the second in Jessica Peterson's North Carolina Highland Series is not quite as heavy as its predecessor. While I loved the first one, which dealt with themes like postpartum depression and CTE, I appreciate she made this one a little lighter, if just to give a reader an emotional break. After reading about two people finding love while dealing with serious issues it's good to have a little enemies-to-lover fun and banter.

Peterson is one of the few romance authors out there who actually knows how to write millennials in their 30s. Like I get it romance authors, people in their 30s are SUPPOSED to sound put together and serious and powerful, but the truth is right now we talk like idiots and Peterson has a way of conveying that in her dialog without it being too much and keeps the characters likeable and still sexy. She is also one of the few authors that gets that millennials are in fact 30 and not 12 like some authors seem to think they are (a huge pet peeve).

She is also amazing at writing about and describing food. She clearly has a passion for food and shows it on the page and I for one love it. I'm always starving when reading one of her books. And this one included lots of wine as well!
The only complaint I have is I wish there was a little more exploration of the bedroom power dynamic. We rarely see a sexually dominate female/submissive male dynamic in romance and I was super excited to see it in this book, I just wish played out more in their real sex scenes like it did in their virtual ones.

Virginia Rose and Jason Clarke were fantastic. I have nothing to say about the narration other than they were amazing as always.

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  • Lisa Helmick
  • 09-06-21

This is a good story but not my fav of the series

This one is good but not my favorite of the series. I did enjoy the story of these two. The internet “chats” between V and Blu were a bit much for me. The rest of the story was perfect. Samuel was such a stick in the mud. Angry but at the wrong person and for the wrong reason. Emma has the cool job as a sommelier. She butts heads with Samuel upon first meeting but wants to work thing out. The connection is easily “felt” through the story.

We get to see just a little bit of the family. Hank comes off nice and heartbroken in here so I am glad I read his book first to see how he recovers. Some of this story happens at the same time as book one so that made it kinda fun seeing Beau with Maisie again.

I did listen to this on audio. Jason Clarke and Virginia Rose did a good job narrating. While this is a good story its mot my fav of the series.

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  • Ruth McDonnell
  • 26-05-21

North Carolina Romance

Loved Emma and Samuel! Emma is starting as a wine sommelier at a family resort. Samuel looks at her as competition. Can these two work out their differences and find a path to true love even if it is a little messy? 5 stars

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  • Christine M
  • 07-05-21

Holy HOTNESS!!!

Samuel and Emma burn up the sheets in this story! It was really HOT!!! Emma likes to take the lead in the bedroom and to Samuel's surprise he loves it!

Samuel is bound and determined not to like Emma when she comes to work for his family's resort. Emma is bound and determined to make something of herself and prove she can be just as successful as the rest of her family. These two butt heads until they don't. The connect on a work level, but on an emotional level as well and Samuel realizes he NEEDS Emma to stay.

It was great to see this family again and watch more connections through the story. This band of brothers is a fun one! Great story!

The narrators did a great job bringing this story to life.

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  • Cheryl
  • 18-04-21

I’m conflicted.

This is not my first Jessica Peterson book. She writes hot sex and cinnamon roll heroes. My issue lies with how she writes the women.

Emma actually starts off as a great strong character, but midway she loses it. Putting weight on some weird imposter syndrome stuff and the perfect life her sister seems to have.

Samuel is described as a former football player (with physical stats that made no sense whatsoever) who found his new calling with his family business. He also harbors some weird enemy energy with Emma as she starts working with him as the new sommelier.

Also, they unknowingly have cybersex in a chat room. This is also a weird sort of aspect. Like, is the keyboard dirty? Or do they type well one handed? My brain couldn’t comprehend the logistics with a cyber chat.

Eventually they give in to their attraction. It’s hot. Whew. But Emma was in this weird zone. And then Samuel’s brother comes in like a weird wrecking ball. I had a hard time believing a family that works together, has Sunday meals together and enjoys each other, ended up like this.

So yeah, I just wasn’t into the story like I wanted to be. The narration was amazing. Jason Clarke with a slight southern accent - swoon! Virginia Rose with her voice - adore!

Overall 3.5 stars, but I rounded up because of the audio.

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  • Erin Lewis
  • 04-03-21

Great story and narration

Ms.Peterson wove a story with characters you couldn’t help but fall for and I found myself riveted to Samuel and Emma’s story. The fact that they start out disliking one another was entertaining, as everyone around them could see the attraction and chemistry that sizzled between them.

This is a story of love and family and I loved how invested The Beauregard family is in one another’s love life. I fell hard and fast for Samuel whilst Emma is one of those women that I could easily see as a friend; she is feisty, sassy, and knows what she wants.

This was a steamy read that ticked the boxes for me. There were times I laughed, times I cried but at the end of the book, I was left with a smile on my face. Southern Hotshot was a great addition to this series; it is a little gem and one I recommend.

Having loved the book I couldn’t wait to listen to it on audio and I was not disappointed. The performances by the narrators Jason Clarke and Virginia Rose, did justice to an entertaining book and added to my enjoyment overall.

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  • Emily T.
  • 03-03-21

A favorite in audio!

Holy hotness, this book is INCREDIBLE in audio! I was alternating between fanning myself and swooning! The butterflies are real when you're listening to Jason and Virginia as Samuel and Emma! They absolutely nail the chemistry and passion between these characters, and you feel like you're living the story with them! I fall more in love with Jessica's books in audio because they are so damn good! Make sure to pick this one up....it has everything you love about Jessica's books -- heart, humor, steam, food, the works! You won't be disappointed with this one!

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  • Heabooknurse
  • 03-03-21

Smooth Southern romance

There is something about that southern drawl that gets a girl everytime. Jason Clarke doing that accent will give you chills and make you do a little dance in your chair. Virginia Rose continues to be one of my favorite female narrators. She does that drawl with ease.
This story starts with quite an opening and gets you right from the start. The story makes you want to drink all the wine and eat all the best food. You will fall in love with listening to these 2 characters discuss it with such passion and add sexual puns at every opportunity. If the final meeting and reveal at the end was done better this would have been a 5 star. This book will make you feel want to head to Asheville tomorrow. The sex is hot and I love an alpha female.

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  • Just me Nicole
  • 02-03-21

Adding some "spice" into life

Oh man! If you want a book that your significant other wants you to listen to every night before bed….welllll….here ya go! To say this audiobook is hot is an understatement! HAHA

The great thing about Jessica Peterson’s romances is that they aren’t just hot, they have a fantastic storyline, incredible characters, and pull out all the emotions…and Southern Hotshot confirms this. Emma and Samuel’s story is an incredible enemies-to-lovers/workplace romance storyline. This second book in the North Carolina Highlands series is such a well written story that you will not want it to end. The descriptive words the author uses are breathtakingly beautiful…

Samuel Beauregard, a former NFL player, is a broody, hard headed, driven partial owner of the Blue Mountain Farm, who is in charge of restaurant operations. He is good at what he does, but doesn’t want anyone to intrude on his work…

…enter Emma Crawford, the extremely impressive sommelier, brought in by Beau (Sam’s brother introduced in book 1). She is positive and upbeat. She knows her stuff. And is up for a good challenge.

Throw in the super-hot chats that Lady V has with her “clients”, the cameos by Eli from Southern Charmer and Luke from Southern Player, some humor, and an incredible setting…PHEW!

Then, to send it more "over the top"...It is narrated by Jason Clarke and Virginia Rose!!! YES! That sexy, yummy Jason Clarke!!! He is the perfect Samuel with that accent and .... SWOON!!! Virginia is a fantastic Emma! Mix this all together and you have this flaming hot 5 star listen!

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  • Phara Blair
  • 07-02-21

Awesome!

As a wine lover and aficionado I absolutely loved the fact that Emma was a sommelier and Samuel was a wine and food guy. The wine references were fantastic (in spite of a couple of mispronunciations by the female narrator) and really added a special sensual experience to the story. Emma was a bit of a conundrum with her alpha attitude and confidence online and her insecurities in real life. I loved seeing the Beauregard family again and I’m looking forward to Hank’s story and Millie’s story down the line. I’m not really a fan of the love triangle trope but was able to get past that in the end. Jason Clarke and Virginia Rose were incredible and were the perfect casting for these two characters. Well done to all involved!