Description: When outspoken Chicago girl, Lee Morris, gets sent down south to “do time” (once again getting in trouble for her activist ways), the last thing she expects is to become the willing submissive of Xander Crete, a hick, football player.

The Good: This book is H!O!T! from the beginning and really compelling. I couldn’t read it fast enough. The situation was fascinating, and I loved that the author actually deals with the emotional fallout of a young, budding dom/sub relationship. Lee really struggles with her desires, and you can’t blame her for doing so. The author seems very interested in the psychology of the situation, and the result is a really well-drawn heroine, who is likable without being run-of-the-mill. ¬†Check out this line: “Lee liked being smart. She thought it was fun to work things out.”

THE HICK AND THE HIPPIE turned me into a total fan girl for Sherrod Story. This author has a ton of raw talent, and the potential to get even better with age. At a price point of $2.99, this story is well worth the chance, so please give one, and leave a review if you love it as much as I did.

The Bad: The story mostly revolves around Lee’s and Xander’s relationship in high school, and while that is strongly written, their grown up relationship gets short shrift in comparison. The structure of the novel could be much tighter, and the transitions between past and present are pretty clumsy. If you don’t like controlling alpha males, you’ll want to leave this book alone. Also, Ms. Story employs an omniscient voice that might irk readers who can’t abide head hopping. But now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let me restate how highly I’m recommending this book. Overall, one gets the sense that this is an author who is doing her very best and will do even better next time.

The Naughty: Erotic. Sex in public. Sex in cars. Spanking. Light BDSM.

Editing issues: 3 typos. Weird indents on Kindle Fire.

Publisher: Indie

Length: 168 pages

Final Grade: A-

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Theodora Taylor writes and reviews interracial romance novels in Pittsburgh, PA.