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SUNNY WITH A CHANCE OF TRUE LOVE: The Ballad of Ugly Ross
 A Lonesome Point Novella (Can be read as a stand-alone story!)

One voice can save a life; one heart can bring you home…

Ross Dyer is ready to give up on love. The sweet, sleepy-eyed cowboy has always danced to the tune of a different drummer, but after being dumped by his latest girlfriend, he’s beginning to think he’ll spend his life dancing—and sleeping—alone. Add in the impending failure of his newly opened restaurant, due to a smear campaign being waged by his childhood nemesis, and Ross doesn’t have much reason to care if the armadillo sees his shadow on Armadillo Day. Whether Lonesome Point has six more weeks of winter or not, his life forecast is looking more foul than fair.

And then she comes home and nothing is the same again.

Fourteen years ago, Elodie Prince was a scared little girl who was neglected at home and bullied at school. In her dark world, the only light was a sweet boy everyone called Ugly Ross, who, to her, was always beautiful. When she returns to Lonesome Point to find her childhood friend has grown into a man as handsome as he is kind, she can’t help falling in love.

Elodie and Ross dive head first into Happily Ever After, but find their future threatened by a vicious blast from the past. Because some bullies never grow up, they only grow meaner, and more determined to snuff out the lights of the things that shine.

The Lonesome Point Series:
LEATHER AND LACE
SADDLES AND SIN
DIAMONDS AND DUST
Twelve Dates of Christmas
GLITTER AND GRIT
Sunny With a Chance of True Love
CHAPS AND CHANCE
ROPES AND REVENGE

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    Loved it

    Fun, sexy, quick read. I loved these characters. Ross Dryer and Elodie Prince where best friends in elementary school until she moved away but neither ever forgot the other. Now she's back in Lonesome Point and their lives are about to get very interesting!! I love these free spirited characters and their story is perfect! I highly recommend this one.

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    NOT SO UGLY

    Ugly?!?! Ugly Ross is anything but UGLY! He is the friend that you can count on, who is funny, sweet, cute, with a beautiful soul and just a wholesome good man. Definitely not UGLY! I was so thrilled to see him in his own novella. Loved him the first time I was introduced to him in Leather and Lace. Ross had fallen in love when he was twelve years old with Elodie, the awkward, quiet girl that was different from the southern bells of Lonesome Point. The two spent their school days playing with bugs and Ross listening to Elodie's scary monster stories. Elodie along with Ross was picked on a lot by the school bully because they were different. When Ross was finally ready to let Elodie know how he felt, she moved away leaving him heartbroken. Years later Ross and Elodie's paths crossed when Elodie came back to Lonesome Point to cover Armadillo Day. When their eyes met, sparks reignited, and they quickly turned to hot scorching flames. Not wanting to waste anymore time, their relationship skipped the traditional route. Why waste time when they already knew each others souls. However, happily ever after wouldn't be so sweet without drama. When old bullies resurface, will Ross and Elodie's old fears and insecurities come back to haunt them? Are they finally strong and brave enough to fight back? Someone has to teach the bully a lesson, right? You went and did it again Jessie Evans, another great novella and addition to the Lonesome Point series. BRAVO!!!

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    Ross is my new favourite!

    Lonesome Point, Texas is a great place to live but even this lovely town is not immune to the challenges of life. Elodie Prince, small and prone to stuttering as a child, spent her childhood growing up neglected and easily targeted by the bullies at school. Ross Dyer knew all too well that same shame as his nickname came to be “Ugly Ross”. When they were kids, despite the flaws others saw in them so quickly, they only saw the good in each other. A spark was lit! Separated at twelve, when they meet again fourteen years later, they knew right away that spark did not die. Despite the years, the enemies of the past remained. United as adults they had a choice – give in or fight! I wait anxiously for each new release by Jessie Evans and this one did not disappoint! This is a love story made more beautiful by the challenges the characters face together. As a child Elodie was neglected by her parents and often came to school dirty and unkempt. She stuttered. Even so young, Ross was tall and felt incredibly awkward. The storyline for Elodie and Ross immediately struck a chord and my heart melted to see bullying portrayed simply yet so eloquently in this sweet, short installment in the Lonesome Point series. I love a world where bullies get their comeuppance, quirky is endearing and kindred spirits is not just a fairy tale. And I will not think of road kill in the same way ever again! I want more of these endearing characters! Bring on the next chapter in Lonesome Point! I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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    Love Ross

    After stumbling over the main character's name Elodie I had to send a message off to Jessie to see how it's pronounced. It rhymes with Melody. Now that I can read her name correctly let's get onto the great story. Ugly Ross isn't so ugly anymore and stinky Elodie smells much better. Two kids who found young love at the ripe age of 12 before Elodie went to live with her grandmother, find each other again as adults. In this short story, The two reunite and rekindle that young love into a growing passion. Some child hood tormentors stand in the way and the two must fight through insecurities to stay together. A full aww love story in a quick read (about an hour) The ending is very sweet and contains one of my favorite lines!

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    Awesome addition to the series!

    Jessie Evans is the Queen of novella's. The. Queen. No one can tell a full length novel packed with emotion, lust, humor, love and sadness into a pint sized book like she can! I have liked Ugly Ross since Leather and Lace. He's sweet and fun and not at all ugly. He fell in love when he was twelve and he never forgot the most interesting girl he'd ever known, Elodie. He has so many memories of that little girl, some good and some bad. Bullies never seemed to leave either one of them alone, giving them their horrible nick names. One day Elodie just rides back into town on her Vespa with the same braids and heart stopping smile. They instantly recognize each other and that same spark and feeling from when they were kids is still there. They skip the pleasantries and go right to spending the day together. And then the next and the next. They don't feel the need to take their time because they have loved each other since they were twelve. But, just when they think they have it all the bullies from their past sneak up on them and try to cause trouble. Can Ross and Elodie fight back against the bully this time? Will they make it out the other side together? Not only is this a wonderful love story about being who you are, but it's a gripping lesson about not letting bullies get their way. If you do, they will just keep coming back. You have to stand up for yourself and believe in yourself, your friends and your family. At the end of the day, that's what makes us all who we are. "I don't care." She lifted one slim shoulder and let it fall. "Whatever it is, the answer s yes. Ride on my scooter, yes. Kidney, yes. Special place in my heart…always." She tasted like a recipe revelation in human form, the perfect, intoxicating combination of flavors designed to drive a man out of his mine with wanting her. "Sorry. I was sleep sexing. It's like sleepwalking, but with more sex in it." "What's that word?" Ross asked softly. "What word?" "The one that means magical, but it starts with a vowel. I think it starts with an E." "Enchanting." She grinned at him. "That's it," Ross said, kissing her forehead. "You're enchanting."

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