ARC Review – Count on Me (Petal, Georgia #3) by Lauren Dane

Count On Me is another fabulous addition to the Petal GA series. It is a perfectly written story about fighting for what you believe in and never giving up on family and love. ~ Piper, Guilty Pleasures

Petal is the last place Caroline Mendoza thought she’d end up. Sixteen years ago she lost both parents there—her mother to murder and her father to prison for the crime. Since then she’s built a successful life, but she’s never let go of the belief her father is innocent.

Now she’s back in Petal to find the truth. With a new job and a mystery to solve, she’s got plenty on her plate. But when she bumps into Royal Watson, the sparks fly hard and fast.

When the whipsmart, opinionated lawyer blows into town like a beautiful storm, Royal has a reason to make the time to get off his organic farm and pursue her. And soon their intense attraction is tipping into something more.

As Caroline’s dogged investigation digs up ghosts of the past, there’s not much time for basking in love’s glow. The closer she gets to the truth, the more threatened the real killer gets…and the greater the danger that all her digging could lead to her own grave.




Review copy provided for an honest review


I have been a fan of Lauren Dane for quite awhile now. I adore her Chase Brothers series, and have read those books numerous times. I am so glad that she decided to continue to give fans trips to Petal GA.

Count On Me, book three in the Petal GA. series, is the story of Royal Watson, who is the on-again off-again boyfriend of Murphy sibling Anne. I was really worried that I would not enjoy reading Royal finally finding his HEA with anyone but Anne. Once I met Caroline, I knew she was his ONE.

Caroline Mendoza was raised in Petal until she was 16. She moved away to live with her father’s family after her father was convicted of killing her mother. Caroline believed with all her heart and soul that there was no way her father was capable of murdering her mother. Caroline spent most of her adult life trying to prove her father was not the one who killed her mother. She has now come back to Petal to help build a stronger relationship with her sister, brother and grandparents.

I have to say that I LOVED Caroline’s spunk and whit. She is written perfectly as the strong heroine. She is fighter and she will let nothing stand in her way. Not even her own grandparents. Who I honestly wanted to reach through my kindle and slap. Her grandmother is a piece of work to say the least.

Royal Watson has been on-again and off-again SO many times with Anne Murphy. After they decide that they are over once and all, Royal is more than ready to find what his friends have found with their wives. Royal is a smart, SEXY farmer. Who would not want to be in love with a sexy farmer like Royal. I always thought Anne was crazy for not settling down with Royal, but once you see Royal and Caroline together all those thoughts go out the window.

I really enjoyed Royal and Caroline together. Like I said before I was worried that I would continue to want Royal with Anne, but Mrs. Dane does a wonderful of job of showing that Caroline is the one made for Royal. These two are just great together.

There is a mystery in this story and I was hooked from the beginning trying to figure it out. I have to say I never did figure it out. Mrs. Dane does a fabulous job of keeping the mystery in the forefront of the story line, but not making it overkill. This is truly the love story of Royal and Caroline. All the good, bad and the ugly.

Oh, and how can you not love getting to spend time with Edward and Polly Chase. These two characters are two that I don’t think I could ever get enough of. I am crossing my fingers that one day we get a full length story. We also get updates on all our favorite Chase brothers and Murphy siblings. I hope they all keep having kids, so we will hopefully continue to get trips to Petal for many years to come.

Count On Me is another fabulous addition to the Petal GA series. It is a perfectly written story about fighting for what you believe in and never giving up on family and love.

Happy Reading!

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2 thoughts on “ARC Review – Count on Me (Petal, Georgia #3) by Lauren Dane

  1. Thanks for the review I am a long time fan of Lauren and the Petal series beginning with the Chase family. Can’t wait to read this one.

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