Southern Nights is a sweet football romance with a bit of drama thrown in, broken into three novellas spanning several years. The story starts when Kamdyn (Kam) and Laney are seniors in High School and follows them through college and a few years afterwards. There's a bit of an enemies to lovers vibe between this city girl and country boy in the beginning and I liked how their relationship evolved over the years through the ups and downs. They were so young when they started and just on the cusp of a new chapter of their lives. Yes, immature decisions are made as well as knee jerk reactions to situations without hearing the other out, but I thought their progression was very natural and realistic considering where they were in their lives and their priorities at the time. I do wish the main drama in each part didn't revolve around the same insecurities, but overall, this was a sweet and enjoyable read.
I especially loved that both Kam and Laney had their own hopes and aspirations for the future and that even when they were apart, they lived their lives. I'm tired of the stories of the celibate heroine who waits patiently while the hero sows his wild oats before coming back. Neither was perfect, but I respected Laney a lot for seeing what was happening and making a decision that allowed them both to take time and grow up. If they had forced the relationship, no matter how much they loved each other, it wouldn't have likely lasted or their would be resentful feelings.
This was a great short and sexy read and left me with a smile on my face as I turned the last page.