#Review “Something Complicate” by J.L. Leslie

Title: Something Complicated
Series: Dirty Southern Secrets #1
Author: J.L. Leslie
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Cover Design by V. Designs

Tricia’s Musings…

Ms Leslie as done a great job of giving the reader a real sense of small town life with Something Complicated. Engaging characters with relatable dilemmas make for a charming, heartfelt storyline.

As Kaler knows all too well, trying to do right by your daughter a little girl with Down’s Syndrome, as a single dad, whilst also holding down a full time job, is not easy. Add to that the realisation that you’re hopelessly attracted to your ex-wife’s best friend, and suddenly life becomes very complicated indeed. Mindful of his responsibilities, Kaler is determined to resist his attraction until it becomes impossible for him to ignore his feelings any longer.

Knowing the judgement they’ll receive from the local townsfolk and curtain twitchers if they act on those feelings, Kaler and Jenna decide that keeping their relationship under wraps, whilst letting everyone believe they’re just friends, is the way to go. Of course they’re not fooling anyone and I was just waiting for it to all blow up in their faces. The chemistry between these two as they fought their feelings for one another is strong. You get a real sense of them trying to do the right thing, whilst not really being honest to themselves, or anyone else for that matter. Their longing, the strain of trying to hide their feelings, and the guilt is a heavy burden. Whilst I didn’t always agree with their actions, I loved Kaler and Jenna together. There are certainly many ups and downs, judgmental attitudes and obstacles for this couple to overcome but I was rooting for them and for their love initially born from friendship. Willow too is a little sweetheart, a gorgeous little scene stealer, with her funny little habits, her love of her ipad, and her enthusiasm for fishing and pink tutu skirts!

The author also touches on certain mental health issues and these are dealt with in a sensitive not sensational way. Whilst some of the angst and situations felt slightly over the top on occasions, nevertheless I really enjoyed this steamy, witty, love story. There are many poignant moments too, which definitely brought tears to my eyes, adding another layer to this emotional whirlwind of a book.


I thought I had it all. I lived in the perfect small town in Alabama. I married my high school sweetheart. We were expecting our first child together. Everything was falling into place.

Until it wasn’t.
Life gets complicated sometimes. You can be happily married one minute and divorced the next. You can become a single father to a newborn baby when that was never in your plans.
You can fall for your ex-wife’s best friend.
Yes, life gets complicated. Sometimes it takes something complicated to make everything else fall into place again.
*𝐒𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐃𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐲 𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐧 𝐒𝐞𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐬 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬. 𝐈𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐞, 𝐟𝐮𝐥𝐥-𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐭𝐡 𝐧𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐥. 𝐈𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐥𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭, 𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐥𝐭 𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐮𝐚𝐠𝐞, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐞𝐱𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬. 𝐈𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐲.*

About the Author:
I am a happily married mother of three (two boys and one girl). I live in a very small town in Alabama. Never lived anywhere else. I’ve been writing since my early twenties, but I couldn’t seem to finish a book. I started self-publishing with the encouragement from my mom. Without her encouragement, I don’t think I would’ve done it!
I get my inspiration from life experiences, movies, television, other authors, and music. Music is definitely a big influence on my writing. I can hear a song and it can inspire an entire book for me. I listen to it while I’m driving or before I start writing and it keeps me inspired. I like to put music in my books, even if it’s just one song the characters listen to or hear at some point. Sometimes music has gotten me through the really tough times in my life and that’s why it inspires me.
I like to write fast-paced, steamy romance reads. I like for my males to be alpha-males and my heroines to be strong, but both need to have one weakness- each other. I am an avid reader. I absolutely love romance books!

Happy reading,


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