Ain’t She a Peach by Molly Harper

4.5 STARS!!

Release Date: June 12, 2018

Publisher: Gallery

Synopsis: An Atlanta ex-cop comes to sleepy Lake Sackett, Georgia, seeking peace and quiet—but he hasn’t bargained on falling for Frankie, the cutest coroner he’s ever met.

Frankie McCready talks to dead people. Not like a ghost whisperer or anything—but it seems rude to embalm them and not at least say hello.

Fortunately, at the McCready Family Funeral Home & Bait Shop, Frankie’s eccentricities fit right in. Lake Sackett’s embalmer and county coroner, Frankie’s goth styling and passion for nerd culture mean she’s not your typical Southern girl, but the McCreadys are hardly your typical Southern family. Led by Great-Aunt Tootie, the gambling, boozing, dog-collecting matriarch of the family, everyone looks out for one another—which usually means getting up in everyone else’s business.

Maybe that’s why Frankie is so fascinated by new sheriff Eric Linden…a recent transplant from Atlanta, he sees a homicide in every hunting accident or boat crash, which seems a little paranoid for this sleepy tourist town. What’s he so worried about? And what kind of cop can get a job with the Atlanta PD but can’t stand to look at a dead body?

Frankie has other questions that need answering first—namely, who’s behind the recent break-in attempts at the funeral home, and how can she stop them? This one really does seem like a job for the sheriff—and as Frankie and Eric do their best Scooby-Doo impressions to catch their man, they get closer to spilling some secrets they thought were buried forever.

Review: 

First of all, I loved Sweet Tea and Sympathy (the first book in the Southern Eclectic Series), so I was really excited to read this one. You get a glimpse of the weird and wonderful Frankie in the first book, and I just really wanted to know more about her. This book did not disappoint. I love a book where I can kind of want to smack the main characters, but still be so invested in them that I can’t wait to see how they figure it all out. Not to mention the LAUGH OUT LOUD moments of this book that had me smiling like a loon.

“Why do you look like you’re about to tell me that all of the abs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are airbrushed on?”

That being said, Frankie annoyed me a couple times, but it really just made her more human. She’s just so kooky–let’s just say she talks to dead people, and not in a supernatural way. She just seems to be navigating what life has handed her, and slowly owning her own narrative while learning life lessons that lead to maturity.

Eric on the other hand, is so serious. I kind of wish we got his point of view, because I really wanted to know his thoughts as all the hilarious and annoying situations came about. He seems like a great guy that’s just trying to navigate his own bumps in life. While we did learn some of his back story, I really would have liked to know more about him.

Overall, this story was fun and just left me with good feelings. The McCready family is too fun, and I always enjoy diving into their world. Another character we meet in both books is Duffy, one of the cousins. His ex is a real piece of work, and he hasn’t exactly cut her off. Luckily, the next book in the series is about Duffy and I’ll be reading an advance reader’s copy of Gimme Some Sugar ASAP thanks to Gallery and NetGalley. It comes out April 2nd, 2019!! I’m so excited to see Duffy get an HEA!

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The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

5 STARS!

Release Date: May 14, 2019

Publisher: Gallery Books

Synopsis:

Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Amy, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky.

Review:

Okay. I LOVE CHRISTINA LAUREN BOOKS! While I love some of their books more than others, I consistently know I will get a creative romance read no matter what. This book didn’t remind me of any other book I’ve read, which is saying something since I’ve read hundreds of romance books.

When it come to characters, an element I love is close families. Olive’s family may annoy her at times, but at the end of the day, they are the family that supports and loves each other. Something I appreciated about Olive, was that she is still growing. She’s hilarious, and I totally related to her. I always joke that I have the worst luck. Also, I have an affection for bad liars, it really makes for some great comedy! Ethan, Ethan, Ethan. I really wish I had gotten more from him, but I think that is mostly due to it all being in Olive’s perspective. He does give some amazing apologies, so that is a definite plus in the pros column.

Plotwise, this is a damn rollercoaster, and I loved it! You’d think with so many things happening, it would be overwhelming, but the authors did a beautiful job of weaving all of the elements together. I was engrossed in this story and stayed up until 4am to finish it. Yeah, not smart, but it just couldn’t be avoided. I just needed to know what happened! So, I read this book in one sitting, and would definitely recommend it to my fellow romance readers!

Special thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley for the free eARC in exchange for an honest review!

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Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

5 Stars!!!

Release Date: September 4, 2018

Publisher: Gallery Books

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Synopsis:

Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?

Review:

HAZEL. Okay, at first I wasn’t sold on her, but as the story progressed I fell madly in love with her quirky spirit. And the relationship development was everything a reader could want—it helps that Josh is what dreams are made of. This is a romance book that will keep the reader completely involved, and it doesn’t even have any ridiculous or unbelievable plot points. I may have finished this book in one sitting, and I may have the biggest smile on my face after that ending + epilogue. To avoid spoilers, but still give you something to look out for, there’s this moment with a hat that just really gave me the warm heart feels! I need all of you to read this book, so you can experience this funny and warm romance.