Gimme Some Sugar by Molly Harper

4.5 Stars!

Release Date: April 2, 2019

Publisher: Gallery Books

Synopsis: Lucy Brewer would never have guessed that her best friend, Duffy McCready (of McCready’s Bait Shop & Funeral Home) has been in love with her since they were kids. Fear of rejection and his own romantic complications prevented Duffy from confessing his true feelings in high school, so he stood by and watched her wed Wayne Bowman right after high school. Wayne had always been a cheapskate, so it comes as no surprise when he suffers a fatal accident while fixing his own truck.

Even as her family and friends invade Lucy’s life and insist that the new widow is too fragile to do much beyond weeping, Lucy is ashamed to admit that life without Wayne is easier, less complicated. After all, no one knew what a relentless, soul-grinding trudge marriage to Wayne had been. Only Duffy can tell she’s hiding something.

In need of a fresh start, Lucy asks Duffy to put his cabinet-building skills to use, transforming the town’s meat shop into a bake shop. As the bakery takes shape, Lucy and Duffy discover the spark that pulled them together so many years ago. Could this finally be the second chance he’s always hoped for?

Review: I think what I love about this series is that the characters have so much depth. I love that we really get to know them, and see how who they are really dictates the situations they find themselves in.

Okay, so I have been waiting for Duffy’s story since his crazy relationship with his ex was mentioned in the first book (Sweet Tea and Sympathy), and I was not disappointed. Even with his mistakes, I just can’t help rooting for him! Duffy and Lucy just seem to belong together, and their story was so enthralling. Duffy’s CRAZY ex, Lana, is a real piece of work. Lucy handles her really well, considering. She also handles her mother-in-law fairly well, and THAT IS SAYING SOMETHING. I just really appreciate how undramatic Lucy is. Her and her son deserve a happy ending, that’s for sure.

And as always, the wacky and wonderful McCready’s are just so much fun. I honestly love this family, and really enjoy when each of their very unique personalities pop into the story and kind of take over. I recommend binging this whole series!

Thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!

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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!

Book 2: Ain’t She a Peach

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