Gimme Some Sugar
by Molly Harper
Southern Eclectic - Book 6
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: April 2, 2019
Reviewed by PJ
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?
Molly Harper's writing is as tart as a platter of freshly made lemon bars and as refreshing as a glass of sweet tea. In order words, it's a great big batch of southern goodness wrapped up in characters who made me laugh, sigh, and on a few occasions, go in search of my favorite shovel.
Friends to lovers is one of my favorite romance tropes and I was in Lucy and Duffy's corner from the get-go. I really liked these two. Harper does a great job of blending their shared history into the present-day story without an info dump. It gave me a good understanding of where they had been, the detours they took (unhappy marriages to other people), and where they are now as their new journey to being a potential couple begins. It was a fun journey, not without some introspection and angst (these are flawed, realistic characters, after all), but overall it was fast-paced, littered with snappy dialog, some heart-tugging emotion, humor, and a feel-good ending that made me smile and want to return to Sackett County again and again.
Don't be put off by the fact that this is a long-running series. You can step into the town and the McCready family just fine without having read the previous books in the series. But, if they reel you in like they did me, you'll be interested to know several of the books are currently on sale for $1.99 in e-book format.
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Molly Harper is the author of two popular series of paranormal romance, the Half-Moon Hollow series and the Naked Werewolf series. She also writes the Bluegrass ebook series of contemporary romance. A former humor columnist and newspaper reporter, she lives in Michigan with her family, where she is currently working on the next Southern Eclectic novel. Visit her on the web at MollyHarper.com.