Not So New In Town by Michele Summers
Series: Harmony Homecomings #2
Also in this series: Sweet Southern Bad Boy
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on July 7th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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You can't go back, and you can't stand still...
Lucy Doolan is a marketing genius. She can sell rain to a frog and snow to a polar bear. Newly single and unemployed, she's lured back to her hometown of Harmony, North Carolina to help out her pregnant evil stepsister... only to find former crush heartthrob Brogan Reese has returned too, to open a new business in town. To add insult to injury, he's still hot.
If the thunder don't get you, then the lightning will...
Brogan never noticed Lucy much when they were young, but seventeen people have recommended her to help him. She's got his attention now. With her sweet personality, brilliant imagination, and penchant for doing the completely unpredictable, Brogan is finding a whole lot of excuses to spend his days—and nights—with Lucy.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I’m starting to feel slightly perturbed at the thought of little southern towns…
Well, this was an enjoyable read. Lucy is forced back to her hometown when her circumstances in the city take a big nose dive when she finds out her boyfriend, heretofore referred to as The Scumbag, pretended to date her so she would help his temp-job-employees-provider agency with her marketing skills and her savings. Not only does The Scumbag renege on the partnership he had alluded to, but he had been dating another woman the whole time he was with Lucy.
So back to nightmare town it is, where she helps her ex-step-sister who’s having a complicated pregnancy and is on bed rest, take care of the errands, the house, and her 15-year-oldd nephew.
Now, since the beginnings of time (of them as a family at least) Julia the step-sister from Hell has made sure to be a bitch to Lucy (still can’t figure out why though). She is not really jumping up and down at the thought of being in the same space as Julia for an extended period of time. Add to that the fact that she had a super, huge, mega crush on Julia’s high school boyfriend, who’s rumored to be her older nephew’s undeclared father.
So in comes Brogan (the aforementioned voodoo-priestess-step-sister’s high school sweetheart) with his sporty car, his awesome body and his charm. He is temporarily in town until he can finish the remodel of his late mother’s house to sell and get the healthy-food-store branch he opened there up and running smoothly, which is not turning out to be as easy as he thought. He also has unresolved issues with Julia, mainly her letting it be said that he had fathered her first child to then leave her to fend for herself.
Brogan has a bit of a daddy issue himself, being abandoned when he was 2 years old, and a healthy fear to long-term relationships after a bad experience. Lucy quickly finds that her teen crush had never really faded, and Brogan finally sees her in a different light now that he is not involved with her older sister.
There was quite a bit of back and forth, denying of desires, and lame, lame excuses to not be together. The few sexy scenes Not So New In Town had were surprisingly hot. Real hot.
I became very exasperated with both Lucy and Brogan because they were too stubborn at the beginning, and the middle, and at the end too. I could never figure out what Julia’s real issue was with Lucy.
The story was good but I can’t really say it was riveting. Some of the town shenanigans and the whole gossip mill was a bit OTT to me. Still, it was fun to read and I wouldn’t mind running into Brogan anytime.
Rating: 3 Fun Read Stars
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