Release Date: Nov 21, 2017
Series: Southern Eclectic
Heat Level: Sensual
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Imprint: Gallery Books
After losing her job and becoming homeless, Margot Cary accepts a job from her Great Aunt Tootie at Lake Sackett, Georgia in her family run Funeral home and Bait shop! She is unsure whether she fits into this world with her eccentric bunch of family members and townsfolk. Not to mention the cute school principal Kyle Archer. Being estranged from her father is an obstacle that’s also in her way of being accepted.
This is the first time I’ve read a Molly Harper book and although the heat level was sensual and not my usual Hot & Scorching I still really enjoyed this book.
I loved Margot’s family – those McCready’s. Aunt Tootie ‘Turn the other cheek’ McCready was a hoot. Even though she was estranged from her father Stan I liked the way their relationship developed over the course of the story.
The townsfolk were great. Some of my favourite books are based around small town festivals and the regular towns people. That’s what makes it so special. There is always that one person that doesn’t like change and sets out to sabotage the hero or heroine’s plans.
I liked how Margot stood up to that bully and revealed a backbone that earns her a lot of respect from her love interest Kyle and other members of the PTA who are trying to make the festival a success.
Sara Lee was the worst. She’s like one of those high school bullies that you just want to strangle, but instead of stooping to their level, you are jumping with glee when Karma comes to them.
Under normal circumstances, Margot would simply give Sara Lee a smile as warm as lake-effect snow and make some stinging observation that would leave the woman wondering for hours. But not today. Sara Lee had just insulted Margot’s father, insulted him in a way that tarnished the sobriety he’d worked so hard for, and Margot found that she took that very, very personally. A smile so acidic that it burned across Margot’s face. Several parents stood up and backed away from that smile, clearly unsure of what was to come. Even Sara Lee looked a little unsteady, but she didn’t move out of Margot’s sights. Marianne only grinned and rubbed her hands together. Because Marianne still remembered what happened when she was ousted from the PTA leadership, and she sensed McCready vengeance on the wind.
I did find it a bit slow getting to the sensual parts of the story with Margot and Kyle but in saying that I think Molly did it perfectly for them considering Kyle’s two daughters were an important part of the story. I felt they were perfect for one another and enjoyed their romance. They both had past wounds to overcome and they did that wonderfully together.
This is a funny, heart-warming story that will tug at your heart strings and it’s definitely worth a read.