Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper

Title: Sweet Tea and Sympathy
Author: Molly Harper
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Southern Eclectic #1
Main Characters: Margot and Kyle
Release Date: November 2017
Publisher: Gallery
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Beloved author Molly Harper launches a brand-new contemporary romance series, Southern Eclectic, with this story of a big-city party planner who finds true love in a small Georgia town.

Nestled on the shore of Lake Sackett, Georgia is the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop. (What, you have a problem with one-stop shopping?) Two McCready brothers started two separate businesses in the same building back in 1928, and now it’s become one big family affair. And true to form in small Southern towns, family business becomes everybody’s business.

Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot’s rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society, and made elegance and glamour her business. She’s riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she’s blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start—and apparently the McCreadys are in need of an event planner with a tarnished reputation.

As Margot finds her footing in a town where everybody knows not only your name, but what you had for dinner last Saturday night and what you’ll wear to church on Sunday morning, she grudgingly has to admit that there are some things Lake Sackett does better than Chicago—including the dating prospects. Elementary school principal Kyle Archer is a fellow fish-out-of-water who volunteers to show Margot the picture-postcard side of Southern living. The two of them hit it off, but not everybody is happy to see an outsider snapping up one of the town's most eligible gentleman. Will Margot reel in her handsome fish, or will she have to release her latest catch?

My Review:
From the moment this story started, my heart broke for Margot. Dang, she got shafted...both by her family as a kid and her situation in Chicago with her career. My heart literally hurt for her and I could definitely feel empathy for the fact that she doesn't trust anyone but herself. This girl has learned that defense mechanism the hard way. So, when she shows up in this small Georgia town and a family that she doesn't know, she has no idea how to handle them. Their overwhelming welcoming attitude and tell-it-like-it-is talk is something that Margot does not know how to handle. 

She's slowly settling in and when she meets a sad lumberjack in the local watering hole, things are looking even better. But sad lumberjack is much more than Margot planned for. He's actually a widower raising two young girls as well as acting as principal of the local elementary...he has strings all over the place and Margot can't deal with strings. But Kyle is okay with that. He never wants to feel the same kind of pain he did when his wife died ever again...he will NOT get attached. But the two are pretty dang hot together. 

This was a FABULOUS book. I am so excited about this series. Both forays into this world (this book and the prequel novella, Save a Truck Ride a Redneck) have been absolutely fabulous. I love getting to see Molly Harper's brand of humor translated into contemporary romance. While I enjoy her paranormal, I think I like these even better. This series is most definitely an auto buy for me from here on out. 

I loved Margot and Kyle together, but I think I enjoyed Margot with her family filled with characters as much, if not more than the romantic relationship. I'm really hoping Duffy gets a story soon...I think he's my favorite, but I kind of love them all...yes, even Stan and Donna. 

I just thoroughly enjoyed reading this book...every moment of it, and HIGHLY recommend it. It's a fun read and I fell in love with all the characters. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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