Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Ain't She a Peach by Molly Harper

Title: Ain't She a Peach
Author: Molly Harper
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Southern Eclectic #2
Main Characters: Frankie and Eric
Release Date: June 2018
Publisher: Gallery Books
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
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.
My Review:
You look at that cover and then read the description...yep, this book's heroine is the county coroner. It doesn't seem to fit, does it? But it totally does. 

Frankie is stuck. She loves her family. They mean everything to her. But they've also taken over her life. She lives in this small town, in her parent's house, working at the family mortuary, doing the things her family has always done. She's 28 and knows this isn't normal. But Frankie isn't normal. As a child, she almost died. No one in this family ever forgets that either. 

So Frankie goes to Atlanta to meet people who don't know her and her entire life history. And that's also where she met Eric the first time...long before she realized he was also going to be working as sheriff in her small town. And yeah, now that he's here, it's uncomfortable. No one in town knows the side of her that he knows.

This is a fun book. It has that same quirky style that all Molly Harper's books have. With Frankie being the town coroner, the humor takes a bit of a darker edge, but I still spent most of the book smiling at the snarky and witty dialogue. It was fun to read and wholly entertaining. 

I liked Frankie and Eric and really enjoyed the secret of their history. I also really liked Frankie for her conflict with her family. She wants her independence, but she also understands that her family are overprotective as a result of loving and almost losing her. At a certain level, she feels guilty about that so she doesn't push the issue to change it. It's a bit painful to watch...she's 28 and she needs and deserves some freedom. 

I also liked the setup of how Eric and Frankie's jobs push them together when they might otherwise just avoid one another. 

It's a fun book and I definitely enjoyed reading it.

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

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