Not So New In Town: Harmony Homecomings #2 by Michele Summers with Excerpt

Not So New In Town: Harmony Homecomings #2 by Michele Summers with Excerpt

Welcome to my review for the second book in Michele Summers’ Harmony Homecomings Contemporary Romance series. This new release also has a Q&A with Lucy and Brogan, an excerpt and a giveaway where you could win one of five (5) copies of the title from Sourcebooks Casablanca, drawing ending on 19 July.

Not So New In Town

Lucy is back in her small hometown, ostensibly to help out her sister through a difficult pregnancy although she is planning to take the time to get her life together. This return is not without difficulty: the two had a contentious relationship growing up, and Julia has a teenaged son who is, in all ways, a teen with all of the emotional ups and down.  Before she can reach her destination, however, her old car breaks down and she comes face to face with her childhood crush Brogan.

Brogan has left Harmony to pursue his own health food empire: he never really considered Lucy as anything more than Julia’s little sister.  Now, things have definitely changed, and Julia is all grown up.  The former football star in town, Brogan is more than a bit overbearing and egotistical: something that doesn’t endear him to the residents who are not particularly welcoming.

There’s plenty of back and forth in this story, with Brogan alternating between total wanker and semi-ok being.  Lucy was sweet and mostly undemanding of emotional connection: she wasn’t flat or undeveloped, I just couldn’t find the LOVE for these two as a couple. Or for the angst between Lucy and Julia that really wasn’t there. Of course, this kept the story on the light and fluffy side of the shelf, and exactly the sort of read that is perfect for summer.

Summers kept the story moving forward well with some offbeat insets of memories, plenty of pop-culture references and several appearances from the locals which added humor and a sense of ‘place’ to the story.  I wanted light and fluffy, and this story delivered that with bells on.

Not So New In Town: Harmony Homecomings #2 by Michele Summers with Excerpt

Title: Not So New In Town
Author: Michele Summers
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402293585
Published on: 7 July 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 384
Rated: three-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameHalf a Flame

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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.

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

Excerpt

“Let’s dance”—Brogan shoved his chair back, grabbing Lucy’s hand—“and give these two some alone time.”

“I don’t want to dance.”

“Sure you do. They’re playing Trace Adkins.”

Wanda helped by pushing Lucy’s chair from the table with her foot. Brogan tugged Lucy around more dining tables to the middle of the sawdust-covered dance floor, where couples swayed to the band’s rendition of “Every Light in the House.” Slipping his right hand around the small of her back, he pressed her plush curves into his chest. Her smooth hair tickled his chin, and the smell of citrus filled his head. Lucy stood stiff as a telephone pole as he tried maneuvering to the slow beat of the music.

“You gonna dance like a robot all night, or just with me?” He cocked his head and peered into her face, where doubt disappeared and desire took over as her gaze softened. Brogan liked that look as he slightly bent his knees, pulling her closer. “I won’t bite unless you want me to,” he whispered next to her ear.

“Good to know.” She heaved a shaky sigh. “Well, I guess you’re better than Clancy Perry over there looking like he wants to cut in.” Looping her left arm around his neck, she rocked her hips to the beat. Brogan swallowed a groan. Right now nothing else mattered. All he cared about was luscious Lucy filling his arms.

“Let’s look like we mean it so Clancy or his brother, Clinton, won’t get any ideas.” He bent as if to kiss her.

“You don’t mind if I start singing, do you?” she said, smiling as she moved away from his lips.

Brogan’s head jerked back. “Oh, hell no. My ears haven’t recovered from this morning.”

“I know all the words.” Tossing him a saucy look, she started to hum…loudly.

“Shut up and dance.” Brogan tucked her back under his chin and shook with laughter.

 

 

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A  quick Q&A from Lucy and Brogan

Today we are pleased to sit down with Lucy Doolan and Brogan Reese, the hero and heroine in Michele Summer’s latest, Not So New In Town (July 2015). Lucy and Brogan are going to answer a question about their relationship and tell us a bit more about themselves!

What is your partner’s favorite “comfort food”? 

Lucy:
His homemade, healthy granola. He’s managed to make a nice living off its creation. 

Brogan:
Cheetos, Pop-Tarts, Hershey’s chocolate. If it’s bad for you, then Lucy loves it. Anything that lacks nutritional value is her “go-to” comfort food.

 

 

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About Michele Summers

Michele Summers writes about small-town life with a Southern flair and has her own interior design business in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Miami, Florida. Both professions feed her creative appetite and provide a daily dose of humor.