Welcome to my stop for a new romance, the first of a new Whispering Bay Romance Series by Maria Geraci. Please read on for an excerpt, don’t forget to check out the other tour stops to see what other readers thought about the title, and be sure to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a Vera Bradley Beach tote or a signed copy of That Thing You Do.
That Thing You Do
I’m always up for a second chance romance, and Maria Geraci has brought a lovely one in this story. Allie is a writer for Florida! Magazine, and her editor has given her an assignment: investigate a haunting at a Senior center in her hometown. She wants the assignment desperately, but returning to Whispering Bay is not, and never will be on her list of things to do.
Twelve years earlier, she and Tom had been an item: perhaps THE item, but everything ended badly and she retreated to Tampa to nurse a broken heart. As luck would have it, Tom is the foreman of the construction company that is slated to demolish the purportedly haunted center, and he’s the one to catch Allie breaking in late one night. After not seeing her for years, and really not (so he believes) pining for her, why can’t he ignore the confusion and attraction?
Character driven with moments of shenanigans and strange occurrences that may or may not be ghostly in nature, this story moves forward quickly, well-paced and plotted. Development of both Allie and Tom is detailed, giving backstory, thoughts and a solid sense of love found again keeps the dance between Allie and Tom fresh and amusing. In their first attempt, Allie and Tom’s end was not a pretty, nor deserved, one, and the whole town is cheering them on this time, even manipulating situations to push them together. It’s really sweet and cute to have everyone hoping for an HEA IN the book, it just adds to reader’s emotions and wishes for the same thing.
With a few sexy moments that are well-placed but develop in content to show the relationship deepening, this really is a story centered on their story as they work to mend the hurts of the past and look forward to a future. A lovely start to a series.
Title: That Thing You Do
Author: Maria Geraci
Series: Whispering Bay Romance #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: TKA Distribution
Published on: 28 April, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Allie Grant doesn’t believe in second chances. She does, however, believe in the power of a permanent paycheck. So when a tipster reports that the soon-to-be demolished senior center in her hometown is haunted, Allie hightails it to Whispering Bay to get the scoop that could secure her dream job at Florida! magazine. What she finds, though, is far scarier than any ghost. Cue her ex-boyfriend, sexy construction foreman Tom Donalan.
When Tom catches Allie poking around his construction site, he quickly realizes his former high school flame is just as feisty as ever. And, heaven help him, her irresistible, mile-high legs still take his breath away. But Tom isn’t about to delay the building’s demolition because of a silly ghost story.
With neither of the stubborn exes backing down from their opposing positions, sparks fly. And, underneath the surface, the fire of their old attraction burns as hot as ever. When strange things start happening with increasing frequency around town, even a tough skeptic like Tom is tested. The question is, can Allie and Tom stop fighting long enough to get to the bottom of Whispering Bay’s ghost problem—and the more important matter of mending their broken hearts?
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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.