Book Title and Author: Gimme Some Sugar by Molly Harper
Series: Southern Eclectic #3
Publication Date and Publisher: April 2, 2019 by Gallery Books
Genre: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction, Romance
Pages: 304 pages
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Date Read: February 3, 2019 (e-arc)
Lucy Brewer would never have guessed that her best friend, Duffy McCready (of McCready’s Bait Shop & Funeral Home) has been in love with her since they were kids. Fear of rejection and his own romantic complications prevented Duffy from confessing his true feelings in high school, so he stood by and watched her wed Wayne Bowman right after high school. Wayne had always been a cheapskate, so it comes as no surprise when he suffers a fatal accident while fixing his own truck.
Even as her family and friends invade Lucy’s life and insist that the new widow is too fragile to do much beyond weeping, Lucy is ashamed to admit that life without Wayne is easier, less complicated. After all, no one knew what a relentless, soul-grinding trudge marriage to Wayne had been. Only Duffy can tell she’s hiding something.
In need of a fresh start, Lucy asks Duffy to put his cabinet-building skills to use, transforming the town’s meat shop into a bake shop. As the bakery takes shape, Lucy and Duffy discover the spark that pulled them together so many years ago. Could this finally be the second chance he’s always hoped for?
Once again Molly Harper “writes characters you can’t help but fall in love with” (RT Book Reviews) in this charming and entertaining love story.
Molly Harper always knows how to deliver with her Southern Eclectic series and book three, Gimme Some Sugar, is as scrumptious as the delicious looking cover!
In this book, Duffy McCready gets his own story, which I was glad to see because he’s a sweetie! He’s the quintessential nice, southern guy–much too nice for his crazy ex-wife, Lana, who I have thoroughly disliked since book one, Sweet Tea and Sympathy! He’s been through enough thanks to Lana, and maybe now is the time he can find someone else to be happy with, especially since his high school love, Lucy Brewer, the one who got away, is back in town for good!
Lucy and Duffy have been each other’s best friend since they were children, but Duffy has always been afraid to ruin that friendship. So he’s just stayed Lucy’s friend all these years even throughout her marriage to another man, and he definitely doesn’t want to mess that up now since she’s a newly grieving widow with an adorable young son, Sam.
Besides, he knows that Lucy doesn’t have time for romance! She’s extremely busy trying to open a new dessert shop in Lake Sackett called Gimme Some Sugar. So Duffy is positive he’s always going to just a friend no matter how many well-meaning McCready relatives are at giving advice or at shoving the two of them together since they ALL know he and Lucy belong together even if he is just as sure they’re destined to stay friends!
What Duffy just doesn’t know is that Lucy isn’t grieving her dead husband at all. Honestly, she doesn’t miss Wayne, but she can’t exactly tell people that because that would just sound awful, right? She’s just happy to be home from Texas and back in Lake Sackett where she grew up with all her friends and raising the son who she absolutely adores!
Lucy also knows after running back into Duffy that her feelings go way beyond friendship. In fact, she’s been in love with Duffy for just about as long as he has been with her but both were too afraid back in high school to tell the other for different reasons. Now though, she’s got her bakery to open if her crazy in-laws will leave her in peace because she knows it will be the fresh start she needs. Can Lucy make time while being a single parent and starting a new business to fall in love? Or will they forever be doomed to be just friends?
Gimme Some Sugar is sweet but sassy, just like Lucy, and I love that! I adore Lucy and her young son Sam as the newest characters in the series! They are just such a sweet, wonderful mother and son duo. I love how protective Lucy is of her little boy and you can tell he means everything to her. Duffy has always been a favorite character of mine, and I love how you see him grow and develop as a character in this book.
There are so many wonderful dynamics in this book, this entire series actually, with characters that are wacky but realistic, the plot threads are amazing, and the writing is on-point, so I love picking up one of these books a little more every time. A major plus is that Harper makes me laugh every time I read one of her books because her brand of humor is just outrageously witty and funny…and want some kind of yummy fried food or in this case, red velvet cake, which happens to be my favorite! I recommend this book highly and hope to visit the cast of characters from Lake Sackett again in the future.
**Thank you, Edelweiss and Gallery Books for an ARC in exchange for my fair and honest review.**