Title: Not So New In Town
Author: Michele Summers
Series: Harmony Homecomings, book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Source: Review copy from publisher
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.
Lucy Doolan always thought next time she would come back to her hometown she will be at her best moment in life, but life had other plans for her. After being dumped by her boyfriend and work partner Lucy is jobless and penniless. When her pregnant stepsister, Julia, called her and asked for her help, Lucy couldn’t say no. Now Lucy is back in Harmony, North Carolina, with a broken car, an empty bank account and living under the roof of her demanding stepsister.
Lucy is not the only one back in Harmony. Lucy’s high school crush and Julia’s ex-boyfriend, Brogan Reese, is also back in town. Brogan just opened a branch of his health store in Harmony, but things are not going as well as he was planning. The residents of Harmony think Julia’s teenager son is his, they believe he abandoned Julia when she was pregnant. Although that’s not the truth, Julia has never clarified who Parker’s father is.
Brogan needs his store to work before he leaves for New York to open another branch. After hearing great things about Lucy’s marketing skills, he hires her to help him promote his store.
After some days working with Lucy he realizes she is not only what his store needed, but also what was missing in his life.
Lucy really wants things to work between her and Brogan, but her insecurities and his lack of commitment make her reluctant to risk her heart.
There were things I liked about Not So New In Town and others I didn’t like much.
First, I had a like/dislike relationship with Lucy. I liked how good hearted and funny she was, but I didn’t like her insecurities and the way she behave sometimes. She was prone to misunderstand situations that weren’t too clear and to act without thinking.
It was the same case with Brogan. I liked that he was caring and a good person, but sometimes he did things that were a bit confusing and felt out of character for him.
The secondary characters were entertaining, especially Lucy’s best friend, Wanda. She was funny and outspoken; my only problem with her was that at times her personality was a bit too much, to the point that she felt a bit cartoonish.
Lucy’s stepsister is portrayed as the evil stepsister, but I didn’t really see it. I only saw a jealous and lonely woman who only wanted what was best for her son.
Talking about her son, my heart broke for Parker. I can’t imagine growing up not knowing who your father is and only hearing gossip about it. I’m glad things came to the light at the end and he found a good male influence in Brogan.
It was nice to see Lucy and Brogan fall for each other, but I didn’t like what Summers used to get them together. The trope she used is one of my least favorite tropes to get couples together.
In general, Not So New In Town is a cute and fun read. I found myself smiling a lot while reading this book. Despite being part of a series Not So New In Town can be easily read as a stand-alone.
Not So New In Town was my first book by Michele Summers, but it won't be my last.
My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws
Other books in the series
Find My Way Home
Not So New In Town
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