REVIEW by EN Blake: Gimme Some Sugar by Molly Harper

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.






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Gimme Some Sugar
by Molly Harper

Southern Eclectic Series

Contemporary Romance
Comedy & Humor

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EN Blake’s Review

Gimme Some Sugar is the third book in the thoroughly entertaining Southern Eclectic series, but in comparison to the laugh-out-loud antics in the preceding books and novellas, fails to really stand out. There were the usual hilarious southernisms, overstepping relatives and outlandish scenarios that are the hallmark of Molly Harper’s work, but the main characters in this book—Lucy, Duffy and Sam—weren’t the quirky, larger than life characters that Molly Harper fans may be expecting.

Lucy’s backstory fell a little flat, and for whatever reason, Duffy seems like the least interesting member of the MacReady family. Sam in particular seemed a little bland also, with not much learned about him in this book. Nothing was learned about Duffy that was unique to Gimme Some Sugar, and minor characters like Donna and Specs were more interesting in this book than the couple that was the focus. The little touches that should’ve sold the depth of Lucy and Duffy’s relationship like their mutual middle school bullies that they later dated, and Lucy’s attempts to guess Duffy’s new favourite cake seemed surface level somehow.

The conclusion with Lucy and Duffy’s respective intrusive relatives seemed very abrupt, and even though the solutions were less dramatic and more realistic than some of those showcased in earlier books in the series they were also a little less fun to read because of it.

That sounds really negative—this book is entertaining and very readable. With lines like “Lucy cringed, so very hard. Duffy had seen her penis” in the opening chapters, how could anyone not enjoy this book? The hints of a potential relationship for Donna are intriguing, hopefully there are future books or novellas to explore that. Tootie and EJJ’s long-awaited cruise also promises to feature hilarious antics.

Overall, Gimme Some Sugar was a quick, fun read, that would be a good choice for anyone who enjoys Molly Harper’s work, or light hearted, witty romance in general.

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