Review: Peachy Flippin’ Keen by Molly Harper

Posted April 15, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Afternoon Delight, Reviews, Sweet Delight / 14 Comments

Review: Peachy Flippin’ Keen by Molly Harper
Peachy Flippin' Keen

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Series: Southern Eclectic #1.5
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Pocket Star
Released on April 9, 2018
Pages: 92
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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The Delight

After reading some great reviews on earlier additions to this series and experiencing my first book by the author a short while ago, I decided to take the plunge into Lake Sackett, the McCready family, and all the fun smalltown living can bring.

Review

Peachy Flippin Keen follows after book one.  I hadn’t read the earlier books, but this novella actually worked great.  It’s not a standalone story, but it works well as a first read to the series.  Here, let me unconfuse you…  It introduces the players and the setting to the series and the next novel-length book about Frankie McCready and Eric Linden.  There are a few plot threads with a little resolution, but its very obviously just an intro and not a complete story on its own.

I had a good time with this one though at first I thought my antipathy toward the snarly Frankie was going to get in my way.  Frankie has a cynical outlook and comes across as rather spoiled- and, to herself, she’ll admit that she is.  She lives at home with a doting set of parents and the family cabin is nestled among the rest of the family.  She has a job she loves working in the funeral home side of the family run funeral home and bait shop along the lake and she has part-time work as the County Coroner.

The story gets rolling when Frankie encounters the new sheriff, Eric Linden, and discovers that he’s the guy she had a one night stand with and did a grab her clothes and run in the middle of the night because she was terrified when she caught feelings since she prefers the hit it and quit it method.

The sheriff is none too impressed with one Frankie McCready.  And, this is when I started to have fun.  Frankie is doing all the narration so not once are Eric’s thoughts revealed though she thinks she has him pegged.  This was the moment that through family and friends observations of the way she bristles up and gets snarly around the sheriff that she likes him, but doesn’t like the fact that she can’t use her usual ways (favors from family and friends and knowledge of her small town giving her an advantage) to get her way.  He’s a by the book, solid law man and she likes to cut corners and do whatever it takes.  They butt heads and she is in denial that there are any sparks there.

There’s an accidental death on the lake that has them working together and there are several acts of vandalism to McCready family businesses to keep everyone busy.  This shorter piece ends at a good point leaving the reader ready for more hijinks from Lake Sackett and ready to see what comes next between Frankie and Eric.

The humor, small town quirky charm, and plotting were utterly engaging and I can’t wait to dive into Ain’t She a Peach as well as go back for the earlier stories with Frankie’s cousins.  Definitely recommended.

I rec’d this book from NetGalley to read in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • I love Molly Harper, but I’ve yet to try any of her contemporary romances. Glad to see you enjoyed this one.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • I had a good time. I think the writing style is the same even if it lacks paranormal elements. I’m looking to the full-length novel that follows this novella. 🙂

  • I’ve never read this author, but I want to! Can we take a moment to talk about how great that cover is? I LOVE it!

    Great review. 🙂

    • I just read my first one from her a few weeks back and had to pick up more.

      Definitely whimsical cover. Love it, too. 🙂

  • I’ll have to grab this and book 1 before I dive into the one coming out soon 🙂

    • I do plan to go back for the first novella and book one, but I’ve got the next one so I’ll go there first to see what comes of Frankie and her sheriff. 🙂

  • Karen

    I love Harper but it’s been so long since I’ve read anything by her. A novella sounds perfect.

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

    • It’s an intro rather than a complete story, but it definitely gives you a good sampling of what this series is like which was what I wanted. I’m definitely pressing forward. 🙂

  • I am glad to see that you really enjoyed this one here. I do like Molly Harper but haven’t read these books yet. But she is great at showing that fun quirky small town charm that you just fall in love with.

    And LOVE the changes to your site??!! Its so beautiful.

    • Oh, wow, really? I just listened to my first one How to Date a Dragon and it was great. This contemporary small town sounds just as fun. You’ll probably enjoy either.

      Shari does such a great job on the design. I love what she does, too. 🙂 That banner is such a reader gal swoon.

  • I need to get back to Harper. She really is a fun one. Glad this one worked as a standalone in a weird round about way. lol

    • LOL, yeah, if you understood going in that it was just an intro to a larger story then it felt complete, but if you were looking for the usual story arc leading in the HEA then you’d feel deprived. It was funny and left me eager for more so it did its job. 🙂

  • Sure sounds like the sparks fly between those two. This one seems like a fun introduction for book 2 in the series. Sounds like it does a good job of introducing the characters and making you curious for the next book.

    • Yes! It’s neat how she writes novellas to introduce each new novel coming in the series. I’m looking forward to seeing this pair again.