Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Pocket Star
Released on April 9, 2018
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.
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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