Wednesday, July 15, 2015

SPOTLIGHT: Not So New In Town - Michele Summers + Excerpt + Review + Giveaway!

**I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Any thoughts and opinions are my own." 

Title: Not So New In Town
Author: Michele Summers
Series: Harmony Homecomings
Pubdate: July 7th, 2015
ISBN: 9781402293580

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.

Michele Summers writes about small-town life with a Southern flair and has her own interior design business in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Miami, Florida. Both professions feed her creative appetite and provide a daily dose of humor.

Today we are pleased to sit down with Lucy Doolan and Brogan Reese, the hero and heroine in Michele Summer’s latest, Not So New In Town (July 2015). Lucy and Brogan are going to answer a question about their relationship and tell us a bit more about themselves!

What gift that your partner gave you came as the biggest surprise?

Lucy: My engagement ring! Didn’t see that one coming. At. All. But the moment he proposed, I knew all was right with the world.

Brogan: Her heart. And I almost blew it by not realizing how precious a gift it was. The idea of Lucy loving me…was a total surprise and one I’ll cherish forever.

An Excerpt

“Let’s dance”—Brogan shoved his chair back, grabbing Lucy’s hand—“and give these two some alone time.”

“I don’t want to dance.”

“Sure you do. They’re playing Trace Adkins.”

Wanda helped by pushing Lucy’s chair from the table with her foot. Brogan tugged Lucy around more dining tables to the middle of the sawdust-covered dance floor, where couples swayed to the band’s rendition of “Every Light in the House.” Slipping his right hand around the small of her back, he pressed her plush curves into his chest. Her smooth hair tickled his chin, and the smell of citrus filled his head. Lucy stood stiff as a telephone pole as he tried maneuvering to the slow beat of the music.

“You gonna dance like a robot all night, or just with me?” He cocked his head and peered into her face, where doubt disappeared and desire took over as her gaze softened. Brogan liked that look as he slightly bent his knees, pulling her closer. “I won’t bite unless you want me to,” he whispered next to her ear.

“Good to know.” She heaved a shaky sigh. “Well, I guess you’re better than Clancy Perry over there looking like he wants to cut in.” Looping her left arm around his neck, she rocked her hips to the beat. Brogan swallowed a groan. Right now nothing else mattered. All he cared about was luscious Lucy filling his arms.
“Let’s look like we mean it so Clancy or his brother, Clinton, won’t get any ideas.” He bent as if to kiss her.

“You don’t mind if I start singing, do you?” she said, smiling as she moved away from his lips.

Brogan’s head jerked back. “Oh, hell no. My ears haven’t recovered from this morning.”

“I know all the words.” Tossing him a saucy look, she started to hum…loudly.

“Shut up and dance.” Brogan tucked her back under his chin and shook with laughter.

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This book made it my favorite's list! I was in tears by the end of this book. Because the ending is SO good and because I was so sad that it was over! 
When Little Lucy runs back into her high school crush, Brogan, she's ready for him to keep moving along to wherever he was headed before they ran into each other. She isn't interested in spending anymore time with him than absolutely necessary because she thinks that Brogan and her evil step-sister still have a thing for each other. Especially since her teenage nephew might be Brogan's son. 
Brogan, on the other hand, is interested in spending some more time with Little Lucy and getting to know the adult version of his high school admirer. The fact that she is a marketing wiz that may be able to save his failing business helps push him in her direction. 
Lucy and Brogan are one of my favorite fictional couples! They are clumsy with each other and are both trying to talk themselves out of falling for one another but it doesn't work. The harder they try to avoid it, the harder they fall. I loved Lucy's personality and her creativity. I cringed right along with Brogan, though, when I found out about her junk food addiction. Cheetos are just gross! 
Brogan is a sexy, dreamy hunk of man with such a big heart that you can't help but fall in love with him. It was easy to see why so many women in the town were falling all over themselves for him. My favorite part of the book is when Lucy uses his attractiveness against him and pimps him out to save his own company! She's a spitfire who keeps him on his toes and he was so lovesick he would have done anything for her. 
The writing in this book is great. It's definitely a Southern town. Everyone knows everyone and the gossip spreads faster than butter on hot bread! Oh, and I was really thrown off finding out who is the father to Julia's baby on the way! I thought I had it figured out and boy, was I wrong! 
I am so hoping that there will be more books written about the towns people of Harmony! 

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