Rating: Very Good
Description: An Atlanta ex-cop comes to sleepy Lake Sackett, Georgia, seeking peace and quiet—but he hasn’t bargained on falling for Frankie, the cutest coroner he’s ever met.
Frankie McCready talks to dead people. Not like a ghost whisperer or anything—but it seems rude to embalm them and not at least say hello.
Fortunately, at the McCready Family Funeral Home & Bait Shop, Frankie’s eccentricities fit right in. Lake Sackett’s embalmer and county coroner, Frankie’s goth styling and passion for nerd culture mean she’s not your typical Southern girl, but the McCreadys are hardly your typical Southern family. Led by Great-Aunt Tootie, the gambling, boozing, dog-collecting matriarch of the family, everyone looks out for one another—which usually means getting up in everyone else’s business.
Maybe that’s why Frankie is so fascinated by new sheriff Eric Linden...a recent transplant from Atlanta, he sees a homicide in every hunting accident or boat crash, which seems a little paranoid for this sleepy tourist town. What’s he so worried about? And what kind of cop can get a job with the Atlanta PD but can’t stand to look at a dead body?
Frankie has other questions that need answering first—namely, who’s behind the recent break-in attempts at the funeral home, and how can she stop them? This one really does seem like a job for the sheriff—and as Frankie and Eric do their best Scooby-Doo impressions to catch their man, they get closer to spilling some secrets they thought were buried forever.
Genre: Romance - Contemporary
Why I Picked This Book: I really enjoyed the first book in this series and couldn’t wait for Frankie’s story
My Impression: This was a fun quirky tangle of a book that tackled some very serious issues without distracting from the fun or the seriousness. I love the McCready family with all their quirks, issues and long running jokes. This time the focus is on Frankie who with her purple and blue streaked hair and somewhat morbid job is probably one of the quirkier members of the family. Except her respect for the dead and her efforts to help and protect both the deceased and their families doesn’t make her job seem all that morbid. It actually comes off rather sweet.
New interim sheriff Eric is not quirky or morbid and is actually probably on the straight laced side. He and Frankie have a little bit of a history which leads to some tension which is pretty entertaining. Watching Eric try to navigate the McCready family’s rapid fire speech made me laugh more than once and I think I enjoyed watching Him and Frankie pretend nothing was between them almost as much as the McCreadys’ themselves. Both characters have pretty serious back stories and watching them get to know each other was very sweet and genuine.
The plot involving local delinquent Jared added a bit of interesting conflict and got quite a bit of the town involved. I found it entertaining and not too distracting with a satisfying conclusion. There is some real conflict between Eric and Frankie and I loved that not only did both screw up but they both apologized which doesn’t happen nearly enough.
This is a fun quirky romance that was a delight from start to finish and since it is peach season here had me wanting peach pie!
Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Yes! I’m thinking Duffy’s book is next? I’m hoping?
Would I Recommend this Book? If you enjoy fun contemporary romance this is one you shouldn’t miss.