Published by Maroon Ash Publishing on July 25th 2017
Genres: African American, Contemporary, Family & Relationships, Fiction, General, Marriage & Long-Term Relationships, Romance, Small Town & Rural
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When small town mechanic Damian Carson comes to Savvy Williams’ rescue—again—he is determined to make their encounter a bit more memorable than the last. Yet, when a rousing kiss results in an unforgettable night, Damian soon finds himself caught in a bogus engagement with the lovely southern belle. Embarrassed by her previous broken engagement—and eager to dispel rumors of her attraction to rich men only—Savvy is willing to fake a relationship with the handsomely rugged mechanic. Until their harmless charade results in a quickie wedding. Before their family and friends, Damian and Savvy must decide how far they’re willing to take their pretense…and if what they have is strong enough to survive something real.
We visit the small town of Cedar Bend once again in Lena Hart’s latest novel in the series, Something New.
Savannah Williams is in Cedar Bend to participate in her cousin’s wedding as the maid of honor. She hasn’t been back for two years after she found herself stuck in Damian Carson’s mechanic shop in the middle of a huge storm. As fate would have it, she’s in trouble once again and it’s Damian to the rescue. While she doesn’t initially remember their first encounter, Damian remembers Savvy. With Savvy in town for a while and the mutual attraction between them both, despite the “differences”, it was clear that they would end up seeing a lot of each other.
Savvy is fresh out of a bad relationship and Damian isn’t her usual type. If her sister is one to believe, Savvy usually likes them with a bit more money and a different color hue.
I have to admit that I found Savvy a bit annoying in the beginning. I didn’t like the way she turned her nose up at Damian’s shop and his clothes. I would take Damian any day of the week! Damian was hardworking, compassionate, rugged; fine as all hell! He lived a seemingly quiet life taking care of his father and his shop.
A ‘little’ mistake on Savvy’s end puts these two in hot water as they’re forced into a fake engagement, thanks to very nosy family in the small town. I personally found it a bit laughable and unbelievable, I would have just told the truth instead of following through with the bogus engagement. However, we know small towns can be a bit different. Because of this, Damian and Savvy were forced to reevaluate their relationship and feelings for one another. What they may have first thought to be a casual passing acquaintance turned out to be something better, though unexpected, it was something both of them needed.
Something New was a super quick read and I enjoyed the story, though I would have preferred a bit more conflict. This novel had a good time feel with just enough banter and love to sustain it.
While Something New is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone. If you’d like, check out Something Old HERE.