That Thing You Do

That Thing You Do

by Maria E Geraci

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That Thing You Do by Maria E Geraci

Welcome to the world of Whispering Bay romance, where hot heroes and smart heroines collide to find their happily-ever-afters!

Allie Grant doesn't believe in second chances. She does, however, believe in the power of a permanent paycheck. So when a tipster reports that the soon-to-be demolished senior center in her hometown is haunted, Allie hightails it to Whispering Bay to get the scoop that could secure her dream job at Florida! magazine. What she finds, though, is far scarier than any ghost. Cue her ex-boyfriend, sexy construction foreman Tom Donalan.

When Tom catches Allie poking around his construction site, he quickly realizes his former high school flame is just as feisty as ever. And, heaven help him, her irresistible, mile-high legs still take his breath away. But Tom isn't about to delay the building's demolition because of a silly ghost story.

With neither of the stubborn exes backing down from their opposing positions, sparks fly. And, underneath the surface, the fire of their old attraction burns as hot as ever. When strange things start happening with increasing frequency around town, even a tough skeptic like Tom is tested. The question is, can Allie and Tom stop fighting long enough to get to the bottom of Whispering Bay's ghost problem-and the more important matter of mending their broken hearts?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781534866966
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/18/2016
Pages: 372
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Maria Geraci was born in Havana, Cuba, and raised on Florida's Space Coast. Her love of books started with the classic, Little Women (a book she read so often growing up, she could probably quote). She writes contemporary romance and women's fiction with a happy ending. The Portland Book Review called her novel, The Boyfriend of the Month Club, "immensely sexy, immensely satisfying and humorous." Her fourth novel, A Girl Like You, was nominated for Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA ® award. Her current addictions include watching the STARZ adaption of OUTLANDER to drool over Sam Heughan, hitting the beach on the weekends, and searching for the perfect key lime pie recipe (but not the kind they served on Dexter).

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That Thing You Do 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not a cliffhaner! Allie was 18 years old when she fell for Tom. Then her heart broke when Tom told her he was in love with someone else... Twelve years later, Allie went home to follow THE story that would fulfill her next goal; a full time, secure job writing. The kicker is Tom is now divorced and living back at the old home town. Allie realizes that she is missing out with her family living 6 hours away. She realizes that, despite how she felt, Tom's choice to put Lauren ahead of their relationship would taint any future possible. Add in a ghost who wore Jean Nate cologne, a ghost society, and a Bunko Club for a story of loving, humor, and living life. I recommend this story. The storyline is fun and watching Allie become an adult FINALLY made her refreshing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Romance mixed with mystery. Not a cliffhanger!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A 255 page free book of a freelance reporter that goes on assignment in her Florida hometown when the editor of the magazine where she wants a permanent job sends her to check on a possible haunting reported at the soon to be demolished senior center. And who is foreman of the demolition crew but the high school sweetheart that broke her heart. Let the shenanigans and strangeness begin.....with family and town acquaintance agendas on the roll.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really great book about second chances and the missed chances. It has a healthy dose of humor. Love and family are the main themes in this enjoyable book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovely story quirky fun characters can not wait to read more of this series!
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Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
It's fun to follow Ms. Geraci's work and watch her grow as an author. Her ability to blend the whimsical characters she creates with rapid pace stories that keep readers interested is not something you see often. That Thing You Do uses angst and comedy to relate a story that is full of irresistible moments. Flirty, sassy and entertaining.
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
This is the third book I have read by Ms Geraci and it won’t be the last . This one is about Allie, a young woman who writes for FLORIDA! Magazine and is trying to a full time staff writer. The other main character is Tom, who is a construction manager. Both were sweethearts when they were in HS but life through them a curveball, leaving Allie heartbroken and Tom maggie to someone else. Fast forward 12 years and now they meet back in Whipering Bay when Allie returns to write about a ghost in a building due to be demolished. The book is full of family dynamics, conflicting feelings between the characters, great secondary characters, some good laughs and some heartfelt moments. I think what makes this book a great read, is that the characters are imperfect , but still trying to do the right thring. And of course, it’s always nice to have a HEA ending.
allromancereader More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful, sweet, quirky story. Maria Geraci was a new to me author when I picked up That Thing You Do, but she is now a permanent resident on my "always read" list. I think what I maybe liked best about this story is many times when you read a "first love" story, it's often the woman who has come full circle and is ready to reconcile with her first love. I like that from the beginning it was clear that Tom is drawn to Allie again and with just a little nudge by a friend from the past (why does it matter that she isn't alive anymore!), he is quick to do what he needs to to reform a relationship with Allie. While I believe Allie has unfinished business with Tom, I don't even believe SHE knows her feelings for Tom are still lingering below the surface. Tom and Allie's story weaves itself through a story of bunco babes, rebellious teenagers, friendly ex-wives, and lonely older townsfolk and comes out happily on the other end. I like that the author portrays family life in a realistic way. Allie's "rose colored glasses" with regards to her brother's marriage are tainted by dealing with a rebellious teenager who is acting out due to tension in the house, and forced smiles and small talk that do nothing to hide the real tension in Allie's brother's marriage. I thought it was a realistic depiction in that the parents feel their issues are private, yet the kids are quick to acknowledge the problems to almost anyone who will listen. Through Allie's relationship with her niece, Claire, Allie realizes that she is no longer the teenager she was when she left town 12 years ago. She may be "going through the motions" of being a "grown up" but really, living paycheck to paycheck waitressing while she tries to make it big as a writer. Dealing with a irresponsible roommate. These aren't the true signs of a mature adult. It takes Allie coming home to realize that this is where she can truly mature into the person she is supposed to be - WITH the person she is supposed to be with. And just like Allie, you couldn't help but love Tom's ex-wife Lauren. She is quirky but so sweet, you can't hate her - even when you KNOW she was the reason Tom and Lauren lost 12 years together. I think her life appears more together than maybe she is and I look forward to her story in an upcoming Whispering Bay installment.  I loved That Thing You Do. The story is well written, well paced, and I was really able to get to know the characters through the words on the page. Maria helps the reader get into the minds and hearts of her characters and invites you to enjoy a sweet evening in Whispering Bay, and perhaps fill in as a sub with a crazy Bunco group. It's small town fiction with some romance thrown in, a friendly spirit who helps our heroine move forward with her life, and a teenage love that finds its way home again. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Bennet_Darcy More than 1 year ago
I think I have found my favorite book series after Jill Shalvis' Lucky Harbor Series! This is such a feel-good book that will make you want to stop doing whatever you're doing and read it in one seating. Potty break be damned! Allie Grant and Tom Donalan are best of friends. Tom is a good guy, outstanding student who is dating the most famous girl in high school, and a star Quarterback. Allie is your ordinary student, and is secretly in love with Tom. It was a huge surprise to everyone in Whispering Bay when they started dating, but that did not deter Allie's love for Tom, and vice versa. Everything was going fine until that one dreadful night when both their lives will drastically change forever. Fast forward 12 years, Allie had come back to Whispering Bay to investigate reports of unusual paranormal activities in Margaret Handy Senior Center, a local recreation center in Whispering Bay. And it is imperative that someone must get to the bottom of this before the abandoned building gets torn down! To Allie this would be a mad idea, a hoax, but for her boss at Florida! Magazine, this is a potential goldmine! And Allie loves her work as a journalist for that magazine, and wants to prove to her boss that she's a top notch journalist and one of the best. So, she ventures all the way to Whispering Bay and get the story that she needs. What she didn't expect upon her return is the sight of Tom Donalan. The boy (well, man now. A handsome, sexy man) who broke her heart into a million pieces. Things went a bit crazy after their first meeting, and even had gone a bit too far when the citizens of Whispering Bay got involved. In the span of five days, Tom and Allie's world have gone from normal to cockamamie. An absolute treat for readers, of course. 'That Thing You Do' is a second chance romance with a mixture of paranormal, humor, and sweetness all over! It's not your typical second chance romance that has lots of sex in it. The book delves deeper into the characters psyche by retelling the events that happened during that night. The first book of Maria Geraci's Whispering Bay Romance. An absolute delight to read, and a series to look out for. Oh, and this is a stand-alone as well, guaranteed happy ending.
gaele More than 1 year ago
I’m always up for a second chance romance, and Maria Geraci has brought a lovely one in this story. Allie is a writer for Florida! Magazine, and her editor has given her an assignment: investigate a haunting at a Senior center in her hometown. She wants the assignment desperately, but returning to Whispering Bay is not, and never will be on her list of things to do.  Twelve years earlier, she and Tom had been an item: perhaps THE item, but everything ended badly and she retreated to Tampa to nurse a broken heart. As luck would have it, Tom is the foreman of the construction company that is slated to demolish the purportedly haunted center, and he’s the one to catch Allie breaking in  late one night.  After not seeing her for years, and really not (so he believes) pining for her, why can’t he ignore the confusion and attraction? Character driven with moments of shenanigans and strange occurrences that may or may not be ghostly in nature, this story moves forward quickly, well-paced and plotted.  Development of both Allie and Tom is detailed, giving backstory, thoughts and a solid sense of love found again keeps the dance between Allie and Tom fresh and amusing.  In their first attempt, Allie and Tom’s end was not a pretty, nor deserved, one,  and the whole town is cheering them on this time, even manipulating situations to push them together.  It’s  really sweet and cute to have everyone hoping for an HEA IN the book, it just adds to reader’s emotions and wishes for the same thing.  With a few sexy moments that are well-placed but develop in content to show the relationship deepening, this  really is a story centered on their story as they work to mend the hurts of the past and look forward to a future.   A lovely start to a series. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not  compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
Great story! The author kept me turning the page to see what happened next. The only issue I had while reading was there was too much filler story. That, in no way, made me want to put the book down. I loved the sexual tension between Emily and Tom. All those years, thinking you might have made a mistake. Tragic! The relationship between Tom and Lauren was a little strange. I'm so happy that Roger Van Cleave and Allie are taking over the Whispering Bay Gazette. Now he won't be so lonely. This was a great book that contains some humor, marital issues, teen problems and second chances. All in all this was a very enjoyable read. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
This story touched my heart. It is filled with small town atmosphere, family connections, second chances, teenage angst, and love in all forms. And it all started with a ghost story. Allie is trying to settle down in life, and reach her next life goal, full time job with benefits, after all, thirty is right here. She is sassy, and smart, loyal and kind, long legged beauty, journalist, waitress, and in trouble: she needs this article to get the full time job. Tom is all around a good man. He is successful in his career, he is a great father, kind man with a big heart, and hot as all get out. The connection between Tom and Allie is bittersweet. The history they have is heartbreaking, and now the sexual tension is so tight, you can feel it in the air. They seem like the couple you want to cheer on, to do anything to make it work out. The story is filled with compelling characters. I loved that they were so real, they had problems, nothing was perfect, but their life was like it is, some great things, with some failures, some heartbreak, some happiness, overall satisfying lives of the chances given to you. This tender story made me smile, it made me sigh, and it gave me some tears, and the tale will surely stay with me for a time ~ Five Spoons!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book! I have read all of Maria's other books and was extremely excited when I found out that she was publishing more books! This book is a wonderful read and I could not put it down when I started it. I loved how it was set in Whispering Bay like her other titles have been and that some of the other characters from the other books were brought back to life in this book. That Thing You Do was a great read that kept me smiling and anxiously waiting to see what happened next. Allie is back in her hometown as she tries to write a great story for her dream job at Florida! magazine. Little did she know that she would have to work with her ex-boyfriend, Tom (the one that broke her heart). Both Tom and Allie seem to work past their issues and are able to work together for Allie's story, but could there be more that just a friendship in the cards?....I absolutely loved learning how Tom and Allie's relationship was evolving after the broken heart 12 years before and can not wait to read what happens to the citizens of this quant little town in the next book of the series. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the author for free in exchange for an honest review! I LOVE Maria Geraci and I absolutely LOVED this story!!!!  Once I started That Thing You Do, I could NOT put it down!  Seriously.... I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!!  I literally had to devour it!   Allie goes back to her hometown to investigate a story about a haunted building after she receives an anonymous letter from a Concerned Citizen informing her about a ghost. While she is sneaking into this haunted building she runs into her ex boyfriend Tom who now owns the building.  I absolutely LOVE the interaction between Allie and Tom.  You totally fall in love with Allie's character and you can relate to her right from the start.  She is so fun and filled with so much personality.  I want to be BFF's with her.  As for Tom, I want to steal him for myself!  He is such a hunk! ;)  Watching these two fall in love is so much fun.  My favorite thing about this book is it literally had me laughing out loud and I could NOT stop smiling while I was reading.  I love Maria's amazing ability to tell a GREAT, fun story!  It's such an awesome feeling when you can connect with a book and its characters.  Maria totally does that for me and more.  She is a story telling GENIUS!   I ABSOLUTELY recommend this book!!!  That Thing You Do is a MUST READ!  If you don't get your copy today, you are TOTALLY missing out!  I was so sad to say goodbye to Allie and Tom, and for this book to end.  I miss these characters already! This is a book that I will keep in my collection forever and reread!  I can NOT wait to read what is next in the Whispering Bay Romance Series!!!  I want MORE!!!  With this book Maria is now one of my most coveted authors and I will read EVERY one of her books!  Thank you so much Maria for such an awesome fun read!!! 
Toes-in-the-sandKM More than 1 year ago
"That Thing You Do " did it for me.  It's a great beach read that actually takes place in a small town on Florida's Gulf coast.  The heroine, Allie, is trying to get a "GREAT" story to bring her journalist career to the next level.  As she returns to her hometown, she also returns to a relationship that never got the closure it deserved.  During the course of her story investigation, facts and feelings are brought to light.  Geraci develops the supporting cast of characters just enough to make you want to know more.Allie and Tom, the hero and heroine, have enough baggage to make it interesting, but not overwhelming.  Family and friends are woven into the story with skill and humor.   The young couple does indeed get a "Do Over" and fortunatley for Geraci fans, there romance continues in Whispering Bay.  There are 2 more books soon to be released that will make you want to stay in this quaint and quirky seaside town.  Loved it.!  
kahea46 More than 1 year ago
I find myself in a bit of a conundrum over this one.  I found it to be a sweet  read with a great cast of interesting and quirky  characters, but the romance aspect didn’t really make a huge impact on me and had me feeling like I was reading more a chick lit/women’s fiction novel rather than a true contemporary romance.   Allie is sassy and confident.  Tom is the do the right thing golden boy.  I can’t say that I didn’t like either of the, because I did, even when some of their decisions had me scratching my head, but I didn’t get caught up in their second chance at love journey.  While there were sparks between them, nothing really caught on fire for me.  It felt like things were about to happen, but would stall.  I wish it did because after finding out just what tore them apart as teenagers I was looking forward to seeing how they pushed past it and worked to get to know each other again.  While the romance aspect of the book may not have done it for me, I do have to say that I really liked how the author brought that small town feel to life.  Everyone may not know each other personally, they all find a way to know about what’s going on with each other one way or another.  Nothing stays secret for long in a small town.  Each character you meet along the way has their own unique personality and helps to draw you into the story, even if they are only in it for a moment or two.   And though this isn’t a full blown urban fantasy/paranormal story in anyway, the little touch of it that does appear in the story is really sweet and done very well. Overall:  Even though the romance aspect of the story didn’t move me, I still found the overall story to be a fun read filled with well written  characters throughout. ~ ARC provided by TKA Distribution via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~ 
LilMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
Allie Grant is a writer for the popular Florida! magazine. She's sent to her hometown when her editor receives a curious email about a ghost residing in an old senior center. Little does Allie know that she'll come face to face with Tom, her high school sweetheart and the one that got away. Tom is seemingly inserting himself into her investigation and Allie can't decide whether that is a good thing or a bad thing because her ex is too tempting to just ignore and she doesn't have time to be distracted. That Thing You Do is a book by an author I haven't had the opportunity to hear of before and I was pleasantly surprised. Geraci writes a great sassy main character and the male counterpart was great as well with his quick comebacks. Speaking of these two characters, I think one of the things I liked the most was the relationship development between the them. As a reader, it's always difficult to be dropped into an existing relationship in a book because sometimes the author has all of this background info in their head and it never really translates onto the page. But that wasn't the case with this one. I didn't find that I was wondering about anything with these two and their past. The great thing is that it wasn't thrown at you all at once, you're given just tidbits at a time and that helps the anticipation mount. All of that makes for a great read. Since you're back in Allie's hometown, there are quite a few characters to contend with but I didn't have any difficulty in keeping everything straight. It was actually interesting to learn about everyone and I'm hoping that their sub-plot stories will continue in the next installments of this series. There were quite a few endearing moments and I found myself smiling at some of the things Allie and Tom went through. This was a really good book and I'm definitely keeping my eyes open for the next one. * I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *