Conventionally, reaction rates relevant to nova nucleosynthesis are determined by performing the relevant proton capture reactions directly for stable species, or as has become possible more recently in inverse kinematics using short-lived accelerated radioactive beams with recoil separators. A secondary approach is to compile information on the properties of levels in the Gamow window using transfer reactions. We present a complementary technique where the states of interest are populated in a heavy-ion fusion reaction and their gamma decay studied with a state-of-the-art array of high-purity germanium detectors. The advantages of this approach, including the ability to determine resonance energies with high precision and the possibility of determining spins and parities from gamma-ray angular distributions are discussed. Two specific examples related to the Na(p, γ) and P(p, γ) reactions are presented.