Out of the frying pan. . .and into the fire!
Desperate to escape the spotlight of her failed marriage to a fellow celebrity-chef, Carly di Matisse left New York City for a tiny town in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The restaurant she's running these days may not be chic, but in Pine Mountain she can pretend to be the tough cookie everybody knows and loves. Until she finds herself spending too much time with a way-too-hot contractor whose rugged good looks melt her like butter...
Jackson Carter wasn't looking for love. But he's not the kind of man to walk away from a worksite—or from a fiery beauty whose passionate nature provides some irresistible on-the-job benefits...
It's the perfect temporary arrangement for two ravenous commitment-phobes, except that Jackson and Carly keep coming back for seconds... and thirds... and fourths..
Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: June 3rd 2014 by Zebra
I received and advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is June 3 2014.
This is the second in the Pine Mountain series and I had not read the first instalment. Luckily this can be read as a stand alone and it did not impact the ability to enjoy this read. This was a fun and sexy read all on its own.
Kincaid does a wonderful job of creating two characters who have amazing chemistry from the get go. Carly is a spit-fire and Jackson is the usual drool worthy leading man. They seemed to be destined for each other from the beginning of the story. Let me tell you that some parts of the story were downright steamy! My only criticism and it is not just limited to this story is the physical descriptions of the characters. While Jackson is 6 feet 4, Carly comes in at an even 5 feet. This is typical among many stories. I have a hard time picturing them because in reality it makes a rather awkward looking couple. While I am all for the leading ladies to be short I don't know why they tend to be below the average female height which I believe is somewhere around 5'3. That being said if that is my only complaint then it really doesn't impact the story.
As Carly is a chef, a lot of the story is focused around food. Either Kincaid has a second occupation as a chef, an intense love of food or completed a lot of research on food. I found myself hungry throughout the story with all of the delicious sounding dishes described. It was a nice surprise to be rewarded with some recipes at the end since I could all but taste the food as I was reading.
This is my first introduction to Kincaid's works and I can say it will not be the last. I will now go back to read the first story and I look forward to the third instalment. I will also be eager to check out some of her other work.
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