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Come and Get It by Keira Cole (Book one of the Bonifay Family)

Title: Come and Get It
Keira Cole
Series: Bonifay Family
Genre: contemporary romance
Published: 2013
Rating: 3 stars

Dixie Rose Bonifay hasn’t had an easy life. Her parents died while she was still in college, so she dropped out to raise her four siblings and had to finish her degree online. She met the love of her life at twenty-two—Garrett—but lost him soon after when he was killed in Iraq. Dixie bounced back once again, using his insurance money to start up a mobile catering business. She loves her job and her family, and feels pretty content with her life.

Quin Halladay is only in Texas temporarily—he’s an architect from Los Angeles in town to supervise on a construction site. When Dixie pulls up in her catering truck, he immediately takes notice—only she wants nothing to do with him. He’s determined to make her change her mind, though, and throws all his effort into the pursuit. He’s not a forever kind of guy, though—his parents’ relationship (or non-relationship) pretty much convinced him of that.

I really wanted to like this one—the cover was cute, the blurb was promising—it looked to make for an enjoyable afternoon’s read. It didn’t’ quite live up to expectations, though. The official cover copy describes Quin as “smug”, and that really describes him to a T for most of the book. He really wasn’t at all likeable as a character. Oh, he was charming, especially when trying to charm Dixie’s panties off of her, but this is one of those instances where I think I might have liked him more if I hadn’t been able to see into his head. There, his feelings of superiority and one-track mindedness were all too evident. Because of his consistency with this throughout the book, it was very hard to buy into his turnaround at the end.

Dixie’s character was infinitely more likeable, and for the most part I really enjoyed her. She was feisty and fun, and some of her recipes sounded downright amazing! She did veer toward a bit of wishy-washiness at the end, though, which surprised me. It seemed out of character. She was definitely one of the strongest parts of this novella, though.

The writing itself seemed to lack depth—it was very basic. It’s an early work, though, and does show some promise. There were many cute parts and some steamy scenes.

In a nutshell: just okay. Better heroine than hero, but future works from this author might work better for me. 3 stars.

I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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