Looking for a fun read? Warning: it may give you the munchies… 😉
Single mom Jade Moran isn’t ready for any big changes in either her horrible ’70s kitchen or her romantic life. Her ex did a number on her, and she isn’t interested in getting hurt again. But when she meets a super-hot contractor, she wonders if avocado appliances are on the way out and romance is on the way in.
Max Gianopoulis doesn’t have a clue why he’s so enchanted by Jade. She’s almost as big a mess as her kitchen, and he’s a guy who likes to keep things simple. He let himself get involved with a previous client, and he’s not interested in repeating the experience. But Jade has turned up the flirty heat—and he can’t keep his hands off her.
With everything moving too fast and coming too easy, Jade’s insecurities kick into high gear. She’s not sure she can trust another man again—and she definitely doesn’t believe in magic.
A fun and quirky read! I loved both Jade and Max. Neither one was looking for a relationship–heck, Max wasn’t even looking for a new contracting job, yet not only did he take one on, he only gave himself two weeks (!) to completely redo her entire kitchen–but they found themselves unexpectedly drawn to each other anyway, in spite of themselves. The secondary characters–Jade’s daughter Evie, Max’s grandmother Yia Yia Cleo and his sister Tessa especially–were as much fun as the MCs.
There were so many references to things I love–Anne of Green Gables (seriously, Anne and Gilbert just don’t get enough page time as a classic romance couple; I have no idea why), Gone with the Wind, Firefly, Veronica Mars, Lizzie Bennett Diaries, various superheroes…the list goes on and on. Seriously, I was wearing my Captain America hoodie (okay, one of my two) while reading about Jade in her Cap t-shirt. We could be besties.
A warning: all the little excerpts from the Book of Kitchen Witchery and Witch in the Kitchen made me more than a little hungry–and oh so tempted to give kitchen magic a try. Especially the chocolate cherry blurberry bark. I’m not sure if the “magic” is real or not, but it sounded delicious and definitely worth a try either way! 🙂
This was my first book my Ms. Goodnight, but it absolutely will not be my last. So much fun!
Rating: 4 stars / A-
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
About Alyssa Goodnight
Alyssa is a Texas girl who dreams of British accents. She currently lives between Houston and Galveston with her husband, two sons, and their adventure dogs, Indiana Jones and Short Round. She does her writing with an ice-cold can of Dr. Pepper, or when she’s feeling spicy, a handful of Hot Tamales. She fangirls over Masterpiece Mystery, good Tex-Mex, and boxed chocolates. And, of course, books.