Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
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…
An emotional contemporary romance set in a small town that features family drama, family love and two individuals that need to look toward the future for love.
Carly di Matisse left New York City to disappear from the spotlight for awhile. She needs to get her confidence back and rebuild her career. Her ex-husband (or soon to be) Travis, took all the credit for their husband and wife chef team at the exclusive restaurant in New York City they worked for. Travis got everyone to believe he was the talent between them, even when they were featured in a small reality TV series, so when their marriage ended she took a job at a resort restaurant in Pine Mountain, Pennsylvania to regroup and let the dust settle.
Jackson Carter is a local contractor that has lived in Pine Mountain since he was eleven. He enjoys living in the area and feels the mountains helped heal his family after they left his abusive father. While reconstructing the back deck of a rental cabin, he meets Carly and after several false starts, they agree on a no strings relationship were they can both have fun.
I enjoyed this romance set in a small mountain resort town in Pennsylvania; the story is cute yet has some family drama to stir things up.
Carly is trying to find her way after being embarrassed by her soon to be ex- husband both socially and professionally. However I like how she handles herself and how she treats the job and town in Pine Mountain. She takes her job seriously and even creates programs for the future, and although mentions that she wants to go back, she still gives her new surroundings and the people that live there respect. I really like Jackson, he is a perfect hero and so sweet to Carly. He is fighting his own demons from the past, a poor image that his absent father left him with keeps his relationships light and without ties, but Carly feels the same way believing she will eventually get back to New York. I really enjoyed how she uses him as an anchor when her mother is sick and he lets her, even though he was starting to pull away. I also like when they are together, they can just enjoy each other’s company and one night even played a competitive game of Monopoly. However when things get hot between them, it really is steamy as their chemistry works.
This is the second book in a series but can easily be read as a standalone, the characters are fun and engaging, I like that they both have a large family that plays important roles in their lives. I can see several of Jackson’s siblings with their own story. Carly’s sous chef, Adrian is an interesting character and I am not sure what to make of him, he is very protective of her but I don’t know his back story is and I am interested to see if he is featured in a future book. I also really enjoyed Sloan, Carly’s friend; she is snarky and fun to be with, a romance writer that will be featured in the next book, which makes me happy.
The pace of the book works well as we watch the developing romance between Jackson and Carly grow and other than some family drama with her mother and her ex it is a quiet and sweet romance. For those that enjoy small town romances with engaging families and a fun couple, this is definitely for you.
I give Gimme Some Sugar by Kimberly Kincaid 4 stars!
Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance novels that split the difference between sexy and sweet, taking the traditional idea of boy-meets-girl and infusing it with a sassy magic all her own. She believes in fiery yet flawed characters destined for a crash-course in falling in love– usually the hard way– and injects her trademark humor as well as poignant touches into her writing to create her stories.
Kimberly’s writing journey has led down some bumpy roads (that first manuscript is under the bed, where it is very likely to stay), but there has been some fresh pavement too (her second manuscript earned her very first contest final, and landed the fantastic Maureen Walters at the Curtis Brown Literary Agency). One thing is certain — the wild ride of being a writer is a lot richer in both its ups and downs because of friends and readers along the path.
When Kimberly’s not sitting cross-legged in an ancient desk chair known as “The Pleather Bomber”, she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to eclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. She resides in northern Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.
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