Type: Contemporary Romance
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Contractor Wade Reynolds is having a tough year. His cherry farm went bust, and his construction clients threaten to unhinge what’s left of his sanity. But Wade’s passion for life heats up when he’s hired to remodel a new storefront next to Big Sky Pie -and he falls for the red-hot, bad girl who’s setting up her catering shop there.
Fresh off her own divorce, Roxy isn’t looking for another relationship, just a spontaneous fling or three. Her contractor Wade looks as delicious as her specialty confections, but he’s way too buttoned-up for a casual affair. Yet there’s an ultra-sexy strength about him Roxy can’t resist. What that man clearly needs is something decadent-like her…
This is another fun, sexy addition to the Big Sky Pie series. I have enjoyed visiting this small town in Montana with engaging characters and the matchmaking antics of the residents to create a story that will satisfy many.
Roxanne Nash is recently divorced from professional football player, Ty Buckholtz. She is a renowned chef who owned a popular bistro in Seattle, she gave it all up and is heading back to her hometown, Kalispell, Montana to find what is next in her life. She is thinking of buying a place in town and starting a business, but she just can’t seem to make a decision.
Wade Reynolds is a widower with a 12 year old daughter, Emily. He still wears his wedding ring, more because of guilt than anything else but can’t seem to move on.
The moment Roxy meets Wade she wants him, he would be perfect for her plan of the no strings attached affair but there are several obstacles and humorous situations that undermine their attempt to get together. Not to mention that they both find that the attraction goes deeper than it started out and she is on a quest to find herself.
I thoroughly enjoyed this fourth book in the series that can easily be read as a standalone as the author does a great job of including the reader in on the history of the series and follows up storylines delightfully.
I adored Wade in the previous story, the author describes him as a shy, quiet man that is not ready to move on, he even dated Andrea a few times and there was no spark between, it truly seemed like he was still mourning his wife, however there were hints of underlying issues and questions, and when I learned his story I fell for him even more. He is a nice person who wants to do everything right for his daughter but he is also one of the sexier bachelors in the series. And even though things were not what they seemed in his marriage, he is still hesitant to move on, that is until he meets Roxy and they can’t seem to stay away from each other.
Roxy is an enigma, a young woman straight out of a divorce who not only left her beloved city but also had to give up her bistro. And although she wants to start something new she is not sure what will make her happy and hesitates with almost all her decisions. What she does know is that in the short term she wants a hot, no strings fling while she is home. However what she finds is a man who bothers her on many levels, making things that much more difficult for her. I love the fact that she is independent and strong but I hate that she left things hanging for many people, she could not even make up her mind about the pie shop.
Wade and Roxy have amazing chemistry, they can hardly be around each other without touching which leads to a hilarious scene while viewing a house for sale and they are caught in a precarious situation that eventually gets around the town. When they finally get together, they enjoy each other immensely, but in the background is always Roxy’s goal of not making this serious, but of course Wade who has not been with anyone in years falls hard.
Since this takes place in a small town, secondary characters are key to the story, I love the camaraderie between the men of this town, they are fun to be around and give as good as they get. There is also a lot of meddling and matchmaking, Wade had been on several impromptu dates that were set up, much to his dismay. There is humor, romance and a bit of sorrow in this book but of course the ending is perfect, albeit a bit rushed. This is a definite read for those following the series and for those that enjoy small town romances with charming characters.
I give Decadent by Adrianne Lee 4 stars!
She closed the gap between them, a smoldering light ablaze in her pale eyes. “You really are gorgeous cowboy, and there’s no denying that some kind of electric storm is raging between us. You feel it. I feel it too. And there is nothing I’d like more than to encourage you to act on how we’re both feeling.” She’d backed him against the closet door frame. “But you’re not ready to let go of the past.
“But if you were, I’d stand really close to you like this, and shove my hands into your hair like this, and pull your head toward me, and kiss you like this.” She kissed his mouth, hard, not sweet or gentle as he was used to being kissed, but with a pressure that ignited a fuse in him. Then her tongue was pushing inside his mouth, shocking him, the sensation at once foreign, yet damned pleasurable.
She pulled away, leaving him breathless, panting for more. She was also breathing fast. “If you were ready, I’d unbutton your shirt like this, run my hands up your back like this, and I’d tell you that just touching you makes me weak in the knees and crazed with desire. And you’d push your hands under my sweater like this, up under my bra, to torture my tingling breasts.” She shoved his hands beneath her sweater as she spoke, slowing, torturously bringing them to the rigid beads, the breasts were full in his palms, and an earthy groan slipped from between his lips. She threw her head back and moaned, “Oh, my. . .”
“And if you were ready, I’d unbutton your shirt and pull it loose from your jeans, then slip my fingers through your chest hair—God I love a man with chest hair—and you’d put your hands on my bottom, like this.” She placed his hands on her butt and pulled herself hard against his erection, their hips meeting, grinding, the need a pulsing, living entity.
She was kissing him again, working the buttons of his jeans. He’d lost his mind completely, all he wanted was to be inside this woman with her legs wrapped around him, as he drove deeper and deeper. But she was pushing back again. Pulling his hands from her, pushing away from him, trying to catch her breath. “It would be so nice, but you can see that it’s impossible, right?”
“No.” He grabbed her by the waist, urging her closer. “Why is it impossible?”
“On the surface, we’d be a perfect ‘friends-with-benefits’ couple, since I’m never falling in love again, never getting married again, and you’re still in love with your wife. We’re both looking for someone who will satisfy that itch five or six times a month without expecting anything more than a romp in the hay. I admit that it would be nice if that someone was a person I also had amazing chemistry with. The kind we’re feeling right now. But you’re not the kind of guy who has casual affairs. If you were, you’d have removed your wedding ring long ago.”
His silence seemed to confirm it for her.
“Yeah, I thought so,” she said, looking sorry to be right. “I hope your wife knew how lucky she was to have you.”
Lucky? Wade almost laughed at the absurdity. The only thing keeping his ring on his finger was guilt, and giving into his baser instincts with Roxy would only make the guilt worse. But at that moment, he wanted to grab her and kiss her so damned bad, it was killing him. Instead, he let her step back, watched her righting her bra and her sweater, her lips puffy and sexy as hell.
“I don’t know about you, cowboy, but make-out sessions always give me one hell of an appetite,” she said, a bit breathlessly. “Let’s go get that steak Quint offered.”
Wade watched her sashay to the ladder and don her outdoor gear. His considerable discomfort wasn’t allowing him to move just yet. He had a hell of an appetite, all right. But not for steak.