Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
Etta Green kissed Everson, Texas, goodbye years ago. A big city chef, she intends to return only long enough to settle her beloved grandmother’s estate and then hightail it back to Chicago. But Grammy Hazel had other plans. In her will, she left Etta part-ownership of a B&B that’s about to go bankrupt before it even opens. And what’s worse–Etta’s partner is Donny Joe Ledbetter, a handsome devil with some serious bad boy charm. Growing up, Donny Joe didn’t give Etta a second glance. Now, she’s got his whole attention.
A far cry from the shy bookworm he once knew, sexy, spirited Etta Green is nothing but trouble. Yet Donny Joe decides to play nice. After all, the quicker they open the B&B, the faster this exasperating–and irresistible–woman will be on her way. Donny Joe has never been a one-woman kind of man. But one crazy little moment of unforgettable desire may change his mind–if he can convince Etta to stay for good…
This book was like a glass of ice cold lemonade on a hot day. There was nothing spectacular about it, but it was refreshing and sweet and just a little bit tart. Etta Greene is a successful chef living in Chicago. Her personal life is a disaster, but professionally things are fantastic as she works with her ex-boyfriend at Finale’s, the restaurant they created together. Her life in Chicago gets put on hold, though, when her grandmother unexpectedly passes away and Etta has to fly to Texas to handle her affairs.
Once there, she finds that nothing is as she expected. Not only is she dealing with the grief of her grandmother’s death, but she discovers that the estate is in the middle of major renovations with plans to turn it into a bed and breakfast. Partnering with her grandmother on this deal is Donny Joe Ledbetter, Etta’s one-time crush and no-good ladies man. Etta is sure that Donny Joe took advantage of her grandmother and is determined to get out of the deal so she and her sister can settle the estate as quickly as possible. Etta wants to return to Chicago yesterday, and her sister Belle wants to return to Houston with her daughter.
Nothing goes according to plan. It soon becomes obvious that the bed and breakfast plan was all her grandmother’s idea, with Donny Joe offering advice and financial backing. He’s not at all the bad guy Etta wants to paint him as. Complicating matters is the fact that Etta can’t simply turn her back on her grandmother’s wishes for the home where she had so many wonderful memories. She still plans to return to her life in Chicago, but Donny Joe convinces her they can work the details out long-distance, once they agree on the rest of the plans and hire people to actually run the B & B. Etta has no plans to stay – Finale’s is her baby and she can’t wait to get back to it. Her sister Belle is unreliable at best and only agrees to stay until things are more settled. When Belle is swept away to Paris by her boyfriend, leaving Etta in charge of not only the B & B but also her niece, Etta has no choice but to stay for a while.
Normally prickly heroines rub me the wrong way, and Etta was more prickly than most. However, she wasn’t ever mean-spirited and she wasn’t afraid to admit when she was wrong. I thought she was spunky and fun with a heart of gold. She never failed to come through for whoever needed her, despite it being the opposite of her own wishes. Donny Joe was the same way. He’s worked hard his whole adult life to outgrow the bad boy reputation he had as a teen. He is still a fun-loving ladies man, but he truly cares about people and about his town. With all of the turmoil in her life, including the inn as well as the fiasco her ex creates regarding their restaurant, Etta needs a strong, steady presence, and Donny Joe is just that.
The chemistry between them was sparkling. At first neither of them even liked the other, let alone wanted to admit to an attraction. The more they work together and the more time they spend with each other, they are able to put their animosity aside and their true feelings are brought to the surface. One unexpected night of passion cements their feelings for each other, until one more kink is thrown into their romance.
I liked the author’s style of writing. The book had a “down home” feel to it and was entertaining and witty. Etta and Donny Joe were terrific adversaries turned lovers, and I enjoyed reading about their love story.
I give Crazy Little Thing Called Love 4 stars!
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