You’re The One by Robin Kaye (Bad Boys of Red Hook #2)

You're The One by Robin KayeAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Signet

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Pam

Logan Blaise expected to be taking a quick break from his successful vineyard in Napa to visit his hometown of Brooklyn. But what he finds is a complete mess: His father is sicker than he’d imagined, and Logan is responsible for keeping the family restaurant running smoothly. When the chef quits, he’s forced to hire the first person who applies for the job Skye Maxwell, a beautiful enigma with great skills and gaps in her résumé.

Skye is determined to make it on her own, without trading on her famous family name. Working in the community of Red Hook offers the perfect opportunity to stay out of the limelight while pursuing her dreams. At first glance, charismatic Logan seems exactly like all the shallow men she knew back home. But as she notices his small-town roots and strong family ties, the Brooklyn bad boy and his restaurant start to feel exactly like where she really belongs….

Logan is back in Red Hook, a place he thought he has seen the last of, however it seems to be a welcome relief from what he left in California. He left home and went to Stanford after high school, where he met a beautiful woman who he thought would be the perfect partner for his work and life, or at least they look good in the society pages. He has never told her where exactly in New York he came from but Payton is everything he thinks he needs, her family owns a vineyard and he is working a dream job. Yet when he is back home he wonders if his life with Payton is all it should be.

Pete Calahan is Logan’s father, and he was adopted along with two other young boys, Storm and Slater who were all foster kids at the same time, with his strong former cop attitude he helped turn the three boys from troubled teens to successful men.

Logan is home helping run the family restaurant and bar, the Crow’s Nest since his brother Storm recently married and is going on a honeymoon and Pete is convalescing from a recent heart attack. All is going well until the cook needs to take an extended leave of absence and they do not have a backup. So they put a sign in the window and in an amazingly short time, what seems like a miracle walks in the door.

Skye Maxwell is from a well known restaurant family in San Francisco. She is turning 30 and like her four brothers expects a restaurant on her birthday. However the family seems to think they know what is best for her and give her the position of general manager of the business, something she does not want. She gets angry and decides she wants to find her own way in the world, wants her own kitchen so quits and heads East, to the up and coming neighborhoods and boroughs of New York to find a trending place where she can make her own name. She happens to see a window sign looking for a cook – kismet.

You’re the One is an enjoyable romance about large families and all the drama they can deliver. I liked the characters that make up the family that is brought together by Pete and the Crow’s Nest restaurant. Logan has had a troubled childhood and does not believe love is part of his life so is settling for a woman who seems to be a good fit, however when he meets Skye he realizes that he is way off track and wants to be with a woman he loves. So when he breaks it off with Payton he begins to pursues Skye relentlessly. Although there is an attraction she tries to keep it simple and light. It does seem that Logan falls for Skye almost immediately and I was a little taken back when he started talking family and marriage right after breaking it off with Payton. It seemed soon, and with all his past problems of feelings of abandonment and not thinking anyone could love him, it seemed at little unbelievable. After the initial pursuit, Logan seems to settle down and the relationship finds a tentative hold until we see that Payton is not ready to let go just yet.

The story flows well and the family drama was not over the top which is nice. I really liked Pete and enjoyed the banter and relationship he has with his family and those that work for him. I liked Nicki as the young newest addition to the family, she has many things to overcome and I am sure we will see much more about her in the future. I am looking forward to getting to know Slater as he just returned home and was not in the story until the end, however seems to have eyes for Rocki, the band member and resident klutz, there is something about those nerdy quiet ones.

All in all a great romance for those that like stories that involve large families whether they are brought together by blood or by circumstances.

I give You’re The One by Robin Kaye 4 stars!

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