Rating: 4.5 Stars
The last thing Julia Jones, single mom and caterer, was looking for was a boyfriend. Newly arrived in town, Ryan Shane doesn't want a girlfriend, but he needs a date to shield him from an overly friendly woman who won't take no for an answer. So when Julia's teenage daughter accuses her of not having any fun and Ryan calls to ask her to be his date, she jumps at the chance. The two of them come to an agreement: they'll pretend to date to keep the husband-hunting woman away from Ryan and to make Julia's daughter think that Julia does know how to have fun.
But neither of them expected the attraction and fireworks they'd have between them, nor did they expect to become friends. But can Julia trust Ryan when every male influence in her life has hurt her and let her down?
I thought this book was great! I love the plot device of pretending to be together only to fall in love - it's one of my favorites, and Fasano has done a really god job with her version of it. Julia and Ryan's chemistry was immediate and believable. Julia's over-protectiveness towards her daughter bothered me a bit but once I read why, made total sense. I really love when an author gives their characters good reasons for the way they act. And Ryan was a great hero - sexy yet understanding. Loved him!
Since Julia is a caterer, there is a lot of mention of food in the book. Well, as I was reading, waiting for my husband to finish his workout so we could eat, I was literally salivating reading about roasted chicken with "smashed" potatoes. Fasano described the food so well I could practically taste it! I may just have to roast a chicken this weekend. Yep, I'm still drooling over the food descriptions. Which makes the last few pages of the book great - there are recipes included! I'm looking forward to trying some of these.
Great book, great looking recipes and a sweet ending.
Thank you to the author, Donna Fasano, for giving me a copy of this book for my honest review.