With enjoyable characters, a well developed and nicely written plot, sparkling sensuality including some lovely food play; A Fine Romance is just that. Christi Barth has created another winning installment in this fun series and I’m already looking forward to the next one! ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures
They say you form your first impression of someone within thirty seconds of meeting them. Or, in Mira Parrish’s case, within thirty minutes of not meeting them, when said person is supposed to pick you up from the airport and never shows. This is not a perfect start to her new life. Her
friend Ivy is depending on her to run a new romance store, and Mira can’t afford to let her down.
Sam Lyons should probably apologize. But every time he sees Mira–which is often, since his family owns the bakery next to her shop–he can’t resist antagonizing her. There’s something about the sexy, straight-laced woman that drives him crazy. He can’t get involved, though. He has too much baggage to be any good in a serious relationship.
Despite his teasing attitude, Mira finds Sam too sweet to resist. (His hot body may be a factor.) But if there’s going to be anything permanent between them, they’ll need to let go of their pasts and look to the future.
I love when the second book in a series lives up to the first one, and lucky for us A Fine Romance does just that and then some. My biggest disappointment, we didn’t see nearly as much of the Aisle Bound staff which were such a huge part of book one. However, the romance between our couple was way more physical so in my opinion that made up for it!
Mira Parrish has had a very rough few years, when her best friend, Ivy, makes her an offer she can’t refuse she agrees to move to Chicago and hopes things will be better soon. Fresh off the plane with most of her worldly goods in tow, the ride Ivy’s arranged for her doesn’t show up making her madder than a wet hen.
Sam Lyons is a baker extraordinaire but it’s not his dream…he dreams of creating chocolate masterpieces but for now he’s helping his mother adjust to being a widow and running the family bakery by her side. He often has to let other things slide so he can help his fragile mother, or so he thinks. While he feels bad for not picking up Ivy’s friend what he doesn’t expect is to be accosted for his negligence.
So begins the love/hate relationship between Mira and Sam. These two do not have an easy time of it, but their intense lust for one another kind of balances that out. Both of these characters are kind of a mess, they both have a lot of baggage and sometimes their baggage gets in the way. Mira comes from a very wealthy family but she refuses to follow their rules to access her trust fund. She’s living life on her terms even if that means eating Ramen noodles and living paycheck to paycheck. On top of family issues, she doesn’t have the best track record with her business ventures but for the most part it hasn’t been anything she’s done just a series of really bad timing.
Sam is a dedicated son, sometimes way too dedicated. He feels bound to uphold his father’s dying wish that he take care of his mother. He has plans for his life but they are on hold until his sister returns from studying in Europe and she seems to be on an endless trip. His bakery is doing well, almost too well as it gives him little time to pursue his passion. He also feels he has not time for a relationship. So, yes…tons of baggage for these two.
When they are pretty much thrown together by their friend Ivy, they really begin to talk and get to know one another. There is no denying that they are intensely attracted to one another and some of their make out scenes are scorching! I like that as they get to know each other, we get to know them as well. It’s pretty evident that Mira has abandonment and self esteem issues. She doesn’t feel like her parents have ever been proud of her and sometimes we can see that scared little girl inside of her. With Sam, there were so many times I wanted to bop him upside the head. He’s one of those people that when they get something in their head you can’t pry is lose with a crowbar. Talk about a literal thinker! As much as I enjoy his jovial temperament and how accepting he is of Mira, his rationalization of how he thinks his life has to be was insane. I especially love it when his friends pretty much tell him he’s being a moron.
Again with this book we have some great characters in addition to Sam and Mira. Of course we get to see Ivy and Ben from book one, in addition Mira’s new roommate is Daphne another one of Ivy’s friends and business associate. There’s the rest of the crew Gib and Milo and the addition of some great new characters as well; especially, Helen who is a great sounding board and voice of reason for Mira.
There are a lot of ups and downs in this book which is to be expected when you have two characters that carry far too much on their shoulders. It was nice to watch them learn to share the burden with each other and also to learn it was okay to do so. I also like that their relationship wasn’t easy, they had to work for it and I especially admire Mira for expecting Sam to give her his all.
With enjoyable characters, a well developed and nicely written plot, sparkling sensuality including some lovely food play; A Fine Romance is just that. Christi Barth has created another winning installment in this fun series and I’m already looking forward to the next one!