When barbecue food truck owner Holt Collins caters a wedding at the romantic wedding venue Falling Blossoms, he meets a woman who throws him for a loop. She may be gorgeous, but they clash immediately. He did, however, love the venue and makes an appointment to show it to his finance, only to receive a break-up text.
Devastated, Holt spends a few days trying to figure out what went wrong and what to do next. He decides to grab a bite at a local cafe, unaware that it is owned by Kayla Burton. After telling Kayla he’s no longer engaged, he later finds her kitchen in crisis and Kayla desperate for help, but unwilling to ask. He steps in and saves the day, but she hates giving up control of her kitchen, much less her heart. She’s attracted, but he’s just been jilted. Is this a rebound fling or fate working its magic?
Can a cupcake café owner find true love with Mr. Hot Holt Barbecue?
Title: Cooking Up Trouble
Series: Brides of Blossom, Texas #2
Author: Lenora Worth
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 25, 2019
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
COOKING UP TROUBLE is the second story in the Brides of Blossom, Texas series. This time around we’re meeting Kayla and Holt, two business people who are tossed together (in a way) as they both are catering Sarina’s wedding (from CLOSING THE DEAL) and they didn’t exactly start off with good relations, at all.
Sparks fly between Holt and Kayla, each has a troubled past, both have been hurt badly, and they are trying to heal, to let the past go while fighting the attraction that is obvious between them. There are issues, trust to be gained, the past to be put firmly in its place, and healing to be done before this couple can find a happy future together. I liked both Holt and Kayla. There is no bad guy here, no major blowup to spoil their relationship, only two people who are at different places in recovering from being hurt before. Their story is of rebuilding trust and letting yourself love again – even if it seems too soon to Kayla for a time.
Food – there is so much food talk in COOKING UP TROUBLE and I loved it. (grin) This story is believable, even relatable as life happens then we move on sometimes to an even better future. I had fun with this small-town romance and would not hesitate to recommend it to any reader who loves good friends, likable secondary characters, and a couple who belong together – once they figure that out.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Tule Publishing. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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