New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author Emily March serves up love and laughter in this delicious historical romance that the Denver Rocky Mountain News called a "wonderful, delightful, and gratifying book that is not to be missed."
In Victorian Texas, Christina Delaney stirs up scandal when she befriends unsavory characters while offering her special recipe of Texas Red for sale in the town square. After she's crowned Chili Queen of San Antonio, her socially prominent family has had enough. They ship her off to live with her grandfather on his grand English estate, hoping he'll be able to transform her from independent chili queen to cool, controlled countess.
Cole Morgan would do anything for Christina's mother, Elizabeth, even escort her incorrigible daughter across the Atlantic. Besides, he has his own business in England. Cole needs to locate the missing copy of the Republic of Texas' Declaration of Independence. But when an English lord offers Christina marriage, Cole faces the fact that the girl he grew up with is now the woman he desires. He sets out to prove to Chrissy that she doesn't want a life of luxury in England. What Christina Delaney wants--what she needs--is a modest home deep in the heart of Texas with the only man who can make the Chili Queen...Simmer All Night.
This is a full-length novel of approximately 100,000 words.
Dawson (The Wedding Raffle) offers a breezy glimpse of Victorian England through the eyes of two Texans in a romance buoyed by lively characters and Southern lore. When perpetual rebel Christina Delaney's unorthodox behavior gets her into trouble with her aristocratic San Antonio family, her parents send her to visit her grandfather in Derbyshire, England, accompanied by family friend Cole Morgan, with whom she has a love-hate relationship. After making and breaking a marriage engagement, Chrissy realizes she's been in love with Cole all along. The only thing standing in her way is her rebellious nature: her mother would love for her to marry Cole. Cole and Chrissy's squabbles wear thin, and their repeated couplings and breakups seem childish; however, a dramatic twist adds some much-needed action, and Dawson sustains readers' attention with her humorous dialogue and colorful narration.
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Some of the scenes are hilariously funny. Because of the heroine's strong, sassy and sensual character, it makes the story more unique compared to wimpy and melodramatic heroines in other stories (no offense) that I have read so far.