Bachelor's Special by Christine Warner
Jill Adgate wants three things from life: a successful catering business, a family, and the love of an exceptional man. What she has is no job, a mounting pile of bills, and her outspoken best friend—who sets her up on a blind date with the man who inadvertently ruined Jill's life.
Chet Castle is a businessman who has everything, except the ability to trust. Burned by a money-hungry fiancée, he refuses to get involved in any relationship that has a shelf life longer than a head of lettuce.
Intrigued by her ambition—and determined to get her in bed—Chet offers Jill the chance of a lifetime: work as his live-in chef and he'll help her get her catering business off the ground. When sparks fly in the kitchen, Jill realizes what's cooking is a recipe for disaster…
The Bachelor's Special
This is a romantic roller coaster ride from the first page! Jill Adgate has a job she's been dreaming of for a long time. She is a sous chef working for a well known restaurant. She loves the hard work and long hours. She is prepping the dessert for a private birthday celebration, when Tall Dark And Handsome walks into her kitchen. She is immediately flustered, and things go downhill quickly. She is fired. Plus, the head chef who fired her spreads evil gossip, and her reputation is ruined.
Chet Castle is the Tall Dark and Handsome guy that cost Jill her job. Her best friend Mel has fixed her up for a blind date with the one man she never wanted to see again. Her only hope is that he won't remember her. But, of course he does! He has had her investigated, knows she's broke, and figures she's there to try and persuade him to help fund her dream of a catering company. This is the first of many wrong assumptions on Chet's part.
Chet and Jill are meant for each other, but they fight it all the way. Chet has his "fears" of settling down, picket fences and babies. Plus he has dated his share of gold diggers. Jill has not had a lot of romantic experience, but knows she wants a home, and family. Can this possibly work out? It takes a lot more twists and turns!
I was not too sympathetic with Chet through the first half of the book. Mel , Jill's best friend has a habit of opening her mouth, but her brain is way behind. The characters are interesting, and of course we have the evil jilted girlfriend to contend with.
I laughed and groaned and wanted to shake some sense into both of them, but it was a very fun read. The cooking she does is mouth watering, and so is Chet.
A great summer read to throw in your beach bag.
I received this book from the publisher for an honest review.