The New York Times bestselling author of Big Girl Panties puts a modern twist on My Fair Lady in this funny, romantic confection in which a canny young woman makes over her awkward millionaire client . . . with some hot, sexy, and surprising results.
Suffocating in a dead-end marriage, Midwesterner Zoey Sullivan fled to New York and moved in with her older sister Ruth, a carefree, vivacious beauty with a string of eligible bachelors at her beck and call. Giving herself three months in the city to clear her head and find a direction, Zoey dodges calls from her ex Derek, and distracts herself by cooking and catering a few private dinners and parties. Pursuing her passion for cooking was never an option when she was with Derek, and now Zoey relishes her independence.
When Zoey’s meets reclusive millionaire Tristan Malloy, she’s blown away by his kitchen—a marble and stainless steel temple worthy of the culinary gods—and charmed by his impeccable gentlemanly manners. But despite his firm body, handsome looks, and piles of cash, Tristan—a computer programmer—is shy and more than a little socially awkward. Zoey is sure that Tristan has all the right raw ingredients—and she’s the right person to spice them up turn him into a delectable dish.
But Zoey’s unprepared for just how well her makeover works. Tristan turns out to be even sexier once he’s gained a little confidence and the right wardrobe. Beneath the gorgeous package, Tristan is a great guy who deserves a woman who really appreciates him. Slowly but surely, Zoey realizes she may have found her perfect match—but does Tristan even know how her feelings have changed? Is that warm look in his eyes gratitude for the new and exciting world she’s ushered him into, or something more? And what will happen when Zoey’s ex comes to town, looking to win her back?
Evanovich (Big Girl Panties) takes readers on a breezy stroll through springtime in New York City in this yummy contemporary romance. Just months after leaving her husband and everything else she dislikes about suburban Cleveland, Ohio, Zoey Sullivan is getting her catering business ramped up. When she gets a call from Tristan Malloy to cater his dinner party, she's delighted. So what if the mysterious, wealthy migr from St. Croix is a total nerd? He's uncommonly gorgeous and his kitchen is to die for. It's obvious from the get-go to everybody but them that they're made for each other. The only hang-up is the teensy detail of Derek, Zoey's husband, who's back in Ohio supposedly pulling his act together before their trial separation deadline expires. Evanovich cleverly portrays two ethical people figuring out how to fall in love while keeping it chaste in deference to the faraway spouse. Readers looking for the tension of a love triangle without the qualms of infidelity will find that Evanovich strikes the perfect balance.