Ready or not…love will find a way
Single dad Hogan Guthrie is getting his life back on track, and working as the “barbecue master” at a local diner is just a temporary detour. He and restaurant owner Violet Shaw constantly butt heads…until one night they end up mingling other parts instead. Hogan thought he had the recipe for happiness all figured out. But loyal, carefree Violet is daring him to trust his impulses…and see just how sweet small-town living—and loving—can be.
Nathan Hawley traded his SWAT team credentials for a sheriff’s badge, but a gorgeous new neighbor is shaking up his orderly life. Nathan has a hunch there’s more to Brooklin Sweet than meets the eye—but given her caution about getting involved, he has his work cut out for him. Still, there’s something about the elusive beauty Nathan can’t walk away from—and helping her come to terms with her past might pave the way to the future they both secretly long for.
Foster's second Guthrie Brothers contemporary (after Don't Tempt Me) is a tolerable if saccharine standalone that neither surprises nor disappoints. Screwy Louie's, a diner in sleepy Clearbrook, Ohio, sets the scene for sugar, spice, and a soup on of suspense as owner Violet Shaw develops a taste for barbecue master Hogan Guthrie's ribs. Reformed bad boy Hogan gets more heat from Violet than from his grill. Meanwhile, danger lurks for Clearbrook newcomer Brooklin Sweet, but her next door neighbor, sheriff Nathan Hawley, is only too happy to lend a protective hand. Clich d Midwestern wholesomeness abounds among the characters but doesn't get in the way of their progressively steamy encounters. Though not all of Foster's readers will feel that the title fulfills its promise, many will enjoy this slow-moving and uncomplicatedly charming tale.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Hogan Guthrie is slowly rebuilding his life after the death and betrayal of his wife. Finally finding a job and trying hard to save enough for Colt's college, Hogan starts to grill rubs for Violet at her diner. These two have incredible chemistry but Hog doesn't want to get involved. Violet is a hard woman to ignore and soon Hogan realizes this. Lori Foster does it again! Can't wait for her next book!!
I loved Hogan, Violet & Colt!
4 1/2 STARS!
Sizzling chemistry and feisty attitudes! I adored Hogan & Violet! And Colt ... that boy is the best kid ever! A really great story line surrounding the three of them and what life has thrown their way in the past. I loved seeing them heal and prosper! Nathan & Brooklin were kind of a side filler for me. Their story was interesting enough and I liked them, but Hogan and Violet stole the show.
An emotionally scarred man and his teenage son never expected to find salvation by working at a diner, but when that diner is owned by Violet and she showers her attitude on them, it was like being wrapped in a blanket of snarky love! Violet and Hogan flirt circles around each other, but he makes it clear he's not into forever ... never again. Violet can fight it all she wants, but no one who spends a minute in their company can deny that they are magical together. Can the heart of a good woman be the elixir that a broken man needs to heal his heart?
A sexy sheriff and a secretive new neighbor ... like oil and water in small town living. Nathan Hawley is drawn to Brooklin Sweet from the first time he sees her, but she has true skills at ignoring even the smallest gesture of getting to know her. He pesters her until he eventually wears her down, but will the secrets from her past be too much for them to overcome when danger starts circling?
Definitely Worth the Wait!!!!
Definitely worth the wait!!!! I love the double story line and getting to see two couples find their HEA, I don't think I've seen that before reading this series. Hogan has a lot of trust issues revolving around women after his now deceased wife betrayed him. He tried burying his anger and grief with meaningless flings and has finally realized that those flings were not only hurting him but also his 17 year old son Colt. Hogan works for Violet Shaw, a red headed temptress and diner owner, as her new barbecue master grilling his awesome ribs with his secret sauce. The chemistry between them is off the charts but Hogan doesn't think he can give Violet anything but a temporary relationship. Violet wants and respects Hogan but is married to her diner and isn't used to depending on anyone but herself. She knows loving him would be a mistake because he won't let himself love again. With the diner's business booming more then ever thanks to Hogan, their relationship also starts blooming as they decide to give in to their chemistry and see where it takes them. Hogan is a wonderful character, he lost everything when his wife betrayed him but he picked himself and his son up and moved on. Violet is awesome, a red headed firecracker with a temper to match. She is independent and in charge, she speaks her mind and truly cares about the people around her. I think Colt is my favorite character, he is everything I think a person should be, courteous, respectful, fun, brave and caring, he definitely deserves his own story.
The second storyline was about Nathan, who is the sheriff, lead singer of the Drunken Monkeys and friend to Hogan, Jason and Sullivan. A new neighbor moves in next door to Nathan and he is attracted to her from the first time he sees her. She is very private and avoids him the best she can but Nathan is persistent and finally learns that her name is Brooklyn and she creates jewelry. Nathan continues to pursue Brooklyn and she finally lets him in enough to start a tentative relationship. When she become friends with Violet and together the pair is almost ran down by a van, Brooklyn will have to entrust Nathan with her secrets so they can find who wants to hurt Brooklyn and now Violet by association. The second storyline isn't as detailed since its in the background to the main storyline but still fun to read, it isn't a distraction as it is seamlessly interwoven with the main storyline. Nathan is a protector through and through and Brooklyn definitely need a protector. It was awesome to learn some of Nathan's history to give him more depth as a character, Brooklyn was a perfect match for him.
*I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader copy of this book.*