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- Print Length: 266 pages
- Publisher: Entangled: Select Contemporary (January 12, 2015)
- Publication Date: January 12, 2015
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00R6DRYLM
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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Some Like It Sizzling (Perfect Recipe) Kindle Edition
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I had several major issues with Some Like It Sizzling. The first being what got Jenna into this mess in the first place. Why in the world would you have shared bank accounts and credit cards with someone you are not married or related to?! I mean, I know this could still have happened if they were married, but that's not my point. I really do not think it's a good idea to have no clue about, or any control over, your funds because you entrusted them to someone else. Jenna and Hal were not married, shouldn't she have kept some things in her own name? She also admits to not knowing anything about the comings and goings of the fund, as far as not even realizing their rent hadn't been paid in several months! This makes zero sense to me!
My second issue was just Jenna herself. She annoyed me. She is obsessed with being skinny! She talks about picking at her food so she doesn't gain weight. Her friends and family are constantly pointing out that she's not eating enough, and it wouldn't kill her to gain a little weight. But she takes that as them calling her fat, when she knows she's not even close to being fat. It's like she was fishing for compliments, except that no one is complimenting her because she's being unhealthy. Aside from that, I also couldn't believe that she had no clue that when you're serving someone court papers, the first words out of your mouth should not be "I'm from So-and-So law firm." I think that was suppose to be funny, but it was just stupid. She spent the whole book trying to track that guy down after that.
The fight in Some Like It Sizzling also really did not sit well with me. Of course, Jenna does something to get some extra money to pay off all of these bills that have been piling up. She's on her way to tell Luke about it, since it's not exactly something he'd be happy with, but he finds out before she has a chance. He gets pissed off and claims that she did what she did for other reasons and that she had no intention of telling him. But then he lets her explain, and I thought this wasn't going to turn into some huge stupid thing. Well, it's like he didn't hear a word she said! He's still stuck in his own head with the story he concocted! Even after he talks to a voice of reason who tells him to let her explain (which she already did!!!), he still doesn't accept her explanation. The worst part is is that she apologizes to him! He doesn't apologize to her for being a jerk, but she takes full responsibility for the situation. Are you serious?! She didn't do anything!!!
Some Like It Sizzling wasn't all bad. There is actually a second romance going on. Luke's ex-wife hasn't moved on after their divorce, and she's annoyed at him always trying to set her up on dates. Well, she does find love in the least expected place. I really wish Olivia had gotten her own full book, because I was really enjoying her story. I especially loved her dissertation research! That is something I definitely wanted to read more of!
In the end, Some Like It Sizzling just let me down! I was not feeling the romance between Jenna and Luke, because I didn't like Jenna, but then I didn't like how all of their problems became her fault when it's him who has his head stuck up his butt. I really hated that ending too, since it's my least favorite type of romance ending. You know the ones where one person suddenly and inexplicably has a change of heart on a major decision just to make the other person happy, even though they could have compromised! It just drives me crazy!
*Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley for review. No compensation was offered or accepted.
Some Like It Sizzling (A Perfect Recipe #3) by Robbie Terman, is a terrific novel. I read the first two books in the series and this one is a little less foodie, yet sizzling with a blast from the past for the two main characters. Each book centers around one of three very best friends who co-own a restaurant together, and ex-model turned restaurateur, Jenna Rawley, is in the hot seat. The prologue opens the book with an exciting scene that introduces the hero and heroine to the reader, while simultaneously detonating the sexual tension that still exists between them.
Jenna and firefighter Luke Kearney were high school sweethearts and madly in love many moons ago. Luke was beyond devastated, when Jenna secretly left town a day after they both graduated high school to pursue a modeling career in Europe. However, she had legitimate reasons for her disappearance act. Now years later, they are forced together to plan their fifteen year high school reunion. They have no choice but to get to know each other once again, air their dirty laundry and acknowledge that their feelings for each other remain alive and well. In fact, they can't seem to keep their hands off of each other.
This is a well-written, second chance romance. Ms. Terman creates wonderful, realistic characters that are both interesting and engaging. At times, my heart actually ached for Jenna and Luke as they felt the need to hurt each other due to their lack of communication. This is a good book and the entire Perfect Recipe series should definitely be added to your TBR list.
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating!
Second chances at love are some of my favorite types of books to read. There's the connection and spark that's already there. There's usually something at least one of them is bitter about still that ended things to begin with. There's just so many possibilities for tension and romance and passion. While I loved the storyline...I did have one issue with this book.
I adored Jenna's family and all of her friends. I fell hard for Luke, his family was lots of fun, he has the most adorable and inquisitive little boy. I even loved....loved his ex-wife Olivia. Flat out loved her. The one person I couldn't stand unfortunately was Jenna. Had you completely removed her from this book or given her a complete personality overhaul I would have easily gone 4 to 4.5 stars on this one.
Jenna is very vain and materialistic and such a label whore that before 50 pages in there were already 3 name drops and by the end of the book it was closer to 10. I honestly don't know why this bugs me so much but it always seems to. At one point Jenna even makes some sort of mental reference to the fact that she measured financial security by things. Not only that but after high school she was the one who left Luke for partially selfish reasons. She left without a word and sent him a letter from Europe as a kind of oh-by-the-way-I-moved type of thing, it was her choice right? Well when she's back home and she discovers her family like went to his wedding and kept in contact with him she would call them traitors and was honest to goodness pissed off that he was still part of their life. Not that it mattered that both families went way back before they even dated in school to begin with. There are just too many reasons and situations that even when she started making changes toward the end, the damage was already done. Not a Jenna fan sorry.
But on to the better parts of this book. Seriously Luke is as close to perfection as you could get. Besides the fact that he's a firefighter (um, yeah, I'm already sold) he is just a genuinely sweet and wonderful guy. Very family oriented, he's an amazing dad and his son Eli is the center of his world. He has the most healthy and awesome relationship with Olivia, the ex-wife, to the point where for the longest time I was actually hoping a miracle would happen and Jenna would run off again and he'd get back together with Olivia instead.
I haven't read the fist 2 books in the series as of yet but the females are Jenna's best friends who you get to know a tiny bit in this one. They both seemed like so much fun and so I will more than likely be giving them a try. This book really was good it was just one character that I didn't get on with.
And surprise, surprise...without giving anything away there is a second storyline that is going on within this one and with the exception of Luke, I almost wish that there had been more of it since I was far more interested in all the people involved there instead. Don't worry it's not complicated because the stories are meshed together and related. But anyway, final thoughts would be that for the most part I did love this book and if you think a character like Jenna won't bother you than I do recommend it because it had plenty of moments that were heartwarming, heartbreaking, funny and very steamy.
Thanks to Entangled for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!