Recipe for Kisses by Michelle Major
Chloe Daniels doesn’t need a man—after escaping a marriage gone bad, she guards her heart as closely as the details of her past. So when hot-tempered celebrity chef Ben “the Beast” Haddox storms into her struggling toy store, Chloe is determined not to be drawn in by his broad shoulders…or baby-blue eyes.
In his hometown, Ben’s culinary career is almost as famous as his bad-boy rep. He’s out to prove to naysayers he’s a success by opening a new restaurant—and the only thing standing in his way is Chloe’s store. But before he has a chance to convert her space into his signature eatery, she cooks up a plan to show him that her shop is worth saving.
As things start to sizzle between them, Chloe must figure out how to avoid getting burned. Can she trust herself to love again, or has she jumped out of the frying pan and into desire?
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this book.
A few chapters in, I really thought it was going to be overly sappy, but I was very wrong. Recipe for Kisses is, instead, a heartwarming story about two people who want to overcome themselves. both H and h struggle with an inner battle regarding how they treat and react to others. while their issues and journeys are very different, the similarities bring them together.
The market is flooded with over-bearing, dominant, abrasive leading men, so it was nice to see a man that wanted to improve himself by leaving his more aggressive personality traits in the past.
Our leading lady is a lover, not a fighter, but through the story she becomes stronger. while she is never forced to leave her gentle nature, she is able to harness it.
I was given an ARC via NetGalley.
About the Author
Michelle Major grew up in Ohio but dreamed of living in the mountains. Soon after graduating with a degree in Journalism, she pointed her car west and settled in Colorado. Her life and house are filled with one great husband, two beautiful kids, a few furry pets and several well-behaved reptiles. She’s grateful to have found her passion writing stories with happy endings. Michelle loves to hear from her readers at www.michellemajor.com.