Author: Olivia Miles
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May28,2015
A copy of this book was received in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect the review in any way.
About the Book: If there’s anything Anna Madison knows, it’ how to turn life’s lemons into a lemonade cocktail served in a vintage glass. So when her beloved Briar Creek café burns down, she sees it as an opportunity to start fresh. But the only kitchen available to her is in the diner down the street—owned by her sinfully sexy ex.
If Anna thinks she can take over his greasy-spoon kitchen with her high-end cuisine, Mark Hastings is about to set her straight fast. Their breakup is his biggest regret—not that he’ll ever admit it to her. Nope, he’d rather show her exactly what she’s been missing. With desire set on a high simmer, their menu is about to get a whole lot spicier…
In An Oyster Shell- This book is an average romance there is little that sets it apart from other’s in it aside from the culinary details. I say if you are looking for something romantic and don’t have high literary expectations. Go for it!
The Pearls –
First and foremost the most exciting aspect of this book is it’s a romance with food. I had so much fun following along with the food choices. I am even going to highlight some of the recipes in the second week of May! This book inspired me even more to pair my love for reading with my love for good food. I felt like the author took great care to weave this into the story. I felt this offered a lot of dynamic to it.
If you read my Fairy Tale Bride review you will already know that I love small town settings. I love them so much that I have them set in some of my own books I am writing. There is just endless fodder when you are dealing with small town dynamics. It makes for a lot of conflict and tends to be humorous. I love Briar Creek which is where this whole series is set.
The main character’s in this book were fairly predictable, the supporting character’s really shined more than they did. The book opens with a crazy meddling matchmaking aunt and it’s character’s like that which help propel the book forward.
One more nice thing about this book is that it’s second in the series, but the author does a great job of filling you in with what happened before, without being too redundant. Is okay to be read as a standalone.
All in all, it’s a fun not to be taken too seriously romance.
The Sand – The first disappointing thing I encountered with this book was the long drawn out drama of the main character Anna brooding over what happened with Mark. I thought her reaction was a bit dramatic and annoying. Her and Mark were really fairly perfectible character’s and I guess that I shouldn’t expect much more from an average romance.
The second and overall disappointing thing about this book for me was the lack of originality. It’s a story that’s been told again and again girl get’s dumped, doesn’t get over it, guy sees he makes mistakes, drama and conflict of they want to be together but can’t, then they get together. It’s a predictable storyline thank goodness the author elaborated with some colorful dishes to keep the read from being tasteless.
I give this book 3.5 pearls. 3 pearls for the predictable but well done romance and .5 pearls for the culinary genius that went into this book.
About the Author –
Olivia Miles is a bestselling author of contemporary romance. A city girl with a fondness for small town charm, Olivia enjoys highlighting both ways of life in her stories. She currently resides just outside Chicago with her husband, young daughter, and two ridiculously pampered pups.
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