Her Unexpected Hero by Kyra Jacobs – a Review

Her Unexpected Hero by Kyra Jacobs – a Review

 

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Maddie Frye, the Checkerberry Inn’s snarky, introverted chef, just wants to be left alone. But with the inn’s upcoming gala, Maddie’s boss has matchmaking on the brain. So when the gorgeous new guy in town helps her out for a night, she comes up with the perfect solution to her problem…

Cole Granville is looking for a fresh start. When a part-time job opens in the Checkerberry’s kitchen, he takes it without a second thought. The only catch? He’s got to help his sexy new coworker snag a date for an upcoming dance. But as he coaches Maddie on attracting her crush, Cole realizes he’s the one falling for the curvy brunette.

 

Review:

Her Unexpected Hero by Kyra Jacobs is a fun read for the summer. I read it in one afternoon. It is part of a series, but it can be read as a standalone, without reading the others first.

Maddie loves her job, she’s just not a “people person” she just wants to cook and live her life on her own terms. Maddie might lack self confidence in the outside world, but in her kitchen …. she is in total control and it’s her domain. And when her boss decides that Maddie needs a date to the Inns party, it puts her in a panic, but Maddie has no intention of being “paired up” so she looks for an alternative “date”…. she knows the perfect guy, but she doesn’t know his name and doesn’t have the confidence to go up to the guy and ask him out.

Cole is looking for escape out of small town dreary life. He’s got a dark past and secrets that he just wants to escape from, and he doesn’t think he can in a small town, his past has turned him into a cynical and hard man. All he wants is to build a studio to record music, but doesn’t have enough money.

So with enough money in his pocket he intends to start a new life and a new adventure.
Hired as the new dishwasher for the Inn, Cole is asked to help Maddie prepare for a date, to gain confidence, but what Cole gets is to see the other side of Maddie, and he begins to regret teaching her on how to get her man.

The story flows nicely and the characters are well written, I’ve not read the other two stories previous to this, but I may be tempted to go and have a read.

Reviewed by Julie

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A Coldwater Warm Hearts Wedding by Lexi Eddings – a Review

A Coldwater Warm Hearts Wedding by Lexi Eddings – a Review

 

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“Everyone longs for a place to be loved and accepted, warts and all. And Coldwater Cove has its share of warts! But while this cozy corner of the world is home to just about anyone who wants to put down roots, the way has been barred to Michael Evans.”

Mike’s dad saw to that some ten years ago when he ordered him to leave town and never come back. But when Michael learns his mother is battling breast cancer, not even the animosity between him and his father can keep him away. Of course he didn’t figure on getting roped into being best man at his sister’s upcoming wedding, but as long as Michael’s back in town, he figures he s got a second chance with the girl who got away Heather Walker.

Long-legged Heather has had a love/hate relationship with the town bad boy ever since he christened her Stilts in middle school. She was voted most likely to succeed. Michael seemed destined for the state pen. Even so, she hopes there’s more to him than leathers and a Harley, for his family’s sake if nothing else. But while her fascination with him grows, a decade-old secret involving a member of “her” family threatens to tear them apart…

 

 

Review:

A Coldwater Warm Hearts Wedding by Lexi Eddings is the 2nd book in her Coldwater series.  Heather Walker, our heroine, is Lacy Evans’s (previous book heroine) best friend. Heather, who is a nurse, is helping take care of Lacy’s mother who has just had an operation for breast cancer.   Michael Evans, our hero, is Lacey’s brother, who left home 10 years ago after fallout with his father, but finally returns home to see his mother. 

Lacy’s convinces Michael to stay awhile and be Jake’s best man at the wedding. Heather remembers Michael as the boy who called her “Stilts”, and he was always one of the bad boys in town.  Now that Michael is grown up, the attraction between them also heats up.  Michael has built himself a successful business, which no one really knows about.  Michael decides to move some of his crew to Coldwater Cover temporarily, so that he can watch over his mother’s recovery; attend the wedding as best man and explore the feelings he begins to have for Heather. To Heather’s surprise, she too is falling in love with Michael, and she knows he will not be there long. 

There is also a mystery revolving Heather’s deceased sister, who died 10 years before.  Because of that, Heather  avoids her family as much as she can, thinking they wished it was her who died in the accident.  But there will be some surprises that will not only change things, but threaten the growing relationship between Michael and Heather.   This will also open the door for Michael and his father to mend, as the truth is revealed.

I liked Michael and Heather together, as well as many of the secondary characters.  This was a sweet romance, with a bit of mystery that will have us worried if our couple will not be able to stay together.  The ending also had a surprise twist.  The Coldwater Warm Hearts Wedding  was another nice sweet romance by Lexi Eddings, with a small town background and a great couple.  I suggest you start with the first book in this series. 

Reviewed by Barb

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