So. Much. Goodness!
This book was all the goodness I've come to expect from the mind of JT Geissinger. I laughed out loud, growled in frustration, felt the need to grab the B.O.B and even got all teary eyed and sniffily and I fell into adoration with not only Bianca and Jackson, but the crazy characters that loved them. And if that wasn't enough it made me hungry even when I was already eating. (Trust me it's a thing)
I adored Bianca from the start. She’s a sassy little spitfire with huge heart and loves to cook. She isn't afraid to speak her mind, and boy when she does she goes big. I loved her honesty and compassion
Straight up, Jackson is a Beast. He is gruff, snarly and bossy AF, but he is a good and honorable man underneath it all and I fell into full on adoration with him long before the reasons for his Beastie-ness was revealed. His heart may be bruised and battered, but it's still golden.
Their journey to their HEA was a rocky one, I mean what Beauty and the Beast style love story isn't? But it was a fun one. The chemistry between them was explosive on so many levels that I'm surprised they truly didn't combust. It was fun watching them get to know each other, despite their unconventional situation, and how they ended bringing out the best in each other.
This really was a fun ride that pulled out all the feels with a cast of characters that made me want more. Eeny, Hoyt and Rayford were my absolute favorites and had me wanting to sit down at a table overflowing with food and just listen to the stories of their lives. And speaking of food and drink, dear lord my mouth was watering the entire time and has me wanting to test out each and everyone of them. There was no indication as to what the next book in the series will bring, but I’ll be making sure I get my hands on a copy!
~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley & voluntarily reviewed ~
The marriage is fake. But for a sassy chef and an arrogant billionaire, the sparks are real…
Jackson “The Beast” Boudreaux is rich, gorgeous, and unbelievably rude to the staff at Chef Bianca Hardwick’s New Orleans restaurant. Bianca would sooner douse herself in hot sauce than cook for Jackson again, but when he asks her to cater his fund-raiser, Bianca can’t refuse, knowing the cash will help pay her mother’s medical bills. Then Jackson makes another outrageous request: Marry me. The unconventional offer includes an enormous sum—money Bianca desperately needs, even if it does come with a contract—and a stunning ring.
The heir to a family bourbon dynasty, Jackson knows the rumors swirling around him. The truth is even darker. Still, he needs a wife to secure his inheritance, and free-spirited, sassy Bianca would play the part beautifully. Soon, though, their simple business deal evolves into an emotional intimacy he’s built walls to avoid.
As the passion heats up between them, Bianca and Jackson struggle to define which feelings are real and which are for show. Is falling for your fake fiancé the best happy ending…or a recipe for disaster?
A former headhunter, J.T. Geissinger is the author of more than a dozen novels in contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense.
She is the recipient of the Prism Award for Best First Book, the Golden Quill Award for Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, and is a two-time finalist for the RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America®. Her work has also finaled in the Booksellers’ Best, National Readers’ Choice, and Daphne du Maurier Awards.
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