Sunday, December 11, 2011

Burning Down the Spouse by Dakota Cassidy

Title: Burning Down the Spouse
Author: Dakota Cassidy
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Trophy Wives #2
Main Characters: Frankie & Nikos
Release Date: July 2011
Publisher: Berkley
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen...the latest from national bestselling author Dakota Cassidy!
After discovering that her famous chef husband was cheating, Frankie Bennett lost her mind-on live TV. Now Frankie is broke, unemployed, and hiding out in her aunt's retirement village. That is, until Maxine Henderson-Barker-reformed trophy wife and owner of Trophy Jobs Inc. employment agency-arrives to give Frankie a much needed kick in the pants.
Soon, Frankie lands a job as a prep chef at a Greek diner in New Jersey, home to the world's best meatloaf and an owner who resembles an exquisitely chiseled Greek statue. Falling into bed with Nikos isn't the best idea, but after years of living in a man's shadow, this ex- trophy wife is ready to get busy cooking...

My Review:

I absolutely love Dakota's books and her writing voice. They crack me up. They entertain me. They make me smile. This book, #2 in the Trophy Wives series, was no exception to all of those things.

In this book we meet Frankie, moments after her live-on-the-air meltdown when she finds out her celebrity chef husband of eighteen years was cheating on her. This revelation sends her into a divorce, poverty, and depression. This is where Maxine (heroine from book #1) comes in, as a former trophy wife herself, to help get Frankie motivated again. With her "Suck it up, Princess" attitude, things start to turn around for Frankie starting with a job doing prep work at Nikos' family diner in New Jersey.

Nikos is hot and sexy and he has a thing for strays and damsels in distress. The issue with that is that damsels in distress tend to have a lot of baggage which doesn't make them great candidates for trusting his heart with them. He has been hurt before...several times, so even though he is drawn to Frankie, he tries to resist.

I LOVED Frankie's character. I loved the fact that once she started to develop a backbone again, she embraced it. She is not a meek little thing and I love it when she stands up for herself and her emotions with Nikos. But she isn't a fly-off-the-handle kind of gal. She learned that lesson on national tv and knows that isn't the way to handle anything. This is a character who grows so much through this book. I LOVE that!

In addition to Frankie and Nikos' love story, there is a secondary love story between Simon (Nikos' friend) and Jasmine (Frankie's friend and fellow former trophy wife.) I loved Simon's character. He is a former NFL quarterback who is now blind, but his attitude towards that blindness is awesome. You know from the beginning that his motivation behind pursuing Jasmine is not pure, but you don't know exactly why. When it came out, I literally gasped out loud. I had NO IDEA that was coming...OMG!! Such an interesting and completely unexpected twist to their story.

Overall this was an amazing book. I was also really pleasantly surprised to find out that this book takes place during the holiday's. Who knew? hehe...just a wonderful, entertaining read!

1 comment:

Aurian said...

Hmmm this series has been on my wishlist for a while. Think I'll kick it a few places up.