Title: A Match Made on Main Street
Author: Olivia Miles
My Rating: B+
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Briar Creek #2
Main Characters: Anna and Mark
Release Date: April 2015
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Sexual Intensity: mild
If there’s anything Anna Madison knows, it’s 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…
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I enjoy foodie reads and this one was great just because both the hero and heroine are chefs. In fact their history goes back to when they were in culinary school together and fell in love...7 years before the book takes place. But Mark couldn't handle the commitment and broke Anna's heart. Now they both live and work in the same hometown...and pretend that the other doesn't exist. Something that isn't easy when they are tied by friends and family and small town life.
But when Anna throws a curve ball at Anna, suddenly she finds Mark there...with possible solutions. She just knows that she can't trust herself or him to get close to him again. Her broke her heart once before with no warning and she's never recovered. She can't let herself feel that deeply or become that vulnerable ever again.
This is a new series for me. It's book #2 in the series and I have the first book, I just haven't had a chance to read it yet, but I think this one may be a real winner. I do love small town contemporary romances and this one fell right along the lines of Robyn Carr or Susan Mallery. It revolves around a core group of friends, family, and businesses. Not only did this one deal with the restaurants, but Anna provides the food for the local bookstore too. Books and food--we have a win!
I liked the history and the back story for the two main characters. The conflict was very believable and the secret that Anna never told Mark really upped the suspense while reading the story. I also liked the addition of the cooking contest and the fact that the author didn't take the obvious route with that story line.
Overall it was good and I definitely plan to continue to follow this new small town series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
About A MATCH MADE ON MAIN STREET:
Anna Madison has faithfully avoided her old flame for six years, even though their Main Street restaurants are only a few blocks apart. The sting of his rejection was enough to make her swear off dating for good, but when her successful restaurant is damaged in a fire, she's left to the mercy of the one man she's spent years proving she doesn't need...and convincing herself she doesn't want. Mark Hastings can't say he's happy being alone, but at least his heart is safe. Burnt out from running the Briar Creek diner, he's ready for a change. He tells himself he's just being neighborly by letting Anna use his kitchen, but being by her side again stirs up temptations he might not be able to resist a second time around.
About Olivia Miles:
Having grown up in New England, Olivia Miles attended McGill University in Montreal, Quebec before settling in Chicago where she lives with her husband, their daughter, and two ridiculously pampered pups. When she is not chasing after her little ones, she is hard at work creating feisty heroines and alpha heroes with a heart. A city girl with a fondness for small town charm, Olivia enjoys highlighting both ways of life in her stories.
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