Tuesday, April 5, 2016

One Hot Summer by Melissa Cutler

Title: One Hot Summer
Author: Melissa Cutler
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: One and Only Texas #1
Main Characters: Remedy and Micah
Release Date: April 2016
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Welcome to Dulcet, Texas, home of the legendary Briscoe Ranch Resort, where one woman will discover that even love is bigger in the Lone Star State...

Celebrity wedding planner Remedy Lane is Hollywood royalty--until a scandal sends her packing to the wilds of Texas. She has a knack for leaving disaster in her wake, but she's determined to reboot her career at Briscoe Ranch, a luxury resort known for extravagant weddings. Little does she know that weddings don't happen at the resort without the approval of the town's cowboy swaggering, too-hot-for-his-own good fire chief, Micah Garrity.

Micah knows trouble when he sees it, and all it takes is one glimpse of Remedy's princess airs for him to know he's met his match. Too bad he can't stop thinking about her--even when she brings about one disaster after another at the resort. He and Remedy clash at every turn, but they can't stop the sparks flying between them. They come from such different worlds--does love stand a chance or will this fire burn too hot for either of them to handle?
My Review:
The premise of this book is pretty fun. Micah is the fire marshal and he's very strict when it comes to the Briscoe Ranch. They already caused one devastating fire 24 years before. He won't let that happen again. 

Remedy is the new event planner with no real idea of the quagmire she is walking into at the Briscoe Ranch. There's very much a feeling of a separation between the elitist's at the Ranch and the working class of the town. This is not a town all working toward the best for the community as a whole. (Note: this is the first in this series, but it's not the first book to feature this setting and I don't remember that feeling from the other books.)

The book starts off showing just how in over her head Remedy really is as she's trying to wrangle a runaway elephant. There are a lot of cute little scenes like that. (I loved the pigeon's that home on her throughout the book.) I'm from Texas...just a couple of hours north of where the book takes place and I enjoyed the play on this liberal California girl transplanted into the conservative backwoods of Texas where men like their guns and their Republicans. (and, yes, that ideal is pervasive in my part of Texas, too.)

I never did really understand fully why things are so combative between Micah and the owner of the Briscoe Ranch. I understand about the fire with Micah, but I didn't understand why Tyson (? I'm not sure if I got his name right) was such a jerk about it. There is definitely an extreme divisive feeling between the town and the ranch which just didn't feel quite right, because this is still a small community so those two worlds would be very mixed especially as long as the ranch has been there...Alex and Xander (? again, not sure on the name which I really am bad at) are a prime example of this.

Overall, I enjoyed the story though. I love that part of Texas on the Frio River so the visuals were amazing. (My favorite scene was the initial party on the river and Alpha Bubba...too fun.) I also really loved the chemistry between Micah and Remedy. There are several side-characters which were interesting. I'd love to delve more into Alex and Xander's relationship. Also, Emily and Litzy were both great fun...even when they made Remedy's job harder. I even liked the story of who Remedy's parents are although I thought her inability to tell them no didn't fit at all with the rest of her personality. The fact is she's a wedding planner...you have to have a strong personality to do that job and that doesn't allow for being a pushover for anyone...certainly not her parents or their friends. 

Emily is the heroine in the next book. She's the chef at the ranch and another gal with a strong personality. I'm looking forward to it. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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