“Breakfast with benefits ”
“The Salt Box Trilogy,” Book 2
The reality show “Lovely Ladies of L.A.” should have launched Lizzy Apodaca s catering company into solvency. Instead, when her carefully prepared appetizers mysteriously gave the cast on-camera food poisoning, she lost everything.
To make matters worse, her car breaks down in Salt Box, Colorado, a town not much bigger than a salt shaker. But maybe her luck is changing the handsome owner of Praeger House, the town s premier hotel, needs a kitchen assistant.
Clark Denham realizes his diamond in the rough is a polished gem when Lizzy steps up to save the hotel s breakfast buffet after his temperamental head chef quits. It isn t long before she s winning his heart as smoothly and efficiently as she runs his kitchen.
Their relationship goes from simmer to rolling boil with the speed of a short order cook. But when a bevy of not-so-lovely ladies shows up in Salt Box, Lizzy s past disaster threatens to flatten her happily ever after faster than a falling souffle.
“Warning: Contains salty dialogue, several servings of high-carb cooking, and a big platter of screaming-hot bedroom delights.”
She can run but there was no way a past that made national news and the tabloids wouldn’t catch up to her eventually. Boy did it ever!
After read Finding Mr. Right Now, book 1 in the Salt Box Trilogy, I couldn’t wait to visit again. This quaint little Colorado town nestled at the foot of the slopes is full of great characters and townsfolk who watch out for each other. They’re used to seeing strangers and welcome the ones who decide make Salt Box their home so I wasn’t surprised when Lizzy rolled in on fumes and found her place in town. The early chapters of the book make references to the catastrophe that forced LIzzy to leave her home, change her name and look for a fresh start. When she actually reveals the details, I couldn’t help feel sorry for her but I was also curious about the rest of the story. There had to be more to it. She simply wasn’t that person to be so careless. I felt certain there were some not so Lovely Ladies who had a hand in her downfall. Time and chapters would tell.
I first met the owner of Praeger House in book 1 of the series. Clark Denham made an impression then so, I was curious to get to know him better and watch his and Lizzy’s story play out. I thought it was clever how the author built their attraction and connection slowly, not unlike how a chef would prepare a tasty sauce. Maybe it was by design or chance, but this isn’t a love at first sight kind of story and that’s just right for them. She’s new and a little wary and Clark comes across as someone who takes his time and gives his full attention to the things that matter. When it becomes Lizzy that matters, that’s when the book really got good!
I really like this author’s voice. The story flows well with vivid descriptions and snappy dialogue. I enjoyed revisiting some of the stops made on my first trip and seeing how the main and secondary characters I met on that trip were doing. The final addition to the series has yet to be released but I already know I’ll be waiting (im)patiently in line. Who will be the next hero or heroine to find love in Salt Box?
Readers who enjoy a well played out small town contemporary romance with just the right amount of heat, should give this book, actually this series, a read. Time well spent.