Off the Market by Audrey Wick

Off the Market by Audrey Wick
The Texas BBQ Brothers Book 2
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full length (248 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Mistflower

Can the man who saved the day win her heart?

Quinn LaFayette is in her inaugural year as library special programs director of Last Stand, but when the kickoff performance for the children’s summer program goes terribly wrong, she has to save face as well as her job. She has a surprise advocate in Cole, whom she did her best to ignore in school. Seven years has only made Cole more appealing, but Quinn is determined to resist the sparks that fly between them because they are too different.
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Restaurant owner Cole Hutchinson is no bookworm, but thanks to his fast-thinking antics, he ends up saving the day at the library and earning Quinn’s praise in the process. He’s tempted to seek more, but he’s juggling plenty of female attention from gracing the June edition of Modern Texas magazine featuring barbeque. Cole’s not interested in revisiting a woman from his past, but there’s something about Quinn that he can’t quite ignore.

Can Cole prove that opposites really do attract?

This was an endearing love story. The timing of reading this book in my life was impeccable. Off the Market happens to be the second book in The Texas BBQ Brothers series but it certainly can be read as a standalone.

I related to the heroine on a personal level. Quinn,the heroine, was a library special programs director for the children’s summer program. I recently advocated for my local library to continue scheduling story time in my planned community development. A community of people in charge tried to cut the program because it didn’t generate money. When residents questioned the community staff they recanted cutting the program, blaming it on the library saying they introduced the idea of cutting the program due to scheduling conflicts. The residents don’t know who to believe.

Quinn is dealing with the same type of deceitfulness within her organization. Politics and money are interesting. Both are not something I’d ever consider when I think of a library. However, it’s clear that money rears its ugly head even in community service. When I first started reading Off the Market I was intrigued and then I was stunned when I started living Quinn’s life, literally. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a handsome restaurant owner such as the hero, Cole Hutchinson, coming to my rescue.

Together Quinn and Cole were the perfect couple. I appreciated how they were opposites and yet perfect complements to each other. I was happy that even though they’d known each other in the past, the reader wasn’t stuck reliving the past. It was refreshing how the story remained focused on the present. It was fun to watch them support each other as Quinn had to save face and fight to keep her job.

Off the Market was a fun, engaging read that kept my interest from the first page to the last. Speaking of the last page, the reader is in for treat, literally. I have to recommend this book for its original and creative writing style. This is more than just a romance book. It’s a refreshing pleasant surprise with more than a happily ever after ending. Definitely a worthy read.


  1. This is a lovely review! I am grateful that you were able to connect with the story. What serendipity when that happens with a novel!

    Thank you again for reading and sharing.

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