Saturday, November 16, 2013

{Heather #Review} Contemporary Romance: Delectable by Adrianne Lee

DELECTABLE by Adrianne Lee
Genre: Contemporary
Series: Big Sky Pie #1
Format: ebook via Netgalley
Length: 252 pages
Publisher: Forever (September 3, 2013)

Montana real estate agent Quint McCoy will tell you that the most important thing is location, location, location. It's a lesson he learns all too well when he goes incommunicado for a four-week fishing trip to Alaska. While he's away, his mother Molly turns his office into the pie shop she has always dreamed of, Big Sky Pie. But that's not the only surprise in store for him.

On her way out of town, Callee McCoy only wants to say a fond farewell to her beloved mother-in-law. But Molly soon persuades Callee to stay and lend a hand at the new shop, even if it means heating up the kitchen with her soon-to-be ex. As Callee and Quint rediscover their recipe for love, they realize that some couples are so sinfully good together that one delectable taste is never enough . . .

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Delectable is a second-chance romance – the protagonists, Callee and Quint, are at the end of their marriage and have just to sign the papers to sever their relationship completely. Only as so often happens, Callee and Quint have unresolved feelings for each other and while life goes crazy all around them they are forced to face those feelings head on.

This romance is a great read if you’ve ever been in the should-I-end-it-or-try-again relationships; the emotional roller coaster is beautifully handled. It’s easy to root for Callee no matter what choice she makes (and at different times in the story, you’ll want her to do different things). She is a responsible adult who makes fairly smart decisions, despite her life being a complete train wreck.

What I have issue with in this book is Quint’s secret. I won’t give it away and create a spoiler, but I will say that if he had just been man enough to admit what he was capable of in the beginning, a lot of drama could have been avoided. I like to see characters that grow as people over the course of the novel; in my opinion, Quint keeping his secret and asking Callee to do the same was proof that he hadn’t changed much at all. In addition, Callee gives up her dream too easily – instead of fighting for it, she leaves it behind in an unsatisfying way. While the two end up together in the end (which is no spoiler at all), I feel like they are going to revisit many of their relationship issues as a couple.

Favorite Quote:
Callee gathered up her clothes, tugging them on, humiliation and embarrassment scorching her insides. She glanced at the mess on the floor. It was just like their marriage. It had started out as something wonderful and ended up thrown away.

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