Braden Mack thinks reading romance novels makes him an expert in love, but he’ll soon discover that real life is better than fiction.
Liv Papandreas has a dream job as a sous chef at Nashville’s hottest restaurant. Too bad the celebrity chef owner is less than charming behind kitchen doors. After she catches him harassing a young hostess, she confronts him and gets fired. Liv vows revenge, but she’ll need assistance to take on the powerful chef.
Unfortunately, that means turning to Braden Mack. When Liv’s blackballed from the restaurant scene, the charismatic nightclub entrepreneur offers to help expose her ex-boss, but she is suspicious of his motives. He’ll need to call in reinforcements: the Bromance Book Club.
Inspired by the romantic suspense novel they’re reading, the book club assists Liv in setting up a sting operation to take down the chef. But they’re just as eager to help Mack figure out the way to Liv’s heart… even though she’s determined to squelch the sparks between them before she gets burned.
I picked this book up on a whim and I’m glad I did. It was a really great story. No, I didn’t read book #1 in the series. It didn’t hinder the story at all. IMHO.
This is Mack and Liv’s story. Or unstory. Maybe.
Mack is ready to step it up with his current girlfriend go exclusive, he just needs to impress her and seal the deal. Only it backfires and he ends up getting Liv fired from her job as a pastry chef at Savory. An upscale eatery. What he doesn’t know is that he has in a roundabout way saved Liv. Did she need to be saved? Or did Mack? Mack realizes that the more time he spends with Liv, the more he enjoys her company. Yes, she has a barbed tongue, but everyone is hiding something? Right?
Liv is pissed at Mack. First, he gets her fired, then he tells her family, and then he can’t leave her alone. Ok, maybe that last one she doesn’t mind too much. What is she going to do? Her ex-boss is going to blackball her from getting another job. Not only that he’s a slimeball that needs to learn a lesson. She doesn’t want to take Mack up on his job as a bartender. She needs to end this. With the help of Mack and his crew of men who read romance books to keep up with the ladies, they just might be able to carry this out. Yet, when secrets start falling down like rain can Liv understand what is going on? Can she understand and accept everything?
This is a quick read that I really enjoyed. I enjoyed that everything is simple but fun. There are highs and lows in this book. Drops that make you think you just lept off a cliff to your death. Highs that make you smile and hope for the best. There are good people out there and good always beats bad – right?