Review: Take It Off The Menu by Christina Hovland

Posted September 7, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 14 Comments

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I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Take It Off The Menu by Christina Hovland
Take It Off The Menu

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Series: Mile High Matched #3
Genres: Comedy Romance, Romantic Comedy
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on August 23, 2019
Pages: 290
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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The Delight

When crusty, loner, Eli showed up suddenly at his friends’ party with a wife, I just knew that story was going to be a fun one.  This author excels at fun, feel-good romantic comedies among a set of friends who are small business owners in the Denver area.  I look forward to each new release to get the next fun and flirty story.


Take It Off the Menu is book three in the Mile High Matched series.  It’s a standalone connected to the previous books because of a group of single friends who slowly are finding their own romances.

Marlee was getting married in two days.  It was to be the biggest wedding of Denver’s social calendar, but now her fiance’ is calling it off.  He doesn’t need time; he needs it to be over.  She should have felt grief or heartbreak at such news.  So, what did it say that she felt only relief and some anger at how long he held off.  She was with Scotty for ten years and knew that they were both settling.  He was right to call it off, but then the hits kept coming.  He expected to keep his job in her dad’s office and keep their house, and heck, keep the honeymoon trip because no hard feelings, right?  That was when her besties and Eli, the brother of one of her besties, step in support her.  A trip to Vegas to fling away her sorrows is in order, but a Vegas wedding and a honeymoon night with ‘marriage’ is a dirty word Eli was not how it was supposed to end.

Eli knew Vegas, a night of boozing and partying with Marlee, his sister and their friends was a bad idea.  His mistake was going along.  Now, he’s married, bewildered by how little he panicked, and not nearly as upset to be stuck with Marlee for the 90-Day divorce period.  He gives her a roof over her head when her parents pick her ex and she settles in easily among his friends and even Jase’s crazy Babushka.  He wants to prepare his best dishes for her, have her in his kitchen even though she’s a disaster, and he shares his big dream with her.  He doesn’t even mind her chihuahua service dog and he strangely feels jealousy at times.  But, he doesn’t do relationships so he should be relieved that this is short-term, right?

I settled in for the fun from the very first page.  I should have felt badly that Marlee was jilted almost at the altar and that her parents were being such jerks about it all.  But as soon as her three best friends and Eli came to the rescue, I thought it was the best thing that could have ever happened.  It paced nicely and I enjoyed seeing the romance pair start to develop as a couple and the times when the group of friends got together.

The main characters were both engaging and the angst was light.
Eli is curmudgeonly and more the organized ‘stay out of my space’ type.  He is a talented chef and his catering business is doing great and working him toward his dream of opening a restaurant.  He really is a sweetie on the inside and a giver rather than the irascible person he likes people to think he is.
Marlee is a dash about who finds trouble without even trying and can’t cook to save her  life.  She has a generous, good heart and Eli saw that all along.  He never thought of her as the poor little rich girl and never doubted she could stand strong when her parents pulled her credit cards and gave her apartment away.  I loved seeing her having fun sharing Eli’s world and working out her life even while helping Eli open up to the possibility of a lasting relationship.

The comedy is laced through the story especially when Babushka makes her appearance and things go mad cap quick and Marlee’s nutty dog wasn’t getting amorous with Eli’s shoes, but it isn’t distracting and melds with the romance so well.

All in all these are sassy and just sparkle.  Easy, quick reads that I devour so quickly and wish for the next.  Those who enjoy flirty romantic comedies with some heart and a little heat should definitely pick this one up.

My thanks to the author for providing a copy of the book to read in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met

New Release #112
COYER Summer #47 man on cover
Romance-opoly #51 Uptown (foodie romance)


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Jenea's Book Obsession

Marlee’s ex-fiance sounds like a piece of work but Eli sounds like he was just what she needed. Great review!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Oh yeah, he was something else. She was well rid of that guy. Thanks, Jenea!

Carole Rae
2 years ago

Aw fun! Melliane read this too! 😀

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Good catch! She was the one to put me onto this series. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

A Vegas wedding. How fun! lol

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Oh yeah, they did all the Vegas night life and then had a groggy- what did we just do- moment in the morning. LOL

Sarah @ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

I don’t understand why her parents chose her ex over her…that it ridiculous!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I didn’t get it either, but when they explained, it made a twisted kind of sense. Still, they were idiots. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

This sounds like a fun romance! I kind of like the jilted-at-the-alter troupe when it turns out to be the best thing and the jilted finds love. I bet the grandma provides some laughs and yay for a cute service dog! Fab review, Sophia Rose! 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I was all for her moving on and it didn’t feel like it was too soon or off that she did the way it went down. Fun story. You’d enjoy the whole series and especially the book before this one when the grandma ran wild. LOL

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

This sounds like a fun romance! I love the whole going to Vegas with friends and having an unexpected shotgun wedding! I can’t believe Marlee’s parents picked her ex over her! I love when comedy is laced throughout a romance and pets can add fun to the story too! Fab Review Sophia 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

It was good times all around, Lindy. This is a great picker-upper for the feelings. 🙂 Yeah, her folks were something else. And that dog was a hoot!

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
2 years ago

This sounds like so much fun! I love romantic comedies and this one seems to have a lot going for it. I am going to have to add it to my wishlist.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

You won’t regret it. 🙂