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Genres: Comedy Romance, Romantic Comedy
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on August 23, 2019
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.
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