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Monday, April 4, 2011

Bed, Breakfast and You by Maddie James

Bed, Breakfast and You by Maddie James
(part of the Return to Legend Series)
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (81 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 Books
Reviewed by Iris

Suzie Schul has it all. A booming business, a wonderful town to live in, and, well, food. Yeah, she loves to cook and she’s the best darned cook in Legend, Tennessee. Everybody says so. She runs her own B&B, has published a cookbook, conducts cooking classes on Saturdays, and caters for special events and holidays.

What more could she want, really?

Nothing, that she will admit, anyway. And let's not even think about that brief escape to Gatlinburg several months back when she had separated from her then-husband, Cliff. Or the fact that the man ran off with her little sister while they were, um, estranged. And let's definitely not bring to light that she'd never really revealed to anyone in the small town of Legend what exactly had happened between her and Cliff.

Or the fact that while she was off "finding herself" and "losing her husband" at the same time, she sort of, well, had a fling. But never mind about that, because "the fling" is long gone and likely doesn't even know where to find her. Besides, he was trouble.

And just when Suzie thinks all is well, Mr. Trouble rides up to her B&B doorstep on a bad-a** Harley and tosses her perfect little world into some kind of big, bad tumble.

This book left me wanting some of Suzie’s blueberry muffins! I suppose that is a side effect of reading a short story set in a bed and breakfast.

Speaking of short stories, this one surprised me a great deal. The pace did not seem rushed, the back-story was explained to my satisfaction, and there was plenty of conflict as well as some hot backyard sex. Despite the fact there are three other stories in the this series you can “drop in” to this episode in Legend and not feel lost.

There was plenty of professional conflict between our hero and heroine, plus the history between them added tension to all of their interactions. It also added to the sizzle when they came together.

Our heroine appears accident-prone around our hero. In addition to an opportunity for interaction between Susie and Brad, it provides some bumps as bruises as well as a vehicle for a surprise for Suzie.

This is a fully fleshed-out story in a small package – perfect for lunchtime reading or waiting at the doctor’s office. Grab a copy of this short story today, and enjoy yourself! Don’t forget your blueberry muffin!