Series: Love and Games,
Also in this series: Seven Day Fiance, Accidently Married on Purpose
Published by Entangled Publishing on 08 July 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: Inkslinger PR
Also by this author: Seven Day Fiance, Accidently Married on Purpose, The Fine Art of Pretending, You're Still the One, The Natural History of Us
First Line(s): When the bright red and white Taste the Heat banner fluttered in an abrupt and unseasonable gust of wind, then collapsed onto her head in an undignified heap, Colby Robicheaux figured it had to be an omen.
Just a few days ago I was saying how books with a widow/widower MC were a turn off for me so it might come as a surprise that shortly after that I found myself reading about one in Taste the Heat by Rachel Harris. Now, based on the synopsis its not entirely clear that the hero of this story is a widower but its not long before this is mentioned in the text of the book. You can be sure that there was an eye roll on my part and some serious consideration on putting this one aside. But I am trying to branch out more with my books so I decided to stay with it.
Overall, I enjoyed Taste the Heat and for the most part I liked the two main characters, Colby and Jason. Of the two though, Colby did annoy me the most. She was just a tad too stuck in the past sometimes and it affected her personality. She did start to get over some of her issues but it all just seemed to happen a bit too fast to be real. I know if a book that there isn’t a ton of time to accomplish things but it did feel a bit rushed. Her and Jason’s relationship also felt a bit rushed. Oh, it started off a good pace and then BAM! there was love and it almost gave me whiplash.
Taste the Heat also had a lot of secondary characters which can sometimes take away from the main story. Fortunately, in this book the secondary characters only add to the overall story. Jason’s daughter, Emma, was adorable and fun and Colby’s siblings also added some entertainment to the story. I’m also hopeful that the next two books in this series follow them.
Taste the Heat wasn’t a perfect story but it was a quick read and I read it in one sitting over a couple of hours. Its a fast paced contemporary that allows you to escape for a bit without requiring much thinking. Its a perfect brain candy/beach read when all you want to do is just hunker down with a book and forget the world around you. There is no super complex mystery or plot and while I often prefer more of a romantic suspense over a straight romance this one hit the spot right when I needed it. It was a nice distraction from everything going on in my life right now.
I enjoyed Rachel Harris’s writing and I do think that she’s an author to watch. I look forward to reading her two YA books and in seeing what she comes up with in the future for her more adult stories.
Love and Games Series Order
Book 1: Taste the Heat
Book 2: Her Fake Fiance (Oct 2013)
Book 3: Untitled (Early 2014)
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