A sassy opposites attract romance, with sugar, spice and everything nice.
Southern Chef Hadley Beckett is given the opportunity of a lifetime to appear on a season of career highlight making show Renown, but there's a hitch. She must share the stage with her nemesis, the flamboyant bad boy Maxwell Cavanaugh.
A fun, lighter read that brings the drama of reality TV and the inviting feel of HGTV into this sweet, Southern, sassy read. Hadley and Max couldn't be more opposite from their lifestyles, to their cooking, I liked how they were contrasted against each other, and how even though they tend to not have the most peaceful of interactions they do force each other to show and confront parts of themselves that have been avoided for too long.
In a way this book felt like an extended meet cute, and I don't want to say too much, but as a whole we don't get to see as much of the relationship, and personal soul-searching as I was hoping for--despite them being in their heads quite a bit (not a bad thing). It's almost like we get to see the kinda a behind the scenes of the beginning of things and what was happening just while the shows were taping-probably not a good explanation. But I liked the characters, and in a way felt like my time with them was cut short.
Hadley is sweet and sassy, her inner dialog contrasts with her sweet, polite outward demeanor, which is contrasted with Max, who comes to many realizations over the course of the book. I liked how the various side characters are used effectively to show contrast, and also a deeper look into the main characters.
This was a quick read, enjoyable, and fun. It's a fun, opposites attracts romance, that is clean, but besides mentioning Hadley being a Christian a couple of times, and Max seeing something different in her, it doesn't dig into the faith of the characters more, which I personally think was sadly a missed opportunity in a release from a known Christian fiction publisher. It was a fun read, with very astute pop culture references that brought the story to life, with antics that kept me wondering what they would do next.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.