A Fine Romance
By Christi Barth
Book #2 in the Aisle Bound series
They say you form your first impression of someone within thirty seconds of meeting them. Or, in Mira Parrish’s case, within thirty minutes of not meeting them, when said person is supposed to pick you up from the airport and never shows. This is not a perfect start to her new life. Her friend Ivy is depending on her to run a new romance store, and Mira can’t afford to let her down.
Sam Lyons should probably apologize. But every time he sees Mira—which is often, since his family owns the bakery next to her shop—he can’t resist antagonizing her. There’s something about the sexy, straight-laced woman that drives him crazy. He can’t get involved, though. He has too much baggage to be any good in a serious relationship. Despite his teasing attitude, Mira finds Sam too sweet to resist. (His hot body may be a factor.) But if there’s going to be anything permanent between them, they’ll need to let go of their pasts and look to the future…
I never thought about the many ways a baker could be sexy and Sam Lyons has transformed my image of a man who handles dough and sugar. Who knew that transporting huge wedding cakes helps develop a guy's biceps and pecs!! Even though he was a bit of a jerk in the beginning, Sam goes to the top of my book boyfriend list!
Mira is no slouch either and she goes toe-to-toe with Sam when their first meetings were less than perfect. She certainly got and kept his attention. Their romance eventually takes off and Sam finds some really exciting uses for the concoctions and sauces found in his bakery. Use your imagination.
Both have some really tough family issues to contend with that have the potential of derailing them and it adds some realism to their conflicts. I also love the interactions with their tight friends network. They keep things fun and help Sam and Mira focus on what's really important to them both. I don't know whose story is next but I know I'll be one of the first to read it. I'm really enjoying the series with its eclectic mix of personalities and sexy heroes and this one was hard to put down.