Author: Laura Trentham
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Rating: 4.5 stars
Type: Novel in Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Jessica Montgomery has always lived by three simple rules: stay calm, stay professional, stay in control. Working tirelessly to make it into the executive ranks of her family’s business, her dream job of CFO is within reach–if she can convince one stubborn and sexy Alabama restaurateur to take her offer and manage Montgomery Industries flagship restaurant in Atlanta.
On the surface Logan Wilde is all good-old-boy charm and humor, but he can’t seem to outrun the hell-raising reputation of his high school years. Although he has thought about leaving his hometown in Falcon Alabama, he has grown to love the town, his restaurant, and his part-time gig coaching the football team.
Jessica estimates it will take a week tops to get Logan Wilde’s signature on her generous offer, but their first meeting is anything but professional. Logan shreds Jessica’s control and unleashes a passion she didn’t know existed even as a deeper connection between them takes root. When her family’s manipulations threaten to tear them apart, Jessica has to decide whether her dream is really the CFO job or the man who has unselfishly offered his love.
Review: This was an amazing, sexy, happy read that took me straight to Falcon, Alabama and had me settling right in! I loved Laura’s first book in this series, Slow and Steady Rush, and this book maaaayyyy have edged by and squeaked past it in my favorite’s list. Her seductive writing style is so smooth and down home that it’s like I’m sitting beside them on the back of the truck, watching the lightning bugs and feeling the sultry heat of a summer night. Delightful!
I really identified with Jessica Montgomery, the heroine of this story. Raised to always achieve, she’s been sent to Falcon to recruit Logan Wilde to be a chef for her father’s restaurant empire. She’s not aware of her father’s agenda when she arrives; all she knows is that she’s tired of the treadmill her job has turned into, and she’s HOT for this handsome chef with a southern drawl. When she realizes that she won’t be able to get Logan to sign up with Montgomery Industries, and her dad reveals the reason it’s so important, Jessica knows it’s time to make a decision. Not just about Logan, but about how she wants to live her own life. Does she always want to be manipulated like this? Isn’t there a way to have her dream and not be unhappy while she’s doing it?
We met Logan in the first book in this series. He’s a handsome, former military bad-boy-turned-good. If you grew up in a small town like I did, however, you know that he’s never outgrown that reputation. He feels like the people in Falcon are always waiting for him to screw up. Even though he’d been wildly successful with Adaline’s, the restaurant he’d opened after his grandmother’s death, they were still expecting him to fail–so when questions arise about one of the football players he helps coach, he feels like everyone has convicted him before he’s had a chance to defend himself. He just needs to feel like someone’s on his side…for once.
When these two act on their simmering attraction, they didn’t know that what they thought would be temporary was going to feel like a whole lot more. But it’s hard not to dream about a future with someone when it just feels so right. This was a really great romance with soft Southern charm; the plot was funny and sweet, the character’s development and growth aligned perfectly, and the ending…~sigh~ I loved it all. Thanks for another great read, Laura– can the next one be about Lilliana and Alec Grayson?!?!