Title: Love on Tap (A Mill Pond romance)
Author: Judi Lynn
Publisher: Lyrical Shine, Kensington Books
Expected Publishing Date: November 22, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook, Paperback
Page Count: 256
Rating: 2.5 Stars
There’s a different rhythm to life in small-town Mill Pond, Indiana. And with the easy pace come friendships that are built to last and love that starts out on a slow simmer…
Charming boutiques, picturesque farms, and a growing foodie scene have turned Mill Pond into a tourist destination. And thanks to the culinary skills of Paula Hull, its beautiful rural resort is leading the way. The widowed mom left behind the stress of the New York City restaurant world to spend more time with her two young children. And now she’s ready to see if there’s more out there for her than being a chef and single parent…
Chase Atwood is the local good guy with a bad reputation. He’s a respected business owner and trusted friend, but the drop-dead gorgeous bar owner usually has women beating down his door—and Paula knows to keep her distance. His burgers and beer, on the other hand, are not off limits. But their mutual admiration is always on the back burner—until Chase turns up the heat. Soon he’s determined to prove to Paula that he’s the one key ingredient missing in her life…
♦ Personal Thought ♦
Not my favorite of the Mill Pond romance series. To be fair the story is okay, if rather monotony to my taste; it centered on Paula Hull, the chef at Ian’s (MC from Cooking Up Trouble) resort. And when I say centered, it literally evolved around her and from her point of view.
Yes, there is romance between the pages. Although the chemistry between the characters were barely there. Personally, I wasn’t even sure – despite the blurb – if Paula and Chase actually attracted to one another and would end up together. Most of the chapters felt like diary of a chef that list down “Monday she did this, this and this…, on Tuesday etc etc, …then off day on this and that” on and on from chapter to chapter.
Perhaps, if Chase had been given his own POV, I might have sensed when he started paying attention and got attracted to Paula. As it is, their romance felt flat to me – even with competition for Paula’s affection and a couple of bedroom scenes thrown in.
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a bad story. There is still the usual small-town close-knit cum nosiness feeling here. Not to mention food galore (heck, you could make daily menu based on them) and the expected simple trouble-solving for someone with problem.
However, the book doesn’t do it for me. Though I might still consider to follow this series and read the next installment. Who knows, I might find it more exciting.
Advanced copy of the book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.