Posted in 5 paws, e-books, Review, romance on May 12, 2016

Cooking Up Trouble

Title: Cooking Up Trouble
Author: Judi Lynn
Release Date: April 12, 2016
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Ebook


Welcome to Mill Pond and small-town country living, filled with fresh air, fresh food, and plenty of fresh gossip—especially when it comes to romance…

It’s impossible not to notice when someone new shows up in Mill Pond. Especially someone as obviously out-of-place as Ian McGregor. His stylish suit and fancy car scream “city slicker.” And when Tessa Lawrence discovers he can’t even change a tire, she has no choice but to help. That’s just what the locals do. And when she finds out Ian’s her new neighbor, of course she’s obliged to invite him to dinner too…

Turns out Ian’s come from New York to open a luxury resort on the property next door to Tessa’s farm, where she grows berries and sells her famous jams and delectable baked goods. But despite their quickly growing friendship and temptingly close proximity, Tessa plans to keep things with Ian strictly neighborly. For one thing, Ian’s got a fiancée who, unlike Tessa, doesn’t have dirt under her nails. Plus, Tessa knows from bitter experience that a guy this gorgeous is all too likely to break a simple country girl’s heart. Even if he’s as sweet as one of her cinnamon buns—and equally hard to resist…


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I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this book but I have to say I LOVED it! Yes it is a romance with the usual format (boy meets girl, some sort of issue, issue resolved and they live happily ever after) but it still grabbed me from the beginning and I finished it sooner rather than later.

Tessa has her issues with men, Ian is the hot new neighbor, but he is engaged to someone else. I really liked how Tessa ran her own farm and did a lot of baking….my mouth was watering at mention of the pies! Just wish we had recipes.

Tessa has a good friend, Darinda, who seems like a hoot and kept Tessa grounded.

Ian has his own issues with his fiancee and with starting a resort, but luckily Mill Pond is a small town and everyone watches out for one another.

This is a pretty clean romance with only one bedroom scene and even that was pretty clean.

At the end of my book was the first chapter for the next book. Looks like another enjoyable book!

We give this 5 paws up.



About the Author

All of my works are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, smashwords, Scrib’d, Kobo, and more.

I’m lucky enough to be represented by Lauren Abramo at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

I’ve been a member of Summit City Scribes for more years than I care to remember, and they’ve made me a better writer.  Thanks, guys!

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