Cara Manzoni flees Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, to the Jersey Shore after catching her fiancé cheating with her hairdresser. Problem is she has no clothes, no money, and no place to go. This is not where she thought she’d be at almost thirty years old.
Ryan Garridy is a diehard commitment-phobe, struggling to keep his Italian restaurant afloat. The last thing he wants is a high-maintenance woman in his life. So when Cara runs out on her check and then faints at his feet the next day, he knows she’s trouble with a capital T. It still doesn’t stop him from offering her a job and a place to stay. There’s something feisty and compelling about this woman, and no matter how hard he tries, he just can’t seem to say no to her. Or her Sicilian meatballs.
Since Cara has sworn off men, it’s no big deal that Ryan is sexy and charming—until she decides the only way to stop obsessing over her ex is to obsess over someone new. Ryan makes her forget about her ex a little too well, but falling for him could set her up for a whole new world of hurt. One man, one woman, both wounded by love. Will they be able to overcome their demons and learn to trust again? If the undeniable passion between these two doesn’t keep them together, the mouth-watering food will.
Part of what attracted me to this book was.. I admit it openly... the title. The Meatball Mistress? Really? Tell me more please. The second attraction was the 'catching the ol' heathen of a fiancee in a compromising position (with Cara's hairdresser? grrr...) and the heroine flees. Leave behind the I-Can't-Keep-My-Pants-Zipped Guy and start over. Learn to trust again. Ahhh... if only.
Ohhh, and let's talk humor. Mr. Happy? Too much, Ms York! Forget the cheating fiancee... now Cara has to find a new hairdresser! Oy! Whatta day!
Ryan Garridy didn't want a relationship? Really? Silly man! *Beware Cara... he's a Casanova. Burn me once, so they say. But later, Ryan has regrets. Many regrets. I wanted to reach in the page and choke him, "Yes, you should've told her before she went back to Brooklyn. <Sigh>
Back to reality here though- Ms York has created a sweet, fun-loving and beautifully crafted HEA romance with The Meatball Mistress. I foresee great things to come with her future as an author. The connection between Cara and Ryan was flawless and the way Ms York wove the story had me turning pages faster than ever.
Favorite line- "“Oz, my friend, women are like martinis. One isn’t enough and three are too many.” Oh, Ms York... please, you're killing me here!
Buy Link: COMING March 24, 2014
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