Hello Happy Readers!! So tomorrow is release day for #4 in the Pine Mountain series by Kimberly Kincaid, so tonight we are featuring my reviews on the first three books. I adore this series! Its a fun series of reads that brings together great couples and great food! I love that Kimberly features her love of food in this series and she shares great recipes in each book as well. I hope if you were fans of Kimberly’s On The Line novellas that you will check out these great books! I love each of these couples and can’t wait to share my review for Fire Me Up tomorrow!! ~ Amber
“It’s not you.”
There are only so many times a girl can hear those words before she believes that it is, in fact, very much her. Unexpectedly jilted by her locally famous boyfriend and haunted by a boss who makes Attila the Hun look like a lap dog, Bellamy Blake does what any self-respecting girl in her shoes would do. She rounds up her two best girlfriends and makes plans to get the hell out of Dodge.
But Bellamy’s escape plan takes a nose dive on the side of rural route 164 when her transmission self-destructs, leaving her in the middle of a cell phone dead zone with nothing but her wits. Oh, and Shane Griffin, the hottest mechanic who’s ever checked under her hood.
Yet this small-town man isn’t all he seems. Can Shane and Bellamy prove that sometimes the most unlikely ingredients make the most deliciously sexy mix?
In the first of the Pine Mountain books we meet Bellamy Blake and Shane Griffin. Two people who on the surface could not be more different, but who are for whatever reasons drawn to the other.
Bellamy is escaping everything that is making her unhappy in the city for a weekend away with her two best friends, but as is her recent luck her car decides to strand her. Which is how she first meets Shane, a mechanic at the local garage who wants nothing to do with anyone or anything from the city. From the start it is clear that Shane has his own demons and his own secrets, and honestly he’s a bit of an a** to Bellamy initially.
Watching these two dance around each other as they come to discover that they really do bring out the best in the other was a beautiful thing. The chemistry they have was fun and most definitely electric. When Shane lets his guard down and just allows himself to be real without all his walls, he and Bellamy are perfection. Spending time with Shane really allows Bellamy to start thinking about what really makes her happy. But they both have stuff to work out and their fears of being totally open not only with each other but themselves threaten to derail their chance at happiness.
I love this new series by Kimberly Kincaid! She has this ability to combine characters that from the outside would never work; but who find that sometimes those differences are really just compliments to the others. Plus I love that whether is a love of food, cars or whatever the characters have passion. Throw in fabulous recipes and you have a wonderful story!!
Out of the frying pan. . .and into the fire!
Desperate to escape the spotlight of her failed marriage to a fellow celebrity-chef, Carly di Matisse left New York City for a tiny town in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The restaurant she’s running these days may not be chic, but in Pine Mountain she can pretend to be the tough cookie everybody knows and loves. Until she finds herself spending too much time with a way-too-hot contractor whose rugged good looks melt her like butter…
Jackson Carter wasn’t looking for love. But he’s not the kind of man to walk away from a worksite—or from a fiery beauty whose passionate nature provides some irresistible on-the-job benefits…
It’s the perfect temporary arrangement for two ravenous commitment-phobes, except that Jackson and Carly keep coming back for seconds… and thirds… and fourths..
Book 2 of the Pine Mountain series was one of my absolute faves from Kimberly Kincaid! Carly and Jackson were just magical from start to finish of this wonderful book for me!
Carly di Matisse is starting over in Pine Mountain after a disasterous divorce from her douche of a soon-to-be ex-husband and his attempts to ruin her culinary reputation. She is launching her new restaurant La Dolce Vita at the nearby resort and sharing a house with her best friend. Jackson Carter enters her life as the contractor hired to repair her house and let’s just say sparks fly from the first interaction the two have!! The steam factor between these two was unparalleled both when they were burning up the sheets and when they were arguing. At the same time their were just as many poignant moments as Carly allows Jackson in and Jackson begins to believe that just maybe he can find that once in a lifetime love.
There were so many moments in this book that made me laugh, cry, fan my self – you name it because Kimberly definitely brought the feels with this one for me! Plus this book introduces us to many more Pine Mountain friends that will surely be bringing us more great stories!!
Sloane Russo’s turned a decade of crazy jobs and whimsical travel into a career writing steamy novels set in exotic places. Trouble is, Sloane’s flat broke now—and she can’t channel sun-drenched beaches in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The only fast cash in town comes with some seriously distracting temptation: Gavin Carmichael, hot, handsome and oh-so-hard-headed.
Gavin isn’t the impulsive Don Juan of Sloane’s novels. He is raising his thirteen-year-old half-sister, and he’s pretty sure he’s supposed to act like he’s never heard of fun. Sloane is way too sexy and irresponsible to be his idea of a good tutor for Bree, but the unpredictable anti-nanny may be irresistible as well..
The third in the Pine Mountain series features Sloane and Gavin. Sloane is Carly’s best friend and former roommate and Gavin is the restaurant manager for La Dolce Vita. These two could not be more different but they each need something from the other desperately, whether they realize it or not.
Gavin is a fairly no-nonsense workaholic trying to manage work, dealing with the loss of his mother and becoming the full-time guardian to his thirteen year old half-sister. Sloane is a fly-by-the seat of her pants woman who has finally found success writing romance novels set in exotic locales. Both are struggling in different ways, but find that they each have something that can help the other. Sloane begins watching after and tutoring Bree, Gavin’s sister. While it helps give her a paycheck, it probably is more helpful in finding the two siblings find some middle ground. Along the way Gavin and Sloane give into the electric chemistry that has been rocketing between them since their first meeting. They truly are each other’s yen and yang, as Sloane helps Bree deal with her emotions and Gavin to relax a bit and have some fun; and Gavin helps Sloane find new inspiration for her writing and learn along the way that sometimes your happily ever after is where you least expect it to be.
Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. When she’s not sitting cross-legged in an ancient desk chair known as “The Pleather Bomber”, she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to éclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a 2011 RWA Golden Heart® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. Kimberly resides in northern Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.