By Adrianne Lee
December 3, 2013
Jane Wilson loves her job as a pastry chef creating her mouth-watering pies at Molly McCoy’s Big Sky Pie shop, but her personal life is less satisfactory. It’s bad enough that her mother, Rebel, who has made getting married an avocation, is planning to get married again, but it’s even worse that the groom is recycled. How can Rebel even consider remarrying Romeo Taziano, husband #2, the auto mechanic who broke her heart and the man Jane holds responsible for breaking up her parents’ marriage. If Jane never sees Romeo and his son, the devilish Nick, again, she will be happy.
Nick Taziano arrives back at his home in Kalispell, Montana, hoping that his advertising business won’t require him to make another road trip soon. He’s pleased when his father phones with the news that Romeo has retired from his lucrative business in Las Vegas and will again be sharing a zip code with his son. But Nick is alarmed when he learns that his father is planning to remarry the bitch who broke his heart. Nick has nothing but bad memories of Rebel and her bratty daughter, Jane the Pain.
Just when Jane thinks things can’t get worse, Nick Taziano seems bent in infiltrating her life. He’s at her mother’s party giving her an unforgettable kiss, and it turns out he is her boss Quint McCoy’s best friend. Quint has hired him to plan an advertising blitz for the pie shop, and Nick is determined that Jane, who may still be a Pain but who is certainly not plain, be the center of the ad campaign—the angel who bakes the heavenly pies. Jane is still persuaded that Nick is the next thing to the devil incarnate. If only he were not so attractive . . . If only she could keep her heart and libido under control . . .
The second book in Lee’s Big Sky Pie series is a mildly entertaining, light-weight novel with lots of heavy breathing—some of it sighs of disgust over the heroine and hero’s shared past of mutual dislike and step-sibling antagonism and more of it over the instant lust they evoke in one another. Nick has a certain roguish appeal, and he shows signs of being mature enough to move beyond the past. I confess that I grew impatient with Jane whom I found much less appealing in her starring role than in her secondary role in the first book in the series.
Overall, I found Delicious less satisfying than its predecessor Delectable, which was sweet and sexy with some engaging humor. Next up, on March 4, is Delightful, the story of Andrea Lovette, a single mother and manager of Big Sky Pie, and Ice Erikksen, the producer of the new Big Sky Pie reality show. I have liked Andrea in the first two books, so I have high hopes for the third book.
Have you ever liked a character in a secondary role, but been disappointed by the character in a lead role?