I found this a much better read than book 1.
For 2 reasons.
1. The author was not constantly trying to give us the background on the Cole Brothers and the previous series in which they had been involved; and
2. The writing style had improved.
The storyline and content was much better as there was now room in the story to tell us about the characters we were interested in – the hotelier’s daughter Ela, and Cole brother #2 Matt.
I am not at all sure however, that if Ela really had been an alcoholic it would that easy for her to quit the first time and then the second time to actually drink a glass or 2 and then give up. This seemed unreal as the nature of addiction doesn’t work that way. We all wish it did! That way we could eat 1 square of chocolate and not the whole bar…
However, I liked the fact that she had gone to a Cordon Bleu cookery school and had come out baking scones and not fancy French pastries. That said, scones are an under-rated delicacy and can be flavoured in many ways and made with many different ingredients, from savoury to sweet and with alcohol too. Wikipedia does a round-up of different scones around the world, from buttermilk, to drop to Australia to Japan…
So, yes, I did like this book better. I think Diana could do better still and make this a true 4 star rather than a 3.5 rounded up.
About the Author
Diana A. Hicks is an award-winning author of steamy contemporary romance with a touch of suspense. Book two in her Desert Monsoon series, LOVE OVER LOGIC, won the 2019 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner in the Romance – Suspense genre
When Diana is not writing, she enjoys kickboxing, traveling, and indulging in the simple joys of life like wine and chocolate. She lives in Atlanta and loves spending time with her two children and husband. Connect with Diana on social media to stay up to date on her latest releases.