Series: Dare River #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
A down-on-her luck cook uses food’s magical properties to tame a beastly country singer after he hires her under false pretenses to restore his image.
When famous—and infamous—country singer Rye Crenshaw saunters into the diner where she cooks, Tory Simmons is certain she’s got him pegged. He’s a bad boy who indulges himself in all things, women included. But while she couldn’t care less about country music or arrogant men, Rye makes her an offer she can’t refuse when he asks her to be his private chef on his multi-city concert tour. The job is the answer to all her prayers: it will clear out her debt and finance the fresh start she desperately needs.
Rye is certain his sassy new cook is the last woman who’d ever tempt him, but spending time with the wholesome girl next door will do wonders for his damaged public image, whether she likes being forced into the spotlight or not. Her food also happens to be the best he’s ever eaten, both comforting and seductive. But spending time with Tory on the road shows him a new side to her—one that’s as impossible to resist as her food. And when an emergency in his family whisks him home, he does the one thing he’s never risked: he lets a woman into his heart…
Soon the emotions Rye faked for the tabloids become all too real, but will the country heaven he’s found in Tory’s arms survive in the real world?
Didn’t love it, didn’t hate it.
Thoughts on Country Heaven
I didn’t love this book. I didn’t hate it either. I’m sort of ambivalent about it. Like, it was entertaining enough and I read the whole thing, but some of the things Rye did sort of annoyed me and Tory put up with a lot from him that maybe she shouldn’t have. Plus, Tory’s a little wishy-washy about her personal life. I get wanting to honor a dying wish and all that, but what about being happy with those choices? She so clearly wasn’t thrilled with her chosen major that it made my frowny face make an appearance.
That said, Rye’s family is messed up. Seriously messed up. And I didn’t get his mom’s animosity toward him. I mean, I understand that she didn’t want him to sully the family standing, but given how driven she was you’d think she’d want to claim a famous country singer as her kin. I mean, the guy’s famous. Instead, she did some villainous mustache twirling and forbade Rye’s sisters from having any contact with him and…I didn’t get it.
Also, Rye’s dad needed to sac up WAY before he did. Daddy fail, there.
Like I said, I didn’t love this book, but I didn’t hate it either. Rye and Tory didn’t start off on the right foot, which was mildly entertaining, and using her to bolster his reputation without telling her struck me as very underhanded. I don’t know how I feel about the inclusion of his sister’s marital issues (actually, I think it took away from Rye and Tory), but I can see how the setup for Tammy’s story was needed.
I just… *wanders off to find a new book*