Caliente by Melissa Hale — Jenn’s Review



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3 stars


Callie Miller is not looking for love. She doesn’t believe in happily ever after. She believes in working hard to make her new business a success. When Trey stumbles into her kitchen by mistake he becomes the stray she can’t get rid of. The incredibly sexy, incredibly sweet stray.

The minute he lays eyes on Callie, Trey is sure she’s the one for him. Convincing her is not so easy. He is determined to integrate her into his life so when the opportunity to help her grow her business presents its self he jumps on it.

Can Trey convince Callie to believe in love or will she follow through on her plans to leave

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Callie and Trey don’t necessarily get off on the right foot… especially when she walks into HER kitchen to see HIM drinking milk from her refrigerator straight from the container. Callie wants nothing more than to forget the hot stranger she found in her kitchen, but Trey has no desire to let her walk away. He is smitten from the start and intends to do something about it.

Once they get over their awkward encounter, Trey and Callie find they have quite a bit of chemistry, but not a lot of honestly. Trey stretches a few truths to try and endear himself more to Callie, for example, he buys an entire case of the hot sauce she makes, but he hates spicy foods. Not being upfront with each other puts a kink in their relationship. Can Callie and Trey work through their differences to have their happily ever after?

I felt like this book had tons of potential, but just not enough execution. There was too many story lines going on at once… the mean, but maybe not mother who was a serial bride, the chef who stole her recipes than attacked her, the cooking show… It was just seemed like too many stories started and not finished. I wish the time was spent more in developing Trey and Callie’s relationship. Even after finishing the book, I really don’t know much about them at all. Trey’s huge family was a nice touch, and I can envision more stories coming from them. An additional one hundred pages might have helped his book along. In the end, it just fell a bit flat for me.

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