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How to Knit a Wild Bikini (Malibu & Ewe Trilogy #1)

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“AN IRRESISTIBLE READ” (SUSAN WIGGS) from Berkley's newest bestselling author.

The beachside knitting shop Malibu & Ewe is the perfect place for L.A.'s hip young crowd to enjoy colorful yarn and intimate conversation. For personal chef Nikki Carmichael, it could be the softest place to land if her new job falls through. Working for magazine writer Jay Buchanan has come with some strange conditions—like pretending to be his girlfriend. As for Jay, he finds himself drawn to ...

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Overview

“AN IRRESISTIBLE READ” (SUSAN WIGGS) from Berkley's newest bestselling author.

The beachside knitting shop Malibu & Ewe is the perfect place for L.A.'s hip young crowd to enjoy colorful yarn and intimate conversation. For personal chef Nikki Carmichael, it could be the softest place to land if her new job falls through. Working for magazine writer Jay Buchanan has come with some strange conditions—like pretending to be his girlfriend. As for Jay, he finds himself drawn to the kitchen, where he's intrigued by his sexy cook's ability to withstand the heat between them. And now he thinks it's time to turn up the flames.

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Ridgeway's frothy latest (after Bachelor Boss) combines Malibu beachnik appeal with trendy knitting Zen. Malibu & Ewe is a knit shop run by Cassandra Riley. There, hip knitters gather every Tuesday for Knitter's Night. Nikki Carmichael is new to knitting and to Malibu, where she is the new personal chef for Jay "Hef Junior" Buchanan, 32, a dedicated playboy who edits NYFM(Not Your Father's Magazine). Nikki resists his attentions, but opposites attract, and steam rises in the kitchen and in the bedroom. Ridgeway mixes in savory subplots concerning Jay's visiting teen niece Fern and Nikki's friendship with Cassandra. (June)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425221938
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/3/2008
  • Series: Malibu & Ewe Trilogy , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 836,094
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2008

    A great summer escape!

    I love the cover of 'How to Knit a Wild Bikini'. It screams ¿fun beach read¿ and the story inside more than fulfills the promise. The heroine of this book is Nikki Carmichael, a no-nonsense 27 year old Southern California chef who holds people at a distance, lives alone in a dinky rented condo with only a fish for company, abhors sloppy emotions and, as taught by her late father, never lets anyone think she¿s weak. Jay Buchanan, our hero, is the smart, sexy editor of NYFM, a popular LA men¿s magazine. The rich playboy has beautiful women falling all over him but has tired of the game and has vowed to give up women for a year. When Jay needs a private chef for the month of August, his former chef steers him in Nikki¿s direction. Sparks fly at their first meeting though both Nikki and Jay are determined to ignore the attraction. But when Nikki convinces Jay to hire her as his private chef and Jay makes pretending to be his lover to keep other women away part of the job requirements, all bets are off. Watching these two overcome obstacles of their own making, while coming to terms with their feelings about themselves and each other was a lot of fun. The dialogue between them is smart and snappy while nicely balanced with internal dialogue that peels away the surface and gives us insight into their true hopes and fears. While their journey is filled with plenty of humor and sexy romance, there is also an unexpected depth of emotion as traumatic events from Nikki¿s past are finally faced and unexpected revelations from a surprising source could forever change life as she knows it. There are secondary characters and plots aplenty intricately woven into Jay and Nikki¿s story but Ridgway has crafted them in such a way that I never felt distracted from the main storyline or that their stories were superfluous. I thoroughly enjoyed 'How to Knit a Wild Bikini' and I¿ll definitely be looking forward to the next two books in this series.

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  • Posted September 27, 2011

    Fun read

    More sex than knitting in this series. Still it was fun to read and the series is quite enjoyable.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    an engaging tale

    In Southern California, her knee injury forces sous chef Nikki Carmichael to leave her job that requires standing up on her feet all day. Thanks to a friend and an ad throughout the Los Angeles area she feels fortunate to obtain work as private chef to NYFM hip men¿s magazine editor Jay Buchanan although he wants a lesbian so they have no sexual issues between them while he practices abstinence over the next year.----------- Nikki is unaware that Jay hired her not for her cooking skills, but to use as a fake girlfriend to keep females like his neighbor Shanna way from him. She learns his extra requirements when he kisses her in front of Shanna. However, Shanna is beginning to look away from the editing hunk to her landscaper Jorge while Jay's seventeen years old niece is attracted to an older teen. Nikki seems to be in the middle of all these relationships including her own with her new employer, which drives her to Malibu & Ewe for a stitch of sanity.--------------- This Malibu & Ewe contemporary romance is an engaging tale especially when the focus is on the lead couple. However, there are several other relationship sidebar subplots forging, even beyond the two mentioned above, so at times the plot feels overwhelmed with too many knitters. Still Jay is a fascinating character who suddenly has a tendency to need to spend time in the kitchen whereas Nikki proves from that first kiss she does not meet his job requirement. HOW TO KNIT A WILD BIKINI is a fun Southern California romance.----------- Harriet Klausner

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