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Posted August 23, 2014
Once again, a homerun! I love the Diamond Brides series! Not a one of these books has disappointed me. This one was wonderful! I loved the reality cooking show idea. I enjoyed where Josh was getting his inspiration from. While Angel, Josh's grandmother, may have been somewhat misguided, her heart was in the right place. I liked what happened at Mangia. That was an awesome and justified scene. I smiled at Josh and Ashley getting to know one another. I think the end of the game show contest was perfectly executed...and he's safe, safe at third...lol. I can't wait to see what's happening at short!
ARC provided in exchange for honest review.
Posted August 4, 2014
I was selected to read and review a copy of Mindy Klasky's latest book, Third Degree, through LibraryThing. This is book five in the Diamond Brides series and the sixth is being released any day now. Each book focuses upon one of the players from the Raleigh Rockets, a professional baseball team in North Carolina. The two main characters of this story are cooking show competitors, Josh Cantor, the third baseman for the Rockets and Ashley Harris, a professional chef.
Josh may be making a lot of money as a pro baseball player, but his ex-wife is the one presently reaping the benefits from his hard work. As an aside to his baseball career, he has always wanted to own a restaurant that features his grandmother's delectable recipes. Unfortunately for Josh, his grandmother is holding the recipes hostage until she is satisfied that he has found his one and only. She agrees to give him one recipe at a time, as long as she gets regular proof that he is dating someone seriously. Josh enters the cooking competition in hopes of making his restaurant dreams a reality, and what he ends up getting is so much more.
Ashley loves to cook, and the food that she creates is a work of art. She just lost her job as head chef because she would not let her lewd boss give her a pinch, rub or caress on a daily basis. She is a smart and beautiful woman who just needs a break. Entering and winning the local TV network cooking contest would allow her dream of owning her own restaurant to come true. The grand prize is 100K, in addition to a few other amazing extras, and one just happens to be a hot pro baseball player.
I liked Josh and Ashley as individuals, but not as a couple. I did not feel their sizzle and heat when they were together. However, as their relationship evolved, I did enjoy their meaningful friendship. Josh's grandmother is a real trip and knows what she is doing, even as her memories begin to fade. Although this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. Overall, this is a solid story, with an entertaining plot, well-developed characters and a nice happily ever after.
Complimentary copy received by LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.
Posted July 5, 2014
Ashley Harris has had a Master Plan since childhood, one that includes owning her own restaurant. To do that she is hoping to become a contestant on the competitive cooking show with a grand prize of $100,000. Josh Cantor loves being part of the Rocket's baseball team but he also wants to open his own restaurant. To do this, he needs his grandmother's, Angel, recipes, but in the early stages of dementia, she is holding her precious notebook filled with culinary delights hostage, with demands of a marriage and great-grandchild. After meeting Ashley on the set of Who Wears the Apron, Josh decides to trick Angel with pictures of him and Ashley together in the hopes of gaining her recipes. But as he gets to know Ashley and they progress further in the cooking competition, will this ploy backfire on him. Another good read in the Diamond Brides series. Since I love watching cooking shows, this one was especially delightful. Warning: explicit sex. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Posted July 2, 2014
Let go of the past and be true to yourself
Both Josh and Ashley have made decisions that haunt them, choices in their pasts that altered the direction of their lives. Throughout the story they battle against the residue these choices have left on their hearts. Does love conquer all? Can Josh and Ashley pull it together for the win in the bottom of the ninth? Well, you’ll have to read Third Degree to find out!
I will tell you this: Mindy Klasky does a phenomenal job with character development. With each book in the Diamond Brides series she is creating two new main characters. So, rather than developing the same character personalities across the series, she is successfully creating new ones for each book. From the main characters to those in supporting roles, the author forms believable and relatable people. The reader is truly left feeling like he/she could hang out at Rockets’ field with these people and have a grand time.
Posted November 22, 2014
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Posted January 1, 2015
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