Decadent (Big Sky Pie Series #4)by Adrianne Lee
Contractor Wade Reynolds is having a tough year. His cherry farm went bust, and his construction clients threaten to unhinge what's left of his sanity. But Wade's passion for life heats up when he's hired to remodel a new storefront next to Big Sky Pie -and he falls for the red-hot, bad girl who's setting up her
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Contractor Wade Reynolds is having a tough year. His cherry farm went bust, and his construction clients threaten to unhinge what's left of his sanity. But Wade's passion for life heats up when he's hired to remodel a new storefront next to Big Sky Pie -and he falls for the red-hot, bad girl who's setting up her catering shop there.
Fresh off her own divorce, Roxy isn't looking for another relationship, just a spontaneous fling or three. Her contractor Wade looks as delicious as her specialty confections, but he's way too buttoned-up for a casual affair. Yet there's an ultra-sexy strength about him Roxy can't resist. What that man clearly needs is something decadent-like her...
Meet the Author
Adrianne Lee lives with her husband of many, many years on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula in Washington State in a pole barn building her husband transformed into an upstairs apartment with a shop below for his hot rods. Adrianne creates her stories on her laptop, in her recliner with her adopted cat, Spooky, curled between her calves, snoozing. Over thirty years of summer vacationing in the Flat Head Lake area near Kalispell and Glacier Park has given her a love for all things Montana.
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Decadent is book four in the Big Sky Pie series by Adrianne Lee. I have loved every book in this series. Something to do with mixing a romance novel with pie making, well, I love it. I think I gain weight just reading about all the yummy pies and I can just smell them baking. This book features Big Sky Pie Shop’s pie of the month, Chocolate Meringue. Oh so good! Roxy is now officially a divorced woman. Her ex, a football star, cheated on her. Roxy is a chef but as part of the divorce settlement, she got the money but had to give the bistro she owned and operated to her ex-husband. So Roxy and her purebred Ragdoll cat named Tallulah are going home to Montana for a while to regroup and decide what she wants to do next. One thing for sure, she isn’t looking for another relationship but a good hot sexy fling is just what she needs. It’s been four years since Wade Reynolds lost his wife. He now is both mother and father to his twelve, soon to be thirteen year old daughter. Wade is a contractor. His best friend, Quint, is the son of the owner of the Big Sky Pie shop and Quint is married to Callie who also works there. Wade is on his way home when he has a near accident with the sexiest redhead he has ever seen. Roxy is Callie’s best friend and he had heard she was coming back to town. But Wade is not looking for a relationship. He is still wearing his wedding ring, even after all these years. He still hasn’t let go of the past. What Wade didn’t count on was the killer cat that jumped out of Roxy’s car, and did something unmentionable to Wade’s favorite Stetson. That is the biggest cat he has ever seen and the cat clearly doesn’t like him. With so many meddling friends in common, it doesn’t take long for Wade and Roxy to run into each other again. The chemistry between them is zinging from the start and after one hot kiss, they both know it will be hard to fight. But Wade is not a fling sort of a guy and he clearly isn’t over his wife and a relationship is the last thing Roxy needs right now. Can they be friends with benefits? When a pregnancy sends the Big Sky Pie pastry chef home for bed rest, Roxy is quick to step in for a temporary fill in. It’s perfect for the time being. Then Molly, the shop owner, starts talking about adding on a meat pastry side business that Roxy could run. And what better contractor to oversee the renovations than Wade. Is this what Roxy wants, to stay in her home town and work for Molly? Or does she want bigger and better things? I have loved this series from the start. Each book features a different kind of pie. And all of the characters congregate in the pie shop around pieces of pie and coffee. While I am reading, I swear I can smell the pies baking. If only I could taste them too. I do have to admit that halfway through this book I went to the store and bought a pie. No, I didn’t bake it and I doubt it tastes as good as Molly’s pies from Big Sky Pie, but I felt like I was connecting to the book. Oh the sacrifices we make for our reading. Although you can read this as a stand alone, it would be so much more enjoyable to start with book one, Delectable, to get to know all of the characters and salivate over all the delicious pies. This book comes complete with one fantastic sounding recipe for Decadent Chocolate Meringue Pie.
A decadent, delicious, and sexy must-read! I’ve had a reader crush on hunky former cherry farmer now go-to Kalispell contractor, Wade Reynolds for a while. We saw Andrea and he date a bit in Delightful, but that wasn't enough of Wade. I was so happy to see that book four, Decadent, features his story. Who will tweak this self-effacing and shy, yes, shy guy’s interest? Will it be the sultry and obvious mother of his daughter’s best friend who makes the crock pot into an item of courting? Or will it be Roxy, the former chef-owner of a hot Seattle restaurant, who lost that and much more in her divorce from her Seattle Seahawks hubby, who developed a taste for cheerleaders during their marriage? Roxy arrives into her hometown of Kalispell during a Montana snow storm. She’s driving a spanking brand new Cadillac Escalade that she’s essentially holding hostage until she receives a check for her half of community property. It seems that cheerleaders weren’t the only things to interest her ex. He also was benched for steroid use and all his accounts frozen till the investigation is complete. Who does she encounter on an otherwise deserted road, but Wade as they slip, slide, and miraculously come within inches of crashing into each other. You have to read this book if only for this scene and the cat and the hat. That’s all I’m going to say. Really. Read. This. Book. Wade and Roxy are two opposite personality types who have very different life experiences. With the death of his wife from cancer years earlier, introvert Wade essentially focused all his attention on his daughter and his business - and tried to avoid friend’s good-natured matchmaking. Now, he wants to find someone to call his own. Extrovert Roxy, on the other hand, is still bitter and burned from her divorce, the loss of her restaurant, and her inner confidence. What she’s looking for is a fabulous cowboy to hook-up with for fun and also to restore her self-belief in her own sexual attraction. Once again, Adrianne Lee’s witty dialogue sparks laugh-out-loud moments. I’ll never go on a house tour again without thinking of what happened with Wade and Roxy and the realtor and teacher. Classic. However, its the exploration of a relationship and its inner and outer dynamics that keeps me reading Lee’s stories. She is incredibly sensitive to adding the nuances that allow a reader to flesh out the characters in their own mind. I do hope that there will be more Big Sky Pie stories in the future as I don’t want to lose track of these characters that have become true book friends. Plus I want an update on Wade and the Cat and the Hat! Adrianne Lee’s Decadent proves that true love can be found when you least expect it. Four-and-a-half stars
Author Adrianne Lee has a way of immersing her readers into her stories. She has accomplished that task once again with her latest release, DECADENT. Lee has created a story so vivid readers will be transported to the charming town of Kalispell, Montana, and feel they know the town’s quirky residents like their own neighbors. Chef Roxanne ‘Roxy’ Nash is returning to Kalispell to regroup after her divorce from Seahawks linebacker Ty Buckholtz. Roxy has lost her husband, her house, and most of all, her bistro. Not sure what’s next, Roxy returns home to get back on track before she tackles her next project. Wade Reynolds has been a widower for four years, yet he’s not ready to find a new wife. A dark secret haunts him so that he feels guilty even dating. His life revolves around his teenage daughter and trying to get his contracting business up and going. When Roxy and Wade almost collide on her first night back in town, sparks fly that neither are ready for. As their friends try to help, feelings and desires develop but their paths are set in different directions. Lee does an excellent job creating realistic characters readers will adore. They are well-developed and easy for readers to relate to. The bantering and sexual tension between Roxy and Wade is heart-pounding. The mix of humor and steamy romance will leave you breathless. The setting is a small town with a family-friendly atmosphere. Lee’s rich descriptions and eye for detail will have you smelling delicious aromas from the pie shop as you feel the cold Montana wind blow across your face. DECADENT is a tantalizing romance filled with laughter, dreams and warm-your-heart goodness. From the opening paragraph to the last sentence, you’ll be captivated by this delightful (and yummy) story. Lee includes a Decadent Chocolate Meringue Pie recipe as an extra bonus. FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.