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

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

by Christie Ridgway

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Overview

USA Today bestselling author Christie Ridgway stitches together the perfect beach read with the first novel in the Malibu and Ewe series.

Malibu & Ewe has become the knitting hotspot, the perfect place for L.A.’s hip, young crowd to enjoy colorful yarn and intimate conversation in a beach side setting. Just ask chef Nikki Carmichael. It could be the softest place for her to land if her new job falls through.  

With a bum knee, Nikki's days in restaurant work are numbered, so she's set her sights on becoming a personal chef. Only her trial run with lad-mag writer Jay Buchanan comes with some strange conditions—like pretending to be his girlfriend. If that’s not bad enough, trying to please Jay’s picky palate has Nikki running to Malibu & Ewe for a little stress relief—and to put some space between her and his perfectly toned body.
 
As for Jay, he’s given up women for the year—but finds himself drawn to the kitchen, where he’s intrigued by his sexy cook’s ability to withstand the heat between them. He thinks it's time to turn up the flames...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425221938
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/03/2008
Series: Malibu & Ewe Series , #1
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Christie Ridgway is a California native and author of over forty-five contemporary romances. A six-time RITA finalist and USA Today bestselling author, she writes sexy, emotional reads starring determined heroines and the men who can't help but love them. She has a Career Achievement award from RT Book Reviews and twice has received their Reviewer's Choice award for best contemporary romance of the year. Married to her college sweetheart, Christie lives in Southern California in a house filled with boys and pets. She writes as an escape from sports equipment, football on TV, and dog hair.

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How to Knit a Wild Bikini (Malibu & Ewe Trilogy #1) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
haleyknitz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rating: 3.5Nikki's bad knee has ended her career as a chef, and she has switched to being a personal cook for a journalist of a very popular men's magazine. Jay Buchanan needs a cook for one month, and no more. He has sworn off women for the rest of the year (due to women being so darn complicated) and is hesitant to hire a female cook. Desperate to get the job and pay the bills, Nikki claims to be a lesbian so he'll hire her and not be worried about his "year-without-women" coming to an end. Jay agrees, as long as she pretends to be his girlfriend¿ to get the clingy girl-next-door to give him some space. Nikki is now a girlfriend-fake-lesbian-chef-with-some-benefits. Emphasis on the some.Nikki is pretty sure she can handle one month of cooking for a rich, stuck-up, spoiled, gorgeous man, as long as she keeps their relationship strictly professional, and keeps up her facades. But she doesn't take into account the idea of Jay falling in love with her¿ and her falling right back. But Nikki has some ghosts in her closet. Can she let go of them and learn to love Jay?How to Knit a Wild Bikini was a cute, slightly sappy, yet enjoyable read. The characters were likeable¿definitely likeable, in Jay's case¿and the pacing was good. The writing wasn't horrible but it wasn't anything spectacular. I gave it an extra half a star because it was addicting! I couldn't put it down. The title and cover could have been better, since there was no knit bikini, only the mention of one. I wouldn't read the sequel, but I did enjoy this one. It was, in some ways, unrealistic. Nikki had a lot of stuff in her past, and her reactions weren't always in line with them. It surprised me how much the author was able to put into this story. There were a lot of little "mini-stories" woven into it¿ it almost felt ridiculous, but then again it was still fun to read. Sometimes, for a summer read, you just need a book that let's you goof off. This is one of them.There was a fun combination of an untouchable free spirited woman, a stuck-up but slightly desperate sexy man, and hand-painted knitting needles. This one is perfect for an afternoon on a couch with a pair of knitting needles (If you're talented enough to knit and read at the same time. It does take skill.)Content/Recommendation: Some language and sex. Ages 18+
nicholem on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I actually picked this book up at my local grocery store. At the time I chose it because I enjoy knitting and the title intrigued me! I was not aware that it is a romance novel... it proved to be a fun quick read and I was so glad to have come across it.
rdh123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not Ridgway best. Looks like this is going to be a series on 3 half-sisters. Same dad by fertile insemination. Malibu, NIkki is a chef, Jay a magazine editor. half sister, cassandra is knit shop owner who like gabe her landlord. jay neigbor shanna ends up liking jays friend the landscape company owner, jorge. did not really enjoy
island_reader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love Christie Ridgway, and have read a lot of her books over the years. This one is my least favorite. Maybe because my hopes were so high for it or whatever, but ultimately I was left extremely disappointed. There were some really great moments, and overall it was a good read once I started skimming/skipping the superfluous parts. Without the excessive derails and mentally unstable supporting cast, this book probably would've gotten a 4-4.5 out of me. That said, I would recommend it if it was discounted or free, simply for the epic hilarity that is Jay Buchanan.
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