Lisa Plumley creates charming characters. Her books are a delight! --Rachel Gibson
A hard-headed, hard-bodied businessman falls for the gorgeous restaurateur he's been hired to ruin in USA Today bestselling author Lisa Plumley's unforgettable new novel.
Tantalizing. Hot. And mouthwateringly delicious. The pizzas at the Portland restaurant chain Shane Maresca is secretly priming for takeover are all that and more. Unfortunately for him, so is Gabriella Grimani, the business owner's daughter. He had no idea who she was when they had their first X-rated one night stand. Now she's all he can think about. For someone whose career hinges on ruthlessness, that's a slice of disaster.
Tough, take-charge Gabby intends to put her family's restaurants back in the black, and that means no distractions. But somehow Shane keeps getting to the part of her that no one else sees--enticing her to lean on him. To trust him. That could be the biggest mistake Gabby and her business ever made. . .or a recipe for something truly spectacular. . .
Raves for Lisa Plumley's Together for Christmas
"Laugh-out-loud. . . This sweet romance tugs at the heartstrings from the beginning and doesn't let up until the final page."--Publishers Weekly
"Thoroughly charming. . . Lisa Plumley knows how to craft a terrific, heart-warming story with deliciously happy endings."--The Romance Reviews
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About the Author
USA TODAY best-selling author Lisa Plumley has delighted readers worldwide with more than two dozen popular novels. Her work has been translated into multiple languages and editions, and includes contemporary romantic comedies, western historical romances and a variety of stories in romance anthologies. Her fresh, funny style has been likened to such reader favorites as Rachel Gibson, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and Jennifer Crusie, but her unique characterization is all her own.
Lisa lives in sunny Arizona with her husband and two children. In her free time she reads romances and research books by the dozen, practices yoga, and spends time with her family, hiking in the mountains and deserts of Arizona, visiting ghost towns and historical sites, and watching classic movies.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
So Irresistible by Lisa Plumley I have read some of the author's other works and enjoyed them so was happy to learn of her new one. This one starts out with Gabriella who's returned from her coffeehouse where she is able to select the food she wants to make and serve. She's back in the family fold again because they are in dire straits-they need her to save what is left of the family pizzerias. There's only one left out of a handful. She's having a hard time keeping workers and she blows off steam one night at the bar that her workers frequent after hours. She meets up with Shane Marcesa and has the time of their lives sexually. She is surprised when it's him that shows up the next day. He wants to trail her so she hires him, to learn all the jobs on the way up the ladder....he's there for his family, things they need... something happens over time to make him change his mind but is he too late? Very steamy sex scenes. Love hearing about the process of making the store whole-ambiance, ratio of water, yeast, temperatures, etc. Lots of action, mystery and adventure. Love all the recipes. I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review
Lisa Plumley's So Irresistible mixes together pizza with HOT & steamy romance for a sexy & fun romance Portland, Oregon must be hipster heaven. I've always wanted to visit and Lisa Plumley in her new novel, So Irresistible, gives the reader a perfect taste of this quirky and fun Northwest city. I really enjoyed So Irresistible once I became familiar with the author's pace. Sometimes I wished that there was a bit more sense of the pizzeria that Gabby (Gabriella) is trying to save from the jaws of financial meltdown - while fighting a hidden saboteur. Who's doing the damage? Is it the number one "fixer," Shane Maresca, who's quite HOT and is Gabby's first one-night-stand as she tries to blow off some tension? Well the heat between them probably melted all that tension away, but Shane is still the guy who's out to secure a purchase of her families pizza chain - at all costs. Somehow, I never thought that corporate spies would target a mom and pop pizza chain for the families secret of preparing pizza dough and sauce, but in So Irresistible that's a fact. I enjoyed seeing the heroine grow beyond the resentment of her perceived "betrayal" by leaving her family and their employees high and dry after a disagreement with her father - and how Shane's a positive influence on her. But it's hard to say, even mid-way through the book what will happen. And that's a good thing as those pages keep turning. Plumley's recipe of mixing romance, some hot and steamy scenes, sabotage, and threats may rival the Sunday sauce, but I still would have loved a recipe for that! This is a fun contemporary romance novel that's a fairly quick read and I think most will enjoy. I received an eARC from the publisher through NetGalley for use in this review.
My rating: 4 of 5 ¿¿ Gabriella Grimani grew up steeped in Italian tradition, which included her family owned pizzeria chain in Portland that was passed down through generations of pizzaiolos. After a brief falling out with her father over visions for the pizzeria's future, Gabby has returned to attempt to rescue the family business from a forced corporate buy-out, but in order to do that, she will have to make sure to get the creditors of their backs. And she will, just as soon as she can get her employees to cooperate! Sent in by his father as a 'fixer', to infiltrate and glean information on the pizzeria chain to facilitate an easy take-over, Shane Maresca is eager to get the job done, and done well, although he finds himself oddly distracted here in Portland. In order to get himself back on track and into his 'no prisoners' frame of mind before he zooms in on his target, he decides to take the night before to completely relax and let loose. The feisty and funny woman he encounters at the bar he ends up at, provides him with that, and a whole lot more. What are the odds that that woman, turns out to be the daughter of the pizzeria owner. Of course Shane only knows her as Gabby, and Gabby couldn't be more surprised to see Shane standing in the alley behind her kitchen. Doing some quick thinking, Shane manages to come up with a credible story justifying his presence and allowing him to follow Gabby around the restaurant. Although he is not quite clear as to his motivations anymore, business or pleasure?? Gabby doesn't know whether to be happy or irritated with the unexpected intrusion of Shane into her life. She needs her focus in order to stay on top of things, which is imperative if she wants the business to come out of this mess intact. But after Shane proves himself hardworking and very helpful when they were dealing with an onslaught of crises, Gabby slowly starts appreciating him as an asset. Yet something is off, there are too many coincidental mishaps. Despite early misgivings, the two can't keep their hands off each other for long, but it means a blurring of lines and loyalties. Ultimately choices have to be made, especially when lives are at stake.... ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ An incredibly fun read!! I enjoyed the writing style, the banter in the kitchen between the 'pizzeria family', between Shane and his assistant, and Shane and Gabby. There is a lot of edgy, sarcastic humour there that really appeals to me. Gabby is raised and trained very traditionally, yet longs to put her own signature somewhere, on something. She believes in the values that were handed down to her, but wants to grow with them, not have them restrict her. She doesn't quite know how to make that work for herself yet. Shane is actually able to add a slightly different view on things, that might have the same focus, only with a better or easier outcome. Being both stubborn and passionate, it takes some heated discussions, foot stomping and even hotter make up sessions, for Gabby to slowly find her way. The issues Shane is dealing with also centre around family but in another form. He is looking for affirmation, something he has never had or known. He thinks that by proving himself professionally he can get the respect and perhaps even the love he craves, but that of course never works. He also doesn't quite know how to be himself, having spent most of his life being what he thought others expected of him. Gabby never expected anything of him, at first because they were supposed to be a one night hook up, and she cared for him even after he had dropped all pretences. Lisa Plumley also writes in a way that feels almost like a compliment to her readers' intelligence. I'm not quite sure how else to explain. She doesn't feel the need to write out every minute detail, but safely assumes that there are certain things her reader can piece together. The story doesn't need to be fed to us, bite by bite. I think that's awesome! Although a familiar enough trope, the vibrancy and variety of the characters and the full context for both the protagonists, along with the added twists and turns to add elements of surprise til the very end, made for an entirely fresh feel. And there is something so wickedly delicious about the sex and food combination, again in this book, that makes the steam rise off my Kindle!! ¿Sharp, spunky and sinfully tasty!!¿ **ARC provided by NetGalley and Zebra Books in return for an honest review.**