Title: Delectable by Adrianne Lee
Big Sky Pie Series Book One
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 260 pages/Word Count: 59,000
Book Rating: B+
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Montana real estate agent Quint McCoy will tell you that the most important thing is location, location, location. It’s a lesson he learns all too well when he goes incommunicado for a four-week fishing trip to Alaska. While he’s away, his mother Molly turns his office into the pie shop she has always dreamed of, Big Sky Pie. But that’s not the only surprise in store for him.
On her way out of town, Callee McCoy only wants to say a fond farewell to her beloved mother-in-law. But Molly soon persuades Callee to stay and lend a hand at the new shop, even if it means heating up the kitchen with her soon-to-be ex. As Callee and Quint rediscover their recipe for love, they realize that some couples are so sinfully good together that one delectable taste is never enough . . .
Delectable by Adrianne Lee is a positively charming romance that is incredibly heartwarming. This first installment in the Big Sky Pie series is a fast-paced and engaging novel that is sure to delight anyone who enjoys homespun love stories.
While his four week fishing trip to Alaska helps Quint McCoy deal with his grief over his father’s sudden death, he still has to face the mess the he left behind. Determined to resurrect his neglected real estate business, he is shocked to discover his mom Molly has turned his office into a pie shop, Big Sky Pie. But Quint’s biggest regret is the damage his behavior inflicted on his two year marriage to Callee. Before he left town, a heated argument with Callee ended with him telling her to file for divorce. When Quint runs into Callee at Big Sky Pie, he is stunned to learn their divorce is not yet final. When circumstances throw them together, will Quint convince Callee to give their marriage a second chance?
Quint and Callee are wonderful characters and the chemistry between them is sizzling hot. Quint is definitely the more flawed of the two and at first, his actions paint him a pretty unflattering light. What redeems him for me is his regret over the damage his actions have caused and his ability to admit that he made mistakes. While Quint runs away just when his mom and Callee need him most, the time and distance provides him the opportunity to reflect on his life. He reaches a few startling conclusions about himself and his marriage and Quint is determined to make some long overdue changes to his life when he returns home.
Although Callie is still in love with Quint, she has no intention of reuniting with him. During their separation, she realized that neither she nor their marriage was a priority for Quint. But the most shocking and hurtful realization for Callee is how little she and Quint really know one another.
Callie and Quint’s relationship is definitely uneasy as they set aside their personal problems when they are needed to help launch Big Sky Pie. Callie tries to maintain a physical and emotional distance from Quint, but their simmering passion is pretty hard to resist. Just as their romance heats up, Callie’s doubts soon put their reconciliation in jeopardy.
Fully rounding out Callie and Quint’s story is a warm and loving cast of secondary characters. Although Quint’s father is deceased, his presence is keenly felt and I felt his loss just as deeply as Molly, Quint and Callee. Molly is off screen for much of the novel, but she manages to play a huge role in bringing Quint and Callee together. Supporting both Quint and Callee is their close friend and office manager Andrea Lovette. Will this single mom find love in a future novel? I certainly hope so!
If you are looking a light read that is sweet, sexy and angst free then I highly recommend Delectable. It is a fun first installment in the Big Sky Pie series and Adrianne Lee’s brief but intriguing introductions of Quint’s friend Nick Tanziano and pastry chef Jane Wilson will leave readers eagerly anticipating the release of their book, Delicious, later this year.