Friday, 23 August 2019

Book Review: TAKE IT OF THE MENU by Christina Hovland

About the Book

Saying “I Do” has never been such a mess.

Marlee Medford just got dumped. Yes, things have become ho-hum in her longtime relationship, but she was two days away from walking down the aisle with the man she thought was her forever when he called it off. Convincing herself that they’d be able to reignite their spark once the wedding craziness settled? That was easy. Suddenly finding herself without a fiancé? Not so much. Marlee needs to regain control of her life, and a weekend away with her friends is a solid first step.

One of Denver’s best up-and-coming chefs, perpetual bachelor Eli Howard, isn’t into serious relationships—especially the kind that ends in marriage. As if to prove his point that they aren’t worth the trouble, the wedding he was supposed to be catering just fell apart. Feeling oddly protective of the jilted bride—his little sister’s best friend—his weekend plans now involve a trip to Sin City with her group of friends. But it looks like he had a bit too much fun in Vegas when he wakes up married…wedding night included.

Marlee’s attempts at getting her life back together are failing miserably. Her ex-fiancé is taking the house, her chihuahua is intent on a love affair with Eli’s sneakers, and she’s now accidentally hitched to the guy who can't even say the word marriage. With their quickie annulment denied, Eli and Marlee just have to hang tight until the divorce goes through. It’s just a little divorce amongst friends, what’s the worst that could happen?

My Thoughts

With plenty of laughs, endearing characters and harebrained experiences, TAKE IT OFF THE MENU by Christina Hovland is certainly entertaining.

When Marlee Medford is dumped 48 hours before her wedding day, her best friends rally around her and decide the best first step in her newly single life means a trip to Las Vegas. Now I’ve never been to Vegas but even I know this route comes is fraught with danger. So it proves when Marlee finds herself well and truly married to Eli Howard after a night of drunken shenanigans. The same Eli Howard she’s been friends with for years. The same Eli Howard who is so commitment shy he refuses to say the word marriage. With an annulment ruled impossible, Marlee and Eli find themselves counting down the 90 days needed for their divorce to come through.

There is a lot to like in this book. I enjoyed the relationship between Eli and Marlee. Previously, a romance between them may not have occurred to either of them, but a spark was lit, and I was glad they decided to explore it. I enjoyed the conversations between them. I liked how they supported one another, and I loved the attraction between them.

In addition to a romance, there’s a strong theme of friendship that is apparent throughout the book. Old friends, new friends, shallow friends; they all make an appearance, and it’s the perfect time for Marlee especially to realise who she can and can’t rely on.

TAKE IT OFF THE MENU is an overall light read but it does come with genuine romance, plenty of humour and wisdom.

About the Author

Christina Hovland lives her own version of a fairy tale—an artisan chocolatier by day and romance writer by night. Born in Colorado, Christina received a degree in journalism from Colorado State University. Before opening her chocolate company, Christina’s career spanned from the television newsroom to managing an award-winning public relations firm. She’s a recovering overachiever and perfectionist with a love of cupcakes and dinner she doesn’t have to cook herself. A 2017 Golden Heart® finalist, she lives in Colorado with her first-boyfriend-turned-husband, four children, and the sweetest dog around.

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