What a deliciously decadent story about two characters we’ve met previously and who I was hoping so hard would get stories of their own! And they did! With each other, no less!
Penny runs Little Friends, an animal rescue, and is looking for a new chef to handle the Picnic in The Park fundraiser after her last one pulled out. The person she’s meeting as her final choice bears the same name as the man who she feel in love with and then stood her up years ago.
Gabriel has earned himself a few titles: ‘the sexiest chef’ and a ‘heartbreaker in the kitchen’ but to name a few. When he meets with Penny, he can’t reconcile that it’s the same Penny from years ago and when she denies that they’ve met previously, he decides to leave the past in the past.
While I was somewhat disappointed to realize that this would ‘only’ be a novella, Blakely gives us such a perfect story, packing all the romance, heat, and banter that are her signature traits, that you forget that it’s not a full-length novel and embrace the ride for the gorgeous second-chance story that it is. Gabriel and Penny are fantastic together and the feelings they had between them never really faded in that time and it was wonderful being part of their journey back to each other. Oh and the dirty talk and delayed gratification certainly didn’t hurt!
I adored this book and characters and while it is about characters you meet in previous books, it’s a part of Blakely’s One Love series of dual POV standalones that’s been published under the 1001 Dark Nights umbrella. Go on, read this. You won’t be disappointed.
**Reviewed by Melinda for Joandisalovebooks Blog.