What It’s About:
Free-spirited, eccentric Willow Simpson is content with her life. She’s living her passion as the owner of The Dancing Crepe, Portland’s hottest food truck, has agreed to marry her life-long best friend, firefighter Tate Randall, and she loves showering attention on her finicky cat, Omelet. Things are perfect and she wouldn’t change a thing.
Unfortunately, change is the name of the game for Willow. Tate is rushing to set a wedding date, and although she loves him, she’s in no hurry to take a trip down the aisle. In an attempt to ignore her pending nuptials, she puts her focus on expanding her business. Just when her life seems to be cooking at a comfortable simmer, the heat is increased and she must douse the flames before everything goes up in smoke.
As new connections enter her life, unexpected chaos ensues. Will she be able to protect those she loves the most? Will she realize that everything she has ever wanted has been right in front of her all along? Love is twice the risk when you double the recipe!
Just Double the Recipe is Heidi Renee Mason’s second book and her second installment in the Sweet Escape series. It’s a sweet, cozy mystery!
While there are some aspects of the characters’ backstories that are presented in book one, Love at First Crepe, Just Double the Recipe is a standalone novel. The characters are great. Willow Simpson is an incredibly upbeat gal. She comes from money, but she is not willing to sell out her dream and marry according to her dad. Omelet is a cat version of a “purse puppy”; Willow dresses up her cat in keeping with the day’s events, and the cat goes everywhere with her.
Tate Randall, Willow’s fiancé, doesn’t have much of a roll in the story, but it is clear that he is totally in love with Willow. His understanding and acceptance of Willow’s quirks clearly stem from their life-long friendship. Unfortunately, many of the secondary characters felt like throwaways. For example, Melody and Wyatt are employees at Willow’s food truck, The Dancing Crepe. Melody is a flake and when she is let go, the ominous threat feels like foreshadowing of the mystery to come. Wyatt is deliciously handsome and helpful, and seems to only serve the purpose of providing some superficial angst between Tate and Willow.
There are many references to Portland, Oregon’s quirky inhabitants and iconic locations. Some added charm and humor to the story, and others highlighted Willow’s free spirit. The ultimate mystery, comes from left field, and may have made more sense if I had read the prior book in the series. Overall, the book is well paced, the writing is technically good and the main characters are engaging. Just Double the Recipe is lighthearted and charming with a dash of mystery. It is perfect for cozy mystery fans!
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