Review: Take It Off the Menu by Christina Hovland

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

What It’s About:

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?

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My Thoughts:

Take It Off the Menu is the third book in Christina Hovland’s Mile High Matched series.  It is more contemporary romance than romantic comedy, and it is absolutely delicious!  Each of the books in this series focuses on a different guy in a tight group of friends.  In this latest installment, Denver socialite, Marlee Medford, pushes her best friend’s brother, Chef Eli Howard, way out of his comfort zone.

From the first page to the last, I was hooked on this story. The characters are delightful, and the story line is charming (like many romantic comedies, the plot points are sometimes far fetched, but forgivable).  It is such a fun read, that I could not put it down.

I just loved Marlee!  She has a big heart, and she is very generous.  That generosity is totally taken advantage of when her fiancé not only dumps her, but also kicks her out of their shared house as well as tries to get her parents on his side.  You can’t help but assume he was in it for the money and career advancement (ugh!).  Clearly, Scotty, the ex-fiancé, is an easy to despise secondary character!

Eli is strong, sexy, and a man of few words.  He is giving toward and protective of everyone he holds close to his heart.  That includes his kid sister’s best friend, Marlee.  Even though Eli claims he is not a relationship guy, you just know that sparks are going to fly between these two main characters.  Not only do these two characters define fun, they bring out the best in each other.  It was fun and joyful to see how their relationship blossomed.

Take It Off the Menu is a fun, romantic read with sweet little messages about what is important in life.  This novel is a fantastic series addition that left this reader hoping for more stories of the secondary characters because I’m not ready for it to end.

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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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