Book: Burn for You
Series: Slow Burn #1
Author: J.T. Geissinger
Release date: 17 October 2017
Main characters: Bianca Hardwick, restaurant owner, who’s struggling with the pressures of work and home life. Jackson Boudreaux, surly heir to the local bourbon-making empire.
Plot: Bianca Hardwick is busy running her restaurant and creating the perfect menu, but she’s barely breaking even. The menu is a labour of love, inspired by the region’s renowned bourbon – had she known what the consequences of using the Boudreaux bourbon name would be, she maybe would have thought twice.
Jackson Boudreaux is aware of Bianca Hardwick’s labour of love and as it concerns his legacy, he wants to find out whether her cooking passes muster. Unfortunately, his manner leaves a lot to be desired – he’s demanding, rude and takes no prisoners. He immediately puts Bianca on her guard, and pushes all of her buttons. She’s determined to best him any way she can. So begins a battle of wits, where Bianca endeavours to teach the beast some manners. However, far from being predictable, Jackson once again manages to take her by surprise when he proposes a marriage of convenience that will benefit them both immeasurably. Bianca knows that marrying Jackson would be anything but convenient…
Why you should read it: This is my first book by J.T. Geissinger (I know, I must have been under a rock) and I was not disappointed. It was so funny – packed full of fun characters, the New Orleans vibe, a plucky and headstrong heroine and a surly, yet vulnerable hero – I absolutely loved it! The chemistry between Jax and Bianca was off the hook and the slooooow burn was delicious. Just enjoy the ride – it was touching, entertaining and gave me a warm feeling inside. Think of it as a modern retelling of the Beauty and the Beast story – but there’s no Gaston, so it’s all good! It’s not all laughs though – there’s a fair amount of teary moments too – so have your hankies ready.
What you may not like: I was sad when it finished! But that’s the mark of a damn good story. I will definitely re-read – I may even buy the audiobook!
Rating: 5/5 – a great read to kick off the new year.