TAKE IT OFF THE MENU
Series: Mile High Matched, Book 3
Release Date: August 23rd, 2019
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?
Take It Off the Menu is book three of the Mile High Matched series, but stands alone and can be read in any order. If you love a hunky caterer and an accidental marriage then this book is for you! Buy now for a fun, friends-to-lovers romance!
4 Pinkies Up…aka 4 stars!
Take It Off the Menu by Christina Hovland is the third book in the Mile High Matched series, but it reads as a standalone book. I actually didn’t even realize this book was part of a series until I’d finished!
This was a really sweet, fun book. My first thoughts were that this book wasn’t anything that I hadn’t already read before. Cute, light, fun to read, but nothing epic. However, as I got farther and farther into the book, I started to become more and more invested in what was happening to these characters…to the point of laugh out loud moments, audible gasping moments, and tears pouring down my face moments.
Marlee Medford was having a bad week. Her crappy fiancée called off their wedding two days before show time, kicked her out of her own home, and left her to deal with the aftermath of a cancelled wedding while he went on their honeymoon. So, what better reason to plan a girls trip to Vegas with your 3 best friends plus a chaperone who is your bestie’s sexy (but terrified of commitment) big brother who also just so happened to be the caterer for your non-existent wedding. Makes sense! And, why not pour salt in Marlee’s already open wound when she woke up realizing she’d drunkenly married said bestie’s sexy, chef, commitmentphobe brother, Eli Howard.
I really loved Marlee. She described herself a few times as a “spoiled rich girl” coming from old family money. But, I never got that vibe from her. She was kind, charismatic, and impossible to fall in love with…as Eli quickly realized.
Eli was a tougher nut to crack. At first, I was really frustrated with him. His reasons for being afraid of love and commitment were pretty lame in my opinion. And, it just took so long for him to come around. But once he finally did…swoon. A strong, sexy, kind, caring, humble man that can cook (and bake) with big ambitions and loads of determination…“Yes, chef” indeed.
No fake marriage can go off without a hitch, of course. Twist, here. OMG…uh oh, there. It was really fun to watch Marlee and Eli navigate their new normal while finding themselves and recognizing their true hopes and dreams in the process. Then, throw in some amazing friends and a crazy Russian Babushka (plus her retirement home friends) into the mix, and the supporting cast really adds a special and hilarious element to this book.
It may not be a life changing story, but it certainly is a fun one. I enjoyed this easy read and getting to know these characters. I’m certainly curious about the other couples I met in this book, and I may just go back to read the first two books in this series.
Oh, and download the free bonus scene epilogue. It’ll give you all the feels with a peek at Marlee and Eli 15 years later.