I received this book for free from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Amazon on August 23, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: InkSlinger PR
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?
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, this book is for you! Buy now for a fun, friends-to-lovers romance!
Take it off the menu is the third book in the Mile-High Matched series. This can be read as a standalone. I haven’t read the previous books and I didn’t feel like I really missed anything other than some obvious spoilers (such as previous couples).
The story begins two days before Marlee’s wedding. It was going to be the Denver event of the year, the problem. The groom no longer wants to get married, leaving Marlee to cancel everything. Her bridesmaids get to work and start canceling everything and plan a last-minute trip to Vegas. Eli decides to go to keep his sister and her friends out of trouble. Only to find themselves in trouble. The story begins with a bit of trouble and progresses into a slow burn then fast forwards to a fast paced novel. I really enjoyed that because the writing sucked me in and I loved the characters.
Eli and Marlee are a main character in Take It Off Menu. Marlee is a Denver socialite who has always had things handed to her, however she has a big heart and loves to do charity work. She’s a bit loud and has a bubbly personality. Eli is the total opposite of that, he’s older. He doesn’t do relationships in fact the idea of commitment and marriage send shivers down his spin. He’s very quiet, reserved and keeps to himself while keeping others at arm’s length.
Take It Off the Menu has a little bit of all my favorite tropes mixed into one and I think that’s why I loved this so much. Eli and Marlee don’t seem at all compatible but somehow, they work. Their chemistry slowly grows (despite the fact that they are married). I loved the slow burn of them growing into a relationship. I also loved how both of them brought out the best of each other. By the second half of the book, the romance really took off and I loved it.
I was intrigued from the first page, the writing sucked me in as well as the characters. I loved them all. It also made me want to go ahead and borrow the other two books because I wanted to meet the other characters (officially and get to know the backstory). Take It Off the Menu had a lot of my favorite tropes and I think that’s why I enjoyed it so much. Eli and Marlee made me fall in love with them. I was in a reading slump and Take It Off the Menu definitely helped me get out of it.
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.