One Hot Summer by Melissa Cutler

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Netgalley/ Reviews 2nd April 2016
One Hot Summer by Melissa CutlerOne Hot Summer by Melissa Cutler
Series: One and Only Texas #1
Published by St. Martin's Press on April 5th 2016
Pages: 384
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three-stars

Welcome to Dulcet, Texas, home of the legendary Briscoe Ranch Resort, where one woman will discover that even love is bigger in the Lone Star State...
Celebrity wedding planner Remedy Lane is Hollywood royalty--until a scandal sends her packing to the wilds of Texas. She has a knack for leaving disaster in her wake, but she's determined to reboot her career at Briscoe Ranch, a luxury resort known for extravagant weddings. Little does she know that weddings don't happen at the resort without the approval of the town's cowboy swaggering, too-hot-for-his-own good fire chief, Micah Garrity.
Micah knows trouble when he sees it, and all it takes is one glimpse of Remedy's princess airs for him to know he's met his match. Too bad he can't stop thinking about her--even when she brings about one disaster after another at the resort. He and Remedy clash at every turn, but they can't stop the sparks flying between them. They come from such different worlds--does love stand a chance or will this fire burn too hot for either of them to handle?

Remedy Lane lurches from disaster to disaster, each done with unyielding sass and good intentions. In every situation, she pulls the gruff, grounded fire-chief along with her in this rocky ride – all for the happy-ever-afters for the couples who have engaged Briscoe Ranch resort to host their wedding ceremonies. It’s wedding planning in full force, and in trying to escape the scandal that has plagued her in celebrity-buzzed Hollywood, Remedy realises that this small town in Texas has much more to offer than the shallows of the celebrity lifestyle she’s known all her life.

Much of the book is about reconciling how opposites could work out, encapsulated not only in Remedy and Micah, but in the contrasting social circles in which they both run. It’s also the major source of conflict as well as humour and I loved the straight, no-nonsense storytelling until it became rather bloated in the middle, only to bend, twist and turn into a burning (pun intended), emotional climax that stole my breath because I didn’t quite see it coming.

But it’s strange to review a book where there are many things to like as there are to dislike: the humour vs. the constant, exhausting bickering about wealth and status, the ‘frenemy’ chemistry vs. the quick burnout at the end, and the huge cast of characters vs. the relative stock stereotypes which seemed characterise many of them. Despite my own conflicted opinion, one thing that has struck me throughout is how much of a standout this series has the potential to become. For that reason, I’m simply going to stick with this good thing that Melissa Cutler has gotten going.

three-stars

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