Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Forked (Frenched #2) by Melanie Harlow

Forked is the follow up to Frenched by Melanie Harlow. In Frenched, you met Mia Devine, owner of Devine Events. Coco Thomas is her partner, and Forked centers around her experience and involvement in the company. 

As Mia is off to plan her wedding in France, Coco is left to run the company. In walks Angelina Spackatelli. She’s the daughter of local mob boss, a self-proclaimed Italian American Princess, and wants an over the top engagement party that will hopefully make her a reality television star. Mia has some reservations about all this, but Coco decides she can pull it off. 

There are a few complications. First, the motivation for handling the booking is that Coco wants the commission for a house she can’t afford. Since Mia has allowed her to run the show, the payout will give her just enough to cover the rest of the down payment if she can pull this off. Second, the party is in one week and Angelina has already sent out invitations. Since Angelina is also bringing along an endless budget, Coco thinks she can really pull this off, calling in favors and spending what it takes to get this done. The third, and biggest snag: Angelina wants Italian chef Nick Lupo to serve burgers at midnight. Coco knows Nick a bit too well. He’s the man who she ran off to Vegas with, married, and woke up alone with a note from him saying “This was a mistake.” Ouch. 

            Now she has to face Nick, forget their past, and get the job done. Nick is excited to see Coco, and he agrees to do the party, but he's asking for something in return.  

"You don't know what I'm asking in return. Maybe you'll think the price is too high."
"What do you mean? Angelina won't care what your price is - she said she'd pay whatever."
"Not my price for her. My price for you"
"Okay, Nick. I'll play along. What's the price?"
"You have to spend the weekend with me..." 

            Melanie Harlow delivers the same amount of sharp and entertaining dialogue in this book as her last two, and the scenes between Nick and Coco make you want to find your own Italian chef to cook up some sexy times. I really have enjoyed this series and hope that the story continues with Erin. This is technically the second (but for me the third, if you count the one novel and a novella) in the series, but you can read it as a stand alone. 

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About the Author: 

Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her lipstick red, and her history with the naughty bits left in. Her stories are inspired by a sense of place, an appreciation for the past, and unexpected pleasures in life—especially the romantic kind. She lifts her glass to readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

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