More to Love
A Perfect Fit
By Alison Bliss
Author’s Website: authoralisonbliss(.)com
This laugh-out-loud romantic comedy proves that, when enemies become lovers, all bets are off!
Jessa Gibson may be new in the little town of Granite, Texas, but in no time at all her gourmet food truck business is booming. Soon she’ll have enough money to open the restaurant of her dreams. But first, she’ll have to appease the hot local health inspector, no matter how strange his “violations” sound to her. No pink plastic gloves? Really?
Max Hager isn’t exactly who he says he is. Pretending to be a health inspector is a (mostly) innocent mistake. A mistake made way worse by Max’s immediate, electrifying attraction to the curvy, sexy, redheaded chef. Throw in a whole lot of lust, and things in Jessa’s little kitchen are about to really start heating up. But can Max find a way to come clean with Jessa before his little deception turns into a recipe for disaster?
Having read this series from the beginning, I was definitely looking forward to Max’s story. The author, Alison Bliss, does not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed the read -> laughing, tearing up, wondering what the heck Max was thinking (you big lunk head) or even…you go girl (referring to Jessa and her spunk).
One of the great things I really liked about this story was that the “weight issue” was Max’s (though I was stumped as to why he went to such great lengths to hide his eating habits?). Jessa was perfectly happy with her plus size. Another element I really enjoyed was the use of humour and I love some of the sarcastic internal dialogue at the beginning with Jessa:
” What was wrong with her? She was getting hot and bothered by the hunky dimwit who happened to be the health inspector. As if that was a smart move.”
In the beginning we get a sense of Max’s issues with food as he eats a majority of his meals at the Empty Plate Café (owned and ran by Pops) in Granite, Texas. When Max returns home from a quick vacation at his parents, The Empty Plate Café is empty – a surprise to Max! All because of a new food truck that arrived in town after he had left for vacation – situated in the park right across the street from the café. So what does Max do but head off to the food truck with the bright idea of impersonating a health inspector to drive the food truck away. But of course, the owner is the attractive Jessa (much to Max’s surprise). Pretty predictable, Max finds Jessa attractive (and to have no confusion – Jessa finds Max attractive as well). Some of the “violations” Max throws out are chuckle worthy. But soon Max’s diabolical plan starts to unravel… Jessa fixes every “infraction” quickly and without complaining. This continues on for a couple of days. Seems like Max’s plan is not working and he is developing a bit of a crush for this gal. What’s a guy to do but ask the girl out?
When Jessa and Max start the personal side of their relationship, the heat turns up. All I have to say is be careful reading this…it is HOT!
One aspect of this series I quite enjoyed is that each book also incorporates quite well all of the main characters from the other books in the series to at least some degree. We got to see more of Valerie and Logan as well as Leah and Sam. This definitely added to my enjoyment of reading about the town of Granite, Texas.
One little bone of contention – the pretending to be the health inspector could have ended a bit sooner or been played down a bit – it did seem to dominate the story. There were other story tangents that I found more interesting – like Jessa’s mother and her travel diaries or the struggles Jessa has had since her mother passed. Additionally, maybe Max should also get a handle on his temper. It was hard to read about him losing his temper so quickly. He is obviously a good guy, but seems that his “weight issues” left a bit of whole in his social handling of unpleasant situations.
Overall, this was a delightful addition to the A Perfect Fit series. I love Alison Bliss’ writing of this series and recommend you pick up this book (as well as the other two) and read them for yourself. I look forward to any new titles that may yet to come in this series.
*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*