I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Flirting with Felicity by Gerri Russell
Published by Montlake Romance on February 1st 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Romance
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Felicity Wright never expected to inherit the hotel where she works as head chef. But now, she’ll do anything to keep the Bancroft Hotel operating—even if that means mixing it up with the late owner’s handsome nephew, Blake Bancroft. He’s here to challenge her unexpected inheritance of the Bancroft Hotel, and there’s no way either of them are walking away without a fight.When his uncle wills away his family’s oldest property, Blake Bancroft cooks up a plan to get it back. To check out his competition, he’ll need to check in. Too bad his first encounter with Felicity proves to be anything but smooth. As their battle over ownership begins, things begin to heat up between them—and not just in the kitchen. Their attraction may be a recipe for disaster. Yet with the right ingredients, it could turn into a recipe for love…In her debut contemporary romance, award-winning historical romance author Gerri Russell whips up a sweet, passionate, and unforgettably delectable story.\r\n
Felicity, after losing her sweet restaurant “patron” Vern, is bequeathed the Bancroft Hotel where she has been working as the head chef. Finding out that Vern was the hotel owner all along leaves her frustrated, sad and intimidated. What else doesn’t she know? She is a sweet, caring, and genuine woman who cares about her new employees and wants to see everyone succeed, having fallen on hard times herself in the past. She struggles with the fact that her father needs basically round the clock care, when she is trying to eke out a living and support them both. To round out her obvious perfection, she also runs an unofficial non-profit to help the poor and homeless develop trade skills. She was almost too sugary sweet, but I still liked her. Enter Blake Bancroft, nephew to Vernon, CEO of Bancroft Enterprises and one mad as hell MF because he didn’t get the hotel he thought he deserved. Blake was sexy and smoldering, and not afraid to use his resources to get what he wanted. I liked his air of unapology but he wasn’t just a pretty face; he had huge ambitions that center around making things more sustainable. He was, at the heart of it, a good guy. This is a standalone romance, so you can guess how it ends. But the getting there was fun. Seeing Blake and Felicity circle around each other while they figure out how to work with one another was cute. There is, of course, some conflict, and some of it felt too manufactured, like Felicity’s ex-friend Destiny trying to drum up a newspaper story about the couple. I never really understood her motivation to treat her supposed friend the way she did, not did I get how her end goal meant trampling over someone she cared about. We as the readers are also never given an opportunity to like Destiny, so it just seemed like she was conflict for the sake of injecting some into this story. Let’s talk about when authors use stupid phrases, like “the apex of her womanhood” for a sec. Did we travel back in time to 1985 where authors couldn’t use words like vagina or clit? I get that the author likely wanted to keep the sex scenes “clean” but these are sex scenes, so come on. Phrasing someone’s vagina as the apex of her womanhood just feels cheesy. I can’t take that seriously. I can’t even give this a good heat rating or put a sexually explicit warning at the top of this post, because it was so…sanitary. Flirting with Felicity by Gerri Russell is a solid three… but no more. It’s a sweet story but lacks that extra oomph I need to make my romances really awesome.
Kate Rudd is a great narrator. I liked her in The Fault In Our Stars and I liked her in this. The two books really do showcase her talent as a narrator because I recognized her name…but not her voice. She sounded like a teenage girl in TFIOS and sounds like a woman here. Definitely will listen to her again!