Come and Get It by Keira Cole
Series: The Bonifey Family Book #1 (novella)
Author: Keira Cole
Sexy Dixie Rose Bonifay has sunk her roots deep in the Texas hill country she calls home. Having dedicated her life to the one thing she loves most—cooking—she’s built her own successful mobile food business catering to the construction workers in the area, and she’s stirring up the appetite of every man around, in more ways than one.
When smug California architect Quin Halladay comes to town, he sets his sights on Dixie’s ranchland—and on Dixie herself. Confident and charming, he can’t wait to bed the alluring Dixie and add yet another notch to his bedpost. What Quin doesn’t realize is that Dixie can match wits with him every step of the way, and before Quin knows it the Texas beauty has turned the tables on him and he can’t get her out of his head.
As the two get down to business in a romantic Texas two-step, it’s a battle of wills and wits between small-town smarts and big-city arrogance. And with all the local men circling their wagons to protect the woman they’ve come to love and respect, Quin will have to prove himself and choose between the city life he knows and the Texas rose he’s come to love.
This was originally published under the name India Masters.
Review: First off, keep in mind this is a novella. Sometimes the story works okay as a novella, sometimes it doesn’t. This is one of those cases where it falls a little short. The book itself is okay – but I believe the story would have been better served within a much lengthier book. But read on at your own risk – there are some spoilers in here! But I felt they were neccessary to the critique. Everything happened a little too quickly within the book that it just seemed to contradict itself. For example, Quin partly finds her so captivating at first because she doesn’t immediately fall at his feet panting with desire – yet they fall into bed together pretty much the day after they meet. But given the length of the book, I could almost overlook a few idiosyncrasies.
But there were a few other issues that bothered me more about it. First and foremost, I didn’t feel any real connection between Quin and Dixie on any level other than sex. While sure, they could light it up between the sheets, that’s about it – certainly not enough to Quin uproot his whole life in California (quitting his job, selling his apartment, etc.) I think it would have been much better if the other had built a little more on their relationship.
But one of my main issues was their actions and thoughts about each other. For example, Dixie calling out her husband’s name when they were having sex – which for the most part was never addressed fully, at least to my satisfaction. And her husband’s ghost haunts the book – he is spoken of as if he holds a major role in the book and her life, yet you don’t feel her connection with him either! It feels as if he should be – but he’s just…not. As for Quin and his thoughts:
“The long and the short of it was, he was slumming it with the pretty Texas widow, and that was all there was to it.”
“She was too curvy, too unsophisticated, too country for the life he led.”
And we are expected to believe that just pages later he gives up everything for her? It just didn’t work for me.
Basically, there is just too much going on here for the short length it was given. I wanted to know more about her feelings for her husband, more about their burgeoning love for each other – not just the physical desire (although that was great!) – I just wanted MORE overall. A good read if you’re not looking for too much depth, but falls short otherwise.