When famous - and infamous - country singer Rye Crenshaw saunters into the diner where she cooks, Tory Simmons is certain she's got him pegged. He's a bad boy who indulges himself in all things, women included. But while she couldn't care less about country music or arrogant men, Rye makes her an offer she can't refuse when he asks her to be his private chef on his multi-city concert tour. The job is the answer to all her prayers: It will clear out her debt and finance the fresh start she desperately needs.
Rye is certain his sassy new cook is the last woman who'd ever tempt him, but spending time with the wholesome girl next door will do wonders for his damaged public image, whether she likes being forced into the spotlight or not. Her food also happens to be the best he's ever eaten, both comforting and seductive. But spending time with Tory on the road shows him a new side to her - one that's as impossible to resist as her food. And when an emergency in his family whisks him home, he does the one thing he's never risked: he lets a woman into his heart....
Soon the emotions Rye faked for the tabloids become all too real, but will the country heaven he's found in Tory's arms survive in the real world?
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I read this book about 2 years ago and decided to listen to it as I travel to and from work. Rye and Tory are both such strong characters. They give one another a run for their money. Rye hires Tory to be his cook while he travels for his summer tour. He knows she needs the money and that she loves to cook, so it's a win/win situation.
Tory is not impressed by celebrity life and she tends to keep to herself. But, the more and more time she spends with Rye, the more she realizes that there is more to him than his tough guy, country image that he uses for his fans.
When Rye asks her to go with him to see his estranged family after his father has a heart attack, he begins to realize how much he wants her to be in his life.
There are many bumps in the road for Rye and Tory, and ultimately, he has to overcome trust issues if he doesn't want to lose her forever.
- L Kowalewski
Country music star, poor girl. Yeah
Very interesting merge of classes between the country music star hero - the poor working class waitress, and the wealthy stiff family. Very well done character development as the story progresses.
All fans of romance themed novels know that the guys gets the girl in the final chapter - In this story, you really were on the edge of your seat wondering if it was going to happen with all the road blocks and mishaps, and character flaws that kept tipping the cart.
The way to a mans heart is truly through his stomach !
Another Great performance by Em Eldridge. This is my second Ava Miles book and I will go try another soon.
- Andover Meadow