Monday, April 1, 2013

Book Review - Unrivaled


Lucy Kendall returns from a tour of the Continent, her luggage filled with the latest fashions and a mind fired by inspiration. After tasting Europe's best confections, she's sure she'll come up with a recipe that will save her father's struggling candy business and reverse their fortunes. But she soon discovers that their biggest competitor, the cheat who swindled her father out of his prize recipe, has now hired a promotions manager-a cocky, handsome out-of-towner who gets under Lucy's skin.
Charlie Clarke's new role at Standard Manufacturing is the chance of a lifetime. He can put some rough times behind him and reconnect with the father he's never known. The one thing he never counted on, however, was tenacious Lucy Kendall. She's making his work life miserable...and making herself impossible for him to forget.

Siri Mitchell is the author of nearly a dozen novels, among them the critically acclaimed Christy Award finalists "Chateau of Echoes" and "The Cubicle Next Door". A graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in business, she has worked in many different levels of government. As military spouse, she has lived in places as varied as Tokyo and Paris. Siri currently lives in the DC-metro area. 

When I first started this book, I was not that enthralled. I didn't like the way Lucy black-mailed her mother into letting her run the candy company for a month. However, her mother allowed it by blackmailing her into going to the Veiled Prophet Ball, so I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. I saw glimpses of this kind of attitude in Lucy at first, but as the book went on, she became more conscience about being a better person, which was nice to see, plus it helped me to like her a bit better. It was also a bit confusing at first with the narration coming from two different characters, however, the author accomplished this well and soon I was following along beautifully. 
Lucy loves making candy and, with her father suffering a heart-attack, she is determined to bring their candy company back to what it once was. There are a lot of hits and misses in this department. There are some moments that I laughed out loud at some of her disasters in the kitchen. 
I enjoyed the historical part of this book and how you were taken back into time. I loved reading about how the candy making business worked during that time. Your recipes were the blood of your company and you kept them secretly guarded as it could make or break your company if you didn't! 
My favorite part of the book was Charlie. He's mis-judged because of his criminal past. His crimes were done with intentions of taking care of him family and it's nice to see a new opportunity open up for him. He's a likable guy and I found myself rooting for him throughout the book. He's got a kind heart and I loved seeing him evolve into a good man. 
Overall, I thought the book was good. Lucy is not one of my favorite characters but I liked seeing the growth in both Lucy and Charlie and this was an enjoyable read.
*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group
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Blessings - Julie

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