Mr. Kitchen Magic!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌎
Character development: 🧐😕😍😗🤯
The heroine(s): Lara – the admin at the Grape Ranch, she has a college degree in business, a good-paying job, plans to run her own winery some day. In the meantime she is working as the admin along with the owner and learning the entire operation from the ground up.
The Hero(s): Dean “the Mighty” Norland (a.k.a. Dean No-land) – He choked on the most important game of his junior year in college after being hyped up by the press for his background and good looks. Social media was brutal after the game and Dean was devastated because he needs to make it to the Pros in order to help his brother who is in a sub-standard rehab. On the same night, he has a one-night stand and eleven months later, when his senior year is about to begin, a baby is dropped on him along with a note saying it is his baby.
The Story: Dean gets baby Fia a week before the start of school, he is doing an internship at a winery and has a full load of classes along with workouts and football practice. The entire premise of a 22 year old guy who has never been around a baby, suddenly being the only one to take care of one is pure gold as far as humor goes. So many hilarious situations come to mind from changing diapers for the first time, to juggling the baby while trying to get just about anything done.
“I can’t afford to buy anything else. The baby wash, diapers, and formula I ordered for delivery tonight set me back over eighty bucks. Eighty! I’m literally giving up real food for the week so I can pump fake milk into an eating machine that rewards me with poop. Seriously, changing diapers is the kind of hell that makes me question the sanity of every person who ever had a baby.
I’m never going to eat a Snickers again. Or anything brown. But at least I’ve learned putting tissue paper up my nose helps. Also, putting a trash bag down on the bed makes cleanup easier. Dressing her is pretty simple now that I’ve figured out how to maneuver those fat little arms and legs into her pink leotard thing.”
I thought this would be a standard story where the baby is left with the daddy and the mother never shows up or dies and he is left with the baby and finds someone to love both him and the baby. However, this one got more complex than that and was so much the better for it.
I just have to say that Mimi Jean Pamfiloff is terrific at interspersing little bits of laugh out loud humor with great storylines. This book was rife with funny situations, sexual innuendos and humorous one liners which I often paste funny quotes into my status updates on Goodreads and it was hard to stick to posting just a few, but didn’t want to give away too much.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.