If you've ever said to yourself, "I could write a better book than that!" then let "Coffeepot Inn" be your pep rally. This is only rivaled by Danielle Steel in its simplicity of language, trite plots, and unbelievable characters.
To boot (no pun intended), Small capitalizes the word "TEXAS" whenever it's mentioned. Maybe she thinks that's cute, but it's annoying when you're desperately trying to make sense of the sentence. She packs so many useless adjectives in there (strong, handsome, rugged, thick, dazzling, etc.) that it's difficult to find the subject.
Recommended for all new writers - this is what *not* to do when writing a book.
Lass Small's books are laugh-out-loud funny--but only if you get the joke. Quirky characters and hominess make her books calorie-free comfort food.
Lass Small has a signature style from which she rarely strays. This book is not one of the strays. Her capitalization of the word TEXAS is a gentle joke poking fun at the idea that seems to be shared by all Texans that "Everything's bigger in Texas"--and yes, she does it in every book set in Texas.
Her style has a simplicity of language that is distracting to some, but somehow adds to the sense of comfort and hominess and adds to the humor. Her humor is not for everyone. Her characters are always wisecracking beyond what most mortals could maintain in a conversation, but I can ignore that fact when I'm laughing.
I, too, was annoyed with Small's capitalization of the word "Texas" (which she does in several books-- possibly all the books she writes, but I don't know that for sure as I am sure I have not read all her books-- a sort of signature, I suppose) however, once I got beyond that I found this romance all right-- which might not be a ringing endorsement, but it wasn't bad. I enjoyed the hero, especially who is a cook and not a rich man pretending to be a cook-- or a rich man the heroine thinks is a cook or an FBI agent undercover-- he's just a cook. I also liked the fact that the Cook's romantic competition wasn't a truly unlikeable human being. So, with that non-ringing endorsement, I will add that if you like Lass Small, you will like this book-- if you don't, this book won't change your mind.