I enjoyed this book, 1st in a new series. The main romance is funny yet touches on rape/abuse. The heroine's situation had me almost in tears realizing how alone she was. There are a couple of side romances that seem to get tidied up pretty easily. I had hoped for a bit more knitting but oh well! I liked the main couple and will finish this series.
This is a romance book. It has nothing to do with knitting, which is why I picked it up in the first place. The main character, Nikki, goes into a yarn shop every couple of chapters and interacts with the owner, but that's about it.
Nikki's bad knee has ended her career as a chef, and she has switched to being a personal cook for a journalist of a very popular men's magazine. Jay Buchanan needs a cook for one month, and no more. He has sworn off women for the rest of the year (due to women being so darn complicated) and is hesitant to hire a female cook. Desperate to get the job and pay the bills, Nikki claims to be a lesbian so he'll hire her and not be worried about his "year-without-women" coming to an end. Jay agrees, as long as she pretends to be his girlfriend to get the clingy girl-next-door to give him some space. Nikki is now a girlfriend-fake-lesbian-chef-with-some-benefits. Emphasis on the some.
Nikki is pretty sure she can handle one month of cooking for a rich, stuck-up, spoiled, gorgeous man, as long as she keeps their relationship strictly professional, and keeps up her facades. But she doesn't take into account the idea of Jay falling in love with her and her falling right back. But Nikki has some ghosts in her closet. Can she let go of them and learn to love Jay?
How to Knit a Wild Bikini was a cute, slightly sappy, yet enjoyable read. The characters were likeabledefinitely likeable, in Jay's caseand the pacing was good. The writing wasn't horrible but it wasn't anything spectacular.
I gave it an extra half a star because it was addicting! I couldn't put it down. The title and cover could have been better, since there was no knit bikini, only the mention of one. I wouldn't read the sequel, but I did enjoy this one.
It was, in some ways, unrealistic. Nikki had a lot of stuff in her past, and her reactions weren't always in line with them. It surprised me how much the author was able to put into this story. There were a lot of little "mini-stories" woven into it it almost felt ridiculous, but then again it was still fun to read. Sometimes, for a summer read, you just need a book that let's you goof off. This is one of them.
There was a fun combination of an untouchable free spirited woman, a stuck-up but slightly desperate sexy man, and hand-painted knitting needles. This one is perfect for an afternoon on a couch with a pair of knitting needles (If you're talented enough to knit and read at the same time. It does take skill.)
Content/Recommendation: Some language and sex. Ages 18+
I really enjoyed this book. Being a knitter myself I could relate to what they were talking about. Can't wait to read the next one in this series.
First in a trilogy of books by Ms. Ridgway. We get to meet many of the main playes in the books to come and watch the ups and downs of true love bloom between Nikki and Jay.... It deffinately doesn't come easy, and it doesn't even come quick, but this hot little chef manages to cook up her own recipe for eternal happiness within the pages of this great story.