Title: On the Market
Author: Audrey Wick
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Publication Date: July 11, 2019
Page Count: 180
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Will she be the secret ingredient to his happiness?
Valerie Perry has just inherited her grandmother’s home in Last Stand, Texas, a far cry in the country from her city life as an organic grocery buyer in San Antonio. Her methodical daily routine suits her just fine, so she aims to freshen up the property, sell it, and take her funds back to the city. She’s only got two weeks during her vacation to make this happen. Now is the time to cash in and get out.
The oldest Hutchinson son, who people around town know as “Hutch,” is a third generation local who is poised to take over the family business with his brother, Cole. The barbeque brothers have very different ideas about the future of their restaurant, “The Hut.” Just when he thought his biggest headache was his job, Hutch meets Valerie and both their worlds are upended. He’s drawn to this fish out of water, but Valerie’s time in Last Stand has an expiration date.
Their sweet and saucy styles don’t mix, but can they both find the recipe to a happy future?
On the Market by Audrey Wick is the first book in the new contemporary romance The Texas BBQ Brothers series. While this is the first book in this series the town of Last Stand, Texas however has been featured in other romance series so the BBQ may be familiar to anyone having read other series but it’s not necessary to enjoy this one on it’s own.
In On the Market we have Valerie Perry who has been living in the city working as a organic food buyer and leads her own meatless healthy lifestyle. Valerie has just inherited her grandmother’s home in Last Stand and plans to take a two week vacation to fix it up to sell. However, after arriving in Last Stand Valerie finds herself continuously running into the oldest of the Hutchinson brothers who likes to go by Hutch. The two of them couldn’t be any more different but of course find themselves drawn to one another.
This was a sweet, clean romance with likable characters and that lovely small town charm. With On the Market being novella length and the looming two week deadline Valerie gives herself in the beginning I would warn you are going to find a quick pace within in case of preferring a slower building romance. For myself however I really enjoyed this one as it’s a good light hearted, one sitting read.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Audrey Wick writes for Tule Publishing and is a full-time English professor at Blinn College in Texas. Her writing has appeared in college textbooks published by Cengage Learning and W. W. Norton as well as in The Houston Chronicle, The Chicago Tribune, The Orlando Sentinel, and various literary journals. Audrey believes the secret to happiness includes lifelong learning and good stories. But travel and coffee help. She has journeyed to over twenty countries—and sipped coffee at every one. See photos at https://audreywick.com, and connect with her on Twitter and Instagram @WickWrites.