Wednesday, January 4, 2017

One Enchanted Eve by Melissa Tagg {Review}

One Enchanted Eve (Enchanted Christmas Collection, Book 2) by Melissa Tagg
Kindle Edition, 134 pages
Published November 22nd 2016 by Larkspur Press

A delightful Christmas romance about finding the perfect recipe for love.

After years of mistakes and regret, Colin Renwycke finally has a plan: Hone his baking talent at the Denver Culinary Institute and embark on a new career as a pastry chef. If he's lucky, he might even manage to earn back his family's respect. But despite his skills in the kitchen, Colin's a mess in the classroom and his ongoing disasters are proving too much for his prickly instructor. If he loses his spot at the school, he's out of backup plans.

Culinary school instructor Rylan Jefferson has the chance to reclaim her dream of running her own bakery. But she only has until Christmas Eve to come up with the perfect recipe to impress an eccentric investor. She has no time for holiday parties or family plans . . . and especially not for the unruly student baker who couldn't follow a recipe if his life depended on it.

But Colin has the one ingredient Rylan needs most—talent. Lots of it. And when he makes a proposal that just might solve both their problems, Rylan can't say no—even if it does mean traveling all the way to Iowa. It just might be that the snow-covered plains and a charming small town full of postcard Christmas cheer are exactly what her hungry heart needs . . . along with a man who is much more than he seems.


My Review: 5 Stars

I love food--especially baked goods--and this book had me constantly craving something deliciously sugary. I'm also a fan of challenges (when it's not me) and this couple faces many of them. How can you truly appreciate something if it doesn't take a lot of work to get it?

Ryland had her dream bakery and lost it. She's got a plan to be back on top again, but it takes following a recipe card and her plans to a T. Colin is a very spontaneous and fun-loving guy, who always takes risks and never seems to take life seriously. When these opposites clash in the classroom (her as teacher, him as student), literal and figurative sparks fly.

There's something about the way that opposites attract that's very appealing. Not only is there a lot of conflict, which makes for some fun entertainment, but there's also some growth that occurs, and that tugs a tender part of my heart. I love how both Ryland and Colin learn to balance each other and the process left me with a smile on my face.

This is a fantastic holiday story with many fuzzy feels, as well as some aggravating moments--I tend to be more like Ryland--but I adored it. I love this family because they've had their share of hard times and that makes them real. The books can stand alone, but it's great to read them all. I can't wait for Leigh's story!

Content: talk of past issues (drug/alcohol use; flings); mild romance.


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About the Author:

Melissa TaggMelissa Tagg is a former reporter, current nonprofit grant writer and total Iowa girl. She writes romantic comedies in the banter-filled style of her favorite 1930s and 40s classic films. Her latest book, Like Never Before, was named by Publishers Weekly to their spring 2016 "Religion and Spirituality" Top 10 list. When she's not writing she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever, watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next book. Melissa loves connecting with readers at and on Facebook and Instagram.