Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Romance with a Side of Green Chile by Marcia Lynn McClure {Review}

Romance with a Side of Green Chile 
by Marcia Lynn McClure
ebook, 129 pages
Published March 10th 2017 

EXCERPT:All at once, Talli felt the ball of her right foot catch on the pavement. As she stumbled forward, she tried to steady her footing, but it was too late. The downward slope of the paved path down to the field was just too steep, and she squealed a bit as she felt herself fall forward. As her stomach and chest collided with the ground, she felt her chin graze the pavement—felt her legs whip up over her back for a moment before she came to rest sprawled out like a cartoon character who had just hit a brick wall.

“Hey! Are you all right?” a deep voice asked.

Still struggling to draw breath—the awful panic of having the air pushed so forcibly from her lungs threatening to shove her into hysterics—Talli nodded, gasping, “Yeah…yeah…I’m fine.”

“I don’t think you’re fine,” the deep voice doubted.

Then Talli felt strong hands assisting her to roll over onto her back, as several other passersby stopped, each asking, “Are you okay?”

Talli’s heart plunged to the bottom of her stomach. For as she found herself staring up into the gorgeous face of the hot Villarreal’s burrito guy, she choked, “Hey…you’re the Villarreal burrito boy.”

The handsome breakfast burrito maker smiled. “And you’re the funnel cake girl, right?”

“Yeah,” Talli managed.

“Are you sure you’re okay?” the handsome man inquired.  


My Review: 3 Stars

McClure always does a good job of incorporating real life events (things that happen to her or those she's close to) into her books that really give things a twist of humor and reality, which is why it's always fun to read the Author's Notes at the end.
Talli and Ruger have been eyeing each other at the Albuquerque Balloon Festival for years now and, as seen from the excerpt above, they have an interesting first meet that leads to a road of insta-love, fair food, and romance. The characters are fun and the romance sweet, but there's not much more to the story than that. It is a fun little diversion without conflict, so if you're in the mood for pure fluff, this might be the one for you.

I've always wanted to go to this balloon festival (it's on my bucket list) and I really felt like I got a firsthand view of it and what goes on behind-the-scenes. I can almost feel fall in the air with this one, as it takes place in October, and smell the green chile and funnel cake on the breeze. Yum! Don't read this one if you're hungry.

Content: some crude talk, making out/kissing; mild language


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