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Bolted by Meg Benjamin
Series: Promise Harbor Wedding #2
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2013-04-02
Reviewed by Shayna
Sometimes you have to get lost before you can find yourself. Promise Harbor Wedding, Book 2Greta Brewster McBain is in a bind. Two, if she’s really counting. First there’s the can-barely-breathe bridesmaid’s dress from hell. Second, the stranger who just carried her “perfect” brother’s fiancée out the church door has made it impossible to tell her own mother about her own divorce. Rather than confirm her reputation as the family screw-up, Greta takes a drive to clear her head. Trapped in a hole and unable to reach his cell phone, Hank Mitchell is resigned to becoming a permanent part of his own archeological dig when help arrives—in the form of a woman who looks like a Gone With The Wind refugee. Behind the ruffles and lace, though, is something he appreciates: a woman who isn’t afraid of a little dirt. Their instant connection draws Greta into the eccentric world of the Hotel Grand, where she impulsively trades her hoopskirts for an apron. Soon things are getting hot—not only in the hotel kitchen, but in Hank’s arms... Warning: Contains hot moonlit sex, a melancholy turtle, two wisecracking seniors, and the world’s ugliest bridesmaid dress.
Greta Brewster really isn’t looking forward to coming home to Promise Harbor. Her mother sees her as a screw-up and she’s afraid news of her recent divorce will just cement that viewpoint. When her perfect brother’s wedding turns into a catastrophe after the bride runs off with another man, Greta can’t bear to stick around for the fallout, never mind tell her mother about the divorce. She bolts, going for a drive, armed with only a few credit cards and the bridesmaid’s dress from hell.
Archaeologist Hank Mitchell isn’t having the best day either. His foot is stuck and it looks like he’ll be spending his night in his dig site. Then a beautiful woman in a hideous dress comes along and rescues him from rocks and rainfall. The attraction between Hank and Greta is instantaneous, and when she decides to take a vacation from the chaos in Promise Harbor in order to work as a temporary chef at the worn-down Hotel Grand where Hank is staying, things only heat up. But what will happen when the week is up and Greta has to decide what she’s going to do with her life?
Bolted is a fun, light-on-its-proverbial-feet romance that I practically devoured in one sitting. I adored Greta, Hank, and the quirky cast of characters at the Hotel Grand, and just thinking about Bolted makes me smile.
Greta is a woman trying to break free of her past. Coming home puts a big dent in her self-esteem and she can’t help but be reminded of all the times she’s messed up in the past. I loved watching Greta come into her own both personally and professionally over the course of the story. As for Hank, he’s a smart, nice guy, the kind of hero who’s often underrated. He and Greta have stellar chemistry and the pages of their story flew by as the two fell in love. Add in a healthy dollop of good humor and the endearing Dubrovnik family at the Hotel Grand and there’s simply nothing not to love about Bolted.
Bolted is the second book in the multi-author Promise Harbor Wedding series, but it can be read as a standalone. There’s just enough information about the series’ other heroes and heroines to pique your interest, and if I hadn’t already been planning on reading the rest of the series, I definitely would be after enjoying Bolted. Greta and Hank’s book is the first story of Meg Benjamin’s I’ve read, but I’m looking forward to glomming up her backlist!