Review: Hot Pickle by JJ Knight


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions.

I have been eagerly awaiting the release of the second book in this untitled series of standalones even before I finished reading the first book, Big Pickle, almost five months ago. That's what happens when one becomes enamored with a trio of brothers and the rest the Pickle clan. This time around, we're moving from Texas to California, with Max Pickle, owner of the L.A. Pickle franchise and aspiring bodybuilder. When a botched tanning job threatens his chances at a competition, Max's training partner calls in his younger sister, who just happens to be one of the more in-demand tanning artists around. Camryn Shultz is there for a quick touch-up but Max finds himself more than, erm, a bit up from all the, uh, touching. But with Camryn's brother making it clear his sister is a no-go, will Max risk losing his friend and training partner or is Max's hot connection with Camryn worth being in a pickle?

I dare you to try and not laugh or fall in love with this book! Max and Camryn and the journey to their happily-ever-after were a hoot, and together with their sweet and steamy moments, this book could have been the poster child for how a romantic comedy should be written. JJ Knight has given fans and readers of Big Pickle a worthy predecessor in Hot Pickle, and has set the bar even higher for her third go-around in this rom-com series of hers. There's a wee bit of angst in the story, courtesy of Camryn's family dynamic, and I think it added even more dimension to the overall tale. While the ending as far as Max and Camryn's relationship goes is happy and satisfying, not every aspect of their lives is hunky-dory, and I'm not going to complain. Why? It felt more authentic to who Max and Camryn were and how far they had come as a couple AND as individuals. I also don't require having overly idealistic HEAs where everyone gets along and it's a love fest. Knight offered up what I wished for in this book and so much more. Hot Pickle snags five stars out of five stars.

Release Date: 31 August 2020

Date Read: 31 August 2020

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