From the blurb:
May Fredericks hates New York. Which is fair enough, since New York seems to hate her back. After relocating to Manhattan from the Midwest to be with her long-distance boyfriend, NFL quarterback Thor Einarsson, May receives the world’s worst marriage proposal, stabs the jerk with a shrimp fork, and storms off alone—only to get mugged. Now she’s got no phone, no cash, and no friends. How’s a nice girl supposed to get back to safe, sensible Wisconsin?
Frankly, Ben Hausman couldn’t care less. Sure, it’s not every day he meets a genuine, down-to-earth woman like May—especially in a dive in the Village—but he’s recovering from an ugly divorce that cost him his restaurant. He wants to be left alone to start over and become a better man. Then again, playing the white knight to May’s sexy damsel in distress would be an excellent place to start—if only he can give her one very good reason to love New York.
Honestly, I was bound to love this.
This book reads like a love letter. It's a love letter to New York City (my home turf), a love letter to the food-obsessed (ME), and love letter to our imperfections. It is about being who you are and not who you think you should be. It was touching and light all at the same time.
It made me so happy today.
When I want awesome contemporary romance, I know who to turn to and Ruthie Knox is on my short list. For some reason, I seem to have the most trouble with M/F contemporaries than any other genre, other than NA M/F contemporaries. However, books like these are the reason I keep trying them.
What impressed me so much was the chemistry between May and Ben. It was right THERE, just in your face. I bought the romance, I bought the love.
And, GAH, those food descriptions! I almost want to start beekeeping so I can get myself some of that honey (like, actual honey, not a code for nookie!). Didn't that sound divine? And do all of those restaurants actually exist in NYC? I need to find that borscht place! It was such a yummy read.