Review: Just One Taste by Kimberly Kincaid

Review: Just One Taste by Kimberly KincaidJust One Taste by Kimberly Kincaid
Series: Pine Mountain #4.5
Published by Zebra on 05/26/2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Ebook
Source: Amazon

A little home improvement can go a long way…

Jesse Oliver was a medic in Afghanistan, but back home in Pine Mountain he’s happy to switch gears as the Double Shot bar’s new sous chef. When his apartment floods and his old Army buddy offers the family’s dilapidated lake house as temporary quarters, Jesse thinks a little remodeling on the creaky duplex sounds like a fair return favor. That’s before he sets eyes on the gorgeous woman moving into the other side of the cabin—and discovers she’s his buddy’s kid sister, a.k.a totally off limits.

Kat McMarrin has fought hard for her space, and she’s not too interested in sharing it. Of course, her job as a physical therapist means she won’t see much of Jesse, even if he’s a few thin floorboards away—unless she seeks him out. And with his sculpted body and slow-burn gaze, she might be tempted. Maybe the fixer-upper projects she has planned for the cabin will keep her mind off him. Or maybe her instincts to strip the place down will get out of hand…

Can we just take a minute to appreciate this cover? I just love it! Anyway I picked up Just One Taste because I thought that it would be a good way for me to get a taste of Kimberly Kincaid’s books (and that cover didn’t hurt either). Just One Taste was a really cute novella, but it also is a novella and that showed.

Jesse, a veteran, and Kat, are both tenants in the same apartment building in small town Pine Mountain. When there is an issue with the apartment they both have to find temporary lodging while the apartments are renovated. Unbeknownst to them they both know the same person – Kat’s brother. Kat decides to stay at this family lake house during the renovation, an, Kat’s brother offers the lake house to Jesse. When they both realize what happened, the agree to stay there together (there are separate apartments there) and help fix up the house, which is a bit run down. But, of course, they start to fall for each other.

You guys, I just love the whole neighbors falling for each other theme. And Just One Taste is really adorable. I really liked both Jesse and Kat. I wanted them to be together. However, as with most novellas, I can’t say that Just One Taste was memorable, either. I can’t really fault Kincaid about this because novellas are just so short and that is a common failing of novellas. There are some novellas out that that I actually love going back to. There are a number of them by Lori Foster that I just like so much. However, for the most part , novellas so rarely stick with me. But what Just One Taste did do for me was to make me curious about the rest of the Pine Mountain series.


12 Responses to “Review: Just One Taste by Kimberly Kincaid”

  1. Renee (Lover of Romance)

    I have a similar issue with novella’s as well. Sometimes they are good to read, but for me most of the times, they lack depth to get me to love it enough. But boy I love this cover too. Its so tender and romantic yet has a playful tune to it. And I love the Sun beaming behind them.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      They do often lack the depth of a fulllength novel. Every once in awhile I will come across one I love, but that’s not the norm.

      I love the sun behind them too. It gives a real softness to the cover.

  2. Nick @ Nick's Book Blog

    That is one really adorable cover! It definitely grabbed my attention.
    I have issues with novellas too. There are so many of them that sound fantastic, but I refuse to pick them up because I know I’ll be frustrated with their short lengths. This sounds very cute though. I wonder if it could have been extended to a full length story.
    Glad you enjoyed it though, Quinn!

  3. Lola @ Hit or Miss Books

    Oh, that’s too bad. You know how poems are short? Well sometimes they make you feel like you’ve just read a 400 pages novel, because of their complexity. At least, this looks cute 🙂 Nice review!!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I don’t think short is bad. I definitely don’t feel like long = good/better. But I do think it’s tough to tell a story in a novella. Sometimes it does work though. There are a few that I really love.

  4. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I felt very similar. I really enjoyed this one BUT it was more for the potential of the series than the book itself. Novellas are iffy for me as well and while this was a good one it was still a novella. I have the next book in the series though and am really looking forward to reading it. Plus this one made me hungry!

  5. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    I’m glad this was a good ‘taste’ for you – I hope her full novels will be even better. I feel like novellas also let me down more often than not, but this one seems to have pretty well if it held your interest!

  6. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

    You are right…that cover is beautiful! I can really feel the emotions between the two characters. Novellas are a funny thing. They are great to introduce a writer’s style to a newbie, but I’m not usually a fan of the rushed plots which are very common. I think Courtney Milan and Mary Balogh are my favorite novella writers. I am interested to see what you think when you get to read a full-length novel by Kimberly Kincaid.

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