Series: Pine Mountain #4.5
Published by Zebra on 05/26/2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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.