A Knight’s Tale #2
by Claudia Y. Burgoa
1. Loves a good challenge
2. Never turns his back on a dare
3. Loves to create nicknames
4. Nobody cooks better than him
5. Doesn’t believe in love
When Parker Welsh sells Mitch Knight his organic restaurant, Willows, he not only gives Mitch ownership; but everything entangled with it. Including the annoying pastry chef who supplies the muffins and cupcakes.
1. Loves To-Do Lists and Five-Year Plans
2. Has her dream job of baking sweets
3. Always tries to make others happy
4. Never seems to succeed with her family
5. Is still a virgin, waiting for love
Hayley played by her mother’s rules for the first eighteen years of her life, instead of heading to college as her family expected, she rebelled and opened a bakery, Pieces of Heaven. Her family expects her to fail and head back to school and their wish may come true once Parker sells his restaurant to the handsome, arrogant Mitchel Knight. It’s either join forces with him or lose her dream.
You want to talk about seriously screwed up families? I think Hayley’s takes the cake, literally, with the exception of Parker, they are all freaks in a big way. There is hope for her father, but the rest of them are just beyond wacked. I’m not sure I would have wasted the bullets on the “bad guys” when her family is full of them… Right, you want to know what I am talking about…
Hayley is living her dream. She is doing her thing. She loves her bakery and she loves knowing that she did it all on her own without her family or their money. She knows that she will succeed. She has not given in to her mother’s special kind of crazy or her dad’s desire that she needs to go back to school and find a real job. She has never believed that this is a hobby and a dream that will not last. This is what she wants.
What she doesn’t want is one more person telling her how to live her life. That seems to be all she gets from her family. But when Parker decides to sell his restaurant down the street, Hayley knows this is could be a life changing experience for her. She knows that if the new owner doesn’t buy her baked treats, she could very well fail and live up to her family’s low expectations of her. When the new owner stops by to go over things with her, she knows this is going to end very badly.
But with some very bad decisions a lot of alcohol and the temptations of Las Vegas, everything changes in a heartbeat for Hayley and Mitchel Knight. One night of living on the wild side and Haley finds herself in a tangled web and very much attached to Mitchel Knight. But neither of them is good at backing down. Mitch has a bet with his brother and his soon-to-be. If anyone gets married in Vegas, Mitch will have to pay the ultimate price. So when what happens in Vegas returns to NYC with these two, all bets are off.
I have to tell you I felt a special bond with Hayley. She bakes cupcakes for a living and that has been a passion of mine for many years. Despite the special bond over flour and sugar, I have issues with Hayley. She has a special kind of torture to get her through dealing with her family. It’s not right but the only one hurting from it is Hayley. So there’s that… but then there is also this need to protect herself and save herself for this perfect Knight in shining armor. But by protecting herself and isolating her life, she may lose the one thing she has always dreamed of, her happily ever after.
Now, with all that said, Mitch has his own kind of drama. His family is a tangled mess too, but no matter how big the issues, there is love. But his stubbornness makes him say and do the most ridiculous things. He has a big heart and he knows what he wants, even if he breaks the rules before he truly finds out what he wants, and it’s more than just a one night romp in the sheets. He thinks she’s feisty and stubborn and completely in control.
After one night in Vegas, everything will change for both of them. But before he can put his ultimate plan in place, everything derails. Things shift and change and now he may have possibly lost the one person that would make him the happiest.
There is plenty of angst in this book that would have easily been resolved if either of them could say those three little words. Both having very different reasons for not saying it, neither will budge after Vegas. I loved the sass Hayley has in her bakery. I love that she knows what she wants and in the time frame that she wants it. I love that Mitch knows how to make her squirm, even if it isn’t in a good way. I love that he is cheesy and a bit of an egotistical freak. It all adds to the charm of them together and apart.
This book just made me smile and giggle. This book made me angry and frustrated. Mostly, it just reminded me of all the wonders of love and what it takes to make it work. This is a great book and I would love to read more by this author in the future!
She now lives in Colorado working as a CFO for a small IT company, managing her household filled with three confused dogs, said nerd husband, two daughters wrought with fandoms and a son who thinks he’s the boss of the house. To survive she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact.