Sunday, December 8, 2013

Delicious (Big Sky Pie #2), by Adrianne Lee

Forever (Grand Central Publishing), ISBN 9781455574353, December 2013

Jane Wilson is enjoying her new job as pastry chef at Big Sky Pie, and life seems to be on an even keel, until she gets two unpleasant surprises.

First, her mother is getting married again--and not to just anyone. She's remarrying Romeo Taziano, the man who broke up her parents' marriage, and then broke her mother's heart.

Second, Romeo's hateful son Nick, the Tazmanian Devil, has just been hired by Quint McCoy to develop an advertising campaign for Big Sky Pie. She's going to be seeing way too much of her ex-stepbrother.

If that weren't trial enough, having the Tazianos back in their lives brings up uncomfortable questions and uncovers long-buried family secrets. Jane is forced to rethink what she has always believed about her parents, their marriages--and even herself.

This is a very well-done follow-up to the first book in the series, Delectable. Jane's and Nick's challenges, both personal and professional, are nicely developed and handled. It's especially nice that Jane's professional challenges relate more to growing into being a manager who can handle a difficult subordinate, and not a supposed baking difficulty for someone who's been baking seriously since she was a pre-teen.

Lee gives us a gentle but well-done romance, with good and thoughtful character development.

Recommended.