Gretchen Darrow wakes up in her sublet New York City apartment to find the place on fire. Before she can figure out what to do, in swoop the FDNY, saving the day and putting out the small fire caused by her cousin’s errant candle. Gretchen is grateful but also a little hot under the collar in another way when she gets a look at handsome firefighter Rick Pellucci. The two part on less-than-friendly terms, but that doesn’t stop either Gretchen or Rick from thinking of the other long after the event.
Gretchen is a chef and begins a job helping with set supervision for a show at The Cooking Channel. She never thinks she’ll see Rick again. But fate has other plans, and Rick happens to have a famous brother who has a cooking show on the network. When Rick’s brother starts getting death threats and soon thereafter some deaths actually occur to people he knows, Rick and Gretchen join forces to uncover the identity of the villain. Can they solve the crimes and enjoy some romance on the side?
Lime Ricky is a delightfully funny addition to Jill Winters’ list of books. Gretchen and Rick both have appealing voices, and the love scenes are sizzling. The mystery isn’t difficult to figure out, but the suspense lends the right amount of tension to the story to increase the heat of the passion. Winters’ wry sense of humor had me chuckling out loud throughout.
Rick has a difficult time believing Gretchen could actually be in love with him; he believes she’s only hanging around him to get close to his handsome, famous brother. This plot device could have been eye-rolling as it
is used so often in romance novels, but it actually works in this story. The author doesn’t draw things out tediously, and the misunderstanding is cleared up in a decent amount of time.
The Cooking Channel setting is wonderful. A few more mentions of the dishes cooked and a little more insider-type information would have made Lime Ricky even better. But overall, Lime Ricky is top-notch romantic suspense, an enjoyable way to spend a few hours of reading time.