Monday, March 31, 2014

The Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off (Cadillac, Texas #2) by Carolyn Brown

In small-town Cadillac, Texas, Carlene Lovelle and her cousins' fancy panty business, Bless My Bloomers, is booming. But irony strikes when Carlene discovers another woman's silk bikini underwear in her husband's briefcase. Lenny Joe hasn't just crossed the line, he's left it in his dust, so Carlene's taking her revenge to the kitchen.

For ten years, Lenny Joe's team has dominated Cadillac's Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off. But with Carlene's Bless My Bloomers team now in the ring, it's anyone's game—and when there's pride and food involved, things are bound to get messy.

If you haven't read anything by Carolyn Brown, you're really missing out.  She's one of my favorite female authors.  She has a pure talent for taking eccentric, lovable characters and tossing them amidst the most horrid, rigid people you can imagine.  All you do is sit back with your favorite snack and watch the drama and fun unfold.  The sheer creativity is worth picking up any of her books for.  Everything that I've read that she's authored has been laugh out loud funny and even brought a few heartfelt tears.
In this book, the fun starts the moment you pick this book up.  Though I would never behave the way Carlene does, I'm so darn proud of her that I can't help but cheer her on.  Soon the entire town is in on it and it's way more than just a cheating spouse.  The fur flies along with all the gossip!  One of the best parts of reading this is that from the very beginning you know who you love and who you despise, so you can just jump in and have a good time.
This book isn't just about a cheating husband and a wife that wants to get even. We have a close-knit group of people that are each dealing with some serious issues and having to figure out how to cope.  Sometimes they have each others back and sometimes they don't, but they always love each other.  Friendship, family, romance; every sort of love relationship is sorted out here.  We have both the beautiful and the ugly sides shown to us.  You can sit back and enjoy the insanity of the book, but afterwards, you'll find that some serious messages have sunken into your heart as well.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Shawn

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