Best Served Cold
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Revenge is a dish best served cold. Which is a real problem when the attraction runs red-hot.
Trust me. I know. The only reason I decided to renovate my family’s ice-cream store was to serve up a sundae full of revenge for my a-hole ex who opened an ice-cream store right next to mine.
It was supposed to be simple.
Renovate. Reopen. Put his peachy butt out of business.
Until he decided to get under my skin—and broke my toe.
Now, I’m stuck with Chase in my store every day, helping me renovate. But he’s also in my head, and I’m spending a little too much time up against his abs.
Not that it’s the worst place to be.
But it doesn’t change anything. I still hate him, and I’m still going to get my revenge.
An amazing story!
Just when I thought I could not love Emma Hart’s writing any more, she just served us all a big heaping helping of fun in Best Served Cold, which is by far my favorite rom com this year!
Best Served Cold is the story of once lovers now enemies who have been at odds for two years. Raelynn is the owner of a failing ice cream shop and her ex boyfriend, Chase, is her competition. Right. Next. Door. While Chase has gone about fixing things with Raelynn the wrong way, he finally tells her the truth and now Raelynn must decide if she still wants to get her revenge.
Everything about this story is a win for me. From the banter between Chase and Raelynn to their chemistry, sexiness and even the unfinished business between them, everything flowed perfectly and I was totally lost in their story from beginning to end! I adore the family and friends as they brought so much to the story as well. A MUST read for any Emma Hart fan!
PS - Can we take a minute to discuss that cover? Absolute perfection. That cover IS Raelynn, period.
First off I need to say this is one of the cutest covers I have ever seen! Raelynn is so sassy and I love her humor. Chase and give right back as good as he gets from her and I loved the sarcastic banter between them. I really liked their unique story with their stores and their history. I understood both of their feelings and in different ways I understand their actions. I really liked seeing them journey from enemies to lovers...again! They have such chemistry and fit together so well it's hard to deny. I really felt for both of them and what was going on. Chase is really sweet inside and I love his heart. I wanted to root for Raelynn so much. She is in a really tough spot and she is so creative and works so hard to get what she wants. She is quite stubborn with Chase and I can't say I blame her. They have a really fun slow burn. I was so entertained with this book and just adored it!
Enemies or Lovers?
It’s always interesting when I read a second chance romance where the hero and heroine break up and end up loathing one another for a variety of reasons with such reckless abandon that every interaction is a production - one that could easily turn into a three-ring circus or a WWE wrestling match, even if they’re merely fighting with words because readers are more than aware that scathing words are just as destructive and volatile as any physical encounter could be.
It’s kind of a shitshow when Raelynn Fortune and Chase Aaron go from being lovers to archenemies, and the fact that Chase hits Raelynn where it hurts, her family’s ice cream business, makes things even worse between them because even though Rae made a rash decision in breaking up with Chase, his revenge is something that could not only hurt Rae, but it could actually cost her, her livelihood, something she’s unwilling to let happen, even if it means getting her own revenge on the man who just might still own her heart.
The fact that readers get both Rae and Chase’s perspectives is key to understanding what’s going on inside their heads; these two have such big personalties their need to one up the other or at least get back at the other for something they did festers in their minds and forces them to unleash their own version of mayhem in extremely entertaining and outrageous ways. But when everything is said and done, these two have so much to sift through and the fact that they are one another’s competition when it comes to their businesses makes their past relationship and their present one heck of a sticky situation and not just because they serve ice cream.
I have to say that each time Chase made a clueless comment or seemed oblivious to the true state of things between him and Rae, I didn’t know whether it made him cute and endearing or if it made him seem like a guy who just doesn’t ‘get it’ when it comes to relationships and issues that occur when both people aren’t on the same page. Both Chase and Rae have made plenty of mistakes in the two years it’s been since they broke up and Chase took it upon himself to work against Rae instead of with her, and while it wasn’t his plan to drift even further away from Rae, it’s clearly going to take some ingenuity on Chase’s part to make amends with the woman who he wants as his partner, not his adversary.
Emma Hart continues to showcase her comedic prowess and her ability to create snarky heroines who know how to hold their own amidst the chaotic nature of their lives. The hijinks that occur in Best Served Cold due to Chase and Rae’s vendetta against one another and the choices they make are both outrageous and risky, but there’s also an emotional pull in this story as these two attempt to figure out where things went wrong between them and if there’s any hope for a reconciliation. Be ready for one heck of a wild ride with Rae and Chase, but it’s worth it when these two figure out that things might best be served hot rather than cold.
4.5 Poison Apples (The Fairest of All Book Reviews)
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Sep 25, 2018
- Publisher: Emma Hart
- Seller: Smashwords, Inc.
- Print Length: 261 Pages
- Language: English