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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Review: More to Love by Alison Bliss

I was really looking forward to this one because Max was such a trouble maker in the previous book and while I liked it, I didn't love it.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Forever Romance
Release Date: January 30, 2018

Jessa Gibson may be new in the little town of Granite, Texas, but in no time at all her gourmet food truck business is booming. Soon she'll have enough money to open the restaurant of her dreams. But first, she'll have to appease the hot local health inspector, no matter how strange his "violations" sound to her. No pink plastic gloves? Really?

Max Hager isn't exactly who he says he is. Pretending to be a health inspector is a (mostly) innocent mistake. A mistake made way worse by Max's immediate, electrifying attraction to the curvy, sexy, redheaded chef. Throw in a whole lot of lust, and things in Jessa's little kitchen are about to really start heating up. But can Max find a way to come clean with Jessa before his little deception turns into a recipe for disaster?





What’s it About? New to town Jessa Gibson's food truck is a hit and she couldn't be happier. Finally she feels like Granite, Texas is somewhere she could belong until a pesky but hunky health inspector starts telling her that she's violating some strange ordinances. Like no pink gloves! Posing as a health inspector to chase Jessa out of town and help a friend get his diner back on track has to be one of Max Hager's dumbest ideas but once he starts he can't seem to stop or to stay away from Jessa. As the two begin to give in to their mutual attraction, Max's deception weighs heavier and heavier on him but he can't seem to find a way to tell Jessa before she finds out on her own and when she finally does find out, Max realizes he doesn't want things to end between them.

Overall reaction to the story? I was excited to read More to Love because I liked Max so much in the previous book. He was a fun guy but by the time I finished this book I was wondering where that mischievous guy from On the Plus Side went! I wasn’t so keen on this version of Max who seemed like he had no direction at all, much less a sense of humor. I loved Jessa though, she was a hoot and a total foodie. The plot itself was okay but there was a “secret” that would have made for a better, stronger plot than Max’s whole lie thing. I was left going “That’s it? That’s all we get with such a big secret? A handful of pages and not much character reaction???” I had issues with the whole "Max pretends to be a health inspector" bit because it went on much longer than it should have and ignored what should have been a more significant part of the book but I did like this book as a whole, I just didn't fall in love with it.


Describe the hero in five words: Impulsive. Obsessive. Loyal. Stubborn. Secretive.
Did you like him? Meh, he was alright.
Why? Max was not the guy he was in the previous book and that was a shame because I really liked that guy and was expecting him to be the same here. He wasn’t and I think it was in big part to his lie about being the food inspector. He was so preoccupied with keeping up that ridiculous lie that he wasn’t being himself. I did like that he was the one with the eating disorder because it gave More to Love a chance to show a different perspective of some people’s war with food. There wasn’t a lot of time devoted to that though which was another puzzler because it was such a big part of Max’s life and in a way it controlled him. That was a waste of a conflict. Honestly I thought he fell flat compared to how he was as a secondary character. There was no mischief, very little humor from him, and he was a bit too much in the beginning. I will say that he remained a good friend to Valerie, despite her fiancee’s dislike of him, again another waste of an opportunity for Max to be well, the Max I fell for in the past.


Describe the heroine in five words: Confident. Spunky. Smart. Sweet. Talented.
Did you like her? Love her.
Why? Jessa is total BFF material. She’s fun to be around, easy to like, and best of all, she’s comfortable in her own skin. She wouldn’t be the type to make a fellow female feel like “The Ugly One” because she’s a wannabe supermodel or socialite. Jessa feels confident whether she’s in a pretty outfit, or her pjs and I love that about her. She knows her food too which definitely ups her BFF score, she’s definitely the type of person I could be friends with. Her charm and sweet personality hide a sassy interior though; she doesn’t take crap from anyone, more points for her! She’s just all types of awesome and she was definitely the funny one.


Let’s talk about the romance: Max and Jessa had some pretty serious sparks from the get go, and their interactions ranged from fun and flirty to down and dirty. i loved them together but I feel that the romance got dialed down A LOT due to Max's little charade. He couldn't really let go and be himself because of that dang lie! The worst part is that the lie was kept up until the last possible minute, making everything feel rushed and in a way making it seem like Max and Jessa were back at square one because Max wasn't a health inspector and that's what Jessa knew him as. She had to get to know him again in a sense and what with the lie being revealed so close to the end, I didn't feel that they had the chance to reconnect and work through that deception before the story ended. They had the makings of a great couple I just didn't feel satisfied that their story had reached the "Happy Ending" part.

How about that supporting cast? I love this group of friends, they all have different personalities that go really well together. Valerie, Logan, Sam, and Leah are all a great bunch of people. They're fun, accepting, and loyal. My one issue was with a BIG secondary secret that involves Logan. Something like that should have never been treated as an afterthought. It was a big deal and should have been properly addressed from about midway at the very latest to give Logan and the other person involved time to adjust and grow as characters from that reveal. It could have been a much better driving point for the story than keeping up Max's lie. Plus, I didn't quite get the reaction I was hoping for from Max at that little tidbit.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. I may have had some issues with Max and the plot but Jessa is too awesome to ignore and there were some good parts to More to Love that shouldn't be missed.

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