***NOTE MY REVIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS***
Melody Seabright is a flighty, quirky single woman who can’t seem to keep a job to save her life. Trouble seems to flock to her and add accident prone into the mix and it’s a little bit disastrous. Logan Kilgarven, her new upstairs neighbor is a bad boy turned staid suit. He’s a single father and television producer who revolves his life around stability, the exact opposite of Melody’s lifestyle. When Logan desperately turns to Melody to babysit, she exploits this to land an interview as the host to his station’s cooking show. What she fails to mention to anyone even after landing the job - she can’t cook. Since the viewers love her it’s left to Logan and his adorable son Shane to teacher Melody how to cook and how to find her confidence. What surprises Logan though is what she might be teaching him in return.
I picked up The Kitchen Witch because I was having one of those days and figured with the title it would be a cute paranormal romance that would make the day better. I didn’t get a paranormal romance. But I did find a contemporary romance that made me smile. Contemporary romances aren’t usually my thing, but any book that makes you smile from cover to cover, regardless of your preferred genres, is worth reading.
The plot is adorable, I wouldn’t say it’s overly intricate because that’s not how contemporary genre works. It’s not about an intricate and fast paced plot. It’s about the characters involved in whatever plot you’re presented with. An excellent contemporary romance can have an incredibly simple plot as long as the characters are realistic and genuine. It’s the emotional turmoil of the characters that makes or breaks a book in this genre. What I like about paranormal over contemporary is that you get more of a plot with the sensational characters if it’s written well. However this plot was great in that it had me laughing out loud at various points and wondering if someone needed to hit the leading couple upside the head with a brick so that they could see what was right before their eyes.
The book is a quick one sit read, so I guess you’d say it was fast paced, but not in an action filled way, more of a you’re laughing and smiling so much that you don’t realize how much you’ve read until you reach the books ending.
As I said before the important part of books in this genre are the characters. A one dimensional lead will not cut it in this genre. Fortunately for readers, Blair doesn’t create one dimensional characters. Melody was very easy to relate to, not in the parents bought her love sense because I was fortunate enough to not to have a childhood like that, but in a not believing commitment is right for her sense and the accident prone thing. Because of her childhood Melody thinks she’s meant to be alone and that she can’t provide the sort of stability needed for a husband or a child. She doesn’t see herself as a nurturer, she’s too flighty for that. She doesn’t even have the confidence to believe she can succeed doing things she enjoys. As a person who grace skipped in the gene pool I loved reading about a character who might actually be more accident prone than I am. What Melody can’t see is that she takes to nurturing in a way that would put most soccer moms to shame. The only quality Melody seems to see in herself is her appearance and in some ways she sees that as more of a curse than a blessing, though she doesn’t mind using it to her advantage when it suits her. She’s completely blind to all of her many strengths that are so clear to others including the reader.
Logan is so worried about being a good father that he’s buried himself in a job he hates in order to provide stability for his son. He’s the bad boy grown up that wants to hide from the boy he was. He even avoids the woman he wants because she doesn’t come across as stable. He’s like a walking contradiction and watching him war with his stable ideal versus his bad boy inclinations is just awesome. What neither of them can seem to see if how they balance each other perfectly.
Add Shane to the mix, Logan’s adorable son who comes off with some of the craziest things, just the way all kids are wont to do and it leads to an enchanting story.
The only thing that kind of put me off in a way is that by the time the couple winds up together they’re actually step-siblings, which I have to say is a little on the weird side. I mean I guess it’s different because they obviously didn’t grow up together, but still strange to me nonetheless.
This is the kind of book that I feel will really appeal to readers of contemporary romance. No, it’s not something I’m likely to read twice, however it was enjoyable journey from cover to cover and I can definitely see myself picking up more titles from Annette Blair....Continua