The candy confections "Royal Taffy" and "Fancy Crunch" combine with a sweet romance that are the key ingredients in Unrivaled, by Siri Mitchell. Lucy Kendall and Charlie Clarke are from rival families- a bit reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet- but they've never met. After a chance encounter on the street, they take an immediate shine to each other only to later find out that any chance of a future together is destined for disaster.
I liked Unrivaled but felt that it lagged a bit in parts and that the main character, Lucy Kendall, was, for the most part, spoiled and self-centered. She whined just a bit too much. I did admire her spunk, though, when she worked with Santa and managed to showcase her candy instead of the competitors! She was certainly no shrinking violet! On the other hand, Charlie Clarke was intriguing and gave the romance depth, spirit and heart. I found his rags to riches story quite endearing and his friendship with Alfred Arthur (Lucy's fiancé) was lighthearted and humorous- to say the least! Unrivaled has bright points of humor that shine but I didn't truly fall in love with this romance. It was more like a summer fling- a sweet memory and fun while it lasted.
Lucy Kendall returns from a tour of the Continent, her luggage filled with the latest fashions and a mind fired by inspiration. After tasting Europe's best confections, she's sure she'll come up with a recipe that will save her father's struggling candy business and reverse their fortunes. But she soon discovers that their biggest competitor, the cheat who swindled her father out of his prize recipe, has now hired a promotions manager-a cocky, handsome out-of-towner who gets under Lucy's skin.
Charlie Clarke's new role at Standard Manufacturing is the chance of a lifetime. He can put some rough times behind him and reconnect with the father he's never known. The one thing he never counted on, however, was tenacious Lucy Kendall. She's making his work life miserable...and making herself impossible for him to forget.
Siri Mitchell is the author of nearly a dozen novels, among them the critically acclaimed Christy Award finalists "Chateau of Echoes" and "The Cubicle Next Door". A graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in business, she has worked in many different levels of government. As military spouse, she has lived in places as varied as Tokyo and Paris. Siri currently lives in the DC-metro area.
Celebrate!with Siri Mitchell by entering to win a Kindle Fire and joining her on April 18th for a Facebook Author Chat Party!
One "swooning" winner will receive:
- A Kindle Fire
- Vintage Candy Kit
- Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell (one for you and one for a friend!)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 17th. Winner will be announced at the "Unrivaled" Author Chat Facebook Party on 4/18. Connect with Siri, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at a trivia contest, and chat with readers just like yourself. There will also be gift certificates, books, vintage candy kits, and more!
So grab your copy of Unrivaled and join Siri on the evening of the April 18th for a chance to connect with Siri and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book - don't let that stop you from coming!)
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*I was given a copy of this book by Litfuse Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.*