Saturday, May 31, 2014

Book Review: Skinny Bitch Gets Hitched

Skinny Bitch Gets Hitched (Skinny Bitch #2)Author: Kim Barnouin
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Gallery
Series: Skinny Bitch # 2


For the second time in just a few short months, Clementine Cooper’s professional reputation hinges on one restaurant review. Clementine’s No Crap Cafe is poised to score the Holy Grail of publicity a mention in the New York Times Sunday travel section if Clem’s veggietastic lasagna can bowl over the food critic.

Clem has no time for distractions. Or surprises. But when her meat-eating millionaire boyfriend Zach Jeffries shocks her with a sweet and romantic marriage proposal, of course she says yes! Now she has to plan the most important menu of her life while fending off her domineering future mother-in-law’s extravagant plans for the wedding.

As if there wasn’t enough on her plate, Clem decides to open a second restaurant on her parents farm Clem’s No Crap Outpost against Zach’s advice. Just when she needs his support the most, Zach grows distant. The only person who really seems to understand is Clem’s friend and biggest competition, the cute vegan chef Alexander Orr. Putting out fires in the kitchen is easy, but in her relationship? Suddenly, her time with Alexander feels . . . hotter . . . than usual, and Clem starts to wonder if the charming carnivore she’s engaged to is really the man she should spend her life with.

I had a big-ass wedding cake to bake – for my soon to be sister-in-law.

A diamond ring. Round, glittering diamond. Two carats. Platinum band.

First the ring wasn’t a surprise and freaked me out. Then it was a surprise and freaked me out even more – in a good way. When had Zach Jeffries not kept me on my toes? 

Be warned! You are about to read the review of a diehard Skinny Bitch fan! The first book in this series was published last June, and I read it in one day. This book took me a little longer because I am planning my own wedding, but it was equally as good. I devoured both of them and I cannot wait for more from Kim Barnouin. Both of these books follow Clementine Cooper, a vegan chef, on her journey to become one of the greatest chefs around. She stumbles across quite a few speed bumps on the way, but ultimately becomes a success. In the second book, the one in which I am reviewing, she has finally achieved her dream of owning her own restaurant and thinks she has life pretty much figured out. She is dating the perfect guy, but what she doesn’t expect is a big, fat marriage proposal. After that everything else is sent spiraling out of control!

Clementine Cooper will forever be my best friend. The girl has gained my utmost respect and support since the very first page of the first novel. She works overtime in order to achieve all that she has. I am in no way a vegan, but Clem makes me want to be. She is a very passionate character and puts her goals and ambitions first. Her parents are also a very important part of her life and some of my favorite parts are when she is on her father’s farm or is reminiscing about how she grew up and her parent’s way of life. I love following her and especially hearing about all the meals she prepares in her kitchen, which is of course her happy place!

Clementine’s life spiraled a little out of control in this book, but it was something I could definitely relate with because I am planning my own wedding as well. Clementine has to brave her mother-in-law through the wedding planning process and I was so entertained by these particular parts because she was not the nicest character around. Clementine did such a better job than I would have done if someone tried to take over the planning of my wedding. The book is well-written and well-paced and adds a few interesting twists that I definitely did not see coming at all.

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Gallery Books in exchange for my honest review*** 

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