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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Spicy Pickle, by JJ Knight.

 
 
Title: Spicy Pickle
Author: JJ Knight
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: March 16, 2021
 
 
 
 
First, she tampered with my pickle.
Then, she got us both kicked off a cooking show.
Now, we’re fake engaged.
Sit back, friends, this is one crazy tale of treachery and pickle juice.

Anthony:
All right. Here’s how it went.
My pickle went viral. Millions saw it. Thousands ate it.
Hold up, pervs. Let me backtrack.
I invented a very spicy pickle made with ghost peppers. One bite and you’ll swear someone stuffed a hot coal in your mouth. It’s extremely popular in pranks.
I’m in the middle of filming with a prominent cooking show when in walks Little Miss Perfect Pants from a rival deli to insist she has improvements for my pickle.
It all goes downhill from there.

Magnolia:
Read the reviews and weep, Anthony Pickle.
I got the best of you on reality TV.
You got me back with a very public kiss.
After your new deli poached on my territory, I swore to hate you. But every time those smoky eyes meet mine, I melt a little.
Cheesy, right?
By the time you’ve kissed me, I already know I’m in deep.
But then you propose?
How am I supposed to keep faking it when every swoon is real?

___

Spicy Pickle is a romantic comedy about a culinary feud, potent pickle juice, and the most not-fake fake love story in the history of reality TV.
 
 
 
 
 
 
She glances up when I enter the room that adjoins our two hotel suites. I could kiss our cooking tour publicist for this arrangement.
“Hey!” she says. “You got fancy sleepwear from the designers, too.”
I sit in the chair next to her. “You got some?”
“You bet I did. It was mixed in with all the fancy dresses for the talk shows. But I won’t be caught dead in it.”
Now she has my interest. “What is it?”
She runs her finger down the room service menu. “Wouldn’t you like to know?”
Yes. Yes, I would.
 
 
 

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Ah, I adored Anthony and Magnolia’s story! This enemies to lovers/fake relationship romance was perfect. Great characters, funny innuendos, a super sweet hero and a slightly awkward heroine.

Anthony is the youngest Pickle brother, and after his ghost pickle goes viral on TikTok for how spicy it is, he is invited on a popular cooking show. Unbeknownst to him, the daughter of a rival deli is also on the show, determined to show him up. Things don’t go as either Anthony or Magnolia planned, and they find themselves in the midst of a social media firestorm and scandal when they are accused of pulling a prank on the show host. To save both their businesses, they go on a publicity tour, flipping the script and pretending that they’ve fallen in love. And at some point, the lines between what is reel and what is real begin to blur.

I loved this book so much. Anthony is such a sweetheart, and he is the perfect fake boyfriend. Magnolia is stronger than she gives herself credit for, and she holds her own during their tv appearances, despite thinking she’s a wall flower. I loved seeing her blossom and find confidence during the PR tour as she fell in love with Anthony despite herself!

Spicy Pickle marks the end of the Pickle Brothers series, but the epilogue sets up a new series staring with Havannah, Magnolia’s sister, set in the new deli that the sisters open up. I can’t wait!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.
 
 
JJ Knight is the USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic comedy. She’s never met a pickle she didn’t want to eat.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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