Publisher: Crimson Romance
Publication Date: April 7, 2014
Origins: From Author for Review
Book Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Synopsis: Mandy Parker doesn’t want to turn out like her mother, an aging actress desperate for the love of the crowd. Avoiding anything Hollywood related is vital for Mandy’s sanity; however, a bad economy forces her to take a job catering to a movie crew.
Since the woman he’d loved married his best friend, James Lubbock has put women far behind his career in the movie business. The assistant caterer is attractive, but he’s more focused on figuring out who’s sabotaging his set.
Sparks fly between Mandy and James, but can they overcome their painful pasts to risk a chance on love?
Review: Mandy Parker wants nothing to do with Hollywood. Both her parents were actors and the Hollywood lifestyle tore her family apart. She’s happy being a waitress and a cook in a small town, even though her mother doesn’t understand. When she gets the opportunity to be an assistant caterer on a movie set in her town, she takes the job for the experience (and the money). What she doesn’t expect is her reaction to James Lubbock, the set manager. James is interested in Mandy, yet his flings are usually over before they start ever since he lost his girl to his best friend years ago. Both James and Mandy have broken hearts and difficult pasts, but maybe their future can be bright. CALIFORNIA THYME is a sweet romance novel with enjoyable, but not necessarily memorable, characters. It was nice to see two people who weren’t at the top of their profession or super alpha-personalities working toward where they’d like to be in life. There is a bit too much ‘should I, shouldn’t I’ for a majority of the book for my taste, but the story concluded well with a nice HEA. CALIFORNIA THYME is a good read for the beach or camping!