Shy heiress Alice Lusk is ready to take some drastic measures to attract a husband and get out of her mother’s household. She’s been secretly spending time in the kitchen to learn from a master chef and can’t wait to have her own household so she can spend her days doing what she loves. At a house party in Newport, she meets Kit Ward, the perfect person to teach her how to seduce a man – which he’s willing to do, but only in exchange for some recipes for his supper club. Kit has no intention to ever marry, so their arrangement must stay temporary, despite their growing attraction.
When Alice and Kit return to New York after the house party ends in scandal (on the same timeline as The Heiress Hunt), they know it’s not prudent to keep seeing each other. But when Kit needs help for the opening of his Supper Club, Alice takes the opportunity to follow her dreams and run her own kitchen, and Kit realizes maybe Alice is worth changing his mind about marriage.
Alice and Kit had oodles of chemistry together, and were truly adorable. I enjoyed them both as secondary characters in the Heiress Hunt, so it was very satisfying to get to read their story. They both showed so much growth, in particular Alice coming out of her shell, gaining confidence and standing up to her harridan mother (difficult parents seem to be a staple in Shupe’s books). I loved how supportive Kit was of her, even if it did take him a little too long to come around to marriage.
Looking forward to the next book in the series. Anyone else hoping for Nellie and Lockwood?