This will be the third romance novel I’ve reviewed in the past six or so days. That’s the longest romance streak I’ve ever had on here. Usually if I read a romance novel, it’s just one in a few months or a year.
I’ve been on a romance binge since November, when I climbed out of a reading slump. I’ve dipped in and out of several romance novels since then, but the three I’ve reviewed so far and this one were the only ones I stuck with to the end.
With Tikka Chance on Me, I discovered it through the “Readers Also Enjoyed” section on Goodreads. I liked the cover, so I decided to give it a chance and see if my library had a copy on Libby. I didn’t even bother to read the synopsis.
He’s the bad-boy biker. She’s the good girl working in her family’s Indian restaurant. On the surface, nothing about Trucker Carrigan and Pinky Grover’s instant, incendiary, attraction makes sense. But when they peel away the layers and the assumptions — and their clothes — everything falls into place. The need. The want. The light. The laughter. They have more in common than they ever could’ve guessed. Is it enough? They won’t know until they take a chance on each other — and on love. (Goodreads)
Lol! Okay, so I didn’t expect this to be as short as it was. I thought my Kindle app was lying to me when it stated that there was just over 70 pages for me to read. I started to wonder if something was off with the e-book’s formatting, lol. But, yea. It’s just over 70 pages long, so I consider it a short story.
It’s about a young woman named Pinky Grover who dropped out of her master’s (or was it Ph.D.?) program to return home to help out at her family’s Indian restaurant after her mother had fallen ill. Trucker Carrigan, a guy she’d known since high school, runs with the local biker gang and often visits the restaurant with two of his cronies. Both Pinky and Trucker are attracted to each other and often surreptitiously check each other out, but it wasn’t until a chance meeting at Wal-Mart that the two decided to act on those lustful feelings.
So… I went into this not knowing what to expect. I didn’t even read the Goodreads synopsis before starting, so I didn’t realize it would be another romance featuring a biker gang. I just read it because I like the illustrated cover.
It was a quick read with lots of steamy moments. I certainly enjoyed it and liked that we get enough details on the main characters to feel as if we got to know well. Both characters love comics and superhero movies, so I liked their playful banter as such references were woven in to show what else interests them.
My complaint, however, is that they fall in love with each other so quickly. I guess this is my cynical side popping up again, but I really had a hard time believing that these two would unnecessarily (it seems to me) place their lives in danger after spending one night with each other. I mean, they didn’t even talk much that night. I get that this is romance and (I guess) a grand gesture of love is needed, but I couldn’t help thinking along these lines, which made the story’s enchantment on me kind of fizzle away. So, yeah, I was digging the beginning and the hook-ups but then got skeptical when the characters began declaring major life changes and attributing it to the person they only hooked up with the night before.
Overall: ★★☆☆☆ ½
It was an okay read and I actually recommend it if you like romance and are not as skeptical about things as I am when I read them. Because this is so short, I feel as if this was just a sampling of Snyder’s writing, so I would like to try one of her novels. I mean, yeah, I questioned stuff but I did like the story otherwise.