Synopsis via Goodreads: Revenge is a dish best served cold.
Which is a real problem when the attraction runs red-hot.
Ice-cream store owner Raelynn Fortune has everything but her last name—fortune.
Despite living in a Floridian hotspot for tourists, she just can’t get her business back off the ground. And she knows why.
Her rival store next door is run by nobody other than her ex, and with his fancy-schmancy concoctions, he’s taking all the clients two generations of her family cultivated. Never mind that Raelynn taught him all he knows, and his revenge for her breaking up with him was putting her plans into reality—and her almost out of business.
But, she has a plan. The height of the season is just two weeks away, and she’s tired of playing second fiddle to her ex. She’s going to take back her crown as the queen of ice cream, even if it means getting close to Chase once again.
After all, all is fair in love and war, and you know what they say about keeping your enemies close…
Although maybe Chase is a little too close…
For two years, Raelynn Fortune has watched as her ex-boyfriend, Chase Aaron, and owner of the rival ice cream shop across the street steal away her customers one by one. What’s even worse is that he used her own design plan to do so and now Raelynn’s shop is suffering because of it. But now she’s done playing around and she’s ready to take back the title as the best ice cream shop in Key West. Raelynn’s got a new plan up her sleeve and if things go her way she’ll not only get her sweet revenge, she might even shut down her competition—for good.
It’s been a minute since I read a book by Emma Hart but when I saw the cover reveal for Best Served Cold I knew that it was too cute to pass up on so I eagerly snatched it up on release day. Best Served Cold can best be described as a foodie romance about lovers turned rivals who somehow end up falling back in love again. This book basically screamed my name because it has all of my favorite tropes! The writing is in true Emma Hart fashion: entertaining banter, awkward and hilarious situations between our MCs and an animated cast of secondary characters. I was hooked from the first line and was laughing up a storm while reading. Not gonna lie, this book made me really hungry while I was reading it. Raelynn basically lives and breathes ice cream so throughout this book she was coming up with a number of different concoctions that all sounded so yummy and even though I’m lactose intolerant, I so wanted to try one of her unicorn sundaes.
Raelynn is a hoot. She reminded me a lot of my own self with her clumsiness and hot-tempered mouth. She always had to have the last word and is stubborn as a mule. But I love how passionate and creative she is. She wears her heart on her sleeves so when she makes up her mind to do something, she puts her whole heart into it. Chase did piss me off at the beginning of this book. He does some unnecessary things which was what caused the rift between him and Raelynn, but he admitted that he did not make the best decision at times and once he owned up to his mistakes, I started to find him rather charming. He’s super supportive of Raelynn and he honestly just wants her to be happy, even if that means he can’t be in her life anymore. This romance was angsty as hell! Like these two spent majority of the book arguing more than anything. I kept screaming at my eReader for these two to just kiss and makeup because I was dying. Raelynn has a lot of trust issues that she has to work through before she can let Chase in again but the wait was definitely worth it in the end.
While I enjoyed Emma Hart’s latest release, I kind of felt like there was that “something special” missing. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it left me with the feeling of wanting more and I didn’t like that.
All in all, Best Served Cold was a sweet and hilarious romance and would recommend it if you’re in the mood for a lighter romance. Hopefully I can squeeze in another Emma Hart romance soon instead of waiting for ten months to pass by before I do so, lol.