by: JJ Knight
The puns, the innuendos, the hot pickles…I loved it all!!
A totally cute, funny story about a deli shop owner who’s into bodybuilding and finds himself in a pickle when the sister of his best friend causes his “pickle” to rise in his teeny tiny shorts upon his debut bodybuilding competition.
Camryn, a professional tanner, helps Max out at the last minute when he arrives at his first bodybuilding competition with his botched tan and while Camryn is used to men sometimes rising to the occasion while she has to get up close and personal to their….personal areas, she isn’t used to Max’s sweet nature and obvious embarrassment.
While both of them are professional and move on from the first time “pickle gate” experience, Max can’t seem to control his unruly pickle everytime he sees her and it loves to make a surprise appearance every time he has a tan session with her. While he needs her services during the competitions, it’s hard to contain the attraction he obviously has for her. What’s a man to do?
Camryn finds Max sweet and would love to pursue something more with him, there is only one thing standing in her way…her very protective brother who just so happens to be Max’s best friend and training partner. They agree to keep their relationship professional, but no matter how much Max tries to wrangle his unruly pickle, it seems to have a mind of his own, like a heat seeking missile it points straight at her whenever he’s around, not that she’s complaining, she enjoys the validation. The only downside is that staying professional is getting harder and harder (pun totally intended).
Can they make her brother understand without messing up Max’s budding career?
Max is super endearing with his over eager pickle and nowhere near the alpha a-hole he could be with all of his rippling muscles. Camryn is also endearing with all of her help and understanding about his pickle problems.
Hot pickle is funny because Max is so likeable, shy and just darn cute. Even with his pickle being he brunt of the jokes, their romance (which has lots of underlying steam) is a slow burn but you don’t notice because this book is just a ton of fun.
While Hot Pickle is interconnected to JJ’s other pickle books and even mentions her MMA characters, this is a complete standalone and you do not have to have read any of the other books to completely enjoy this one.
I’m rock hard.
No, not like that.
When that happens, you won’t need me to tell you.
I’m a competitive bodybuilder, ready for my very first contest. And winning requires more than killer workouts and stage presence.
It’s all about the tan.
My training partner Franklin uses the best in the business — Camryn Schultz. She understands the career killer of a badly placed white spot.
She’s also his sister.
So when the craptastic tan I’m given for my first competition requires an emergency patch, Franklin knows exactly who to call.
The thing is, when Camryn’s hands hit my skin, more than a few muscles spring to life.
I’m about to head on stage in the tiniest Speedo imaginable and parts of me no longer fit.
What I need to do for my friendship and my future on the circuit is to walk away.
But when my best friend’s sister has her hands on my hard body, there’s no way this Pickle is going to get anything but hot.
Hot Pickle is a 300-page standalone romantic comedy about workout junkies, bodybuilding gods, and the couple who sprays together, stays together.