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You're the One: Bad Boys of Red Hook [Kindle Edition]

Robin Kaye
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Book Description

Award-winning author Robin Kaye proves that home is where the heart is, even for a bad boy from Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Logan Blaise expected to be taking a quick break from his successful vineyard in Napa to visit his hometown of Brooklyn. But what he finds is a complete mess: His father is sicker than he’d imagined, and Logan is responsible for keeping the family restaurant running smoothly. When the chef quits, he’s forced to hire the first person who applies for the job—Skye Maxwell, a beautiful enigma with great skills and gaps in her résumé.

Skye is determined to make it on her own, without trading on her famous family name. Working in the community of Red Hook offers the perfect opportunity to stay out of the limelight while pursuing her dreams. At first glance, charismatic Logan seems exactly like all the shallow men she knew back home. But as she notices his small-town roots and strong family ties, the Brooklyn bad boy and his restaurant start to feel exactly like where she really belongs....


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1722 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (4 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AEBEXSA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #198,298 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in Brooklyn, New York, Robin Kaye grew up in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge next door to her Sicilian grandparents.

Living with an extended family that's a cross between Gilligan's Island and The Sopranos, minus the desert isle and illegal activities, explains both her comedic timing and the cast of quirky characters in her books.

She's lived in half a dozen states from Idaho to Florida, but the romance of Brooklyn has never left her heart. Robin has won numerous awards including the Golden Heart for Best Contemporary Single Title, back-to-back Holt Medallions for Best Romantic Comedy, and the Golden Leaf award for Best Single Title. She currently resides in Maryland with her husband, three children, dog, and a three-legged cat with a bad attitude.

Please check out her website at www.RobinKayeWrites.com for information on all her books, recipes, and great pictures of her haunts in and out of Brooklyn.

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3.0 out of 5 stars You're the one 28 July 2013
By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A family of caterers is the focus as restaurants get busy. Red Hook is a part of Brooklyn, and Skye Sinclair walks straight into a job as head cook when Logan Blaise posts a vacancy. Skye has been working in her family business but she doesn't want to get stuck as manager, she wants to run the kitchen. She hopes to prove herself without using the family name. Logan is engaged to a wealthy girl from a California vintner family, but he likes this rough, turning-gentrified neighbourhood. His ex-cop father is recovering from illness so Logan has come home to fill in; he doesn't intend staying long.

Working for a new boss is a lot better than working for her brothers, Sky realises. Maybe that's why she feels attracted to Logan who, of course, is off-limits. Logan is determined to respect boundaries with the new employee. However his fiancée Payton arrives, and she didn't know he was from Brooklyn as he'd always called it New York. Okay, Logan didn't grow up on Park Avenue, but he's not ashamed - so why hide it? Payton feels that their relationship has been based on lies.

The first two chapters are packed with dense conversations at a wedding between people we don't know yet, and the author has been to a class which insisted on using no speech tags, so it's very hard to keep track. Speech tags were invented for a reason. I quickly couldn't be bothered and picked up the story in the third chapter where Skye comes in and it gets easier to follow. Again though we have extremely lengthy conversations, I think it might be a cultural thing. The characters each have valid points of view - especially the girl who felt she'd been deceived, who is otherwise one-sided.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 24 Sept. 2013
By Dora912
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
My copy of the book certainly contained 'speech tags' I am not sure why the other reviewers copy was missing them.

Enjoyable book from an author who always delivers. I have downloaded (and paid) for all her books apart from the first book, Romeo Romeo which I downloaded for free.

Great characters, good plot and just enough of a hint of who the next book might be about!!

Some explicit scenes as always but never crude and in keeping with the main two characters
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling Read 6 Oct. 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was an amazing book and I seriously recommend not only this book but the whole series.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  30 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a quick and breezy read that will have readers completely satisfied. 5 Jun. 2013
By Bookaholics Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
You're the One by Robin Kaye
Contemporary Romance -June 4th. 2013
4 stars

You're the One is part of a series revolving around the community of Red Hook, New York. Logan has worked hard to develop into the successful wine businessman he has become. But when he is needed at his family's restaurant for an emergency he drops everything and discovers that he may have a little girl her never knew about. As he struggles to bring Pop's restaurant back and find a new chef he finds unexpected love in a mysterious woman named Skye.

Skye Maxwell comes from a famous restaurant family. On her birthday she expects the keys to a new Maxwell Restaurant like all her brother. But is sadly dismayed to find she has been named a mere manager. Food runs in Skye's blood and she especially loves to cook. Disgusted with her family she decides to take a break. She wants to make it on her own -without her family name to open doors. When she finds a last minute advertising for a chef in Red Hook, she applies. And soon find herself interviewing for the job. Her food quickly gets her the job plus a place to stay! But she also finds the new manager, Logan, a big distraction. Logan is polished, charming and too good-looking. A lethal combination that she refuses to become entangled with! Plus she knows his flashy type. He also has a high maintenance, clingy, and rich fiancée. But knowing and doing are two different things. When Logan dumps his fiancée and starts purses Skye all bets are off. But what will happen when her true identity is revealed?

This was a heartwarming romance. Skye must strike out on her own and break free of the bonds and expectations of her family. She becomes a woman of true independence. But this book is really about Logan who makes drastic changes in his life. He finds real love and a daughter he can love. A new, fresh start that gives him meaning. He doesn't even realize until he comes back `home' that his life is shallow and all façade. As Logan strips himself of what he thought he wanted and what he finds is real, he opens himself to an entirely new world of love and promise. I liked that the romance between Logan and Skye felt very authentic. I could feel the intensity between them and how meeting each other changes each of their lives for the better. They are two deeply talented and worthwhile people who just need the `right' environment and acceptance to find themselves. I was very happy for them!! Plus, the food descried in the story also made me hungry. I only thought the ending was a bit predictable with the manipulative ex-fiancée.

This is a quick and breezy read that will have readers completely satisfied.

Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revisit Red Hook - You'll enjoy every moment 5 Jun. 2013
By Cahm Merritt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The book summary was well done by other reviewers so I will just give my thoughts:

What I like about You're The One:

* The setting of Red Rock is so well written that you feel like you've been there and are returning for a visit. Having read the first book; this is definitely true for me.

* The author has you caring about the characters focused on in this novel from the first page.

* The author uses humor in all of the the right places (she breaks up the tension very well this way).

* There is enough conflict to keep the story exciting, but not so much that you get angry with the characters for the constant angst/whining that they seem unable/unwilling to resolve. (I am personally tired of that in recent reads, that is why I mention it here).

*The flow of the story is seamless, with tight editing and engaging prose.

What I didn't like:

*That I have to WAIT for the next installment of this the stories of lives of this endearing group of family and friends.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really? Four and a half stars? 13 Sept. 2013
By E. Dennis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have no idea what I am missing, but I really did not enjoy this book at all. I run hot and cold with Robin Kaye to begin with. Sometimes I really like her books (Breakfast in Bed was my fav) and sometimes they're a chore to get through - this one was a chore and a half. Much like the first full book of this series, the love story happened way too fast in my opinion. One day one of them dislikes/hates the other, the next they are professing love in a super cheesy fashion. I mean, I know romance novels aren't accurate to begin with, but come on! This guy was engaged to someone whom he'd been dating since college (years and years), dumped her, and within 3 days was professing a desire to "spend the rest of his life" with the main character.

Aside from my dislike of the main story line, I found the secondary characters of Patrice and Rocki to be irritating to the max (even more so than in the first book, which I didn't think was possible). It's a pet peeve of mine when authors overdo the "girls night" and "girl talk" thing between women who don't know each other. Skye had just met these women and they were badgering her for details that were none of their business. I don't know about you, but if two women who I didn't know let themselves into my apartment to grill me for details of my sex life, I'd be weirded out and pissed off, to say the least.

Between the irritation that is Rocki and Slater's introduction into the mix as a huge douche, I will definitely not be purchasing the third in the series. Franklyn, I am annoyed that I bought the first two and wasted my money.
4.0 out of 5 stars Paperback Book Club review: Unexpected find! 12 Jan. 2015
By Paperback Book Club - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
So I’d never read Robin Kaye before, and hadn’t even heard of her, but I was looking for a book to listen to while traveling and came across this in my library’s audiobook collection. It was pretty good. I would say it was better, but the characters didn’t grab me much, and they seemed to fall in love with each other super fast without much reason for it other than they both existed in the same city and worked under the same roof.

That said, I enjoyed listening to it, probably mostly because I was familiar with the narrator and she was able to do the whole Brooklyn accent thing, which I wouldn’t have been able to do inside my head so I appreciated it. Anyway, so Logan was pretty cool, and to tell the truth, I liked all the of supporting characters, probably more than I actually liked the main characters.

The story is that Skye moves to Red Hook because her famous restaurateur parents didn’t give her her own restaurant when she turned thirty, and want her to remain doing the business end of their restaurant chain. Well, all Skye wants to do is cook, so she gets a job at the Crow’s Nest, a bar and restaurant in Brooklyn. Logan, a rock star vintner, is back in Red Hook from the Napa Valley to manage the Crow’s Nest for a month because the guy who he thinks of as his father just had a heart attack and needs watching over. Logan and Skye meet, and then for whatever reason, they start hanging out.

They’re not supposed to like each other at first because Logan is engaged to a douchey socialite, and so they try for like two days to ignore their attraction to each other, but obviously fail. Then in a pretty predictable and weak conflict, Logan has to go back to his job for some awards thing, and is photographed with his ex-fiance. Skye freaks out because she automatically assumes that he’s back together with her, and so naturally, she quits the job she’s had for like three weeks, and goes back to San Francisco.

This is definitely one of those novels where the whole relationship part doesn’t seem all that authentic. These two people are fine, but there’s no reason for them to be together. Neither is especially interesting either. Nonetheless, I liked the book. It wasn’t a book I read cover to cover in one sitting, and I didn’t carve out time to finish it like I would with something I was really into, but it was nice to discover a new author!
4.0 out of 5 stars Could have been 5 stars, but wanted to shake Skye sometimes!!! 20 Sept. 2013
By Reading as much as I can - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Skye is a 30 year old woman that is wanting to have her own kitchen/restaurant. She is a talented chef and takes the leap from California to NY. She lands in the restaurant being temporarily managed by a sexy Logan. Logan is based out of CA, but is temporarily in NY managing his family's restaurant until his brother returns from his honeymoon and his father is recovering from an illness.
So sparks fly between the two and it is a romance from there!

The first 70% of the book is awesome. The attraction b/w the two is great. The dialogue and plot is fun. They seem like a real couple that would truly be attracted to each other. The cooking sounds amazing and their similar interests make you root for them to end up together.

When they finally end up in bed together (yes, the scenes are Hot) - the reader is excited for them, as a couple, to take the next step. Going out as a couple, making plans together, etc.
But Skye puts the kibash on it all. Her insecurities comes out, she starts to keep her feelings bottled up and she jumps to conclusions. Ugh. I hate that. Here is a guy that had a seriously difficult childhood, but is willing to throw all that darkness away to trust her and start fresh. She has had a privileged upbringing and is afraid to have a relationship with him? He has an AMAZING family - done NOTHING to make you not trust him nor worry about him cheating on you. Yes - they have known each other for a short time, but that guy has been nothing but a sweetheart to his dad, sister, staff, etc.
So her lack of trust in him was annoying and frustrating.

I think the author wanted us to fear the end of their relationship at one point towards the end of the book. I was just annoyed with Skye. I had books that have one of the main characters run away because they are hurt - it is SOOOO frustrating and annoying. So hence, the 4 stars, not 5.

The other characters are great. You have the BFF, Kelly who will slap someone for her BFF. The two nosy nellies at the restaurant, they do not make excuses for who they are. Love it.
The loving, but cop-like father who raised 3 boys (foster children) and turned their lives around.
The new addition, a 10-year old sister that is wise and perceptive beyond her years.
The dogs.
I even loved the villain, Peyton. We love to hate beautiful, rich, skinny, pretentious women. Bring it on!
The Jag (okay, only had a few sentences in the book, but...heavy sigh...the car sounded beautiful)

There is a HEA, no cliffhanger, this book can be read as a stand alone, and there is a nice epilogue.
So except for 15% of the book where I wanted to throttle Skye, I really enjoy the flow of this book. Easy story, easy to read, fun characters - you get immersed into it pretty easily. A light book. But still fun to read.

Enjoy!
(I am going to check out the other books written by this author now...)
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