Thursday, July 11, 2019

Review: On the Market (The Texas BBQ Brothers, #1) by Audrey Wick

Will she be the secret ingredient to his happiness?

Valerie Perry has just inherited her grandmother’s home in Last Stand, Texas, a far cry in the country from her city life as an organic grocery buyer in San Antonio. Her methodical daily routine suits her just fine, so she aims to freshen up the property, sell it, and take her funds back to the city. She’s only got two weeks during her vacation to make this happen. Now is the time to cash in and get out.

The oldest Hutchinson son, who people around town know as “Hutch,” is a third generation local who is poised to take over the family business with his brother, Cole. The barbeque brothers have very different ideas about the future of their restaurant, "The Hut." Just when he thought his biggest headache was his job, Hutch meets Valerie and both their worlds are upended. He’s drawn to this fish out of water, but Valerie’s time in Last Stand has an expiration date.

Their sweet and saucy styles don’t mix, but can they both find the recipe to a happy future?

My Review: 

An incredibly sweet story about two total opposites, a barbecue pit master and a vegetarian.  It just goes to show how love can be found in the most unexpected expected places.

When Valerie inherits her grandmother’s house in Last Stand, Texas, the only thing on her mind is selling it and heading back to San Antonio.  But, spending time in the small town and making new friends, especially the handsome Hutch, who is one of the owners of The Hut, a popular BBQ joint in town, plans can change pretty quick. 

Hutch fell for Valerie right away, but she kept giving off vibes that told him to walk away.  She wasn’t like any other women he had ever met and he was intrigued by her.  But Hutch wonders if he should he really invest his time in a relationship that had a time limit on it?

This was such a fun book to read.  I laughed in parts, I felt sad and worried in other parts, but most of all, it enjoyed watching Valerie and Hutch fall in love.  And let’s not forget about all the BBQ talk.  I was hungry the entire time.  I need some good Texas BBQ now.  I can’t wait to read Cole’s story in the next installment in The Texas BBQ Brothers series.  

Brief author bio: 
Audrey Wick is a novelist and full-time English professor at Blinn College. Her work has appeared in college textbooks published by W.W. Norton and Cengage Learning as well as various literary journals. She is also a 2018 teacher scholarship recipient of the Key West Literary Seminar.  Audrey believes the secret to happiness includes lifelong learning and good stories. But travel and coffee help. She has journeyed to over twenty countries—and sipped coffee at every one. Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram @WickWrites.




  1. What a lovely review, Janine! I am glad to read about your emotional reactions to the sweet story. Good books can do that! Thank you for reading and reviewing.