Just Say Yes by Alyssa Goodnight

August 27th, 2015 Kimberly Review 73 Comments

27th Aug
Just Say Yes by Alyssa Goodnight
Just Say Yes
by Alyssa Goodnight
Published by: Entangled
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Magical Realism
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
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He's just what she needs...Single mom Jade Moran isn't ready for any big changes in either her horrible '70s kitchen or her romantic life. Her ex did a number on her, and she isn't interested in getting hurt again. But when she meets a super-hot contractor, she wonders if avocado appliances are on the way out and romance is on the way in. Max Gianopoulis doesn't have a clue why he's so enchanted by Jade. She's almost as big a mess as her kitchen, and he's a guy who likes to keep things simple. He let himself get involved with a previous client, and he's not interested in repeating the experience. But Jade has turned up the flirty heat - and he can't keep his hands off her. With everything moving too fast and coming too easy, Jade's insecurities kick into high gear. She's not sure she can trust another man again - and she definitely doesn't believe in magic.

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Just Say Yes by Alyssa Goodnight is a contemporary romance with a touch of magical realism. It will appeal to foodies and offers up something different from Browncoat to pop culture references and it is sure to make you smile. Unique characters, growth, friendship, humor and a sweet, slow-building romance made Just Say Yes a winner.

We meet Jade Moran and her thirteen-year-old daughter Evie as they are parking and preparing to enter an eatery/store with a turnip on the logo. Evie is using a “yes” for this excursion and Jade smells a rat. Here we meet Opal the vivacious proprietor and right away, this woman charms me. I loved the little eatery with its mason filed jars, odd menu and southern charm. All of the food is meant to invoke feelings, resolve problems, give confidence etc. Opal introduces them to Max who Jade describes as “the best parts of Neal Caffrey and Harvey Specter combined.” The reference made me giggle:snort and had me settling down, because once again I knew Goodnight was going to entertain me.

At the beginning of each chapter, we get a little tip from the kitchen witch regarding the powers of food and Goodnight has me craving everything from chocolate bark to fig spread. I loved the foodie theme threaded throughout the tale giving us a touch of magical realism.

“Some days, romance needs a little push, a little vote of confidence. For those days, there is chocolate-cherry-blueberry bark. The blueberries will calm your nerves; the cherries will amp up your seductive wiles, and the chocolate means you’ve scored already. —Witch in the Kitchen, Bark Is Better with Bite”

Max is a contractor, Jade needs a new kitchen, and Evie thinks that after thirteen years her Mom needs to date again. The tale that unfolds is charming, chock full of humor and left me smiling.

Five things I learned from reading Just Say Yes

  • I want to be friends with Goodnight. She is clearly a Geek. She references shows I adore and her characters discuss Superheroes. If she likes coffee and chocolate, we could totally be BFFs.
  • Her characters are fleshed out, realistic, and unique. If you are looking for cliché characters, you will be disappointed. I loved the secondary characters we meet thanks to Opal’s dinners. I would love to see more books develop around this new group of friends. (I also want to recreate these dinners for friends)
  • At its heart, the tale is a romance, but Goodnight delivers so much more. I became caught up in their families, their friends and of course Opal herself. I want to spend an afternoon on her porch sipping tea and swapping tales. The angst/tension was low-key with just enough to keep us flipping the pages. The story is memorable from moments of learning to the romance itself. Nothing is rushed and the romance does not rely on tropes. Think contemporary romance wrapped in a “Sarah Addison Allen” type world.
  • I love the concept of food evoking feelings, boosting your confidence and fueling passion. I have always loved foodie books and enjoyed the unique way in which Goodnight weaved this into the story. I need to get my hands on a Witch in the Kitchen cookbook
  • This is the second book I have read by Goodnight and her stories are memorable. I can still recall characters from Austensibly Ordinary that I read in 2013. I have no doubt that two years from now I will still be able to recall in detail Just Say Yes.

Just say yes to Just Say Yes. A warm, funny, and unique romance you will want to share with friends. This would be wonderful for a reading group. I want to start a group just to talk about it.

About Alyssa Goodnight

Alyssa Goodnight

Alyssa Goodnight is the author of the Jane Austen’s Diary series (AUSTENTATIOUS, AUSTENSIBLY ORDINARY) and a Regency historical, UNLADYLIKE PURSUITS. Her latest, JUST SAY YES, a contemporary romance released August of 2015.

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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. She's a self-professed Whovian, as well as a Supernatural, and Sherlock Holmes junkie, She enjoys sharing books, tips, recipes and hosting the Sunday Post. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat...Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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73 Responses to “Just Say Yes by Alyssa Goodnight”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Have you tried any books in this genre? Sarah Addison Allen is a good one to start with. Garden Spell is my favorite and of course Just Say Yes is wonderful too.

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow

    What fun! I HAD that kitchen once…but it was back in the 70s. I wonder why we thought avocado appliances were cool? LOL

    I am now very curious about these characters, too. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Ramona

    You know, I find your reviews very comforting… It’s GREAT that I’m not the only one who has fantasies about becoming BFFs with fictional characters. But Goodnight does sound like my type of girl too 🙂

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  3. Cyn

    This sounds like a cute read and I like the bit of magical realism! Also, yes to the foodie and pop culture references! I’m a little sad that it’s only 2 1/2 on the heat scale, but it does still sound adorable, haha. Great review, Kim!

  4. Bookworm Brandee

    I’ve not heard of Goodnight before, Kimberly, but you’ve just put her on my tbr. Not only does Just Say Yes sound like a delightful read with elements I adore (strong heroine, well-developed characters) but it also has elements I’m thinking I could learn to love (foodie elements). 🙂 I’m also going to have to check out Austensibly Ordinary, since I am a huge Austen fan. 😉

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  5. Jess

    This sounds like a fun, fabulous read. I hadn’t heard of it before. Thanks for the introduction!

  6. Whitney

    Just Say Yes sounds super cute with some fun characters. Although, I think the Jane Austen geek in me will win out and will have to read Austensibly Ordinary first. Thanks for sharing!

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