I just adore love stories and Short Order Daddy, Surprise Billionaire was everything I could want in a love story. My ONLY complaint is simple: it was way too short! I read this in less than 2 hours; actually 1 hour 39 minutes to be exact. One thing is for sure though: I LOVED every single minute of my reading.
Author Tabitha Foster takes us to the desert (literally) to a small town called Primrose in Arizona, approximately 40 minutes away from Phoenix. It's where we meet Allie, who owns “Tia Maria’s” and who is an occasional tow truck driver.
Allie, a widowed single mother who juggles all roles in her sons life the best way possible with the help of her Rosa and Rosa's husband Dario. They have been there for Allie before and she has considered them family for many years now. Allie took over her aunt’s business and kept the initial idea of service and recipes Tia Maria’s was based on from the beginning. The restaurant is a hit and that’s exactly the reason why Max Van Buren is on a road trip headed straight there.
Max is a successful business man who owns the majority of Van Buren Enterprises with his brothers. Unfortunately for them, the restaurants across the country are not doing quite so well anymore. Max is pretty aware that the real spark of his business came from Abuelito, his great grandfather who came to the United States with an original traditional Mexican recipe. Max is on the verge of losing his position as a CEO if he doesn’t find a way to turn his business and return it to what it once was: a real traditional Mexican restaurant.
Seeking to achieve his goal, he does some marketing research so he can find the well kept secrets of those successful but small restaurants to which his own chain of restaurants are being compared to. He didn’t imagine that his small stop in Primrose would bring him the answers he needed and a woman who turned his world completely upside down. But Max is keeping a secret from Allie, one that could possibly threaten their new found relationship.
I won't say more becasue I don't want to spoil it, but THIS IS A MUST great short story! I think the chemistry from the beginning did it for me. Both main characters blended so well and interacted in such a way it simply attracts you effortlessly. Personally, I felt there was enough material to stretch the story a little bit more. Max and Allie had so much to offer! The love scene was beautiful and leaves you wanting more.
As a native Southern Californian myself, I can easily picture the memories Max has with his Abuelito and his Taco Truck in Griffith Park. I have been there so many times in my life it’s like a breathing living part of my early childhood. Original recipes are a characteristic many of those trucks still have nowadays.