Thursday, February 27, 2014

Her Sister's Wedding by Jane Ainslie ~ Bridging the Gap Blog Tour ~ Review ~

Her Sister’s Wedding
By Jane Ainslie

A Sweet Contemporary Foodie Romance (Chicklit)


Jane Ainslie is giving away…  


What happens when you meet the right person at the wrong time? 

Melbourne-based food journalist Mandy Evans has Paris firmly in her sights. She’s got a chance at her life-long dream of studying art in the City of Love, but not before she has to be a ring-in bridesmaid at her sister’s wedding.

After setting up his latest restaurant in Melbourne, renowned American chef Jake Pearson is leaving for his next project in Miami. He’s the hottest ticket in anyone’s town, with a burning ambition to conquer the world, but not before he’s best man at his friend’s wedding.

When Mandy and Jake meet, the attraction is instant. He loves her sassy, natural style, and her appetite for great food. She thinks he’s the best thing since sliced bread, or even martinis. Fate gives them a chance at love when they are partners at the same wedding, but can either of them compromise their ambitions to let love grow?



 “You have a bit of sauce on your mouth.” He reached out with his finger and traced it along her top lip, removing the imaginary sauce. Mandy shuddered as Jake took her face in his hands, turned it towards him, and kissed her. This time, the intensity of the kiss sent every nerve in her body into overdrive as the longing and desire fired throughout her. Jake moved his hand down her back, pulling her closer along the length of his body. She could feel his desire for her pressing against her, and she moaned as his tongue slid between her lips. Reaching up, she grabbed his hair, pulling him closer to her, while the intensity of the kiss stopped time in its tracks, but unfortunately, not the burner on the stove.

“Oh no, the sauce!” Jake broke away as they both turned to look at the saucepan. The sauce had black, burnt bits floating in it.

“That looks like something I would cook.” Mandy leaned against Jake, laughing. He reached over and switched off the burner.

“This is where a sieve and a kitchen out of view of your dining public comes in handy. Where were we?”

“I think you were going to lift me up onto the kitchen bench.” Mandy hopped up onto the bench top. “Then I was going to wrap my arms and legs around you and we were going to…”

Jake didn’t need any further instruction as he pulled Mandy to him once again, this time more gently. His tongue parted her lips, as they slowly, sensually explored each other. Jake’s hand slid to her breast, as she ran her hands down his back.

“This is giving me an appetite, and I’m not just talking about a semi-burnt sauce.”

“Maybe we should pace ourselves a little.” Mandy put her head on his chest. She could hear his heart hammering against his ribs “I’m just a little scared I’m going to end up like the sauce otherwise.”

“What, lumpy?”

“No, burnt around the edges. We are playing with fire.”


Jane Ainslie adores martinis, is a keen but hopeless gardener, and an avid reader of cookbooks. She currently resides in Adelaide, Australia, with her beloved husband and her four unruly pet ferrets. Her blog can be found at and she can be found on Facebook at Jane Ainslie Books.


I had not had the pleasure of reading Jane Ainslie's work before reading Her Sister's Wedding. I have to say I was impressed with how 
quickly she had my attention and I was completely absorbed in the storyline. 

I liked Mandy Evans and the fact that she is pursuing her dream. She wants to study art and what more wonderful place to do that than Paris. She is so thrilled when she receives the OK to attend art school there. I admired her for stepping up to help out her sister, even though there were so many things she would have rather been doing. 

Jake Pearson is a busy man setting up his new restaurant as well as filling the role of best man at his best friends wedding. 

I enjoyed the scene in the book where Mandy & Jake meet. Mandy has no idea who Jake is. This makes for some entertaining comments. However Jake is so taken with Mandy that he finds her comments refreshing. Even though there was an instant attraction neither thought they would meet again. Little do the know that they are both playing major roles in the upcoming wedding. 

The other thing I loved about this book was Mandy's best friend Dario. He is an awesome best friend and is always there when Mandy needs him. 

There is plenty of drama and humorous moments in this book that kept me turning pages. I really enjoyed the storyline and how major life decisions were going to have to be made in order for these two to be together.  This really is a great story of how falling in love can really change lives. 

I was given the opportunity to read this book to share my thoughts with you for this blog tour. As always it has been my pleasure to share my thoughts with you on Her Sister's Wedding.


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  1. Thank you for taking the time to read my book, and for giving it such a lovely review.

  2. sounds like a good book. I might have to check this one out :)