Review: The Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off by Carolyn Brown

The Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off by Carolyn Brown
Series:  Cadillac TX (# 2)
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Pages: 318
Source:  book provided by NetGalley for review



Carlene Lovelle, co-owner of Bless My Bloomers lingerie shop, found a pair of fancy red-silk panties in her husband’s briefcase, and all hell is breaking loose. She custom-made those fancy bloomers herself—and she remembers the bimbo who bought them. If her husband had a lick of sense, he’d known there are no secrets in a town like Cadillac.

Carlene’s cohorts—and their mamas—plan to exact revenge on Lenny Joe where it’ll hurt the most: break his ten-year winning streak at the prestigious Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off. Never before has a woman dared to compete. But the ladies of Bless My Bloomers are cooking up a storm…and it seems the whole town is taking sides in the showdown.

Welcome to Cadillac, Texas, where the chili is hot, the gossip is hotter, and friends stick by each other, no matter what the challenge.


Review: Brown once again writes a story that captivates you and makes you laugh. The author’s sense of humor shines through the pages. The characters are larger than life but at the same time believable and down to earth. I would love to work at Bless my Bloomers with Carlene. The store is at the center of a lot of the action of the book whether it is when the store is open for business or the women with their mamas are discussing how to come up with the winning chili.

If my husband (that I don’t have but for the purpose of my review I have one) cheated on me me I would totally want the people that Carlene had backing her up. Alma Grace is the uptight cousin who believes praying will solve everything and Patrice is the no-nonsense cousin who rules with her heart and her head equally. Not to mention the three cousins’ mothers are all sisters who are quirky and funny as a trio. The six women together decide they are going to enter the Chili cook-off that has never had women enter before. The hilarity that ensues is priceless. Who knew that cooking chili would be so much fun or hilarious.

I would recommend this book to anyone that loves stories about small towns and families. It was so sweet and I did not want to finish it at all. Carolyn Brown has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I really hope that she gets to write more in this series. I think one reason I love it so much is that the mothers played an equal role. They were not hated or not even talked about. Their mothers were their best friends, the same way my mother is my best friend. Family connections were strong in this book.