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The Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off

(Cadillac, Texas #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  747 Ratings  ·  95 Reviews
In small-town Cadillac, Texas, Carlene Lovelle and her cousins' fancy panty business, Bless My Bloomers, is booming. But irony strikes when Carlene discovers another woman's silk bikini underwear in her husband's briefcase. Lenny Joe hasn't just crossed the line, he's left it in his dust, so Carlene's taking her revenge to the kitchen.

For ten years, Lenny Joe's team has do
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published January 1st 2014)
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Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carolyn Brown once again had me laughing my head off with A Heap of Texas Trouble! It was a wonderful mix of family, friends and love!

I felt the acute sting of betrayal, right along with Carlene when she finds out her husband of five years, Lenny, has been cheating on her! Yes she’s hurt, but Carlene doesn’t plan on just lying down and taking it! I was thrilled that Carlene had her family’s support, her mother, aunts and Cousin Patrice. Cousin Alma Grace is another story, and I wanted to strang
DNF at 27%

I was all over this premise. It sounded fun and fluffy and I was waiting for the perfect time to start it because I was certain I would love it.

There were several POVs within the first 5%. But then throw in a lot of family members {all who eventually got a POV}, a lot of praying and mentions of God, and a push for one of MCs to stay with her cheating husband and I started to lose interest. At the point I made it to, there wasn't a lot of progression of the plot and I just couldn't forc
This was another hilarious trip to Cadillac, Texas, home of the Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off. It's a small town with quirky characters, feuds, and an active gossip vine, as well as deep family and friendship ties. It starts out with a band when Carlene found a pair of fancy red panties in her husband's briefcase. They weren't hers, but she knew exactly who they belonged to. I loved her confrontation with Lenny as she told him exactly what she thought of him. That scene set the stage perfectly for the ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it

Across the street from Miss Clawdy's Cafe (featured in The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee) in Cadillac, Texas you will find 'Bless My Bloomers', a custom 'under-britches' store owned by cousins Carlene, Alma Grace and Patrice the southern heroines of Carolyn Brown's latest novel, The Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off.

The story kicks off when Carlene Lovelle discovers a lacy red pair of panties in her husband's briefcase, the same pair Carlene sold the week before to a size 4 twenty-something plannin
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I want to move to Cadillac,Texas and have Miz Agnes on my side when things get sticky. Just like Carlene Lovelle did when her dirt bag husband cheated on her with a hussy that bought her red lingerie from Carlene at the Bless Me Bloomers boutique that Carlene owns with her two cousins. When cousin Patrice finds out what that that lying cheating husband of Carlene's did she is ready to take him out to the back forty and bury him where no one can find him. And cousin Alma Grace just starts praying ...more
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it

Four stars: A hilarious look at life in a small Southern town.

Carlene has no idea that the sexy pair of red bikini panties and matching bra that she sells to the giggling girl whose sugar daddy is taking her to Vegas, will soon come back to haunt her. A couple of weeks later, Carlene finds that very same pair of skimpy panties in her husband's briefcase just after he returns from a supposed business trip to Vegas. Carlene confronts her cheating husband and immediately moves out. She takes up re
Blodeuedd Finland
I always do like Brown's books, they are just sweet.

In this one we have Carlene who designs lingerie and has her own store. Her cousins work there too. The wild one, and the religious one (who got on my nerves before she finally finally got that maybe some things are meant to break.)

Right so all seems good so far, but no, Carlene's husband Lenny is such an ass! And the book begins with her finding underwear that are not hers. I loved what she did next. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

So t
Heather andrews
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I really liked Jack, “Yancy called me a while ago right before I finished my shift at the station. He told me about the cat. So you are allergic to cats? How about dogs?” She shook her head. Official business was finding out if she was allergic to dogs? “Good because I’ve got a couple of big old golden retrievers living in my backyard and house. We have a pretty good friendship going and I’d hate to have to get rid of them.” He grinned." What I kind of didn't like about the book, was that too mu
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I laughed, I cried til I peed my pants. I want to move to Cadillac TX (near where my mom lives, no joke) so I can shop at Bloomers and meet all these crazy nuts! Totally entertaining but not predictable. Thanks Carolyn, for another great read.
Becky Burciaga
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Throughout this entire story, I was either smiling, laughing softly, chuckling loudly, or just flat out laughing hysterically! I've read many of Ms Brown's books, but this one, jumps to my all time favorite. The characters have such diverse personalities, unique voices, yet the same Southern charm, and deep down devotion to God (sometimes with hilarious results), family and friends who are more like family, came shining through.

Not only were there moments of absolute hilarity, but the dialog was
Discovering a pair of hot as sin sexy red panties in her husband's briefcase is enough to rock Carlene's world and that of the rest of small town, Cadillac, Texas. An old feud, new chances, importance of friendship, family and a contest for the ages heat up the end of summer for three cousins and their mamas. I keep saying just how Carolyn Brown's stories take me to a good place. I am nostalgic for places and people that don't really exist. It's like slipping into a comfy pair of worn jeans and ...more
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Carolyn Brown's The Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off is another delightful fun-filled adventure in her Cadillac, Texas series. In this outing, a pair of red panties sets the small town on its ear when Carlene Lovelle, her cousins and their mamas decide to exact their revenge on Carlene's cheating soon-to-ex husband by claiming this year's Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off trophy. Hilarity ensues, rumors are flying and sides are chosen, but through it all, family and friends provide Carlene with plenty of support as ...more
Romancing the Book
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Aubrey
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Originally posted at Romancing the Book

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 d
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fun story. But I have lived in small, rural Texas towns all my adult life, and belonged to one Baptist church or another since birth -- even sung in the choir / worship band of most of them -- and I have never, ever known people who acted like these, with their kicking people out of the choir because a cousin "sinned" or getting in a fist fight at the church. I know Brown did it to be funny, but it annoyed me. Nor have I ever known an elderly rural Texas woman who would ever consider a gold fing ...more
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Carlene, owner of a lingerie shop in a small town in North Texas discovers a pair of red undies she designed in her husband's briefcase. They are not hers, but she knows exactly who she made them for. This begins the crazy, but fun antics of her family to get back at her cheating husband Lenny.

This was so much fun. It reminded me a bit of Steel Magnolias and The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. The sisters are hilarious, the cousins have a great relationship and the men in their lives (mi
Dec 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
No matter what she write, Carolyn Brown's books always make me smile. Even if this one wasn't one of my favorites, it still made me feel good.

Like book 1, don't expect romance. Even if three characters find love in the end, this series is women's fiction and is more about family and friends.

You have three cousins and their mamas. A pair of red panties will trigger a chain of events, like the old ladies living upstairs of a lingerie store where their girls work, and trying to cook chili to win
Mar 18, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is a fun romp through the world of the dignified South, where a group of women opening a lingerie shop is only slightly less scandalous than a woman divorcing a cheating jerk of a spouse.

A fun summer read that doesn't take itself too seriously, I would recommend The Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off to anyone that wants a story that is easy to pick up. It does, however, telegraph the ending in the first few chapters and felt pretty predicable. Still, it held my interest and I devoured the entire
Katy Budget Books
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Karen B says: The tale of the women of Cadillac, Texas is a hysterically funny and romantic one. It's Southern Belle banter meets "Annie Get Your Gun". Dripping with heavy sarcasm and women bent on revenge, this book will keep you laughing all the way to the end. A must read!
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Mar 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: west, cooking

It's not a brand-new story (think Fannie Flagg) but it is a story worth hearing again. Man cheats on wife. Wife seeks revenge. Great setting (c'mon, who doesn't love a Texas tale?!) and fun characters. Yes, take this one along on your next long plane ride. You won't regret it.

Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Carlene, Patrice, and Alma Grace are cousins who own a little lingerie shop in Cadillac, Texas called, Bless My Bloomers. When Carlene finds a pair of red thongs in her husband’s brief case, he has no chance to talk his way out of her wrath.
The cousins, their mama, and dear friend, Josie all decide to join together to be the first group of women to form a team in the annual Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off. They all want to get back at Lenny Joe, Carlene’s no-good, cheating husband, by hitting him where
Sep 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nook-books
I tried to like this book. I tried to finish it too. I made it almost halfway before giving up. I found all of the characters annoying. There really wasn't a single character out of the 7 or 8 women who I liked even a little bit. There was too much dialogue and people kept entering the room at different times so it seemed there was a lot of repetition. I just didn't enjoy anything about it.
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although the cover makes this look like a silly trashy novel and the summary on the back does the same... this book was anything but! This story surrounded a great family, loving sisters, best friend cousins, and scandal. So worth the read. It was funny and romantic but also realistic! Gotta love small town drama!
Lynne Evans
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
A laugh out loud return to Cadillac Texas!! This trip Carlene and her cousins Alma Grace and Patrice are going to take down Carlene's cheating husband by entering the chili cook-off and taking first place away from him. Looking forward to the final book in the series.
Kathy Roling
Love Carolyn Brown! Funny characters.
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved, loved, loved this book!!
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it
A bit too wordy ....
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Mindless, fun read that makes you smile at the characters and their adventures... small town living at its best and worst.
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love it! I really enjoyed every part of this book! Carolyn Brown’s book truly are amazing. I can’t wait to pick up the next one.
Jennifer Julian
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was pure fun and fluff. Perfect for a day in the sunshine with a cold drink. The characters were funny and I loved the multi-generational relationships.
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
I really enjoyed going back to Cadillac Texas and meeting the women at Bless My Bloomers. They were so funny and quirky. I can't wait to go back now to read the last book in this series.
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