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Take It Off the Menu

(Mile High Matched #3)

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  113 ratings  ·  89 reviews
Saying “I Do” has never been such a mess.

Marlee Medford just got dumped. Yes, things have become ho-hum in her longtime relationship, but she was two days away from walking down the aisle with the man she thought was her forever when he called it off. Convincing herself that they’d be able to reignite their spark once the wedding craziness settled? That was easy. Suddenly
Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Published August 23rd 2019
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Claire Robinson
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shit-hot-series
5 - "What did I get myself into with you..?" Stars!

The third book in the Mile High Matched series gives us Eli’s book, I loved his dry humour in the previous two, and Christina had me crying with laughter at some of the antics he got himself talked into getting involved in, in Take it off The Menu.

"You make me feel too much."

Marlee and Eli are opposites in every way, while he is insular, low-key, not interested in commitment and from humble beginnings, Marlee is a people person, loves being in a
When crusty, loner, Eli showed up suddenly at his friends' party with a wife, I just knew that story was going to be a fun one. This author excels at fun, feel-good romantic comedies among a set of friends who are small business owners in the Denver area. I look forward to each new release to get the next fun and flirty story.

Take It Off the Menu is book three in the Mile High Matched series. It's a standalone connected to the previous books because of a group of single friends who slowly are fi
***5 ‘Exactly The Same’ Stars***

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the previous books in the series and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one, especially after reading the blurb, and I was not disappointed! This was such a fun read. I loved every moment ~ even when I wanted to Gibbs smack and/or gut a few people with a spoon ~ and really wished there were more words to read because hanging out with this crew is all kinds of fun!

Eli. Okay I was already swooning over the guy because of the chef thing..
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
*** ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. ***

Delightfully fun and sweet, with feel-good romantic vibes that made me smile so many times I lost count.

Review to come!



*** ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review ***

I am a huge fan of Christina Hovland’s Mile High Matched series. From the moment I met these bunch of friends, I knew that they would have some interesting things to share.

What happened in Vegas stays in Vegas, right? Not for Eli and Marlee. Friends who en
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Christina Hovland Fans, Romance
4 Taking the Moments Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free
This series has been a fun ride for me. I have enjoyed getting to know Christina Hovland style and humor. I know I am really into a book when I am reading and what is on the page makes me start talking out loud and even to a co-worker about the crazy thing that just happened...As if it was a real-life experience. When I started this story and reached a couple of early turning points, I did just that!

Marlee Medford was prepared for her soon to be life
Glorious romantic comedy.

When your fiancé dumps you two days before the wedding, keeps the house, the honeymoon, his job in your family business and apparently your parents too, what's a girl to do? Well a blow-out girl's weekend in Vegas sounds like the answer!

Eli has been looking after his little sisters most of his life, when his sister's BFF Marlee's wedding gets cancelled (a wedding he was supposed to be catering BTW) he is there for Marlee as always, but when the girls decide to go to Vega
I received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley for review purposes. This in no way influences my review; all words, thoughts, and opinions are my own.

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Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was ok

let’s just say i’m glad i finished this book.

TAKE IT OFF THE MENU was probably the messiest, most this-can’t-get-any-more-ridiculous-but-somehow-it-does book i have ever read. it follows marlee, who’s perfect life is thrown off the window when she gets dumped by her boyfriend two days before their marriage. her friends decide to take her to vegas to get over it. next morning, BOOM! she’s married to her best friend’s brother, eli.

i mean, y
Millennial Life Crisis Bookshelf - Samantha
Interesting take on an accidental marriage! Marlee has been planning her wedding for over a year, and two days before her hard work comes to fruition, her fiancé decides to break it off all while thinking it can be done amicably. Leaning on the support of her friends, she packs up her belongings and decides to take a long weekend in Vegas to get her mind off of it. While there, her best friend’s brother, Eli, tags along in order to keep the girls in line as they have a history of getting rowdy. ...more
Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

Rating: ★★★★☆ (3/5 Stars)
Title: Take It Off the Menu
Author(s): Christina Hovland
Marlee Medford: 39 years old
Elias "Eli" Howard: Black
Setting: Denver, Colorado
Tag(s): Romance, Contemporary
Content Rating: R
POV: Third Person
Smexy Level: Hot
Favorite Quote(s):
― “Do you know how scary it is to be the one who loves you more?”
Overall Opinion:
A good old best friend older brother trope which oddly enough I'm not the biggest fan of that was actually sorta kinda cute. From the get-go, yo
Kathleen Bradbury (Bulfon)
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book and was honored to have been able to read and review. It was such a phenomenal read and had amazing characters as well as an amazing story line. I just could not get enough of it and once I started reading it I could not put it down. I recommend that you read it.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such a fun read, so light hearted, so funny, it’s a great book to cheer you up and see the lighter side of life. Great chemistry and a fun plot.

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
I read this because it was about a chef and I'm food-obsessed.
Jody Holford
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I love this series. Diving back into Brek, Velma and their friends-- this time with Eli and Marlee-- was like getting together with old friends. It was funny, sweet, sexy, and a great addition to an already awesome series. The humor of Babushka being mirrored by Marlee and her girls was very enjoyable. The sweet moments totally tugged at my heart and I found myself smiling several times.
Angel Hatfield
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marlee was to marry Scotty in two days. But then he broke up with her, he’d been thinking about it for awhile. Marlee waited to feel the heartbreak but felt relieved. Relief that was starting to make her panic. She tried to see the man she fell in love with but he was gone and has been for awhile and she wasn’t the woman he fell in love with either. Marlee had been with Scotty ten years since she was twenty. Scotty promised her there was no one else but she knew that; they worked together, lived ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Take It Off the Menu is the third book in Christina Hovland’s Mile High Matched series. It is more contemporary romance than romantic comedy, and it is absolutely delicious! Each of the books in this series focuses on a different guy in a tight group of friends. In this latest installment, Denver socialite, Marlee Medford, pushes her best friend’s brother, Chef Eli Howard, way out of his comfort zone.

From the first page to the last, I was hooked on this story. The characters are delightful, and
Joanna Pozzuto
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
2.5 Stars

This book was pretty middle of the road for me. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it.

The emotions in this book are pretty high from the get go, and the first few chapters were so close to something I experienced that I couldn't believe it! So that being said, she totally nailed Scotty, the breakup, and the emotional fallout. The friendship between all the girls, especially her new group of friends she made through Eli, were the highlight of the book for me. While it is a part of a ser
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved Take It Off the Menu by Christina Hovland. It is the third book from the Mile High Matched series, and the first two are equally as entertaining. This book can be enjoyed as a standalone.

Two days before Marlee Medford's high-society wedding, her fiance broke up with her. Interestingly, the spark in their relationship had been non-existent for a long time. Her girlfriends decide that a weekend in Vegas is just what Marlee needs to begin her new normal. Eli Howard, her maid of honor's olde
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Marlee just got dumped. In the worst way….two days before her wedding. Yep! Horrible. Her fiance` Peter decides two days before that he doesn’t want to get married. Now he has her house, her work place and worst of all her parents. What more does he want. He has literally taken over her life and left her to rot.

With the help of her friends and their guardian Ben, Sadie’s brother, she packs her things and leaves. What do you do when you are down? Let your friends talk you into a trip to Vegas. Wh
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m not sure how a book that starts with our heroine getting dumped two days before her wedding turned out to be so funny and lighthearted, but this book is just that. I loved the last book in the series, so I knew I was going to be in for plenty of laughs with this one, but it exceeded my expectations by having so much heart mixed in. The story follows Marlee, a woman who has been with the same guy for the last ten years. When he calls off their wedding in the final hours, she knows she should ...more
Sue Galuska
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am just loving this series! I didn't think much could top Going Down on One Knee, but this story pleasantly surprised me.

Marlee Medford is supposed to be getting married in 2 days and her fiance, Scotty suddenly calls off the wedding. So what is a jilted bride suppose to do...head to Las Vegas with her besties....and who tags along to make sure the girls don't get into any trouble....Eli Howard, her wedding caterer and big brother of her best friend, Sadie.

What starts as a drunken fun night e
I'm glad I gave this author another chance as I really liked this book. I love a good Vegas wedding mistake plot. Plus, it had a chef hero so I figured there'd be some good food in it.

Unlike in the first book in the series, which had a hero who was a jerk IMHO, in this book, both Eli, the hero and Marlee, the heroine were both sweethearts and very caring people. Marlee was dumped at the start of the book by her fiancé just 2 days before the wedding. Not only did he dump her, he also enlisted he
Jennifer Olivas
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Getting dumped by her fiancee a few days before her wedding may have been a blessing in disguise, as Marlee learns what kind of a person Scott really is. Money grubbing and selfish are two good words to describe him. She could do so much better. Her and the girls leave for a crazy Vegas weekend, along with Sadie’s brother Eli. He is going to keep them out of trouble. Well after the liquor starts flowing, crazy things start going down. Marlee and Eli get fake married on a dare, only to wake up an ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Christina Hovland is a RomCom queen and I’m one of her biggest fans. She is at the top of my go-to authors for LOL, feel-good books with delightfully quirky, good-hearted characters you will love.

Marlee is a Denver socialite and heiress with a heart of gold. Having been dumped by her fiancé just two days before their scheduled wedding, she is whisked off to Las Vegas by her bff’s Sadie, Becca and Kellie for a girls weekend. Along for the ride is Sadie’s brother, Eli, who has been looking out for
Courtney Anderson
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every book in this series so far has been beyond amazing, and Eli’s story is just as great. I loved everything about this book I loved Marlee and her personality, attitude, strength, and heart. She was a caring girl who did come from money but she never really let that define her and she loved her friends deeply. This group of friends that Marlee had included Eli’s sister Sadie and they all had me laughing so hard and poor Eli was always there to take care of them and make sure they didn’t lend ...more
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent romance
I hesitated at first between 4 and 5 stars, as the heroine was naive and served as a human doormat to her family or her fiancé, but then I loved her transformation, as well as that of the male hero. I liked the way they build themselves because of what they love and how they build themselves with the whom they love and support them.
Marlee learns from her fiancé 2 days before their wedding that he wants them to separate. He works with her parents, and Marlee finds it horrified th
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Inkslinger and the author for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

Take It Off The Menu
By: Christina Hovland

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Take It Off The Menu is the first book I've read by Christina Hovland, but it won't be the last. I've always been a fan of romcoms and such. This story is adorable despite its bleak beginning. Marlee is dumped two days prior to her wedding, but if she's being honest, Marlee is actually relieved. This guy, Scotty, takes her house, his place in
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Filled with a lot of laugh out loud hilarious (for the readers) and humiliating (for the characters) bloopers. There's a sweetness to the romance aspect. He's her best friends brother, and they are grew up together. His family was as much hers as it was his. She was just dumped a couple of days before her wedding, and his sister and the rest of her bridal party decided she should take a vacation before she started her new life solo. Him, being close to the girls was included in this little adven ...more
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, funny romance.
Marlee Medford just got dumped 2 days before the wedding. Her economic is a jersey, taking their home, honeymoon, keeping his job with her father and got her parents on his side.
She goes off to Las Vegas with the girls and Eli. He is her best friend brother and always bails them out of trouble. But ends causing trouble by marrying and both of them signing the papers, when they were not going to and he can not say the word marriage. The use a tuxedo condom.
They go to get i
Susan McClintock
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! This is the third installment in the Mile High Matched series, and I am loving this series more with each book. The book starts with Marlee Medford getting dumped by her long term boyfriend Scott two days before their huge wedding. Not only is she getting dumped, but Scott wants to keep their house, and still wants to work for her dad (he actually told her father before he told Marlee about calling off the wedding). Marlee is upset (more about cancelling the wedding than endin ...more
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Christina Hovland lives her own version of a fairy tale—an artisan chocolatier by day and romance writer by night. Born in Colorado, Christina received a degree in journalism from Colorado State University. Before opening her chocolate company, Christina’s career spanned from the television newsroom to managing an award-winning public relations firm. She’s a recovering overachiever and perfectioni ...more

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