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Hot Pickle

(The Pickle Family #2)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  646 ratings  ·  130 reviews
I'm rock hard.
No, not like that.
When that happens, you won't need me to tell you.

I'm a competitive bodybuilder, ready for my very first contest. And winning requires more than killer workouts and stage presence.

It's all about the tan.

My training partner Franklin uses the best in the business — Camryn Schultz. She understands the career killer of a badly placed white spot.

Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published August 31st 2020
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Blair Babylon
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: rom com readers
Max funny, Max heartwarming, and Max hot!

Max Pickle is one spicy-hot romance hero in Hot Pickle, the newest, funniest rom com from USA Today Bestselling Author JJ Knight. He’s an amateur bodybuilder who owns LA Pickle, a deli that sounds like it would be really fun to go to. When his pre-competition tan goes horribly wrong, a hot little tamale named Camryn swoops in and fixes his problem with the cutest, sexiest meet-cute I’ve read. Unfortunately, Camryn is Max’s buddy’s little sister.

This big
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing

OMG I was snort laughing by page 2! How is that possible you’re wondering?? Easy. This is JJ Knight we’re talking about and she is a closet writing comedian because again, OMG PAGE 2!

I absolutely love the Pickle boys’ books HARD. And not just because I get to say things like: “that’s one hot pickle” or “he’s got a big pickle”, but because they are just so dang enjoyable to read and underneath all the punny moments, there is a fantastic love story. Now that my book loving friends is exactly what
Pelusa Rivera
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
SEcond book in the series. I loved catching up with the Pickles..Did enjoy the first book more, but liked catching up...
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This book is hilarious!!! The Packwood/Pickle family are seriously the best, and I want to go hang out with them. My only regret is that I didn't realize this was book 2 in a series, and I would have read Big Pickle first! You won't be lost at all if you go with Hot Pickle as a standalone, each book focuses on a brother's love story, and I one-clicked Big Pickle as soon as I was finished with this one, so that review will be coming soon! I can't wait to go read Jason and Nova's story.

Max and Ca
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Are you new to this series? If so, I’ll let you in on the inside deli with it. Three hot brothers who each own a franchise of the Pickle family deli in three different parts of the country find their soul mates in strong, independent women, complete with all the pickle puns you can imagine. There are lots of laughs with plenty of dill moments but none of them dull. And not a gherkin to be found in the whole pickle vat. ;-)

Max Pickle is, indeed, the whole package, but it’s his package's exuberan
Penelope Peters
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable secret romance story set in the world of bodybuilding - not a world with which I'm familiar, but it was fun peeking behind the scenes and learning about how those men and women get all pumped up. I really liked the characters of Camryn and Max - they had an instant chemistry that kept me rooting for them. I would have liked to have more getting-to-know-each-other time, though - even they admitted that they didn't know much about the other and were operating on pure lust from the f ...more

3.5 stars!

I have to say I came across this book randomly and when I decided to read it, I was quite unsure how it would go for me. The synopsis was interesting and intriguing, but I was concerned about the main character being a bodybuilder since I don't necessarily find them sexy.

And I was right for having concerns because throughout the book, I couldn't really think of Max as sexy. I found him charming and super nice, though.

This book in an easy and quick read, especially in-between books. It
Jamie  Leigh
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great read

I loved this sweet story. And some parts I laughed out loud! There was great writing, amazing family and insta love!
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Sweet Romance

This was a sweet read. Loved it. Max is amazing and it was great to hear from the rest of the crew.
Alisa Woods
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Pickle Brothers are just so much fun!

I love the steamy, funny, so-real yet so-hilarious romances in this series. Grab Hot Pickle for your next comfort read!
Nate Brightman
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You have to admit that a contemporary romance with the title Hot Pickle isn’t going to leave you with expectations for much beyond a lot of silliness and maybe some steamy sex if you think the pickle is a phallic symbol. If that’s the case you’d be happily surprised that this story is so much more. This is the second in the series about the Pickle family that operate a franchise of very well known delis across the country known for both their on site baked bread and of course their variety of pi ...more
Judy Lewis
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Title: Hot Pickle
Author: J.J. Knight
Designation: Full-Length (Approx 275 pages), Standalone, NO Cliffhanger #contemporary #sportsromance #romanticcomedy #bestfriendssister #instantattraction #secretlovers
My Rating: Five Outrageously Cute and Oh So Sexy Stars*****

Oh my, just when I thought this series couldn't get any better, IT DID! Let's face it, folks; for most of us, 2020 has certainly been the year from h*ll, and we all need something to make us smile. I'll be
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
My first JJ Knight story and I was not disappointed. I’ve since found out this is book 2 in a series, but I definitely didn’t feel like I was missing anything by not having read book 1, though, with how well written, how humorous, how hot and how much feeling is in this book, why you wouldn’t read book 1, I don’t know.

This book is advertised as a romantic comedy and it excels at both, firstly the humour, from page one I was snorting and laughing out loud. For me though, it was more about the rom
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-from-author, ku
Hot Rom-Com with just the right amount of angst!

I've been a huge fan of JJ Knight for over five years. She also writes under a few other pen names that I also love: Deanna Roy, Annie Winters and Abby Tyler. Hot Pickle is the second book she's written about a family which owns delis in a few places in the US with the main location being in New York City. Big Pickle was the first book but each of them standalone so you can jump in anywhere.

Hot Pickle is such a fantastic book! I'm rather late getti
Kay Daniels (Kay Daniels Romance)
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romcom
The puns, the innuendos, the hot pickles...I loved it all!!
A totally cute, funny story about a deli shop owner who’s into bodybuilding and finds himself in a pickle when the sister of his best friend causes his “pickle” to rise in his teeny tiny shorts upon his debut bodybuilding competition.
Camryn, a professional tanner, helps Max out at the last minute when he arrives at his first bodybuilding competition with his botched tan and while Camryn is used to men sometimes rising to the occasion wh
Sunny Shelly Reads
Hot Pickle was so much fun! I absolutely adored Jason and Nova in Big Pickle, and Max and Camryn's story in Hot Pickle was equally adorable, endearing, sexy and fun!

Max and Camryn have the most awkward of meetings, but there's that spark between them from the moment they lay eyes on one another. And for as big and brawny as he is, bodybuilder Max is a sweetheart. Especially when it comes to Camryn and the romance they are trying to keep secret from her brother, his training buddy. Franklin is ve
Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love, love, love Max Pickle! He's the kind of man that every girl is looking for - sweet, humble, hardworking and hot! Max has decided to get his body in shape, although I am thinking it probably wasn't too bad in the first place. But his workouts lead to REALLY GETTING IN SHAPE and he finds himself in a bodybuilding contest where he not only surprises his buddy, Franklin, but himself as well. During his first contest, he meets Franklin's sister, Camryn, a "tanning expert queen." She knows jus ...more
Sue Galuska
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Max Pickle is the middle Pickle brother and owner of L.A. Pickle. While Max has a hands on interest in his sub shop, he also has been secretly training as a competitive bodybuilder with his old college roommate, Franklin. When the tan job Max gets before his first competition is horrible, Franklin calls in the best, his sister Camryn Schultz to fix it. From the first touch of Camryn's hands, Max is instantly smitten.....and their first meet is so fun! When Max hires Camryn to always spray his ta ...more
Jennifer Pierson
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We all are living with all kinds of chaos going on in the world at this time in history, and it never seems to end in 2020, but there's also those of us who have had our own hits in life, so when a book like Hot Pickle comes along, well, it's just what the doctor ordered.  With so many hysterically funny moments with more epic pickle references that will change your life, you'll never look at a pickle the same way.  Anyway, there are 3 super hot brothers who each own their own franchise of the P ...more
Mary Mooney
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have to tell you that I was laughing from the very first page. Hot Pickle is not just hot, it is funny and lovable too.
Max and Camryn are great together as a working couple and as a loving couple. They clicking and sizzled from the very first meeting. Max is a competitive bodybuilder and Camryn's job is to make sure everyone in the competition has the perfect tan.
Throw in Franklin, Camryn's brother who doesn't think anyone is good enough for his sister. And Max's pickle family and you got yo
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hot Pickle had me by the first sentence! I was laughing so hard that my ribs hurt. The pickle jokes in this second book were so much funnier then the first one. Every time I read one I read it allowed to my mom and she was dying laughing just I was. Max is the main character in Hot Pickle, he is a body builder do I need to say anymore about him? Max is getting all ready for his first completion and he needed someone to come and help him fix the horrible spray tan, he has gotten for it. He looks ...more
Lorraine Brattin
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love a good Pickle story!

This Pickle story is all about Max Pickle who is a bodybuilder when he's not at the restaurant. He owns and runs a branch from the families famous sandwich shop that has special pickle recipes. And Max's love interest Camryn
Likes the hot one the best.

Max actually meets Camryn at one of the body building meets as she is his lifting partners sister. Bad part is that Franklin, his lifting partner doesn't want his little sister with any of his body building friends. So they
Skar Family
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I couldn’t put this down - Hot Pickle was such a fun read! I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion from the snakiness of the characters, and from some of the terrible (yet hysterical) pickle innuendoes.

Max Pickle is a deli owner in LA, and a newbie on the LA bodybuilding circuit. At his first competition, Max has a run in with a terrible tan - which could ruin everything he’s trained for. That’s when his best friend and training partner, Franklin introduces him to Camryn, his
Shari Jahn
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was so much fun to read. I could tell I was going to love it before I finished the first page! This is the second book in a series but I have not read the first one yet. Blonde moment over here. I really don’t think it mattered at all since I loved this book so much. I laughed out loud several times and I got some serious funny looks from my husband! 😂

Max is the owner of a deli in LA that has a secret passion. Body building. He is a hunk of gorgeous man who is just starting to show. He
Mar 25, 2021 rated it liked it
Cute 2 main characters and you are pulling for them, but the rest of it left me rolling my eyes. I guess I don't have that much interest in tanning for bodybuilders. Way too much information. And, honestly, most of the "appointments" seem like a porn movie setup. He needs tanning touchups and he needs to be naked for them and she needs to touch him all over? It all seems contrived. And, way too many pickle jokes, which are mildly amusing in the beginning and then not funny at all after a while. ...more
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Within the first few chapters I am covering my mouth with my hand in a shocked expression and laughing at poor Max. This only get better as the story unfolds. Camryn. I am just.....I don’t know. Your job? Wow! I have never thought about nor given consideration to it before. The things you must see?!

Max is working on being a bodybuilder in his spare time. Side note: I am shocked and surprised at all the actual work that goes into bodybuilding (not just lifting weights...the whole food/drink thing
Kari Hansen
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Max’s occupation may be owning a deli, but he has taken his love of bodybuilding to a new level and is preparing for his first competition until a tanning calamity could make his first competition his last. When Franklin offers his sister’s services to correct the situation Max faces a much different dilemma as even though his head says he needs to keep the relationship strictly business his body makes a declaration that it feels anything but.

Camryn is more than happy to help Max with his tan, a
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Max Pickle - what an introduction!! It set the tone for the whole book and you know you are in for a whole lot of fun along the way.

The arena of bodybuilding and competition is not something that I am familiar but this book brings us a tongue in cheek look into the world that involves eating carbs, hours at the gym, not drinking water and fake tans. You would expect Max to be arrogant and vain but he is a genuinely nice guy, finding his way into competitions by chance than design. His day job as
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is my first time reading this author and it will definitely not be my last. This book made me so happy and even had me laughing-out-loud. It surprised me in the best of ways. Now I would have given it 5 stars but I didn’t like how the whole Franklin situation got handled and how he never felt any remorse. Also I would have liked a little more detail on Camryn and her ex and what happened between them. But overall it was a great read that was written well. It flowed nicel
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