Celebrity chef Katelyn Karr returns to her hometown of Secret, Montana in order to stop an investigative reporter from revealing the truth about her alcoholic father, dead mother and the reason she was run out of town by the socialite Juno family when she was only seventeen.
During a live cooking show at the Juno ranch, her father dies in front of millions of viewers, and suspicion falls on the celebrity diva when the autopsy reveals he was poisoned. Nick Juno, the boy Kate left behind, and who is now mayor, is the only person who can prove her innocence.
Did Kate kill her father on national TV? Nick must untangle the lies and past secrets to figure out if Kate has been framed or slipped her father a secret ingredient that finally put an end to their family dispute.
Okay, first off...the town's name is Secret. No, not like the books by Pseudonymous Bosch....but actually Secret! Clue #1 that there is a mystery afoot. I mean really, how can a town NAMED Secret not HAVE secrets, you know? Anywho....obvious clue #2...the synopsis alludes to Katelyn being run out of town, and the extended sample I read online (3 chapters....a goodly amount to get your interest piqued) adds to the back story that it was at the tender age of 17. A bit early to be spreading your wings permanently, so you can't help but wonder what sparked her flight.
Then we have Nick Juno, the former boy now man (and mayor no less!) who obviously had something to do with said secret (the actual secret, not the town...although he did and still does live there....stay with me ^_^) and in my opinion still holds a flame of interest in fair Katelyn despite the intents of others. Who? Well, let's just say that his son's (cute little boy too...there's this incident at school that leads to a father son talk about lying that will totally make you smile) nanny wouldn't bat an eyelash at any request from her employer...though she does bat her lashes AT him quite often.