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Peek Inside Her Unexpected Hero

With the inn’s gala fast approaching, Maddie needs a date. So when the gorgeous new guy in town helps her out at work for a night, she comes up with the perfect solution to her problem…

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Maddie Frye, the Checkerberry Inn’s snarky, introverted chef, just wants to be left alone. But with the inn’s upcoming gala, Maddie’s boss has matchmaking on the brain. So when the gorgeous new guy in town helps her out for a night, she comes up with the perfect solution to her problem…

Cole Granville is looking for a fresh start. When a part-time job opens in the Checkerberry’s kitchen, he takes it without a second thought. The only catch? He’s got to help his sexy new coworker snag a date for an upcoming dance. But as he coaches Maddie on attracting her crush, Cole realizes he’s the one falling for the curvy brunette.


"Ms. Jacobs lightens the mood and lifts up the heart with a simple tale of love and laughter."- Isha Coleman

"Funny, adorable, sweet, and swoony. Jacobs tells a wonderful, heart-warming story." - Juliette Cross

"Another charming Checkerberry Inn novel."- Love, Lust and Libraries

"A cozy heartwarming romance that was clean and satisfying." - Writing Pearls

"This book will captivate romance readers and become beloved."- Shakespeare's Wench

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640631502
Series: Checkerberry Inn, Book 3
Release Date: Jul 17, 2017
Page Count: 250
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: boss and employee, coworkers, right under your nose

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By Carvanz April 23, 2019

Oh my gosh! I absolutely loved this story! As in, every…freaking…thing…about it.

When Maddie’s kitchen help leaves her high and dry, she’s desperate for someone to replace her. Cole is in need of extra funds to help start his dream and the minute Maddie offers him the job for the night, he takes it. ...more

By Erin July 16, 2017

My favorite of the Checkerberry Series! Wonderfully sympathetic and real characters make this one a winner. Sweet without being saccharine, this feels like a romance that could happen to you or your best friend. ...more

By Juliette July 10, 2017

Perfect summer read! Maddie seems to have everything in control in her domain as the sassy and in-charge chef at Checkerberry Inn. That is, until swoon-worthy Cole Granville steps into her kitchen. In desperate need of a second hand, she begs him to help her out, but soon regrets it. She's unaccusto ...more

By Fizza June 19, 2017

It's a well-written story. I loved Cole. He is often misjudged, but in fact he is a great guy, an honest person, and just someone trying to outrun his past. Maddie was a little difficult to like for me. I really don't like to read about insecure woman. I prefer my heroines to be strong, independent, ...more

By Elaine July 23, 2017

Rating 4.5/5

Although this is the third story in this delightful series and I thoroughly enjoyed escaping back to the Checkerberry Inn, I don’t think you need to have read the earlier books to appreciate this one. It is another story with great characters, plenty of twists and turmoil leading to yet ...more

By Rhenna August 28, 2017

This book was everything I needed at exactly the right time. Witty. Sweet. Clever and sexy without being over the top!

For starters, Maddie was a heroine I could sooo relate to. She was REAL with flaws I'm pretty sure any reader could identify with, yet she was still strong and courageous in her own ...more

By Isha July 11, 2017

Ms. Jacobs lightens the mood and lifts up the heart with a simple tale of love and laughter. Sometimes less is more and Checkerberry is as small town as they come. It's nice to visit a place where the love is abundant, the gossip is flowing and the romance is sweet. Her Unexpected Hero proved to be ...more

By Irene July 23, 2017

4 stars

Her Unexpected Hero by Kyra Jacobs was a beautifully written and heartwarming read.
I enjoyed watching Maddie and Cole's relationship unfold, they both had insecurities they needed to put behind them and together they were able to help each other find happiness and peace.
They totally deserved ...more

By Beth July 15, 2017

“You are 100 percent real in a world full of imposters and fakes, and I think that makes you absolutely perfect.”

If sweet, clean, quick romance is your jam, then you need to add Her Unexpected Hero to your TBR. It's a solid read, an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours, and fun in that feel goo ...more

By Sharon July 16, 2017

Reviewed on behalf of 3 Girls Who Love Books Blog
I came in to this series a little late. I have not read the previous two books, but I will be sure to rectify that. But if you are like me and have not read the previous books, I think the author has done a great job in making this book read as a stan ...more

By Mommaleena July 09, 2017

Her Unexpected Hero (Checkerberry Inn #3) by Kyra Jacobs
• Revenge
I've read Her Unexpected Engagement~Checkerberry Inn #2 & now Her Unexpected Hero~Checkerberry Inn #3... But now I need to go read Her Unexpected Detour~Checkerberry Inn #1!! I've completely enjoyed the two books I've read so far and ...more

By Bette July 09, 2017

Another amazing story in the Checkerberry Inn series! Fascinating characters and a well written story made this book quite enjoyable. Maddie Frye, the Inn's hilarious chef, and Cole Granville make a cute couple although that's not how they start out. As part of a deal they make Cole is suppose to be ...more

By Kaye July 14, 2017

Full of heart!

This small town story will definitely warm your heart with its charm and love. The characters are someone you can relate to and their story could be yours, as well. Surely the kind of story that you'll want to read to feel better afterwards!

I was provided a copy for review purposes. ...more

By Kirstie July 15, 2017

What a sweet easy read. I enjoyed the characters and the town and had no trouble reading this as a standalone even though its the 3rd in a series. It did leave me wanting to read the other books too though. The chemistry between them was good and the story was well written. ...more

By Elizabeth July 24, 2017

**3.5 Stars**

Maddie, a chef at the Checkerberry Inn, is naturally an introverted person. Her boss, Ruby, fancies herself a matchmaker and decides it's her responsibility to find someone for Maddie, or at least a plus one for the upcoming charity event. Though Maddie doesn't care about the dance, she ...more

By Char (1RadReader59) July 24, 2017

I really enjoyed this book of new beginnings for a young man with a really rough start in life. That no matter what he never allowed his humanity to falter and take over turning to hate when at his worst.
See how Cole Granville a young man from Texas who had memories of his and his mother on his ha ...more

By Marsha July 29, 2017

Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

Sometimes life just goes wrong. No one really at fault aside from being with the wrong person, or being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Cole and Maddie both had difficult back stories, the kind that will make you ache for the characters and believe that they can fi ...more

By Angelia July 17, 2017

I received this ARC copy of this book from NetGallery for an honest review. I give this book 5 stars. I whole heartedly recommend this book. The storyline between Maddie and Cole was well written and starts with them as co-workers at the Checker berry Inn. A must read book. ...more

By Jessica August 31, 2017

Maddie Frye the Checkerberry's Inn Chef is needing a date to a charity Gala. Her boss is trying to match her with the town's singles. She doesn't want to be matched with them. She tells a little white lie that she has a date. She doesn't have a date and needs to get one fast. She has her eye on a gu ...more

By Book Gannet July 18, 2017

This was a lovely tale of love, hard work and second chances. Cole is an absolute sweetheart to whom life has dealt an extremely bad hand, and I just wanted all the good things for him in this book.

Luckily for him, Maddie is a lot more caring and understanding than her brash, often bossy demeanor fr ...more

By Lucia July 17, 2017

Light-hearted, clean, small town romance that still has heat between a spitfire chef and her sexy new recruit!

Her Unexpected Hero is a light-hearted, clean, small town romance but still has heat between this spitfire chef and her sexy new recruit looking for a fresh start. There is a little bit of d ...more

By Nikki July 09, 2017

Cole is a good guy who has had a hard life because of his mom’s actions. You immediately feel for Cole when you find out his circumstances. Maddie is a protagonist we can all relate to if you’ve ever had an insecurities and let’s face it, who hasn’t? Together they are trying to get Maddie a date wit ...more

By Laura July 17, 2017

I love visits to the Checkerberry Inn. While this is the third book in the series, it can definitely be read as a standalone.

Maddie is the no-nonsense chef for the Checkerberry Inn. She's talented and confident in the kitchen but when it comes to getting a date, she's anything but that. When she sud ...more

By Heather July 14, 2017

This book takes place in the Checkerberry Inn series but you do not have to have read the previous books to enjoy this one. There is minimal cursing (no f-bombs) and the heat level is sweet, without any on-screen sex. If those two things turn you off, you do not have to worry about them with this bo ...more

By Bec July 19, 2017

Maddie Frye needs a date, but not one chosen by her matchmaking boss, because she doesn't seem to pick anyone even half decent. So, when she hires the new guy in town to work alongside her in the kitchen at the Checkerberry Inn, Maddie asks him for tips on snagging the guy she wants to take to the i ...more

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Kyra Jacobs

About the author

Kyra Jacobs

Kyra Jacobs is an extroverted introvert who writes of love, humor and mystery in the Midwest and beyond. Her romance novels range from sweet contemporaries to urban suspense, and paranormal/fantasy to YA. No matter the setting, Kyra employs both humor and chaos to help her characters find inspiration and/or redemption on their way to happily ever after. When the Hoosier native isn’t pounding out scenes for her next book, she's likely outside, elbow-deep in snapdragons or spending quality time with her sports-loving family. Kyra also loves to read, tries to golf, and is an avid college football fan. Be sure to stop by her website to learn more about her novels and for links to connect with her on social media.

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