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Peek Inside Love in the Morning

Lovely Ladies of L.A., should have launched Lizzy Apodaca’s catering company. Instead, she lost everything. But maybe her luck is changing—the handsome owner of Praeger House needs a kitchen assistant.

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The reality show, Lovely Ladies of L.A., should have launched Lizzy Apodaca’s catering company into solvency. Instead, when her carefully prepared appetizers mysteriously gave the cast on-camera food poisoning, she lost everything.

To make matters worse, her car breaks down in Salt Box, Colorado, a town not much bigger than a salt shaker. But maybe her luck is changing—the handsome owner of Praeger House, the town’s premier hotel, needs a kitchen assistant.

Clark Denham realizes his diamond in the rough is a polished gem when Lizzy steps up to save the hotel’s breakfast buffet after his temperamental head chef quits. It isn’t long before she’s winning his heart as smoothly and efficiently as she runs his kitchen.

Each book in the Salt Box trilogy is a standalone story that can be enjoyed in any order.
Book #1: Finding Mr. Right Now
Book #2: Love in the Morning
Book #3: Running on Empty


"Engaging, delightful, fun and sexy Love In The Morning was a pleasure to read from start to finish." --Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

"Love in the Morning grabs you right from the beginning and the engaging plot never loses momentum." --LJT, Goodreads

"Love in The Morning has the romance that is expected from Ms. Benjamin's stories but also supplies that needed element of emotional connection that appeals to the heart." --Isha Coleman, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640633285
Series: Salt Box Trilogy, Book 2
Release Date: Aug 21, 2017
Page Count: 300
Imprint: amara next
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: boss and employee, overcoming odds, redemption

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By Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews January 05, 2016

Slick's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

4.5 stars

I was already half way in love with Clark Denham after the first book in Meg Benjamin's Salt Box Trilogy and after reading Love In The Morning I am head over heels, but to top it off I've got a girl crush on heroine Lizzy Apodaca as well ...more

By Marlene January 29, 2016

Originally published at Reading Reality

Love in the Morning is the perfect antidote (pun definitely intended) to the first book in this series, Finding Mr. Right Now.

It’s also a lovely reward for having suffered through that first book, but it is not necessary to read the first one in order to get in ...more

By Book Gannet January 04, 2016

This second offering from the Salt Box series was every bit as sweet and fun and enjoyable as the first. The characters are likeable, the romance was good and the reality TV drama cast a nicely menacing shadow to keep everything ticking along.

Lizzy is a hard worker, the sort who isn’t afraid to graf ...more

By LJT June 25, 2016

​​​​​Wow, what a totally awesome book from author Meg Benjamin! Love in the Morning grabs you right from the beginning and the engaging plot never loses momentum. The two primary characters, chef Lizzy Apodaca, and hotel owner Clark Denham, have undeniable chemistry and their journey is replete with ...more

By Ruthie February 20, 2016

~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

I have to admit I am a big fan of romances involving hotels, and cooking; I worked in one as an impressionable teenager, so they bring back great memories! This is a very good one - and includes the crazy that comes from TV ...more

By Dali May 29, 2016

An Enjoyable Read

Salt Box, Colorado is a far cry from reality T.V. in L.A., but that's exactly where Lizzy Apodaca ends up. After a fiasco in L.A. where Lizzy loses everything and hits rock bottom, Lizzy's life turns into the old saying of once you hit rock bottom, there's nowhere to go but up. Well ...more

By Isha February 14, 2016

Meg Benjamin is back with a hearty love story full of tasty characters and mouthwatering storylines. A string of bad luck collapses Lizzy's career prospects. Looking to start anew brings her to the wrong place at the right time. Clark is the helping hand she needs to get back on track. All he needs ...more

By Kim March 24, 2016

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I loved it so much that I couldn't put it down once I got started. Strong Characters and good story line too. I have to go back and read the first on of this series and can't wait to read the next once either. Lizzy is running from he ...more

By Bec February 29, 2016

Review Posted at

Lizzy Apocada has had the worst luck lately. She’s lost her livelihood as a caterer after a nasty food-poisoning incident on a reality TV show, and then her car breaks down in Salt Box, Colorado. However, it seems the small town has a lot to offer; including the t ...more

By Marty June 23, 2016

The storyline was interesting and unique. The characters were believable and relatable. I was drawn into the story right from the beginning. The story holds your attention and keeps you reading.
I personally am not a fan of graphic sex or cussing. I felt the story was great without needing the sex or ...more

By Jessica April 28, 2016

When Lizzie has nowhere else to go and has run out of options, she lands in the small Colorado ski town of Salt Box, and in the kitchen of hotel owner, Clark Denham. Lucky Lizzie! Not only is Clark super sexy but he's also the key to fixing her topped turvey life. Terrific light contemporary. ' ...more

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Meg Benjamin

About the author

Meg Benjamin

Meg Benjamin spent twenty-plus years teaching writing and Web design in South Texas before pulling up roots and starting all over again on the Colorado Front Range. Her comic romances are set in the Texas Hill Country and the Colorado Rockies, which has given her the chance to sample some great wine and some wonderful food (research—it’s all research!). Her new Brewing Love series for Entangled has also given her the chance to get some experience with the wonders of Colorado beer (more research, honestly). Although she now lives in the foothills of the Rockies, Meg travels back to Texas regularly to visit her sons and her twin grandchildren. She and her hubs love to travel the back roads of the Rockies and you can find see pics of their adventures on Facebook and Twitter. For more information about Meg’s books, check out her website. Meg loves to hear from readers; contact her at [email protected]

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