I love when a book can make me laugh out loud. The Red-Hot Chili Cook off definitely fit the bill for that! I really enjoyed the book. While it is a sequel, I felt like it can be read as a stand alone book. I loved the characters. They are really what made the book for me. Carlene, Patrice, and Alma-Grace are three cousins who own Bless Your Bloomers, a custom lingerie shop in town. Their mothers are sisters and women who fight fiercely for their daughters. I loved how everyone rallied around Carlene after she left her cheating husband. Being a small town, the gossip is always flying. The way the rumors kept getting out of hand is one of the things that made me laugh the most. This is a great book and I do hope you will spend some time visiting the town of Cadillac and it's very colorful residents!