from our review:Seattle and fine restaurants seem to go hand in hand in my mind and make a rather delightful setting for romance. But a romantic dinner for two is hardly the scenario in Delicious since its focus is on the fast-paced business behind the ambiance and excellent dinner fare. And there is an additional element of intrigue – this tale features a formerly married couple who reunite as co-workers.Cal Buchanan grew up amidst power as a member of the illustrious Buchanan family known for their restaurant empire. Expectations were high that Cal would one day run the family dynasty, but the manipulative nature of his grandmother eventually caused Cal to leave the family business far behind. Now the owner of a prosperous coffee house chain, Cal has no desire to help his grandmother when she asks him to return and rescue their flagship restaurant from its growing reputation for bad food and worse service. But family loyalty calls and Cal agrees to manage the operation for four months. First on his agenda is finding an imaginative chef with trusted name recognition to run the back operation and create a menu that is both delectable and memorable.After working years to prove herself, Penny Jones has garnered a reputation as a chef of some renown. Since marriage to Cal once made her feel she wasn’t good enough to make it in their world, Penny can’t help but feel excited that her ex-husband now has need of her talents and is willing to pay for them as well. As she prepares to see Cal for the first time since their divorce three years ago, Penny determines to act purely as the professional chef she is and forget that he once broke her heart and trampled her fragile dreams. But she is still unprepared for the effect Cal has on her when he shows up for their meeting looking better than ever and just as belligerent despite his need for her skills.Cal needs Penny’s name to dig the restaurant out of its hole so he comes with a competitive offer. He wants to tell her that there are five chefs who can do the job as well but he can’t truthfully do so. And he should have anticipated that she wants much more than a job as a chef – she wants an opportunity to build her future. He can only grit his teeth and attempt to keep a lid on his anger as she negotiates hard for her services and receives most of what she wants, including her name on the menu, complete control in back, and four weeks vacation.
Grade: BCheck Review