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For Butter or Worse

For Butter or Worse is a contemporary romance following workplace rivals who fake a relationship for public relations reasons, only to find themselves actually enjoying the charade. Nina is a female chef in a fairly male-dominated industry, and the last thing she needs is her coworker throwing he ...

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The Romance Recipe

The trouble with The Romance Recipe is that I felt like our heroines really didn’t like each other much.  They wanted to have sex, sure, but it took more than half the book for me to believe that they had anything resembling an out-of-bed future together. Amy Chambers has just opened her first ...

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Chef's Kiss

What a fun, refreshing slow-burn of a romance!  Chef’s Kiss understands what joy cooking can bring, and it brings it to life through a union between grumpy and sunshine, that universally appealing combo.  TJ Alexander has some real writing skills, and they deploy them perfectly. Highly-strung ...

B+
Sadie on a Plate

Cooking competition romance time!  Sadie on a Plate is all about a young Seattle chef who, following a messy break-up, becomes a contestant on a nationally televised cooking program and tries to bring kosher cooking to the masses.    Sadie is in a career crisis. This top-flight chef has been ...

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Ramón and Julieta

There is a single off plot point in Ramón and Julieta, but you’ll be darned to notice it while you’re nose-deep in the thick of reading it. It’s fun, light-hearted, and without the heavy sturm und drang of your usual Romeo and Juliet retelling; it’s got a lot of spirit and enough spice to m ...

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If You Love Something

I’ve been meaning to read one of Jayce Ellis’ m/m romances for a while, so I was happy to pick up her latest – If You Love Something – for review. It’s an easy, sexy/sweet, low-angst read - nothing spectacular or outstanding, but the engaging writing and likeable characters kept me reading ...

B
A Delicious Dilemma

Romeo and Juliet meets really good-sounding food in Sera Taíno’s A Delicious Dilemma, the charming story of a chef and a land developer who manage to tumble into bed and then have to deal with some uncomfortable truths when the morning after arrives. Val Navarro has a bustling family life, a b ...

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Happy Endings

My feelings in regard to Happy Endings are a bit complicated.  I really liked the feisty heroine and the more responsible hero.  But some readers are going to find his choices a bit irritating.  Reader discretion should be applied, but I still had fun with the book’s humorous, spunky spirit. ...

B
Arsenic and Adobo

During the early nineties and nones, I spent a lot of my time reading about how caterers, bakers, innkeepers and tea shop owners had clients drop dead of murder at their eateries/events/hotels and then went about solving the crime before the incident ruined their business. Stepping into that long st ...

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The Secret Ingredient

A fantastic, touching, charming romance with a sweet core, The Secret Ingredient is a handsome and homespun contemporary about life in small-town Maine. Adah Campbell and her nine-year-old son Peter have just moved to North Point, Maine.  Adah grew up in the Ozarks and Peter was born and raised ...