chef

B+
Make Me Beg

Make Me Beg is the second story in Rebecca Brooks’ Men of Gold Mountain series. The title (and cover) likely make you think that it’s going to contain some pretty steamy scenes, and you wouldn’t be wrong. The title also signals the way the main characters treat each other for most of the story ...

A-
Strays

I’m a bit late to the Garrett Leigh fan club.  I had read another novel by the author in 2016, and though I liked it, I wasn’t blown away.  Scrolling through my TBR pile a few months ago I realized I owned another Leigh book, Misfits, and decided to try her again.  I’m so glad I did, becaus ...

B-
Holiday Temptations

For me the words Holiday Temptations conjures up an image of gooey, warm treats and hot, sweet drinks. For the ladies in this anthology, however, the temptations are of a far different, more intimate variety. It made for some fun reading and the talk of sweets, twinkling lights and decorating trees ...

B
Under the Knife

I love foodie romances, so when I read the blurb for Laurin Kelly’s Under the Knife, I could hardly wait to dive in. An M/M romance with a delicious setting—a fiercely competitive reality show—this was an enjoyable if not perfect read. Nate Pasternak is a little out of his depth from the mo ...

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Take Me Home Tonight

Books that create a balance between the familiar and the surprising often rocket to the top of my recommendation list. If a story makes me feel like I have my footing in its world, but also keeps me rapidly turning pages - that book has my allegiance. Take Me Home Tonight is that sort of book and I ...

B+
Nuts

I’ve enjoyed some of Alice Clayton’s books in the past. After reading Wallbanger, I realized I could count on her for a well-written, laugh-out-loud romance novel full of jokes and innuendos. Although I try to stay on top of the release schedules for authors I like, Nuts somehow wasn’t on my r ...

B+
A Taste of Heaven

What happens when a grumpy, arrogant Scottish chef meets a young widow on the set of a reality cooking show? Sparks fly on and off camera in this delightful romance. Sophia Brown tragically lost her beloved husband after many years of marriage and raising two daughters. She loves to cook, turning ...

C
Catch of a Lifetime

I expected to like this book. A lot. Not only does it feature an “older” heroine, but she’s a chef with an interesting background. With an ex-athlete as hero, it seemed made to order with seemed being the operative word. Add into the mix excessive information dumps, no real build-up of a relat ...

B
On Lavender Lane

Public humiliation must be very difficult to deal with, but celebrity chef Madeline Durand handles it with aplomb when a video of her celebrity chef husband and a married heiress having sex goes viral while Maddie is giving a cooking demonstration in Omaha. That’s not to say Maddie isn’t devasta ...

B+
Burning Up

Right up front Sarah Mayberry confesses that Burning Up is all about wish fulfillment. Part of it is the beautiful location, part of it is the delicious food, but mostly it’s about a gorgeous movie star playboy falling for a not-so-gorgeous girl instead of a supermodel. It’s a fun, sexy story fr ...