by Heather Thurmeier
Releases January 6, 2015
Kali can’t cook to save her life, but she can write. As a foodie reviewer for both a huge national paper and a successful blog, she’s well on her way to achieving her dreams. When she’s offered a cookbook deal, she thinks she’s finally made it…until her latest review comes out a little harsher than expected and the restaurateur threatens to expose all her secrets.
Mac’s whole life is spent in the kitchen, running a New York City restaurant and a culinary school for underprivileged youth. When donations stop pouring in for Mac’s culinary school after a scathing review of his restaurant, he fears he may have to shut the doors if he can’t find a way to turn things around. Then he meets Kali, the reviewer who admits she has no culinary skills. Now he’s made her an offer she can’t refuse—he’ll teach her to cook over the summer and help her with recipes for the cookbook if she’ll agree to write an insider piece highlighting the strengths of his culinary school.
But when things start heating up in Mac’s kitchen, keeping her hands on the food and off of Mac is proving harder than Kali expected.
I thoroughly enjoyed this fun and sexy romance! Kali is a food reviewer who is thrilled when she is offered a cookbook deal. Only problem is she can't cook so how is she going to develop recipes for this once in a lifetime dream? Mac is a restaurateur and owns a culinary school for underprivileged youth whose businesses are threatened when Kali harshly reviews his restaurant. When they meet in person not only do words fly but so do sparks. Mac needs to save his restaurant and school while Kali needs to land her cookbook deal.....a deal is made. Mac will teach Kali to cook, which she needs to learn to develop recipes, and Kali will write an article spotlighting his culinary school. I loved the chemistry between these two very likeable characters. This was a well written and engrossing tale of finding love between a food reviewer and a chef. Kali is smart and really enjoys her job but is unaware of the impact her negativity has on the restaurants. I can understand her belief that criticism helps her make ends meet and her inner struggle to justify her sometimes harsh untruths. Mac is such a strong and determined man who finds himself attracted to the one person who could destroy his dreams. These two make a wonderful couple and I totally enjoyed their tale of love! ~Booklover Sue
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