Bastien isn’t used to bad reviews. His French restaurant is the toast of the town, and when a well-known critic insults it, he’s left off-kilter. Luckily for him he’s found a distraction. He’s just met an attractive writer at his niece’s school bake sale. He’s into food, into Bastien and the touch of kink they share, and there’s a chemistry between them that might make the perfect recipe.
James isn’t expecting to meet a good-looking French chef at a bake sale, but he’s not going to let the chance slide. It comes as a surprise when the chef turns out to be the owner of a place he knows—and has reviewed—and it puts James in a sticky situation. So he might have to omit some pertinent information to make it work… at least for now.
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Cat gives this one 4 Meows with a 4 Purr heat index...
Bastien owns an upscale French Restaurant with his best friend, Jean. They have had nothing but good reviews until they get one bad one by a very famous critic, Harper Carlisle. Bastien is very close to his sister and her daughter Avery. When his niece's school has a bake sale, he volunteers to make a fancy pastry for the sale.
James is a romance writer but also a highly renowned food critique, Harper Carlisle. He has a big family with four brothers and a sister. They are a close-knit family, and James is suckered into going to the bake sale with his brother Lawrence and his wife Meg and their twins. He sees a sexy redhead selling pastries too fancy for a bake sale but tries one and loves it. They flirt a bit, and Bastien invites him to his restaurant... the one James gave the bad review. He wonders though, if perhaps he went on an off night or someone else cooked since the pastries were so good. He knows he can't go on this date, but his brother and sister in law convince him to go and not say who he is unless they hit it off and are in such a good place it won't matter.
First off, I am going to say that the writing style here is third person present and is purely telling the story. It is almost as if someone's telling me a story and pointing out things instead of showing it. I found it a bit odd at first, but as I went on and was into the story, I got used to it.
Now having said that... the story itself is fabulous. I found it fresh and intriguing. The characters are all interesting as well, and I absolutely loved how James made up for his mistakes. There is quite a bit of sex both on page and off. The on page is steamy, and there is a bit of mild kink but none extremely explicit. I thought the story was a worth reading romance.
If you like French chefs, food critics, a bit of kink and an all-over fresh, engaging romance I suggest you give this a go.