Date Night with a book is the new After Dark series of posts on my blog, books posted for Date Nights contain Adult Romance themes and scenes. From now on I will keep my reviews of all books I read that have explicit scenes in them for Date Night posts for those of you who prefer to avoid them or easy to find for those of you who seek them out ;)
Read for: Requested Review/ Netgalley
Synopsis: "Can two strangers down on their luck discover the flavor of love?
Rosalie Underwood is a broke, recently divorced single mother. After she’s forced to return to her hometown St. Aster, Louisiana, she lands a waitressing job at Ady’s Creole Café. Life’s not done giving her lemons just yet, though. Ady’s Creole Café is on the brink of going out of business. If Rosalie hopes to recover from her disastrous marriage and keep her job, she must figure out a way to save the restaurant. But the only question is how?
When Nicholas Fontaine hires Rosalie Underwood, he doesn’t expect his newest waitress to stir the pot. He was hoping to keep up the charade he’s created since his mother’s passing. Soon he realizes that Rosalie refuses to let Ady’s fail. She cooks up a plan to salvage the business—including the part where she enters the restaurant in a food competition to generate town-wide buzz.
There’s no time for butting heads. The clock is ticking and the business is tanking. Nick’s stuck teaching Rosalie how to cook the one-of-a-kind menu. Rosalie’s trying her best to learn the delicious recipes. In order to succeed, they must come together and work as a team, but brewing feelings between them only complicates matters. Is this a recipe for disaster or a recipe for love?"
My Review: I am a bit of a foodie, so of course I jumped at the opportunity to read a romance centered around food! I haven't read many single parent romances but I like how that, in addition to work place forced proximity, drew the characters together. I have to say at the beginning Nicholas was not my favorite character at all, but I did enjoy discovering what made him tick and what lay beneath the facade. Rosalie on the other had was an instant favorite for me, beaten down but determined to push through to better days. As an added bonus to the book, it is also set in a small town atmosphere, where everyone knows everyone and supports each other, the downside is that everyone knows everyone and gossip spreads fast, which plays into this story perfectly. It was a fun and completely satisfying read, even though I am awfully hungry now!
My Rating: This was such a fun book, it had some heavy topics in it but they didn't drag the story down at all. It was just what I needed. There was also plenty of tension between Rosalie and Nicholas, but it didn't get over the top with the sex scenes for those of you worried about that. I give it a rating of Four Paws!
I received a complimentary copy of this book via Netgalley, the above is my honest review and opinion.
Love's Recipe releases on May 1st but you can pre-order your own copy in digital format from Amazon or request it at your local library.