A self taught chef + Cordon Bleu Chef = sparks fly when recipes are cooked. The story goes thus Nikki has a flair for food. Though self taught, food speaks to her in a way that makes her a natural. Paul on the other end, is a Cordon Bleu Chef, who cooks but the dishes appear uninspired. Enter the bad guy, Holly Hansen, who wants Nikki’s recipes but not her talent.
And then circumstances occur, and the universe throws Nikki and Paul together and then stands back to enjoy the sparks which fly when tempers and passion rage.
This is my first book by Liz Issacson, and I am pretty sure it ain’t going to be my last. Opposites attract, even if they are cooking in different ways. Egos clash even when they secretly agree and love each other’s cooking.
I love the way, Liz has described the Nikki and Paul, they are different, but at the same time, they compliment each other like two pieces of a puzzle. The skirmishes these two have, throughout the story, left me laughing most times, and sighing with longing, the rest. The other characters provide the right support to the story to make the book so much more entertaining.
I like the contariness of the characters in the backdrop of cooking. I love the recipes and seeing others cook, though I hate to cook. I like the way Liz makes these characters flawed but wholly likable. I love the way the two join forces together at the pop-up restaurant to show their individual flairs and to upturn nefarious plans.
Though romance is not my favourite genre, I wanted Paul to be a bit more dashing, but on the whole, it is a sweet fast read. Love always wins.
My rating : 4 stars
About the Author
Liz Isaacson writes inspirational romance. In her real life, she is Elana Johnson, author of several YA and adult romance novels. She is a teacher of technology and she wants to travel the world. She loves Ferrero Rocher. Sunsets are her favorite.
When Nikki lands an assistant job at her idol’s restaurant, she’s sure her next big break is around the corner. After a rocky start, she befriends Paul, the handsome executive chef. Although he graduated from culinary school, and Nikki’s a self-taught cook, the two begin bonding in the kitchen. But Nikki’s new boss, Holly Hanson, turns out to be anything but admirable. She’ll stoop to anything to save her restaurant, and Nikki and Paul both pay the price.
Can they win against the scheming of a celebrity chef? Maybe, with some creative thinking…and a dash of love.
Publication date : 26th December 2017
Publisher : Hallmark Publishing
Language : English
Available on Amazon