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ARC Review: The Romance Recipe

THE ROMANCE RECIPE

RUBY BARRETT

SERIES: Standalone

REPRESENTATION: Bisexual MC, Lesbian MC, sapphic romance

GENRES/ SUBJECTS: Contemporary Romance

GOODREADS

The tagline for THE ROMANCE RECIPE is a pretty good and accurate account of the story — “a fiery restaurant owner falls for her enigmatic head chef in this charming, emotional romance”. It’s a simple but sweet story, with a couple of steamy scenes.

The reality TV and Instagram worlds were touched on just a little, enough to add some interest, but not enough to put me off (I’m not usually a huge fan of ‘fame’ stories. What I did really love was the cooking contest, getting to see Amy and Sophie working to save the restaurant and to come up with ideas for what to offer up for their meal. I did expect the contest to play a slightly bigger part, but I didn’t feel it was missing. The food sounded delicious!

As to the romance itself, I really liked the two protagonists, who were different enough to be interesting, and the mutual pining on both sides. The romance isn’t has a bit of push-and-pull to it, as Amy and Sophie work out the hiccups in a workplace romance as well as their own personal demons.

THE ROMANCE RECIPE is a pacy read that works equally well for reader who enjoy slow-burn chemistry and those who want plenty of steamy scenes.


Amy Chambers: restaurant owner, micromanager, control freak.

Amy will do anything to revive her ailing restaurant, including hiring a former reality-show finalist with good connections and a lot to prove. But her hopes that Sophie’s skills and celebrity status would bring her restaurant back from the brink of failure are beginning to wane…

Sophie Brunet: grump in the kitchen/sunshine in the streets, took thirty years to figure out she was queer.

Sophie just wants to cook. She doesn’t want to constantly post on social media for her dead-in-the-water reality TV career, she doesn’t want to deal with Amy’s take-charge personality and she doesn’t want to think about what her attraction to her boss might mean…

Then, an opportunity: a new foodie TV show might provide the exposure they need. An uneasy truce is fine for starters, but making their dreams come true means making some personal and painful sacrifices and soon, there’s more than just the restaurant at stake.

A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.

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