I wanted to love this book. The back cover copy makes it sound like a fun read, but truthfully, the writing is horrible. It seemed like the authors sat with a thesaurus next to them so they could find different words to use in different situations. The characters are hard to get to know, the language they use is not believable, the story is slow. There was nothing that I liked about this one. Even the names of the characters are confusing and it's hard to remember who's who. It took me days to slog through this one and I'm normally a very fast reader. I found it lacking the promised mystery in intrigue, even the cooking segments weren't realistic. If you want a good summer read about a chef then I suggest Dining with Joy by Rachel Hauck.
About the book:
Nestled along San Diego's coast, the former romantic getaway of the silver screen's most notorious lovers is now the sizzling hacienda of Bonnie Miller's culinary boot camp. "If you are what you eat, make it hot, spicy and irresistible," is her motto, and this queen of Southwestern cuisine enjoys quite a savory life; success, fame, and a reputation for the finest palate west of Barcelona. That is, until a pot-rattling bang causes Trace Domingo, a washed-up sports writer, to crash into her life. His arrival turns up the heat at the culinary boot camp as Bonnie discovers in life's recipe book, it is not the spices which add the most flavor, but how truly hungry you are.
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This book was provided for review by Glass Road Publications.