Saturday, December 17, 2011

Just A Taste 18+

The following review is for 18+ readers
 Just A Taste (New York Blades, #7)
2 of 5 stars false 
To really heat things up, get them together.

Since his wife's untimely death, Anthony Dante has thrown himself into his cooking, making his restaurant, Dante's, a Brooklyn institution. So far, his biggest problem has been keeping his retired hockey star brother out of the kitchen. But now, a mademoiselle is invading his turf. And you know what they say: too many chefs spoil the neighborhood.

Stunning Vivi Robitaille can't wait to showcase her tastebud-tingling recipes in her brand new bistro, Vivi's. Her only problem is an arrogant Italian chef across the street who actually thinks he's competition. The table is set for a culinary war until things start getting spicy outside of the kitchen..


Vivi is trying to open her own cafe in a new city; she doesn’t plan on meeting surly chef Dante. Dante is a widow, who works at his families’ restaurant, he is not happy with Vivi opening a cafe across from his restaurant. While they are attracted to each other Dante is not interested in getting involved with another woman. He has enough troubles trying to keep his retired brother from changing everything he has worked to build. While they have great chemistry, Vivi's financial problems and Dantes' unwillingness to get emotional involved they have more problems than they can handle. Vivi is a wonderful chef and a self assertive woman, but she has serious blind spots when it comes to her sister. Dante is rude, temperamental and he has no people skills. The story is cute, but I didn’t like Dante and I really did not like how utterly clueless Vivi turned out to be. The story line was good, the struggles and heartache the characters have dealt give the story depth. I just really hated the main characters, if they were more likable I would have loved the book. However, I found myself getting mad at them more often then not, that aspect of it overshadowed everything else which made this book just ok.
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