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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Book Review: Scrumptious by Amanda Usen

By Amanda Usen

Joe Rafferty is just as mouthwatering as the food he cooks. 
But if he thinks he's going to waltz in and take over her kitchen, he's denser than a thick slice of chocolate ripple cheesecake. 

Marly has invested too much of her life in Chameleon to hand off the restaurant to someone else—especially a cocky–as–all–get–out superstar chef. But there's no denying the man knows how to light her fire. Question is: Can she have the sizzle without feeling the burn?

Available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Viviana's Review: 
Yes, the cover (original, shown here) grabbed my attention. The synopsis held it.

I have been “eyeing” this book ever since it came out. Like I said, the cover is awesome. Yummy …… cupcakes!! Jeez people (heheheh)!! However, the story – one that involves a chef and the culinary world peak my interest. I instantly grabbed it from the “Goodie Room” table at the RT Convention back in April where it’s been sitting on my book shelf ever since. I know, I know – just so many books, so little time. Thankfully, I was given the second book to review for fellow blogger “Reading Between the Wines Book Club” so I had to read the first book before. Deadlines! A great motivator!!

Yummy, delicious, mouth watering and yes truly scrumptious. I’m talking about the book! Seriously, I am! Okay, okay, yes, our hero, Joe as well fits that description. A hot guy, who can cook, works well under pressure, takes the lead when he sees the need and cares enough about a friend to help her out in her time of need. Yeah, all that makes him a sought after man (well, he’s fine and women flock to him at first sight due to that sexy smile, lips… uhm yeah book review). He has plans and heading out west to a culinary audition for a Chef position but his old buddy from Culinary School, Olivia, needs help at her restaurant after she had to fire her head chef. He agrees to stay for a few weeks to help her find one.

Marly has been busting her butt for years helping Olivia run Chameleon (restaurant) and she isn't about to let some fancy ass, “I have a Culinary Degree” guy waltz in and ruin it all. Marly couldn't afford to go to the culinary school with Olivia. Truth be told, she didn't have to attend as Marly is extremely talented and knows how to run the kitchen smoothly and efficiently. If only Olivia would see that!

Joe and Marly met a few years ago at Olivia’s wedding and were instantly attracted to one another but nothing because of it at all. Marly is known to be a fun girl and doesn't need or want to commitment. She thinks Joe is on the same page. Surprise! He’s not. He actually wants to find a nice girl to settle down with and is no longer interested in one night stands.

Add everything together and we have a great story filled with tension, funny/humors moments, and some drama and yup, some sexy, steamy scenes.

Read an excerpt from "Scrumptious here.

Amanda, the author, did a fantastic job of bringing in the professional culinary world into the homes of the readers. It was a perfect mixture of terminology and providing the information without make the reader feel lost or like an outsider. For me, it brought back fond memories of both culinary school and working in a kitchen. It made me miss the rush of getting the food to the table and that satisfaction of knowing that others are enjoying something you created. Her love and passion for the industry truly shows and shines through.

Visit Amanda's website for additional information about her, her books and she's sharing some great recipes!!

Rating: 3.5 - Really Liked It

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