A Tasty Dish by Kelly Cain

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️/5


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The story of the Everheart Brothers of Texas continues in the second installment of Kelly Cain’s three-part series, “A Tasty Dish.” Kasi, an ambitious movie producer is striving to create a name for herself in an industry where her father’s reputation looms large. Much like Declan and his siblings, Casey finds herself overshadowed by her film producer father, who has blackballed her latest project in an effort to force her back into the family business.

Determined to make her movie her way, Kasi teams up with Declan, and together they navigate a path filled with obstacles, twists, turns and the ever-present Flynn Everheart. As they face their share of trials and tribulations, their relationship deepens, and the heat between them intensifies. Kasi is all work and some play, and really isn’t looking for anything serious. Meanwhile, Declan is all in with all the feels. In contrast to the first book, the author has turned up the spiciness in “A Tasty Dish,” adding a full pepper to the mix. This book is full of family drama, fun BFF’s, laughs and spice. Both Kasi and Declan have major daddy issues. Kasi’s kind of cause her to be a jerk at times. She tends to speak first and think later. It happens more than once. She also has gut reactions that aren’t always mature (who blocks their business partner for a week??) and get her into trouble. This wouldn’t be such an issue if she had some redeeming qualities, but I found her almost unlikeable at the beginning and only towards the end did I kind of feel like she could be a good person.

One notable improvement in this sequel is the relocation of the food recipes to the end of the book, allowing readers to enjoy them without interruption from the main story. While the pacing of this book picked up considerable compared to the first book, there are still mini cliffhangers, which drive me bananas. Once again, the absence of the male protagonist’s point of view is once again felt, leaving readers longing for more insights into Declan’s thoughts and feelings. I would have really liked it, particularly in this book. Declan’s relationship with Flynn is so complicated and important to who he is, it would have been beneficial to his character to have a bigger voice.

All in all, A Tasty Dish is a delectable blend of romance and ambition and I cannot wait to read what’s in store for Weston in Book Three. I gave it a 3.5 star overall rating, bumped up to a 4 because there are no 1/2 star emojis.

Read my review of An Acquired Taste, Book One in The Everheart Brothers of Texas Series.

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Tropes hit: Relationship Vs Fling, Friends with Benefits, Workplace Romance

Thank you to NetGalley, Kelly Cain and Dreamscape Media for the ALC copy of this audiobook.

An Acquired Taste By Kelly Cain

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5


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“An Acquired Taste” by Kelly Cain* is the first book in a trilogy that introduces us to the Everhart brothers. The story is narrated from the female protagonist’s perspective, Rowan Townsend, who works as a chef in her mother’s restaurant. Rowan dreams of owning her own establishment where she can break free from her mother’s traditional culinary style. Knox Everhart, on the other hand, is the golden boy of the culinary world, poised to take over his father’s Michelin-starred restaurant. Rowan and Knox share a history of rivalry from their culinary school days, where Knox was admitted as a legacy while Rowan struggled to secure her spot.

When Rowan’s family restaurant, Smothered in Love, faces severe challenges, she decides to participate in a cooking contest to save it. Unbeknownst to her, Knox and his family have also entered the competition, reigniting their long-standing rivalry. As the story unfolds, we witness their journey from enemies to friends and ultimately to lovers.

While “An Acquired Taste” is an enjoyable read with quirky characters and a captivating plot, there are some aspects that could have been improved. For instance, the chapters often end on mini cliffhangers, only to jump ahead in time in the next chapter, leaving readers feeling somewhat disoriented. This narrative technique might not appeal to everyone.

Additionally, the incorporation of cute food recipes at the beginning or end of chapters, while endearing, could be seen as filler content. The story might have benefitted from a dual perspective, offering insights into Knox’s thoughts and feelings alongside Rowan’s.

The slow-burning romance between Rowan and Knox doesn’t truly heat up until chapter 19, and some readers may wish for more development in their relationship. The book’s focus on the cooking competition occasionally overshadows the romantic aspects, leaving one craving more from the protagonists’ love story.

All in all, An Acquired Taste is a charming and engaging read that will leave you with an appetite for Southern soul food and the journey of two fierce competitors finding love amidst the heat of the kitchen. It is a solid three-star book that promises entertainment and a craving for something tasty. I can’t wait to try out some of Rowan’s recipes, and read the next book in the series! You can get your copy here.

Tropes hit: Enemies to Lovers, Slow burn

*updated 04/17 to correct the spelling of the author’s last name. dang auto correct!!

The Woman in The Library By Sulari Gentill

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5

⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️/𝟓

OK, so I put this book off for awhile for no particular reason other than having too many books and too little time. But I read this book just after The Club, a closed door mystery so to speak since all the possible suspects are together on an island. So here in The Woman in The Library, we have an open door mystery, as the author puts it.

The book follows writer Winifred, aka “Freddie,” who attempts to work on her manuscript in the Boston Public Library. She becomes intrigued by the three people at her table and gives them nicknames in her work. After a scream and the discovery of a murdered woman, the group bonds and secrets come spilling out.

The novel has an interesting structure, with each chapter ending with the author Hannah’s correspondence with a fan/beta reader named Leo. Hannah is based in Australia and Leo in Boston, where the novel is set.

I found this book to be fantastic, and I rate it 4 out of 5 stars. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was because the ending felt a little rushed and unclear, and the characters were a bit underdeveloped. Otherwise, it was a solid whodunnit and a quick read for me.

Now, for the most part, I like to post spoiler free reviews. I’ll admit, depending on the book I’m reading, I’m ok with some spoilers, and not with others. For example, I read a spoiler for the Darynda Jones Charley Davidson series, and I had to walk away from the series. Which is a real shame since she’s one of my favorite writers and I really liked what I had read of the series. So since then, I’m overly cautious about which ones I read, and what I consider to be a spoiler. If you’ve gotten this far and don’t want a spoiler, or you want to read blind, I’ll leave you here. This book was fantastic. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was because I hate unclear endings and the ending to this book felt a little rushed and muddled. Also, the characters we a little under developed, but otherwise, a solid whodunnit. It was a quick read for me, I finished it in a day. So if you aren’t down for spoilers, see you next time. If you’ve already read the book or don’t care if I give some stuff away, keep reading/scroll down.

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In the final part of the book, there’s a lot of confusion about what happens in the elevator. Cain isn’t a murderer, and Freddie and Marigold aren’t dead. The perpetrator is behind bars, and the weirdo from Boston is locked up. But then, which Leo is in the elevator? Is something going to happen to Freddie and Marigold? Has he had something to do with all of this?

The last letter from Letter Leo ends with him telling Hannah he’ll be there if she needs him, and the book ends with creepy neighbor Leo in the elevator telling Freddie “I thought you might need me…”

I. Am. So. Confused. And intrigued. So I guess the author accomplished her goal, because I couldn’t put this book down, and I’m still thinking about it. I’ve read some other reviews that suggest that the author could have done a better job clarifying the ending, but I’m pretty sure she was vague on purpose.

The Club By Ellery Lloyd

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5

⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️/𝟓

A gripping book where ambition, secrets, and glamour collide in an elite celebrity members’ club. In a similar vein to Lucy Foley’s The Guest List and Sandie Jones The Guilt Trip. This book is set in a remote location where all the characters are trapped together.

The owner of Island Home, Ned is throwing the massive party for the elite of the elite. The book cycles through the different perspectives of the island staff as they prepare to pull off the opening of the latest club.

Interspersed with the dueling perspectives from each of the characters, there are articles from Vanity Fair detailing the events of the party and the events leading up to it.

The Club by is a tantalizing and suspenseful read that transports you into the world of elite celebrity clubs, where glamour and secrets intertwine. Lloyd’s vivid descriptions and well-drawn characters make it easy to become immersed in the story as we follow the protagonist on her dangerous quest to expose the truth. The plot is filled with twists and turns, keeping readers on their toes. You’re constantly questioning who is lying, who can be trusted, and what really happened.

If the book has a “flaw”, the pacing can be a bit slow but the author’s ability to create tension and build anticipation more than compensates for any lulls. This is a solid 4-star read that provides a glimpse into the exclusive world of fame, while reminding us that appearances can be deceiving and not everything is as it seems.

Reminiscent of a classic murder mystery or whodunnit, I enjoyed this book. Thank you to NetGalley, Harper and the Authors for the ARC copy of this book.

King of Wrath by Ana Huang

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5


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I was late to the game discovering Ana Huang, but thanks to TikTok, I’m now better informed and all caught up. I devoured the Twisted Series way too quickly, so imagine my delight when Damon made his appearnce in the debut of the Kings of Sin series.

And I have good news and bad new about the series. The good news: This book is amazing, unputdownable (is that a word? If not, it should be) and is one of seven based off of the Seven Deadly Sins. The bad news: This is the only book out in the series so far. Womp womp. So we’re going to have to wait.

If you’ve read the Twisted Series, you’ll remember Damon from the debacle with the painting and some other quick cameos. It seems like this book overlaps some of the last book of Twisted and we get some cameos by those characters which I love. Damon is blackmailed by Vivian Lau’s father into marrying her to cement the family’s social standing. It seems Damon’s brother Luca has gotten himself mixed up with a forbidden mafia princess, and Mr. Lau has decided this is the perfect way to marry off his daughter and escalate the family into the upper echelon of society. Too bad Damon and Vivian mix about as well as oil and water.

“Missed me?” Amusement lengthened his drawl. “As much as a sailor misses scurvy.”

This is my favorite quote from the book, because it sums up Vivian in one quick comeback. She’s smart, savvy and witty. However, she’s tethered to her overprotective and somewhat abusive parents who only value Vivian for what she can bring to the table from a monetary stand point.

As per usual, the twist is great, and we get our hard fought HEA. I absolutely cannot wait to read the rest of the series. I actually preordered book number 2, which is something I rarely do. So I’ll be over here, patiently waiting until April.

Tropes hit: Arranged Marriage, Enemies to Lovers, Billionaire Romance

RED HOT READ ALERT: this book is sexy sexy in typical Ana Huang style. Not quite the full five ghost peppers, but don’t be fooled this one will leave you blushing.

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The Missing Piece: By John Lescroart

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5

The perfect cop drama for a snowy day, this book was a one day read for me. I didn’t realize it was number 19 in a series, so i wish i had the time to go back and read the whole series prior to this review, but there was no time for that. Luckily this book could be read as a standalone, for the most part. I do feel like i didn’t connect with the characters, but i’m assuming that is because their reader relationship has been built up over the last 18 books. I will be putting the rest of this series on my TBR list.

The Missing Piece was a well written legal drama, perfect for fans of James Patterson and John Grisham. I loved the multiple POV and the twist at the end was good and unexpected. There were a few story lines going at once in the beginning, but once everything was established, it flowed very well.

Thank you to the author, NetGalley and the publisher, Atria Books for the ARC copy of this book

The Wrong Bride by Catharina Maura

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5


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For the love of all that is Jerry Springer, Maury Who’s The Daddy, Sally Jessy Raphael I’m really not sure what I just read. All I know is that I freaking couldn’t put it down! Holy Smokes!

OK let me back up. This whole year has been one big, long, extended reading slump for me. I catch a spurt, then my fire goes out. I blame growing a human at the old ass age of 36, but whatever. ANYWAY, I was bored in the doctor’s office, scrolling through the book of face, and an advertisement for this book came up. Pretty cover. Intriguing blurb. In KU. Add to list. And then I read it all in one sitting.

Raven has been in love with Ares Windsor since, well forever. He’s her best friend’s older brother and she’s very much been ingrained in their family. The Windor’s have an old tradition of arranged marriages, and originally the plan was for Raven and Ares to be married. Too bad he’s always loved her older, perfect, sister Hannah. Are’s Grandmother, the matriarch of the Windsor bunch agrees to let Ares and Hannah have their love match. UNTIL EVERYTHING FALLS APART AND GOES BANANAS!

I’m not going to give much away because this book is chock full of twists, turns and surprises. I literally could not put it down, all the while muttering wtfffffff over and over again. Just when you think everything is hunky dory, Maura manages to rip the carpet out from under you. I’m so excited for the rest of the series, which promises 6 more books, one for each of the Windor siblings. Up next is Luca and Valentina, but I’m really excited for Sierra (Raven’s best friend) and Xavier. You guys, she sends him a fish bomb! (I’m going to need to hear more about this and how exactly one makes a fish bomb….) Their story promises to be an excellent Enemies to Lovers book, one of my favorite tropes. It also looks like this is a spin off from Catharina’s other series, Off Limits. Silas and Alanna are two of Raven’s friends, and it appears the already have their own book.

So, I’ll BRB while I go devour the Off Limits Series

BONUS: All the books are in Kindle Unlimited!

One sale now, you can grab your copy here. You can also preorder the next book in the series Luca & Valentina’s story here.

Tropes hit: Forbidden Romance, Arranged Marriage, Friends to Lovers, Billionaire Romance, Sister’s Best Friend, Best Friend’s Brother

RED HOT READ ALERT: this book is sexy sexy. Don’t be fooled by the pretty cover this book is a scorcher.

The Maid: By Nita Prose

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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So I honestly feel like I owe this book an apology. I picked it up and put it down so many times. I just couldn’t get into it. Everyone said “Oh if you like popular book xyz then you’ll love this one!” Well, I didn’t love it, it was a DNF for me. So I though this one would be too. So in a last ditch effort, I put it on hold at my library. It was a 20+ week hold. These people all must know something I didn’t. Boy, were they right. I was wrong.

This book is delightful! Turns out, it was one of those books I did better listening to then reading. It was a bit of a romance, a big mystery, with a few dramatic twists and turns. I fell in love with Molly the Maid, and her beloved cast of found family. Molly has had to figure out the world without her beloved Gran. You see, Molly sees things differently than most people. While this makes her susceptible to unkindness, it also doesn’t allow her to see the kindness of people right under her nose.

I love Molly’s snark and wit, and I would love to have a book of the quotes she spews from her Gran. I feel like I know Gran, even though she wasn’t present for the events that transpired between the pages.

On sale now, you can grab your copy here

A big hank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for the ARC copy of this book.

𝐔𝐧𝐦𝐚𝐬𝐤𝐞𝐝: 𝐁𝐲 𝐏𝐚𝐮𝐥 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐬


I had to take a break from some of the romance I’ve been reading lately, and I don’t think that there is anything less romantic than some true crime.

We first meet Paul Holes in I’ll Be Gone In the Dark, the CSI who became as obsessed with GSK as Michelle did. (I’m actually re-reading this now, I should have done it before I picked up Unmasked.) Paul takes us through his life, how his career ruined his marriage, finding new love, and what is was like to tackle some of the most notorious cold cases we’ve ever seen.

It was extremely interesting to see the evolution of genetic and DNA testing as used for investigation. I wish there was more on some of his most memorable cases (there was a lot about GSK, maybe because it was his longest running cold case), but the book was full of information.

Be warned, this isn’t for the faint of heart or those who aren’t accustomed to reading True Crime. Holes doesn’t pull any punches with his descriptions.

Thank you so much to the author and @celadon for the ARC copy of this book.

Overkill: By Sandra Brown

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️ ⭐️/5


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I’m not going to lie, when I got approval email from NetGalley for the new Sandra Brown book, I did a squeal and a happy dance around my kitchen. She introduced me to the romantic thriller genre, and I quickly devoured her books.

Overkill hits all of the best things I’ve come to expect from a Sandra Brown book:

⚫️ Rugged hero who prefers a hermit’s life, is wealthy and has a past claim to fame ✅

⚫️Pretty, smart heroine who is ballsy and confident ✅

⚫️A good mystery and driven story ✅

Zach Bridger was a former NFL Super Bowl hero, before an attack on his ex-wife, Rebecca, and the subsequent fall out jettisoned his career. He got his life in track, retired to a mountain side and hiked every day. It would have been happily ever after had his wife’s attacker not gotten out of jail early thanks to his daddy’s connections. Enter Kate Lennon, a up and coming star state prosecutor. She comes up with a way to put the slimy Eban away for good. Too bad it means Bridger facing the decision and confrontation he’s been avoiding for years.

This book is everything I want in a romantic thriller. Intriguing, full of suspense and a red-hot romance all in one.

Overkill is on sale August 16th, get your copy here