Review: Cooking Up Love by Gemma Brocato

November 7, 2013 Review 0

Review: Cooking Up Love by Gemma Brocato

Mix a chef and her contractor, stir in a mystery, and cook up a romance.

Jemima George leads a charmed life as a personal chef and assistant to reality television's latest darling. But that changes in a New York minute when her Aunt Caro dies under odd circumstances, bequeathing her a small restaurant. Jem plans to sell the cafe and continue her life in NYC, until a dramatic phone call from her cheating boyfriend convinces her to experiment with the ingredients for happiness and accept her Aunt's legacy. Throwing herself into remodeling the restaurant with the help of the town's delicious contractor, Jem revamps the menu and renews her faith in herself.

Jack Kerrigan considered Caro a surrogate mother and hates the idea that the cafe could be sold. He doesn't need the remodeling project, but if it means Caro's beautiful, fascinating niece will stay to run the restaurant, he's all in. He wouldn't mind being savory to Jem's sweet.

Jack's brassy ex-wife is cooking up a scheme of her own, where Jack tosses Jem like a salad and comes back to her. Fold in a creepy attorney hiding secrets of environmental mayhem, add Jem's claustrophobia, half-pint niece and nephew twins, one mysterious lockbox, and bring to a boil-a recipe for romance.

A Lyrical Press Contemporary Romance

Title: Cooking Up Love
Author: Gemma Brocato
Published by Lyrical Press
Source: Publisher
Published: 2 October, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 290
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-half-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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I’m a huge fan of culinary-themed stories, I love getting recipes and seeing combinations that authors choose to use as part of the tale.  Gemma Brocato didn’t include these sorts of tidbits, but the food references and moments were tasty additions to the plot.

Jem has recently inherited her late aunt’s café in a small Massachusetts coastal town.  Initially intending to return to New York City to her prospective fiancé and resume her work for a famous reality star, the collapse of her life as she assumed it to be in the city causes her to rethink her plan.

Jack, or BC as everyone calls him, is a local contractor; handsome and instantly smitten with Jem from the moment he meets her.  When the two are unwittingly locked in the pantry, and Jem’s anxiety and claustrophobia get the better of her, we see just how caring and protective Jack can be.

Several twists surrounding a sham environmental group that Jem’s aunt was involved in and the search for the clues she had left behind, the personal demons that both Jem and Jack need to work through to find solid footing in this relationship that will not be denied, and a solidly defined and described small-town feel made this s a light, fun and quick read with plenty of moments for laughter.

Secondary characters often highlight in the moments they appear, with portrayals that are rich and well-defined and usually laden with emotion, laughter or both.  The main character’s connection is electric and fuels several steamy moments, with an underlying emotional connection that is apparent to all.

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