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review 2019-09-05 03:30
KILLER CHEF by James Patterson and Jeffrey J. Keyes
Killer Chef (BookShots) - James Patterson,Jeffrey J. Keyes

Diners are dying at upscale restaurants and Caleb, a chef and a cop, is called in to solve the murders.  I enjoyed this book.  I did not figure out who the killer was.  I liked Caleb and Marlene, his ex-wife and current business partner.  I liked their bantering.  I could tell they were comfortable together.  Just a short book to read in a couple hours.

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review 2019-09-04 07:10
Blog Tour w/Review - Take It Off The Menu

 

Today Christina Hovland is here to share her blog tour, TAKE IT OFF THE MENU! Check it out and be sure to get your copy today!

 

 

 

Title: TAKE IT OFF THE MENU

Author: Christina Hovland

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

About TAKE IT OFF THE MENU:

 

 

Saying "I Do" has never been such a mess.  

 

Marlee Medford just got dumped. Yes, things have become ho-hum in her longtime relationship, but she was two days away from walking down the aisle with the man she thought was her forever when he called it off. Convincing herself that they'd be able to reignite their spark once the wedding craziness settled? That was easy. Suddenly finding herself without a fiancé? Not so much. Marlee needs to regain control of her life, and a weekend away with her friends is a solid first step.  

 

One of Denver's best up-and-coming chefs, perpetual bachelor Eli Howard, isn't into serious relationships--especially the kind that ends in marriage. As if to prove his point that they aren't worth the trouble, the wedding he was supposed to be catering just fell apart. Feeling oddly protective of the jilted bride--his little sister's best friend--his weekend plans now involve a trip to Sin City with her group of friends. But it looks like he had a bit too much fun in Vegas when he wakes up married...wedding night included.  

 

Marlee's attempts at getting her life back together are failing miserably. Her ex-fiancé is taking the house, her chihuahua is intent on a love affair with Eli's sneakers, and she's now accidentally hitched to the guy who can't even say the word marriage. With their quickie annulment denied, Eli and Marlee just have to hang tight until the divorce goes through. It's just a little divorce amongst friends, what's the worst that could happen?  

 

 

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Take It Off the MenuTake It Off the Menu by Christina Hovland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is book #3, in the Mile High Matched series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.

Marlee had just gotten dumped and her wedding is off. Her ex is a chicken who puts all of it on her. Too much pressure. Good thing she has her friends. Even Eli, whom she has known forever. He is always there when she needs him.

Eli's sister is Marlee's best friend. He has always watched over them when they do their worst. He fixes the messes, and patches them up. This time he may need the one in need of aid.

Honestly, this started out what I would call a slow burn. Then when the pace picked up it nearly stampeded out of the book and over me. I loved the relationships, the friends, the pranks, the banter, the fun, the humor, and so much more. These characters would not be ignored and even when sleep beckoned I ignored it to finish what was a terrific story.


***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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About Christina:

 

Christina Hovland lives her own version of a fairy tale—an artisan chocolatier by day and romance writer by night. Born in Colorado, Christina received a degree in journalism from Colorado State University. Before opening her chocolate company, Christina’s career spanned from the television newsroom to managing an award-winning public relations firm. She’s a recovering overachiever and perfectionist with a love of cupcakes and dinner she doesn’t have to cook herself. A 2017 Golden Heart® finalist, she lives in Colorado with her first-boyfriend-turned-husband, four children, and the sweetest dog around.

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Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

 

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review 2019-08-25 09:45
Promise
Take It Off the Menu (Mile High Matched #3) - Christina Hovland

This is book #3, in the Mile High Matched series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.

 

Marlee had just gotten dumped and her wedding is off.  Her ex is a chicken who puts all of it on her.  Too much pressure.  Good thing she has her friends.  Even Eli, whom she has known forever.  He is always there when she needs him.

 

Eli's sister is Marlee's best friend.  He has always watched over them when they do their worst.  He fixes the messes, and patches them up.  This time he may need the one in need of aid.

 

Honestly, this started out what I would call a slow burn.  Then when the pace picked up it nearly stampeded out of the book and over me.  I loved the relationships, the friends, the pranks, the banter, the fun, the humor, and so much more.  These characters would not be ignored and even when sleep beckoned I ignored it to finish what was a terrific story.  I give this a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2019-06-20 00:37
The Chef's Secret
The Secret Chef - Crystal King

Bartolomeo Scappi, the cuoco secreto to the pope died suddenly in 1577. In his will Barto leaves his estate and name to his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni. When Giovanni is readying himself to take over his uncle's role, another kitchen apprentice tells him that upon his deathbed Barto gave him keys to several lock boxes and made him promise to burn the journal s inside. Giovanni can not resist the pull of his uncle's secrets and dives into Barto's life. After deciphering the code that many entries were in, Gio begins to discover that his uncle was much more than an amazing cook and mentor. Barto harbored many secrets as well as a love that could change everything. As Giovanni and his friends dive deeper into Barto's affairs they uncover the danger in what Barto was hiding as well as a connection that will change their lives forever. 

With perfectly portioned parts, The Chef's Secret is a delectable mix of historical fiction, romance and mystery in Renaissance Italy. With an intimate look into the kitchens of the Renaissance, the food comes alive off the page. I could imagine the intricate sugar sculptures and smell the hearty broths and I was amazed at the level of food production for the clergy. The format of the book goes back and forth between Giovanni and Bartolomeo's points of view as Giovanni reads through Barto's journals. Through the changing points of view, the characters show their care for one another. Giovanni respected and looked up to Bartolomeo and Barto did everything he could to provide for Gio. While deciphering the journals, Gio also leans heavily on his friends that help him navigate the dangers that appear after Barto's death. I did figure out one of the larger mysteries early on, however the adventure and excitement of Barto's life as well as the suspense of Gio figuring out how Barto's past affects his present. The ending quickly ramped up in suspense, but ended on a beautiful note. I was very pleased to learn about the real Bartolomeo and Giovanni. While they may not have had such amazing adventures, their lives were still important to culinary history. Overall, a thrilling read that will delight your senses through Renaissance Italy.


This book was received for free in return for an honest review.

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review 2019-05-29 16:59
Notes from a Young Black Chef
Notes from a Young Black Chef - Kwame Onwuachi,Joshua David Stein
I Picked Up This Book Because: #BlameItOnLitsy


This books starts with Kwame’s young life. The time he spent in the kitchen with his mother, his troubled relationship with his father, the time he spends in Nigeria with his grandfather. He also talks a lot about the projects that he didn’t live in but grew up in. His fall into drug life and his wake up call from that life as a young adult. While all of that is informative to his character and tells how he became the man he is today the book really grabbed my interest when he started school at the Culinary Institute of America. As someone who seriously considered attending culinary school in high school I appreciated his insights here.

The want and need to become more than what society expects from a black chef is inspiring. The world may no be ready but Kwame is so the world better get ready. Kwame is still a very young chef and he has many more great things to come in his career.

The Random Thoughts:

I was hungry the entire time I was listening to this. I hope to experience his food one day.

The Score Card:

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4 Stars
 
 
 
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