Sophie Brunet is a former reality shower finalist who was recently hired as the head chef for Amy Chambers restaurant. All she want so to do is cook without all the distractions. Unfortunately, she restaurant is failing, and its owner is one of those distractions. Sophie and Amy clash every time they are in the same room but, beneath all that tension is some real chemistry. They agree to an uneasy truce as they work to save the restaurant and the move time they spend together, the more the chemistry grows.
The Romance Recipe has two of my favorite troupes right from the beginning: grumpy/sunshine and enemies/lovers. Amy is a bit of a control freak. She likes to know exactly what is going on and tries to plan everything down to the last detail. This is really where she and Sophie clash. Sophie has a hard time working with Amy’s bossy personality, especially since it’s kind of a turn on. She’s still new to recognizing herself as queer and knows mixing business and pleasure would probably not be a good idea.
It’s a good thing that bad ideas are hard to resist. When Amy and Sophie first give into the chemistry, the view it as a release. With things being so tense as they are trying to save the restaurant, it is nice to have a good release. These two characters really do have chemistry and I devoured it. It wasn’t just the chemistry that drew me in, it was also the growth of the characters and their dynamic together.
Sophie and Amy are both super strong characters. each of them is struggling internally with who they are and where they are going. There is a lot of good conversations regarding queer identity and self acceptance. Neither character is able to move forward without self acceptance. Their dynamic develops naturally – and there is a bit of a push/pull between them as they figure themselves and their relationship out. With the alternating points of view, I really was able to understand what each character were feeling and thinking.
Honestly, I did find the ending of The Romance Recipe to be a little abrupt. There were several loose ends that needed to be tied up – with Amy and Sophie as well s the restaurant. I would have liked a bit more angst and real feeling instead of this nicely wrapped ending. The last few chapters especially felt rushed as the book was heading towards its conclusion. Overall, I did enjoyed The Romance Recipe, I just wish the ending was a bit more fleshed out and make sense for the characters I had grown to like.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**