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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373770561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373770564
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #607,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* When Seattle's Waterfront restaurant, the flagship of the Buchanan family empire, begins to sink, Cal Buchanan is called in to save it. He knows that the only way to redeem the floundering establishment is to hire the finest chef possible. Unfortunately, that person happens to be his ex-wife, Penny Jackson. The feisty Penny finally accepts his offer of complete control of the kitchen, neglecting to tell Cal that she's pregnant. Cal has a few secrets of his own, including the one that destroyed their marriage the first time around. Seasoned with humor, the start to Mallery's new Buchanan series has a wonderful cast of characters, from the truly evil family matriarch to the argumentative, stubborn, but close-knit Buchanan siblings. Glimpses into the everyday workings of a restaurant, from buying produce to selecting wines, add to the enjoyment. Readers who can't get enough of Nora Roberts' family series will latch on to Mallery's, which is sure to be a hit. Shelley Mosley
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"When you think of passion, drama and heartwarming stories, think Susan Mallery." -- Romantic Times

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Susan Mallery has entertained millions of readers with her witty and emotional stories about women and the relationships that define their lives. She has published more than 100 romance and women's fiction novels, beginning with two books the same month when she was just out of college. Her books have spent more than 120 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list and have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestsellers list, statistically tied for #1 (THREE LITTLE WORDS, a Fool's Gold romance). Known for her keen insight into human nature and her humorous take on life, Susan Mallery has been described by RT Book Reviews as "in a class by herself!" and was featured as a Red Hot Read in Cosmopolitan Magazine. In 2013, four of her books were named to Amazon's "Best Book of the Month" list.

With a Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Susan is one of the few writers who can understand her royalty statement. She went on to get a Masters in Writing Popular Fiction and has extensively studied story structure in screenwriting courses, though she has no plans to write for the screen. Her goal, always, is to give readers a story that will move them, populated with characters who feel like real people.

Booklist says, "Novels don't get much better than Mallery's expert blend of emotional nuance, humor, and superb storytelling," and Publisher's Weekly calls her prose "luscious and provocative." Susan appreciates critical praise, but she values praise from her readers even more. She credits her successful career to the loyal readers who rush out to buy each new book on the day it's released.

With the advent of ebooks, Susan's career has soared even higher, and her books make regular appearances on both print and ebook bestsellers lists. She has embraced the Digital Age with a robust website (, an active presence on Facebook ( and a free Susan Mallery app for the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices ( At, she also provides bonus content such as after-the-happily-ever-after updates for the Fool's Gold romances, her most popular ongoing series.

Born and raised in California, Susan lives with her family in Seattle, where she survives the dreary days of winter with the help of a "happy lamp" and plenty of coffee.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Tanya L. Schaub on April 12, 2006
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The Buchanan family is an old Seattle family who has a number of restaurants that have built the family empire. Reid is managing the bar, sister Dani manager the hamburger joint, Walker has bucked the tradition and is in the Marines and Cal once ran the steakhouse but went out on his own to open what has become a coffee emporium. All of these and the kids are ruled with an iron fist by the rude obnoxious Grandmother.

Cal has been enticed back into the fold for 6 months to take the dead Fish House and make it back into one of the biggest restaurants in the area. They only way he can see that happening is to hire the best chef in town, unfortunately it happens to be his ex-wife Penny. Penny has a grand time watching and making Cal grovel. In the end she gets what she wants, including vacation time at the end of summer. What she doesn't tell Cal is this is for her baby's birth. When she and cal Divorced years ago it was mainly due to her wanting children and him not wanting them. But, what Penny doesn't know is that he already has one he had to give up. What he doesn't know is that Penny got pregnant from Invetro and never stopped loving him.

As Penny and Cal fall back in love you get to see their day to day interactions and how they both work on running the restaurant. I addition you also get glimpses into the lives of the other Buchanan siblings with minor story lines. Walker resigns the Marines, Dani finds out her husband is cheating etc.

You will want to smack the Grandmother by midway through the book but other than that the characters seem to work well together and the interactions are believable.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Vest VINE VOICE on February 20, 2006
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Cal Buchanan is summoned back to the family business when the family's flagship restaurant, The Waterfront is in dire straights. He agrees to sign up for four months to turn things around, and turns to his ex-wife to become the executive chef. Penny and Cal have not seen each other in three years, but the sparks are still there. She negotiates the terms, in hopes that after this gig she will have enough to open her own restaurant. She also neglects to mention that she is currently four months pregnant.

When the restaurant re-opens, it becomes a hit thanks to Penny's culinary talents - she even makes fish and chips seem gourmet! But the biggest snag for success is Cal's witch of a grandmother who is constantly scheming to keep her grandchildren in line, including making life a living hell for Penny.

Penny still loves Cal, but has never forgiven him for bailing on her when she lost their child. Unknown to her, Cal fathered a child when he was a teen, and while he has kept abreast of his daughter, he has never met her, and has kept her a secret from everyone but his conniving grandmother. He is not sure he has enough love to give another child, but rather than admit this to Penny, he let her leave him.

"Delicious" is an addictive second chance at romance dramedy. This is the first in a series of four books about the Buchanan siblings, spending a lot of time laying the foundation for the other siblings, and if the rest can be judged by this one, it will be a delicious series!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MNix on February 17, 2006
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Cal Buchanan is in a bind. He needs the best chef money can buy to help him turn around his family's declining restaurant. The Waterfront is in such bad shape it has been temporarily closed until major changes can be made. Affording the best money can buy isn't an issue. The issue is that the best chef for the job in none other than Cal's ex-wife, Penny Jackson.

Penny is very interested in the opportunity The Waterfront offers. By taking this job, she will be able to save enough money to buy her own restaurant. And now that she is pregnant, at least one of her dreams is coming true. If Penny takes this job, she will be well on her way to achieving another of her long held dreams.

Soon things between Cal and Penny start to heat up. Just when it starts to look like they might have another chance at happiness together, a secret from Cal's past threatens their fragile bond.

I've been a fan of Susan Mallery for quite some time. But I will admit, Delicious just blew me away. I started reading it after work and stayed up until dawn to finish it. Cal and Penny's story really captured me. I am a fan of second chances, and Cal and Penny satisfied my hunger for another try at happily ever after.

Although, Cal made me want to take a baseball bat to him a few times, I could easily see Penny's love for him and her unconscious desire to reunite. Not that I don't adore Cal, I do. Ms. Mallery wrote him, and all her characters in this novel, quite wonderfully, realistically, and humanly flawed. I feel like I know them all and already miss hanging out with them!

Of course, I am eager for the other three books in this series. I want happiness for little sister Dani. I think the handsome, tomcat brother, Reid, needs his comeuppance. I want to be around to see that!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bobgirl on May 13, 2007
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"Delicious" this was not; it's not horrible, but it's not very good, either -- just blah. I liked Penny a lot: ambitious, spunky, passionate -- but the story behind Cal's lack of love in their previous marriage was just not appealing. I, too, wondered how, after he had so broken her heart, that she would immediately jump into bed with him and fall all over again. I did not, for a minute, think that he had changed so much that he really loved Penny.

Ironically, the best thing about this book was the descriptions of the restaurant business and the hustle and bustle of working daily in such a fast-paced environment.

The next book in this series, "Irresistible" is even less compelling than this one. Yawn. I don't even care to finish Book 3 and 4. After slogging through the first three Marcelli Sisters trilogy, I'm pretty much finished with Susan Mallery. I just don't find her writing very interesting.
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