Recipe for Magic: (A light paranormal romance) Kindle Edition
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The former college English teacher can often be found on twitter @Kristen_Painter or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KristenPainterAuthor where she loves to interact with readers. She's also the co-founder of RomanceDivas.com, an award-winning writers' forum. Sign up here: http://eepurl.com/xT-9L to find out when her next release is coming out.
Kristen lives in Florida with her retired Air Force husband and a horde of feline dependents. She is represented by the Knight Agency.
Top Customer Reviews
There's a man who happens to be a chef - young and sexy. Everyone who sees him wants him and why not? He's successful, attractive, and likes women. There's a woman who is slightly older than him. She's had her share of heartache and has buried two husbands. Attractive, sure, but she doesn't play it up. She likes to hide in herself, even while helping others through grief.
A meeting. A spark. A romance.
THE PERFECT DISH BY Kristen Painter is a story about romance. It's a simple and sweet tale of two people meeting, learning about each other, dealing with problems, and falling in love. There are ups and downs in the relationship. There are also ups and downs in the book itself.
The characters in THE PERFECT DISH aren't really anything to fawn over, though Kelly Spicer was a chef who sounded incredibly gorgeous. He's a bit stereotypical for the most part, a Texan who loves wearing boots, cooking Tex-Mex in his restaurants, and using expressions that made me laugh but also roll my eyes. Dr. Meredith Black, a psychologist who now writes books, is plain but undergoes a makeover thanks to two friends who annoyed me more than words could say. Pushy and demanding to know more about Meredith's love life, Viv and Celia seemed to be complete caricatures. The one character I actually enjoyed reading about was Shelby, Kelly's younger sister, though she only appeared in a few scenes. She was actually the catalyst for Kelly and Meredith meeting, though she didn't know.
Plot-wise, it's cutesy. There's really no other words for it. There are a few hot kisses but Painter definitely fades to black, so to speak, and I found it refreshing, to be quite honest.Read more ›
The characters (both primary and secondary) were well-drawn and sympathetic, there was lots of good dialog, and the food descriptions were pretty tasty also. I also liked that although there was plenty of heat, sparks, and chemistry between Kelly and Meredith, the bedroom scenes were not explicit. Sometimes I get so tired of romances that are just one sex scene after another. It's a lovely change of pace to read one that isn't a Christian romance, but that keeps the bedroom door pretty much closed. All in all, a fast read and a satisfying contemporary romance that I would recommend to anyone.
The story starts with Kelly and Mery's first meeting when he presents her with enchanted chocolates to persuade her to help his sister. The "magic" gets a few more mentions in the story, but I think Kelly was adept enough at flirting and making Mery fall in love with him that that's where the true magic was. The romance develops logically and the dates the couple go on are cute and fun reading. There's definite sexual tension, but the sex is all behind closed doors.
Where the book lost a star for me was with too many subplots that didn't get fleshed out enough and weren't necessary for the main plot to advance. For example, Kelly and Mery met at a book signing (she's written books on psychology, he's got a new cookbook out). They didn't need the sister's grief counseling to throw them together. In fact, the "counseling" the sister receives is so brief that it really doesn't contribute to the romance plot. Likewise, when Mery attempts to find out about the Kelly's childhood, we get this explanation of his mother's misuse of the magic cookbook and her lack of affection for her son. The woman was simply a bad mother, the use of magic didn't really matter.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While I highly enjoy the Nocturne series, I found this book lacking to them. In the description it implies magic, and while there is some I just don't think it was explained to... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
I fell in love with this story. It was a great read I really felt for both characters so much that I had to take a few breaks from them because I was getting too emotionally... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Penny M.
This is a nice read. I enjoyed the book so much that I purchased others written by her. Try her books, you'll like them.Published 4 months ago by L. Palumbi
A cat and mouse tale as old as time. The only difference beside the magical twist is the Cougar is the mouse and the man 12 years younger is her cat. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mouse3324
Very fun and entertaining read. Enjoyed it from start to end. Would highly recommend it to anyone.Published 9 months ago by Kaiteemay
I love the premise. There are never any books about women in thier 40's having love affairs, so this was very close to my heart.Published on February 5, 2013 by dd in texas
I could relate. Sexy and fun. I could really relate to this story, it kept me want to read more!Published on January 21, 2013 by RHD
I thought that the writing was great! For me, the love scenes were a distraction. I know some people like them, but I skip right over them. They don't add anything to the story. Read morePublished on March 6, 2012 by Carlene Kertesz
This is almost a straight romance novel; the magic is more the leavening in this dish than the flour. Read morePublished on February 14, 2012 by Amazon Customer