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Recipe for Magic: (A light paranormal romance) [Kindle Edition]

Kristen Painter
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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“This is an absolutely adorable book. I picked it up, read it, and wanted more.” –

“From the first page, I couldn't put the book down. Ms Painter has written a winner!” – The Romance Reviews

About the book:

When Manhattan chef and notorious playboy Kelly Spicer realizes his recently widowed sister needs help, he turns to the most dangerous answer he knows: sorcery. Using the magic cookbook passed down through his family's generations, Kelly conjures up a recipe of chocolate-laced persuasion to enlist the only woman he thinks can pull his sister out of her grief.

That woman is Mery Black, grief counselor to the stars, who secretly thinks she's a jinx when it comes to men and love. When she lets that secret slip, her latest book deal gets canceled. Dating Kelly suddenly becomes the antidote to her damaged public persona. She vows she won't fall in love again, but little does she know she's about to do even more damage.

To his heart.

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About the Author

When the characters in Kristen Painter's head started to take over, she decided to exorcise them onto paper and share them with the world. Her upcoming urban fantasy series from Orbit, Blood Rights, is just the beginning. She lives in FL with her retired Air Force husband and three feline dependents.

Product Details

  • File Size: 463 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GKNM50
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,566 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tasty treat for the holidays December 28, 2010
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Another warm, witty, wonderful story from one of my favorite authors. Kristen has created a number of worldly, fun ladies who can shop with the best of them, especially when helping out a reluctant friend. And a hero who cooks, wields a little magic and wants to help his little sister out of her grief-induced doldrums - who could ask for more? I could hear that Texas twang all the way over here in Florida. He probably uses that smile to melt the chocolate for his persuasion-laced delights. Thank goodness this is one holiday treat that won't show up on my hips, because I gobbled it up in a few quick bites. Thanks, Kristen, for a fast-paced little gem of a story - the kind that always leaves me hungry for more...
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful morsel of a romance May 8, 2011
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I read and enjoyed Kristen's book Heart of Fire, even though I don't usually read fantasy romance, so when I saw that she had a book out that was a contemporary romance featuring a chef, I knew I had to read it. I loved this book. The hero, Kelly was just delicious. He's cute, a successful and innovative chef, and he cares deeply about his sister, so much so that he goes out of his way to approach Dr. Meredith Black, a noted grief specialist, in hopes that she can help his sister learn to deal with the loss of her husband. What he doesn't expect is that he will fall hard for Meredith. Unfortunately, she has already lost two husbands herself, and even though her head knows that their deaths weren't her fault, her heart does not want to open up to a new man for fear of being hurt yet again. Adding to the obstacles to overcome is a fairly significant age difference between the two leads. Meredith is 10+ years older than Kelly and she sees that as yet another reason why they shouldn't get involved, even though he doesn't see it as any kind of obstacle at all. All he knows is that he's wildly attracted to her and wants to explore that attraction. In addition to this, Kristen throws in just a touch of magic to make the book even more fun to read.

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.
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By M. Nix
Kelly Spicer is one of the youngest chefs in Manhattan; his Tex-Mex restaurant can be hard to get into even on a weeknight. Kelly is getting desperate in finding the key to helping his sister deal with the death of her husband. However, Kelly has one special thing he can use but it will be tricky. After doing some research, Kelly found the one person who should be able to help. The trick will be getting her to agree - it might be time for Kelly to break out his secret weapon.

Meredith Black knows all too well about husbands dying way too soon. She has buried two of them. A psychologist by trade, Meredith now writes books to help others work through the soul-wrenching pain. Because she knows that she just can't face yet another person she loves dying before her, Meredith is not interested in romance. But tell that to her two best friends.

Kelly gets Meredith to agree to meet with his sister, but when the night arrives he also wants some of Meredith's attention, just not for the same reason. That night doesn't end well, but Kelly isn't put off. After all, Texans can be stubborn, don't you know? Meredith finds herself in a relationship with a fun, sexy, and younger Kelly against her best intentions. Both went into the relationship eyes open about no strings but somewhere along the way things have changed for one of them. Plus, when the truth comes out about Kelly's secret weapon, will any chance of them finding their forever after exist?

Cupid's arrow can find you even when you never want to love again. Meredith discovers this in The Perfect Dish. I loved Kelly's easy Texas attitude, even when I found it hid dark things in his past. I could understand where Meredith was coming from, but in this case her friends knew best.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Kindle Read! December 28, 2010
By valarie
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I have read a few of Kristen Painter's ebooks on my computer, so when I got a Kindle for Christmas (hooray!), this book was one of the first I downloaded. It's perfect! A fast, fun, light, glitzy read (the Oprah shrink and the hot celeb chef!) that I gobbled up in two sittings. Ms. Painter has a terrific way with words, and the ability to create a surprising amount of emotional depth through fun banter and very revealing inner thoughts. I loved this hero who sets out to "fix" his sister and ends up being the one who is healed and whole because of love. Also, there are terrific shopping scenes and fantastic "foodie" stuff. Great book for the Kindle reader who loves a sweet and funny romance, a great bargain, and a heartwarming, cleverly written story!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quick read February 26, 2014
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I've always thought that people who decide to become a writer should first have a good command of the English language and grammar. Editing is also a good plus or else you hire one to do it for you. There were a lot of errors in the book - poorly constructed sentences with missing prepositions, etc. Elementary for an editor - words misused - sorted for sordid and reveal for revel. The story otherwise was cute and fun - great story line and great characters - I just have a really hard time getting past the editing problems, which allows me to only award 3 stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
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
5.0 out of 5 stars love love love
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing but sweet on the palete
Please note: This review was written when the title of this book was still THE PERFECT DISH.

There's a man who happens to be a chef - young and sexy. Read more
Published on November 2, 2012 by Mary Catherine
4.0 out of 5 stars Romance is the Entree, Magic is Merely a Side Dish
The description for this book focuses on the sorcery that the Kelly uses to entice Meredith to counsel his sister through her grief, but I felt like the magic cookbook played a... Read more
Published on March 14, 2012 by J. Weaver
4.0 out of 5 stars Talented Writer
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 more
Published on March 6, 2012 by Carlene Kertesz
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Romance, With a Little Magic on the Side
This is almost a straight romance novel; the magic is more the leavening in this dish than the flour. Read more
Published on February 14, 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars very cute
Cute story with good plot ....the hunky chef tries to get the lady psychologist to help his widowed grieving sister...and falls for the good doctor himself. Read more
Published on February 6, 2012 by dreamon
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute and Funny
Funny at times, The Perfect Dish wasn't exactly what I expected. Kelly Spicer, Famous Chef in New York City, wants nothing more than to help his sister get over the death of her... Read more
Published on January 30, 2012 by Jen
3.0 out of 5 stars Undemanding, fun, fast
Dr Meredith Black is a twice-widowed psychologist made famous by her books about dealing with grief. Read more
Published on January 29, 2012 by CharlotteSimmons
5.0 out of 5 stars It made me happy and hungry
Nice interaction between the characters, believable, snappy dialouge. I loved the food references, and it was fun to get a look behind the scenes at a restaurant. Spoiler Alert! Read more
Published on January 23, 2012 by Naomi Bergner
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More About the Author

Award winning author Kristen Painter likes to balance her obsessions with shoes and cats by making the lives of her characters miserable and surprising her readers with interesting twists and incredible worlds. She writes paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

The former college English teacher can often be found on twitter @Kristen_Painter or on Facebook at where she loves to interact with readers. She's also the co-founder of, an award-winning writers' forum. Sign up here: 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 dependants. She is represented by the Knight Agency.

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