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Scrumptious Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2012

4.1 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Sexy Chefs Series

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Editorial Reviews

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"In the small but expanding niche of foodie romance, Usen's debut rules the kitchen with lip-smacking prose and rowdy protagonists who put Iron Chef to shame." - Publishers Weekly

"The resulting literary dish is a smart, sexy, simply irresistible contemporary romance." - Booklist

"RT Rating: 4/5 Stars The title perfectly summarizes the feel of this book. Both the main characters and the culinary dishes are described in such a way that readers can practically taste, see and feel every word. Usen has a way with words and it translates to a solid storyline with great sex scenes." - RT Book Reviews

"Overall, I enjoyed this book. The details about the inner-workings of a restaurant kitchen were done brilliantly without bogging down the story at all which was amazing to me, because there is a lot of detail in this book about cooking, prep work, and how a kitchen staff flows within a restaurant." - Smitten with Reading

"It is an absolute winner that delights on every level. RECOMMENDED READ 4/5 Stars" - Romance Novel News

"I loved the details of the restaurant life and how they created their culinary masterpieces. The side story of someone sabotaging the restaurant was very intriguing and had me guessing until the absolute end. I can't wait to read more from this author because she kept me captivated up until the very end and I absolutely adored her characters. NIGHT OWL REVIEWS TOP PICK" - Night Owl Reviews

"SCRUMPTIOUS delivers a yummy treat for the senses and the imagination!" - The Romance Reviews

"All in all, it was heart-warming, and funny and I would definitely read another release by Amanda Usen." - A Tasty Read

"I rate it 4 out of 5 stars" - I Read, I Think, I Share

"I plan on reading more by Amanda Usen, if she continues to combine her love of cooking and romance, I enjoyed this unique combination." - Forever Book Lover

About the Author

Amanda Usen knows two things for certain: chocolate cheesecake is good for breakfast and a hot chef can steal your heart. Her husband stole hers the first day of class at the Culinary Institute of America. They live in Western New York with their three children and an ancient beagle.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Original edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402259824
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402259821
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,019,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Amanda Usen knows two things for certain: chocolate cheesecake is good for breakfast, and a hot chef can steal your heart. Her husband stole hers the first day of class at the Culinary Institute of America. They live in Western New York with their three children, one gerbil, four fish, a tortoise, and a beagle. Amanda spends her days teaching pastry arts classes and her nights writing sexy contemporary romance. If she isn't baking or writing, she can usually be found reading a book and trying to get out of cooking dinner.

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Customer Reviews

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By Amanda on January 10, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Umm, hello, it's a book about a hot guy and food...I loved it! You can't go wrong with the combo.

Things are starting to look up for Marlene in the beginning. Her best friends cheating sorry excuse for a chef husband was finally caught in the act and fired on the spot and the man she has been lusting over since Olivia, her best friend, introduced them is coming into town. Her night takes a turn when she try's to make the move on Joe and he shuts her down. Apparently he no longer does the `sleeping around' thing. He promised his dying mother `no more sluts' and that we would finally settle down. Of course this causes a bit of a problem for a couple reasons.

One- Olivia just named Joe head chef until she can find someone more permanent.
Marlene has practically dedicated her life to Olivia and her family's restaurant Chameleon. They took her in when Marlene's family failed to be there for her and gave her a job. When it came time for college Olivia went off to chef school while Marlene stayed back to support the restaurant and worked her way up. Olivia got the education in a classroom and a crappy husband with a gambling problem while Marlene got real kitchen experience and is probably the best for the job that Olivia just gave to Joe. Having a friend that doesn't believe in you and a man who thinks your a slut and flaky is bound to make any girl upset.
Two- Joe basically just called her a slut.
Why is this a problem? Well, what girl wants to be called a slut. Guys can do it, but girls can't? Hmm... that doesn't seem right. Plus, there is nothing wrong with Marlene going after what she wants. She is a single, successful and confident woman. Why shouldn't she go after a man who she wants and who so obviously wants her?

If you can't stand the heat..
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Format: Kindle Edition
Scrumptious had the potential to be a fun, sexy romance. I don't normally read romance novels where food is a big part of the plot, but I decided to give Scrumptious a chance because of the blurb and the cover. I really wanted to like this book but I had serious issues with two of the main characters and these issues ruined the book for me.

Marlene has been working at Chameleon since she was teen alongside her best friend, Olivia. Olivia's family owns the restaurant and took Marlene under their wing. While Olivia was off at culinary school for two years, Marlene ran Chameleon. Olivia then marries Keith and makes him the chef and to be in charge of the line, in essence exiling Marlene to the bake shop. When Olivia catches Keith cheating on the premises with an employee, she immediately fires him (even though he has been a total screw up since he got the chef gig at Chameleon). Olivia calls her good friend, Joe, and asks him to temporarily be chef while she looks for one to replace Keith. When Marlene and Joe are introduced, there's instant chemistry. Marlene wants to take a tumble with Joe but Joe is interested but doesn't want to give in. He made a promise to his dying mother that he will no longer date "sluts." And this is where Scrumptious started to lose me.

The ongoing theme throughout Scrumptious is the huge double standard. Joe is an admitted "man whore" who prefers one-night stands to relationships. Thanks to her daddy issues and a mother who is looking for husband #5, Marlene doesn't want to be in a relationship. She is a sexual woman, is confident in her sexuality and makes no apologies for it. But throughout Scrumptious, she is thought of by Joe and others as a slut. This thoroughly disgusted me the entire I was reading it.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I selected this book after devouring, and I mean inhaling like the books would self-destruct, Louisa Edwards's Rising Star Chef series. The synopsis sounded like a cute, fun book. And since there was sure to be at least one hot chef, I took the plunge. Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed.

Marlene and Joe don't get along in the beginning. The antagonistic relationship between the two of them was humorous and endearing at the same time. It was obvious that they were perfect for each other, and fun watching them figure it out. Marlene is a head strong heroine who doesn't want to let her best friend walk over her again, but can't seem to find a nice way to stop it from happening. She's worked in Olivia's kitchen for years, but Olivia seems to overlook Marly's natural talent. When Olivia brings in Joe to help out Marly tries to show him up by setting Joe up to fail. Unfortunately, it makes her look worse and adds doubt to Olivia's worries. Doubt that Marly can be the head chef of the restaurant. But Joe doesn't miss Marly's talent.

Once Joe and Marly begin working together they not only find the chemistry they share to be undeniable, but they are able to help Olivia in ways other than just keeping the restaurant running. Together they solve the sabotage mystery caused by Olivia's ex and learn secrets about each other. There's more to Joe than meets the eye, and following Marly as she figures this out not only made my heart open to Joe, but hope for the best for Marly. Thank goodness romances guarantee some kind of happily ever after (or for now)!

This is a great read, especially if like a little food added in. Marly and Joe are perfect for each other, and the journey they take to figure that out isn't one to miss. I'd recommend this book for sure!

P.S. Even if you aren't crazy about the whole cooking, chef thing, there's enough "other" in the book you're sure to be hooked.
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