- Paperback: 502 pages
- Publisher: Brisk Press (December 22, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 099667747X
- ISBN-13: 978-0996677479
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.7 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,480,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If the book took a more positive tone or had the core relationship develop in a healthy way after the half way point, I think I would have given this book a 4 or a 5. After all, the writing and characters were simply superb. The two main women were unique and each of them had a variety of strengths as well as flaws. The sexual scenes between them (at least at first) were captivating - with the desire the two women felt for each other shining through. Even the way the author described things like food was exquisite - with the reader being able to truly see just how passionate these people were towards it.
Unfortunately, the drama just kept on coming in ways I found especially unpleasant - the biggest of which revolved around the broken communication trope. Basically, people end up not sharing what they're thinking / feeling and small things get blown out of proportion. The last quarter of the book took this to the extreme (spoiler on Goodreads if you're interested). I actually found myself losing interest in the core relationship because of how childish these women were acting. The author made some attempt at explaining this by giving one character a pretty tragic background story that involved underage sex with a teacher and betrayal by her family - but it just didn't work for me. By the time the happily ever after rolled around, I just didn't feel connected to the book or the characters anymore.
If you're the type of person who loves lots of drama / emotion throughout a book and can deal with reading about people who have no idea how to communicate, then I think you'll really like this book - especially if you're looking for something different. Not only will you get a book whose plot is unlike most lesbian romance stories, but you'll also get exposed to a variety of realistic situations lesbian women have to face both in life outside of work and in the food industry. That being said, if you're the type of person, like me, who wants a bit of fluff as well as characters that can actually share their thoughts / feelings with one another - you may want to look elsewhere.
Written from Emily's perspective, this is a long novel by Meagher which delves into the lives to two strong, clever and passionate women. Meagher has written nearly 40 books, all lesbian romances, so she has plenty of form in this genre. What is so astonishing is just how good her books are, and this one is very possibly the best of the ones I've read so far.
Meagher explores the minutiae of running a professional kitchen, and what it must be like to chef in various places. I'm not a foodie, but the descriptions were rich with texture and flavour, but never overwhelming to the senses. Too much detail and it slows down the action, and too little and there is no sense of time or place. This is a hard line to walk, and Meagher has completely pulled it off here.
The detail of Emily's life in a kitchen, and working closely with Blake, allows for a more natural development of attraction, and a stronger connection between the two women. However, it also leaves room for Meagher to give the women significant difficulties to overcome, in both their professional and personal lives. I have to say, the plot twist that pushes the story into the second act was gut wrenching, and I never would have picked it.
What I really loved, and what made this book so special, was the way the two characters interacted. The action and the conversation was so well handled, as was the release of backstory to explain the behaviour of the two main protagonists. It was all so well handled by Meagher.
I fell a little in love with both characters, for different reasons, and really wanted to spend more time with them. This is not a short book, but I felt compelled to keep reading because I simply wanted to be in their company, and in their world. I feel a bit bereft now that I've finished the book. For the first time in decades, I'm seriously considering starting to read the book again the day after I finished it.
Quite simply, I don't want to leave these characters, and the world Meagher has so careful crafted for them. This is a ripper of a read. Enjoy.
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