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Cooking with Kandy Paperback – April 4, 2017
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Peggy Jaeger. I loved the book & thoroughly
enjoyed reading it. If you love Romance Suspense, this is the book for you.
It is a wonderful love story about Kandy & Josh.
She is a famous, & successful celebrity chef.
But, strange & dangerous accidents, & horrible phone calls, kept happening to her.
Kandy's cousin/personal assistant Stacy,
hires Josh, who is a private investigator/
body guard to watch over her.
The book draws you in from page one. The twist & turns of the story, keeps you guessing, who it
is, till the last page.
A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE!!!
I liked how the harassment case was built and plotted. The escalating attacks and the tension heightening brought a different kind of energy to the story. The intensity escalated, the threats being severe, and with so many people around Kandy, the guilty was kept hidden amongst the crowd till the end.
I love when food and romance are mixed together, my two favorite things! The author knew what she was talking about when it came to Kandy's actions in the kitchen. It was a joy to read about her creations and prep work. The story showed the sensual and intimate side of cooking while Kandy was in the kitchen working with Josh, I enjoyed how those details were highlighted.
The details are plentiful throughout the story, and maybe the escalating tension from the suspense would have been even more intense if Kandy and Josh wouldn't have been cleaning the kitchen so often with every move listed. It was a bit distracting to know every time when they were setting or clearing the table, and when doing the dishes, and where they put the plates...
The attraction between Kandy and Josh was evident to everyone around them. I enjoyed the fervor and fire that was in the air when they were in the same space. Josh was a great wounded hero. He had a past of disappointments and hurt, yet he was driven, confident, and kind. His bossiness was equal to Kandy's, and the clashes between their power struggles brought up the passion to another height. There were times I wished Josh could have communicated more clearly to save others around him from unnecessary hurt and turmoil, but his intentions were never harmful, more like honorable.
Kandy was as driven as Josh, they were a lot alike, but Kandy's personal character development was noticeable in the story. She learned to see people around her in a new light, from a different point of view, and she took a note and corrected her fierce and dominant actions.
Cooking With Kandy is an entertaining, fun, flirtatious story where family matters above anything else, where love hits you like a lightning and changes your life. There is danger, there are threats and a big family meddling. There is cooking, great food, passion for love and life, and to everything that really matters in life. A marvelous mix of chilling mystery, frightening threats, joie de vivre, enthusiasm for life, love, and devotion.
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
*Thankful for the NetGalley eARC for feeding my reading addiction*
First let me say, I'm not a fan of this cover art. I don't think it does either of the main characters justice. Reading the story, I imagined them both slightly older. Kandy's hair should be darker, her curves more pronounced. Josh should be rougher, with more planes and angles... and bigger biceps. Much bigger. But on to the actual story and writing.
Kandy Laine is a celebrity chef who's written a few best selling cookbooks and has the top rated cooking show on television. She's the oldest daughter in a tight knit yet slightly dysfunctional family, and takes pride in the fact that her relatives all pull their weight in her food-based empire.
Success breeds envy, though, and someone has been threatening her... so her cousin, who is also her personal assistant and planner and right-hand woman, decides to hire a private investigator to figure out if its simple harassment or something more. Enter Josh Keane, an ex-cop turned PI who takes the bodyguard/investigative position.
Sparks immediately fly between them as the tension quickly ratchets up. The harassment turns from annoying to dangerous and Josh becomes Kandy's shadow to keep her safe. Kandy feels the heat in his every look, despite his insistence on keeping his distance. But will he be able to keep his focus on his job and keep her safe?
Told in alternating points of view, the story moves at a satisfying pace, with lots and lots of sensual tension sizzling between the main characters. The cast of characters and multiple red herrings reminded me of some of Jennifer Crusie's romantic suspense novels. Humor, heart, and sizzle wrapped into a puzzle to be solved.
If you like a touch of suspense with your romantic tension, give this novel and this series a try. You will totally be glad you did.