- File Size: 812 KB
- Print Length: 197 pages
- Publisher: Hallmark Publishing (December 26, 2017)
- Publication Date: December 26, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077V7QT7F
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,818 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
A Dash Of Love: Based on the Hallmark Channel Original Movie Kindle Edition
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Paul has been the executive chef at Holly Hansen's fine restaurant for five years. He loves being a Cordon Bleu chef, even though the food & menu have been uninspired for some time. Holly nixes any ideas he has & makes him feel foolish for even suggesting them. A bad review from a customer has him feeling discouraged, even though he agreed in his heart with what the customer said. He hates to leave his job & his mentor but what should he do?
I loved these characters! Nikki & Paul are complete opposites even thought they both like to cook. Nikki is open, honest & friendly while Paul is closed down, private & moody. The interactions between them were at times sweet & at time hilarious. The supporting characters invoke emotion in the readers & provide depth & dimension. This is a really nice, sweet romance with a little drama.
Paul is a Cordon Bleu graduate and has been Holly’s Executive Chef for the past five years: a job that he does very well, even as Hope’s refusal to consider ‘tweaking’ bland recipes or allowing him a dish on the menu have stifled his love for the job. He knows that there are tensions between Holly and her major investor Henry – the restaurant isn’t busy enough and it is obvious to everyone. When he meets Nikki, having a glass of wine and the cassoulet that he wants to tweak as she waits for her roommate – their conversation only serves to enforce his own doubts about the dish, even as it hurts his feelings. But when Nikki arrives as Holly’s ‘assistant’ the next day – he’s floored.
Nikki is wonderfully open and friendly, with a true sense of warmth that infects everyone around her. Her instinctual approach to cooking, combined with her ability to elevate even simple foods is a revelation – to no one more than Hope who, after locking her in the restaurant after hours on her first day, discovers her cooking a meal – and her plan is born. Holly needs new recipes to bring in diners – Nikki is thrilled to be there with the stars in her eyes, eagerness to please and excitement in being in Holly’s presence. Perhaps she can spin this new assistant along for recipes and rework of her restaurant – before firing her (of course) without revealing who actually made the food.
The romance here between Nikki and Paul is sweet – slow to burn and full of moments of miscommunication: his own frustrations with her ‘helping’ to see he and his parents reunited and her own inability to share her deepest thoughts as her ex was ‘not interested in her pipe dreams’ all lead to more confusion and back and forth than is truly necessary. With insets about food and flavors, moments of giving back and moving forward and a huge bombshell dropped by Holly in a last-ditch ‘hide the secret’ moment: the story brings Paul and Holly together as they should have been all along. Sweet and clever with character development that tugs at your “I want to know more” string – this is a quick read sure to leave you with a smile.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
And then you have Holly Hanson. She is the villainess? Bad guy? Antagonist? She’s the one who has it all, yet does something clearly wrong because she sees something she wants that Nikki has. But wait, then you get this little moment when the narration flips to her point of view and you almost feel sorry for her. Almost. Then you see what she’s willing to do to get what she wants and that empathy goes right out the window.
Let’s talk about Nikki and Paul. For most of the book, you have flirting, a mutual love of cooking, and the perfect culinary team. Does it turn into more? Does it stay the same? Well, if I told you that, there wouldn’t be much point in reading the book, would there?
I love the depth these characters were given in what really didn’t seem like a long book. I knew enough about Nikki and her passion for cooking to really want her to succeed. Likewise, Paul’s family troubles were grounded enough in the book that I felt for him, as well. They were full, well-constructed characters.
This one sneaks in at the end of the year but has made it onto my Top 17 of 2017 list. Definitely a favorite 🙂 and one I will be revisiting in 2018 (after watching the movie it’s based off of!)
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