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- Print Length: 286 pages
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- Publisher: Thornhill Print (December 4, 2011)
- Publication Date: December 4, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006ICFIZG
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The character development is what one would expect from a romance novel. The plot is entertaining, if a bit over the top at times. Even in the world of romance, which requires implausible characters and events, there were a few things that I had a hard time buying. The main character, Finn, is 29 years old, yet he's been married three times. If one assumes he didn't marry at age 16, this gives him an average of 3 years to court, marry and divorce each of his wives, all while putting in very long hours to learn and perfect his craft. That's some quick marrying. He's also managed to win three 3-star awards for his cutting edge restaurant, which is also quite remarkable.
The protagonist, Reine, quickly becomes a feature writer for a top newspaper at the age of 23. I would have believed these two characters more if they'd both been at least several years older. In addition, the idea of 'falling in love' after meeting someone once is far-fetched. An attraction, sure. A crush even. Groin-tingling lust. But love at first sight is...well, the provence of romance novels.
As for the plot, there must not be much news in Edinburgh if stories about a celebrity chef are front-page features for several months, with the top two newspapers in the city vying to outdo each other.
The book is amusing at times, with not-so-subtle references to actual celebrity chefs. I liked the Top Chef approach; reality gourmet cooking shows ARE all the rage these days. Overall, this book is an entertaining light read if you like romances that don't take themselves too seriously.
(Plot and subplots) The main plot deals with Finn, and his quest to be a three-star Michelin chef. His back story is that he's been divorced twice, and his third marriage is teetering. He needs to find work-life balance. (Yes, this supposedly exist in a parallel universe.) Anna needs to come to terms with her fathers death; she is closed off emotionally. Raine needs to decide if she wants to be a columnist or a "real" writer. Ross needs to decide if being duplicitous is worth the price he will eventually pay.
("Romance") There is suppose to be a romance triangle "brewing" (and the author even uses several coffee imagery here) between Finn and Raine and Ross. However, this is probably the weakest part of the book. Finn and Raine have some "chemistry," but they never go thru anything together that would cause their romance to blossom. The closest thing to a "reason" we get is that they both "looked hot in their jeans," albeit on different occasions. Ross supposedly has a crush on Raine too, but that has to be put on hold because of his career. He takes her on "dates," but these are almost always to leverage (if not outright use) her as a ticket to get into events he wouldn't be invited to w/o her. This could have been built into a solid love triangle, but never was.
The book is very readable; sentences flow smoothly, and the plot moves fluidly along. Plots and sub-plots are interwoven well--(and thank God there are some, I've read too many books lately that just hammer on one plot line for the entire 300+ pages--don't try it if you're not Hemingway, and who is!) So, if you're looking for one more "fun summer read" before the official start of fall, "reach" for this.
The editing certainly wasn't up to par in many places, but this only made something so bad just worse. If anyone calls this a page turner it will be because they were continually turning the page in the hope of finding something worth reading. The newspaper angle just didn't wash with me either. Those newspapers must have been pretty desperate rags if their front pages relied on the whereabouts of some arrogant chef who spat the dummy because his wife left him.
Not for me.
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