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-- San Francisco Book Review
- ASIN : B077TKLBDD
- Publisher : Sojourner Books (November 29, 2017)
- Publication date : November 29, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1664 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 297 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,148,776 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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However, Gina is deeply ambiguous about her budding relationship with Leon, especially since he previously dated her friend, Christi. Leon continues to dismiss Gina’s concerns, even after Christi assaults Gina in a jealous rage. Gina also has to contend with jealousy from other women, who envy her beauty and the fact that men are so easily drawn to her. Though I was initially concerned that Leon would end up assaulting Gina, it turns out to be women who are the real threat.
The book does not flinch from describing how vicious women can be towards other women, especially when there is a wealthy and handsome man involved. This turns out to be a major source of conflict in the book, which kept me engrossed throughout.
I enjoyed the setting, as I’ve known a few people who worked in the very fine dining industry, and I felt like the characters were actually pretty believable, if a little negatively portrayed. I wish the food angle had been explored a little more. It might have added a little more depth to Gina, which would have redeemed her a little. Brent was likeable and relatable, and the hope that they’d figure it out together is what kept me reading.
The writing itself is very good. Journey doesn’t waste a lot of time, getting right into the description and details. I didn’t notice any big continuity errors and it appears to be edited well, which is not always the case with a new or indie author. Although I didn’t particularly enjoy it, it was a well written suspense with a little romance thrown in. If that’s your thing, you’ll probably like it.
All of that sounds terribly negative, and there is a level of disappointment in mind numbingly formulaic genre novels, but Journey's style of writing has the ability to make you forget to be irritated. Before you know it, you've devoured Sugar and Spice. It is a romance book for romance book lovers, no pun intended.
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The reader meets Gina a girl with a heart of gold that sadly can't read people all that well. She is a character that the reader can easily empathise with. She comes from humble surroundings that saw her grow up in a loving family and learned to cook from her grandpa's recipes and her mother's guidance. She wanted to be a chef from a young age and lands a fabulous job as a sous chef in a Michelin stared restaurant in San Francisco. However like most romances there's a love triangle, jealous frenemies and Gina finding herself in danger!
Don't want to give it away but a good read. I look forward to experiencing more of Evy Journey's work.
Gina is a character everyone can relate to. She grew up poor in a loving family and chooses to walk away from an early marriage proposal that would lead her to an expected life to embrace a demanding career as a chef. The demands of working under a top chef in a high-end restaurant leave her little time for a personal life, which she is fine with.
Then two men come into her life. One a reserved detective - Brent - who is illusive and hard to read. Her soul is drawn to this handsome man, but he doesn't seem to offer any encouragement or hope.
The other - Leon - is a rich, charming restaurant customer who slowly wears her down with his constant attention and draws her into his world. Although he is a playboy by reputation, she throws caution to the wind so she can see how the other half lives. However, a previous phantom girlfriend is jealous and begins to send Gina threats. Is her life in danger? And Leon's father isn't excited about his son's relationship with someone of her social status. Will he throw a wrench in their plans to wed?
An enjoyable read to curl up with over a cuppa that offers a little bit of everything - cooking, intrigue,mystery, danger and love.