320 pages, paperback
Available now (Jan. 2012)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley
Joe Rafferty is just as mouthwatering as the food he cooks. But if he thinks he's going to waltz in and take over her kitchen, he's denser than a thick slice of chocolate ripple cheesecake. Marly has invested too much of her life in Chameleon to hand off the restaurant to someone else—especially a cocky–as–all–get–out superstar chef. But there's no denying the man knows how to light her fire. Question is: Can she have the sizzle without feeling the burn?
Sometimes you just need a really good contemporary romance and SCRUMPTIOUS delivers. I mean, the name alone calls up sumptuous meals filled with flavor, fruit tartlets, chocolate ganache cake, vanilla bean cheesecake, and other delectable delights. Hungry yet?
Wait until you get in the kitchen with Joe Rafferty, hottie chef extraordinaire. You'll want to lick it, suck it, slam it all over the place. A known womanizer (reformed, thanks to his mother's dying wish), Joe blows into town and sweeps Marly off her clog-covered feet. Except he's reformed and, as much as she wants to sleep with him and he wants to get it on with her, he's just saying no...until she can change his mind.
What I really liked about this story is that Marly is unapologetically sexual--she uses men for her own pleasure and purposes then moves on with her life, leaving them sobbing in her dust. Joe is also very sexual, a string of very satisfied women in his wake, but, after losing his mom to breast cancer, he's trying to be a better guy. There's none of that innocent virgin or inexperienced stuff going on in this book--Marly even pulls out her vibrator to take care of her needs. Go Marly!
Besides all the fabulous tension and back-and-forth between Joe and Marly, there's the heat in the kitchen. Olivia, the restaurant's owner and Marly's best friend, finds her husband giving it to the bartender and sends him packing. Soon after, a string of strange incidents in the kitchen make life difficult for them all--and it's not the almost-ex doing the damage.
A loser soon-to-be-ex-husband, a super-busy kitchen, surprise health inspections and food critics, and connections to the mob make this a fun and fast read. Oh, and don't forget the sizzle between Joe and Marly!