Taste by Kris Bryant

I love reading romance novels. What I love about them is the story, yes, but also the tension, the pull of two people coming together. To me, there is a fine line of how much sex is to be had and when in the story this should happen. I tend to like the sexy time to be after the 50% mark, but there are books that I absolutely adore that are the total opposite. Why am I droning on about this you ask? Well, there are books that I read and Taste by Kris Bryant happens to be one where the story was doing pretty darn well, and then the bow chicka wow wow takes place and boom the book falls apart.

Katherine “Ki” Blake is finishing up her culinary degree. Ki has one last class to go before she graduates and becomes a chef. When she meets her new teacher, South African chef, Taryn Ellis, she is instantly attracted and can think of little else. Ki’s hot, Taryn’s hot and both give each other smoldering looks all class long. You get the drift. Add in the fact that teacher/student relationships are frowned upon and Taryn needs this job because the schedule works well for her, since she is the single mother to a six-year-old daughter. Conundrum!

Around the 35% mark, I thought the book was going pretty well. I thought some of the culinary topics were a little over detailed and the dishes were pretty simplistic for a chef. To much fried chicken talk. It felt very cooking showish. I can get past that, fine whatever. What I had trouble with is that this relationship is taboo while Ki is Taryn’s student. Fine, realize you are into each other, but wait eight weeks to do anything about it. Build the angsty tension. I love the angsty tension!!! Don’t show up at your teacher’s house for sex then cry about it when she turns you down, but then jump into the sack anyways! NO!!! Well then the book just became basically erotica. Lots of monkey sex. Lots of the p has two ss ends in y word. Is that sexy to people? It’s just not to me. Drop the F-bomb like a mother but leave the p and c words at home.

Overall the book is written fine. I liked Bryant’s last book but my personal tastes may have just not line up with Taste. There will be people that like this one, I did not hate it, it just didn’t float my boat. The plot was thin and the main characters lacked chemistry.

2.5 stars out of 5

by Kris Bryant
Link: https://amzn.com/162639718X


Whirlwind Romance by Kris Bryant

Tornadoes scare me to death. The city where I live literally had nine touch down in one day last month. Terrifying! So when Whirlwind Romance by Kris Bryant became available I was super intrigued. I want to read about tornadoes and romance, heck yes I do. So I did, all in one day.

The story is told through the first person perspective, through our main storm chaser & Oklahoma University college professor Tristan “Tris” Stark. Tris spends the majority of the spring and summer months chasing tornadoes across the plains with her BFF, Hunter and her dog, Maddox. So, basically Tris is a bad-ass, super smart, adventure junkie. I mean storm chasing is pretty darn cool, and if you live in tornado alley, you are very thankful for what these gals and guys do.

The other protagonist and romantic lead is Kate Brighten. Kate is a masters student at Oklahoma State (ugh oh rival schools) and is having her turn at storm chasing while on break from her studies. Kate is extremely quiet and very reserved. It takes chapters for Tris to pull even the most basic information from Miss Brighten. Tris on the other hand is an open book, overly talkative and guess what, she is instantly smitten with the beautiful, mysterious Kate. Literally, Kate is described as beautiful time and time again.

So tornadoes are chased, sexy time is made, accidents happen, information gets crossed, makeup sex and voilà we have a love connection that will last the span of time. I loved the premise of this book. I thought it was interesting and fun, and totally different from what is out there in this genre right now. Tornadoes, as scary as they can be, are also wildly fascinating. Incorporate that with romance and you have an interesting story. The problem that I had was Kate needed to be more than beautiful, it took forever to find out her story, and even then it was still pretty thin. Tris and Kate needed to have more dialogue between them in the first half of the book. I needed more than Kate is hot, to know why Tris would be interested and stay interested. Why was Kate interested in Tris? Less sex, more dialogue please!

Overall, this is a short book that is perfect if you need a few hours to escape. You probably will never re-read it but the time you spend with it will be exciting.

3 out of 5 stars

Whirlwind Romance
by Kris Bryant
Link: http://amzn.com/B01ATR903Q