Clare Lydon has once again succeeded in making me smile, and fall head over heels with her adorable characters. This British rom-com makes for a charming read.
Alice Di Santo has a monstrous crush on one of her close friends. She daydreams about Rachel all the time. One big problem, Alice is currently in a relationship with Jake, and has been for some time now. Until Alice met Rachel she had always thought of herself as straight. For months she has felt herself pull away from her deliriously nice boyfriend to become more and more stressed about her feelings for another woman. She has no choice but to let Jake go, he deserves better than she can give him.
The London Of Us is written in the first person from Alice’s point of view so everything really focuses on her emotions, and she has a lot of them. Alice is a good person going through a lot. The book is full of the complications that Alice occurs as she admits her feeling for Rachel and ends her relationship of a year and a half. This book is full of smart dialogue, sexy love scenes, the wistful hope of finding your soulmate.
4 out of 5 stars
The London Of Us (London Romance Series Book 4)
by Clare Lydon
Rachel Spangler is one of the really good writers in this genre. She knows how make a romance jump off the pages, and has well-developed characters and plots. Add in the setting of a food truck chef meets and spars with an uppity banker and you have the makings for an interesting read. Right?
Hal Orion owns and runs a local Buffalo food truck. Her specialty is sandwiches loaded with unusual pairings and loaded with cheese. Hal hasn’t had the easy road in life, a product of the foster care system via a drug addicted mother, Hal doesn’t trust easily. She literally let know one below the surface other than best friend and employee, Sully. You can’t miss what you never had, is basically Hal’s life’s mantra.
Quinn Banning is an investment banker. She’s a no-nonsense kind of woman, who sets her sight on a goal and drives like mad till she gets it all the while wearing an Armani suit and pumps. She has her sights set on opening a one of a kind restaurant in Buffalo that will give the community something unique and flavorful. Hal is the chef she needs to jump-start her dream.
The book begins with Hal and Quinn having an epic clash, neither seeing eye to eye and starting off on the wrong foot. As the story progresses both ladies are basically a thorn in the other’s side with underlying sexual attraction. This is definitely a case of opposites attract. While the story was set up for a wild ride of excitement, sadly the romance just fell flat to me. After a while, it just felt like we were beating a dead horse to death and neither of these characters in real life would have anything to do with the other. I like each character fine but as a couple, it became forced. Hal lashed out on too many times and you would have to be a saint to keep going back for more.
If you are a foodie you will love the descriptions of sandwiches and dishes Hal whips up. Even a non-foodie like me was intrigued. Overall this a pretty good book, I don’t think its Spangler’s best but you will definitely get your money’s worth.
3.25 out of 5 stars
- Publisher: Bywater Books
by Rachel Spangler
I was drawn to this book by the cover. It was cool, it was different and I thought why not. I like vampires! Chefs are badass! So let’s give Have a Bite a role.
Delphine Bouchard is chef and a vampire. You of course already know this but, hey I had to start somewhere. This vamp she eats, she drinks and she creates culinary masterpieces at her ultra-cool Brooklyn restaurant, Vie Sang. Del avoids love and relationships at all cost. She prefers quick hookups with groupies and vampire submissives. Quick, easy, no mess at all, that is her style. All of this changes, well kind of, when she meets and instantly falls head of heels for another vampire, Jocelyn.
To be honest I expected more from this book based on its premise than what was delivered. The book at times is a little bit confusing when all of the characters, food descriptions and the evil food critic wanting to destroy Del’s life. A lot is happening in a very short amount of space. Jocelyn, Del’s main love interest is virtually unknown other than meeting Del and making her rethink her vow to never fall in love again. I guess in terms of romance if someone affected you that much, why would you continuously hook up with random strangers. Obviously I can get it to some extent, but in terms of the story I felt it left me a little cold toward the character of Delphine. The action was lacking, the romance was missing and overall none of the characters were developed enough to really make you understand their actions or root for their success.
2.5 out of 5 stars
- Publisher: Ylva Publishing
Have a Bite (The Vampires of Brooklyn Chronicles Book 1)
by R.G. Emanuelle