Title: Dinner For One (The Carlisles #1)
Author: Meg Harding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 13, 2016
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Bastien isn’t used to bad reviews. His French restaurant is the toast of the town, and when a well-known critic insults it, he’s left off-kilter. Luckily for him he’s found a distraction. He’s just met an attractive writer at his niece’s school bake sale. He’s into food, into Bastien and the touch of kink they share, and there’s a chemistry between them that might make the perfect recipe.
James isn’t expecting to meet a good-looking French chef at a bake sale, but he’s not going to let the chance slide. It comes as a surprise when the chef turns out to be the owner of a place he knows—and has reviewed—and it puts James in a sticky situation. So he might have to omit some pertinent information to make it work… at least for now.
So promising. This was a 4.5 – 5 star read for the first 60% of this book. I was all smiles at being introduced to this gem.
The blurb says it all, so I won’t rehash it, but I LOVED the relationship build with these two. The banter, the awkwardness, the sex! It was all so well written. Simple but amazing. When these two flirt, it’s all shy smiles and cuteness galore, but when the clothes come off…..holy hell, they light the sheets on fire. I was fanning myself.
So of course I was expecting what happened at 60%. This isn’t a spoiler since the blurb fully prepares you for it. But it was like the story came to this abrupt halt. And then it dragged. And dragged. AND DRAGGED.
All of the magic that I had been riding on for the first part of the book was kinda gone. It wasn’t bad, mind you. It was still cutish. But it was boring and had lost its luster.
I got my HEA. I lost my smoking hot smexy times. I lost my banter. I lost my awesome relationship-build, until it picked back up again after the 90% mark.
So I have to deduct a star for that nonsense. Otherwise, I do highly recommend this story, and I will be on the lookout for other books by this author. I really enjoyed the writing. And man, can she write a sex scene. Cheers!