Title: Taste on my Tongue
Author: Beth Bolden
Release Date: 15th August, 2017
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3.75 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5
Almost pop-star Landon Patton has just turned a corner on the worst two years of his life: dropped by his label and dumped by his ungrateful ex-boyfriend. However, his new agent’s brilliant plan for Landon’s superstardom doesn’t have anything to do with his music – it’s called Kitchen Wars, and it’s the hottest new reality show on TV.
Landon wishes he could have nothing to do with it.
Since the first morning he mixed flour and water, Quentin Maxwell knew he wanted to be a baker. After becoming the pastry chef at a popular LA bakery, anyone else might be satisfied. But Quen wants to call his own shots. Going on Kitchen Wars to win the money for his own bakery seems like a huge risk, but maybe it’s worth it.
They’re an unlikely pair. Landon can’t even figure out how to turn an oven on, while Quentin makes his living with one. But with each passing week on Kitchen Wars, they discover what a great team they make – on set, off set, and between the sheets.
Winning should be everything, but what happens when the tastiest pairing is their own?
“Taste on my Tongue” by Beth Bolden is a fun and sweet romance with a reality show setting which I enjoyed a lot. I am not much into reality TV but I love music and food and this book combines these specific two elements to create a very sweet and engaging romance, which was delightful.
Landon Patton was a former contestant of ‘The Voice’ but since then he had his downfalls after his coming out, as his record label dumps him and his ex-boyfriend leaves him. He needs to restore his status to hip and happening again if he wants to make his dream of becoming a pop star come true in the near future. And apparently the best way to get back on the masses radar is participating in the hottest reality show on TV, ‘The kitchen Wars’.
Landon knows absolutely zilch about cooking and he will be so totally out of his element in a cooking show but that’s until he meets his partner, baker Quentin Maxwell and suddenly the ordeal of cutting vegetables and learning to cook is not so gruesome at all. The attraction is there from the moment they meet. Quentin has a crush on Landon and Landon is not too far away as their first day together comes to an end.
Along with cooking, as the partners fight off the other contestants in a food pow-wow, both Landon and Quentin fall in love as they get to know each other more and understand that they are just ‘The One’ for each other.
It was not exactly ‘Love at first sight’ but the vibe was definitely there as the love and the emotions develop pretty quickly in the story. I for one did not have any qualms with the progress of the relationship. Sometimes love happens without any delay at all and u just have to go with the flow. I loved their chemistry and especially Quentin’s patient nature to nurture their relationship without pushing Landon too far too fast.
“I love you. Not sometimes. Not only if you do stuff I like. All the time, Landon.”
Their bond was very strong and you could really feel it when they rely on each other as the pressure of the show starts to be too much. They made the most sweetest reel-life/real-life couple who you just know will last forever.
“Landon thinks he’s been in love before, but it never felt like this with another man before. Every moment, every touch, every frisson of pleasure is more somehow, and being in love hasn’t changed anything; it still feels like more.”
The reality show is a very important part of the story and every episode of Landon and Quentin fighting towards their goal to win the ultimate prize, is detailed nicely complete with the heart-pounding anxiety while waiting for the judge’s results. It was like watching a reality show itself and I loved how the author ended the whole thing which was very realistic as well as an absolute happy ending for each party involved.
All in all, this was a very engaging and enjoyable read. The romance was equally steamy and sweet without any overwrought angst. I just felt the characters should had a little more history to add more depth to them but it was not major enough to deter me from liking them. Landon and Quentin meshed really well together and I really enjoyed reading their ‘deliciously-foody’ journey towards an awesome HEA!!!