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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.
I think Meg Harding is in my brain at times and it’s the coolest thing I can think to have happen to me though she doesn’t know she is in my brain. I just think she is there because each time I read a new book from her, every one of my likes is checked off and she just nails it. She has quickly become one of my favorite authors.
So this book. It was really good and super full of sexy times mixed with a whole lot of food porn. Food porn is never a bad thing and the way the men in this book use food it oh so delectable.
So, to make a quick note of the set up: So, James is an important food critic for the New York Times and he gives a rather unfavorable review to L’amour Dans La Ville that Bastien owns. When James attends a bake sale with his brother and sister in law and formally meets Bastien the attraction to the fair skinned curly haired ginger with blue eyes is instatnt. When James learns the restaurant Basiten owns the doubt of anything happening sets in as James knows there is no way Bastien would give him a chance if he knew who James was. Goodness. I want to smack James a bit for listening to his family on what to do about Bastien and keeping his job from him and yet, I want to just sit back and let it all play out because what is life without a bit of drama? BORING… am I right?
He doesn’t know what he can do. If there even is anything to do. How would he feel if he were in Bastien’s place? He’d be pretty mad, probably. Wouldn’t ever want to talk to him again. This, he thinks, is all stuff he should have considered before he started this stupid farce.
When Bastien offers James a chance to dine at his restaurant, he doesn’t think he’ll take him up on the offer but then he shows up. He shows up and not only gives Bastien a chance, he gives his food a second chance and realizes that he made a mistake with his review.
Reviews… let me just take a moment and say reviewing this book makes me a bit anxious. I am a little odd with my reviews as I know I ramble and they are more of me talking than formally reviewing. You see, I mean, the whole story is based on a less than favorable review and how that plays into both men’s lives and relationships and while I know I loved this book, that I am not going to meet the author and fall in love, it’s still odd to find the words.
BUT… this was so damn good my anxiety can take a back seat. I adored the instant attraction between James and Bastien. I adored how much time they spent together and how their chemistry fly of the page and made me blush. Yeah, these two were hella sexy in and out of bed and when you add all the food into the mix? I am one satisfied ginger over here.
Yes, this relationship begins on an omission of career and yet, I am totally okay with that. I know that some have a firm line drawn in the sand when it comes to lies in romance but in real life, there are things you do keep from those you care about to not hurt them. Some you never let be known and others, you finally spill your guts for one reason or another so for me, James not telling Bastien what he does for his day job was okay and handled more than satisfactorily down the road.
I think it’s great you’re happy. I think it sucks it’s going to fall apart because you’re a moron.
The family interaction on the book just made me smile. Both men have amazing families and from what I have learned, this is the first book in a series based on James’ brothers… I wonder who we are gonna get next?
Now, there is some kink in this book and boy howdy did it heat up the pages. Yeah, it’s totally hot. I love that Bastien wants to capitulate to James and that James is more than willing to be all toppy. I loved that the kink was there but that it wasn’t overplayed and didn’t overwhelm the contemporary romance, more like it was the perfect seasoning to the perfect dish. Goodness, I promised myself I wouldn’t use food references in this but I just had to.
Dinner for One was a sweet, sexy and succulent romance. I adored the hell out of both men but have to give a hug to my fellow ginger Bastien for making James fall head over heels with all his wonderful ginger traits. I loved everything about this and hope that if you give it a try, you’ll love it too.