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REVIEW: “A Taste of You” by Irene Preston



Hell’s Kitchen has nothing on the flames Giancarlo and Garrett ignite at Restaurant Ransom…

Garrett Ransom is America’s hot chef du jour. He has a Michelin-starred restaurant in New York City, a hit reality TV show, and a new man in his bed every week. Yes, he secretly thinks his business partner, Giancarlo “Carlo” Rotolo, is hotter than a ghost pepper, but he would never jeopardize their friendship with a fling. Then Garrett overhears some juicy gossip among the crew and realizes he’ll have to break Giancarlo’s cardinal rule, no banging the staff – for Carlo’s own good, of course. Just a taste of Carlo should be plenty. Long-term relationships aren’t on Garrett’s menu.

Giancarlo’s been in love with Garrett forever. He’s sure Garrett will eventually realize they are destined to be more than business partners. But when Garrett installs his latest boyfriend as their new chef d’cuisine and announces plans to leave Carlo in New York while he opens a second restaurant on the west coast, Carlo is forced to re-evaluate his life.

Can a high-strung British chef and a nice Italian boy from Brooklyn find the perfect fusion of fine-dining and family-style?


I think the premise of this book is one I’d typically enjoy. Best friends to lovers. Restaurant backdrop. Melding of two different types of people…a Brit and a Brooklynite. And the bare bones of the story was enjoyable for the most part.

Both the character of Carlo, an Italian with a big family, the brains & business behind the restauarants and Garrett, the transplated chef who becomes the face of the restaurant in front of the camera and a playboy behind it…are interesting and likable enough.

The hardest part of me about this entire book was it was just entirely too much telling. Page after page we’re stuck in Carlo’s head and listening to him go on and on. And for every 5 chapters of tell, there’s 1 chapter of actually showing. Possibly that my own pet peeve, but it was really starting to wear me down.

Though I was invested in seeing them to their HEA, I really struggled with tempation to skim.

I’d say all in all, it’s a decent read. I didn’t love it…it was ok.




22921469Title: A Taste of You
Author: Irene Preston
Publisher: Fated Desires Publishing
Pages: 146 
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Purchase Links: Amazon, ARe

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