An absolutely delightful foursome of romances with a foodie twist

Recipe for RomanceRecipe for Romance by Ari McKay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What an absolutely delightful set of romances from the Ari McKay writing duo!

All previously released, I believe each has been tweaked and book one – Bay Leaves and Bachelors – certainly isn’t the same as the original as there were no fortune tellers in sight!

Instead, we’re offered up a restored historic plantation owner turned restaurateur and a historian and it’s a sweet read with just a little bit of tension caused by a meddling outsider.

I loved that Clay came to see that he wasn’t the boring, stiff historian he’d been accused of being by a former lover and I adored Rhys’ determination to see himself as a sexy and desirable man.

With Fennel and Forgiveness it was all about second chances, Max was determined to take the opportunity fate gave him when it threw him back in the path of his former lover Darius, now Maitre’ de at Montgomery House.

There’s lots of delicious tension here as it’s perfectly clear Darius is just as much in love with Max as he was seven years earlier and with a bit of meddling help from their friends, eventually they get their act together.

In Ginger and Gentlemen we get a really lovely best friends to lovers romance which stars executive chef Stephen Pierce’s little brother Ian and his business manager and friend Matt.

I loved this one, it had both the vibe of the friends to lovers scenario where each has feelings but doesn’t know how the other man feels and doesn’t want to risk the friendship, coupled with a side plot of estranged brothers reconnected.

Lots of emotional fireworks, a seemingly cursed TV show and a storm which breaks more than just the roof of Ian’s diner all add up into nice and spicy romance.

The best, imho, is saved for last when Cinnamon and Seduction finally sees Stephen realise he’s in love with his Personal Assistant Robert.

Robert’s been holding a torch for his boss since the day they met, but after seven years, he’s beginning to think nothing will ever change the way Stephen sees him until their friends start to run a campaign of interference.

This was fairly angsty for such a short story, packed with fears and insecurities but never too over the top and, while things could have been solved with a conversation, I did like the way the narrative allowed each man to reach their own awareness that they needed to fight for the other.

#ARC kindly received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review

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