Rules of the Chef by Nicole Dennis ~ Review by Brandilyn

Rules of the Chef

Title: Rules of the Chef (Southern Charm #1)

Author: Nicole Dennis

Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing

My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

When hotelier Samuel Ashford arrives to change things, Southern Charm chef Dakota Mitchell fights against it and nothing will be the same.

Learning about the sale of his beloved home – The Southern Charm, chef and co-owner Dakota Mitchell is having a hard time with the potential changes. He wants nothing else to alter.

Chosen by his family’s company Ashford Hotels to re-create the Charm into the latest chain of boutique hotels, Samuel Ashford enters the Deep South. Inside the overgrown, run down appearance, he learns the Charm is run by people who care and love the building, the delicious food, and their guests.

Can these two put aside differences and arguments to save the Charm? Even if it means they find a little love along the way.

My View

Rules of the Chef is a relatively low-angst, quick read that sets you up for an enjoyable series. Book one of Nicole Dennis’ Southern Charm series pairs a hard working and loyal chef, Dakota, with the son and heir apparent to the hotel chain that just bought out half of his business, Samuel. Their initial meeting is a comedy of errors and, they are more enemies than grudging business partners. Predictably, that changes as they work together (this is a romance after all).

There was little mystery with this pairing and this story. You knew who the pairing was from the start; you could guess most of how the pairing would go down. The one mystery that was presented was left open for solving later in the series. We were introduced to an interesting cast of characters, whom I look forward to getting to know better as the series progresses.

Dakota is alone, and I want to know why. Dakota has an interesting name, and I want to know why. Samuel is not a spoiled rich kid, and I want to know how. In essence, I just want to know MORE about these characters. I know how they deal with current issues. I know that they care for each other, and I want to see where life takes them. At the same time, I want to know more about THEM. I look forward to the rest of the series as we get to know all the characters in this charming little B&B and southern town. 

Buy Links:

Totally Bound Publishing

I would like to thank Nicole Dennis for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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