Author: EM Lynley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
A Novel in the Delectable Series
Cordon Bleu-trained chef Riley Emerson arrives in Aspen, Colorado for a summer at the best restaurant in town, only to discover his jerk of a boyfriend has dumped him, leaving his heart and his plans in tatters. Doubting himself and longing for a change of pace, he takes a low-paying position at the Rocking Z guest ranch, though he expects nature up close and personal won’t hold a candle to his exciting Paris lifestyle.
When born-and-bred cattle rancher Colby Zane spots a newcomer being pawed at by a passel of horny cowboys at Aspen’s Club Rawhide, he rushes in, throws the guy over his shoulder, and rescues him. Sober, Riley Emerson is sweet and sexy, but not interested in more than a one-night stand. Still, Colby’s over the moon when Riley later arrives as the new cook on his family’s ranch.
But all’s not well at the Rocking Z. Unsurmountable financial problems force them to seek a cash infusion from outside investor Fitz Wellington. Fitz is hot for Colby, and he won’t sign on the dotted line without some very personal incentives. The future of the ranch is at stake, and Colby’s just that desperate, but saving the Z might mean losing Riley.
Maybe I am getting jaded. Maybe too many authors are writing specifically to formula, but I am reading more and more stories that are well written, but just don’t grab me and drag me along for the ride.
Sadly, Spaghetti Western by EM Lynley falls into the category for me. From the opening scene with the main character surprising the boyfriend mid thrust to the ending where they (figuratively) ride off into the sunset together, there wasn’t a single event in the story that I didn’t find predictable.
Spaghetti Western is the fifth book in the Delectable series from EM Lynley. I have only read one other title in the series, and I can say with confidence that it can be read as a stand-alone title. We meet Le Cordon Bleu trained chef and trust-fund baby Riley Emerson on his way to his new life in Aspen Colorado, playground of the rich and famous. Instead, he hooks up with a cowboy and ends up on his ranch as the head chef. Throw in a secret relationship, meddling family and coworkers, and the obligatory baddy who wasn’t anything but annoying and transparent, making those around him even more obtuse, and I had a hard time getting through the story.
The one bonus is the 10+ pages of recipes at the end of the story. So when this book makes you hungry, as it did me, you can make some of your own mouthwatering dishes.
If you like an out of his element city boy paired with a hot cowboy, pick up Spaghetti Western.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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