Author: Meg Harding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/13/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
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 love books about food, and I also love books where we know something that the characters don’t.
The premise of Dinner for One is really good, and right off the bat I felt the chemistry between James and Bastien, and as the relationship progresses I also understood why James continues not telling Bastien the truth about his job. The initial stages when the guys are getting to know each other is excellent, as are their families and friends. However it starts to drift very much into formulaic and obvious, which I found a little frustrating – especially after how well the initial part of the book had been constructed.
Overall I thought that this didn’t live up to it’s initial promise, but it was a fun read with a great foody theme.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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