As the executive culinary assistant to celebrity Chicago chef Patrick Conlon, Alana Ostermann works behind the scenes—and that’s just the way she likes it. But with developing recipes for Patrick’s cookbooks, training his sous chefs, picking out the perfect birthday gifts for his ex-mother-in-law, and dealing with the fallout from his romantic escapades, she barely has a personal life, much less time to spend with her combo platter of a mutt, Dumpling.
Then a fluke online connection brings her RJ, a transplant from Tennessee, who adds some Southern spice to her life. Suddenly Alana’s priorities shift, and Patrick—and Dumpling—find themselves facing a rival for her time and affection. With RJ in the mix, and some serious decisions to make about her personal and professional future, Alana must discover the perfect balance of work and play, money and meaning, to bring it all to the table—one delicious dish at a time…
Enjoyable happy read
Nice and happy read. I kept waiting for some terrible turn of events! Went by fast. Great character development. I feel like I have new good friends. Cute touch wight the recipes in the back. Reading makes me want to try them and feel like I've lived in the book. Would have been nice to know they were there beforehand I would have enjoyed making them for the appropriate chapters and eating alongside with them!
Finished this over the Holiday Heat….Love all the local references…makes you feel like you are totally part of the story, can't wait for the next book!!!