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In this finger-licking good rom-com, two is the perfect number of cooks in the kitchen.
Nikki DiMarco knew life wouldn’t be all sunshine and coconuts when she quit her dream job to help her mom serve up mouthwatering Filipino dishes to hungry beach goers, but she didn’t expect the Maui food truck scene to be so eat-or-be-eaten—or the competition to be so smoking hot.
But Tiva’s Filipina Kusina has faced bigger road bumps than the arrival of Callum James. Nikki doesn’t care how delectable the British food truck owner is—he rudely set up shop next to her coveted beach parking spot. He’s stealing her customers and fanning the flames of a public feud that makes her see sparks.
The solution? Let the upcoming Maui Food Festival decide their fate. Winner keeps the spot. Loser pounds sand. But the longer their rivalry simmers, the more Nikki starts to see a different side of Callum…a sweet, protective side. Is she brave enough to call a truce? Or will trusting Callum with her heart mean jumping from the frying pan into the fire?
Feuding food truck owners make a sizzling connection in this enthralling romance from Smith (Faker). Nikki DiMarco spent the last year and a half learning to run her family's Maui food truck, Tiva's Filipina Kusina, to fulfill a promise she made to her late father. Then a competitive new business, Hungry Chaps, breaks food truck etiquette by parking right next to Nikki's spot and luring away her customers. The livid Nikki enters into a petty battle with Hungry Chaps' handsome owner, Callum James and their daily drama "becomes a top-selling menu item," as viral videos of their shouting matches draw tourists from across the island. Nikki and Callum agree to settle their dispute once and for all by competing in the Maui Food Festival: whoever scores higher keeps the spot. But underpinning the rivalry is a burning chemistry neither can deny, leading to a casual affair that deepens into something more but their connection could get them disqualified from the food festival if the organizers think they're collaborating. Nikki desperately needs the prize money to keep her business afloat and continue her father's legacy, forcing her to make a difficult choice. While the enemies-to-lovers romance is irresistible, it's the sincere, well-developed characters and heart-tugging family dynamics that make this fulfilling love story stand out. This is a winner.
I found Simmer Down to be the cutest story I’ve read in a while! I know Nikki is our shining main character but...Callum...cmon. That man has got game. No one told him to be so perfect. While both characters had their challenges, I really enjoyed to realistic aspect of apologizing when you’re wrong. Their relationship portrayed a real adult relationship between two people that still had some things to fix individually.
Oh goodness and Tiva, love that woman. I can’t say there was a single thing I disliked about this book. Great read!