TV chef Cella Dawes journeys to an idyllic seaside town to write an Italian cookbook. She's also mourning a failed restaurant project, dodging her predatory agent, and finding respite from soul-crushing fame. When it turns out that her new neighbor, Max Piccarelli, is the nephew of a legendary Italian restaurateur, she convinces him to teach her authentic touches that will spice up her book.
This is a mixed blessing for guilt-ridden Max, who botched his own attempt to become a chef—a failure that’s left his aunt’s restaurant sitting empty for years. No one’s challenged Cella in the kitchen in ages. Max’s fiery disposition sparks her intuition and reminds her how to feel the food.
But the heat between Max and Cella may be hotter than the flames on the stove. Max's gentlemanly nature and Cella's professionalism stop being enough to keep them apart. With Max's vacation ending and Cella slated to return to L.A. at summer’s end, how will they ever say goodbye?
Blades (Crazy Old Money) delivers a saucy romance full of lovely characters who complement each other like a fine wine does a good meal, blending an inviting, homey locale with scrumptious descriptions of Italian cuisine. Marcella Dawes, a celebrity chef, is visiting Longport, N.C., to write an Italian cookbook. Her temporary neighbor, Max Piccarelli, is a plastic surgeon who performs reconstructive surgery for children in distant locales on behalf of a nonprofit. He also happens to be a skilled cook and one of Cella's biggest fans. When the two of them meet after Max's dog sneaks onto Cella's rented property, their connection and attraction is instantaneous. Over the course of four weeks, Cella is drawn into the world of Max's picturesque hometown and his storied culinary family history, especially that of his late aunt, who founded the legendary Piccarelli Italian restaurant. Their inevitable love affair seems destined to be brief: the demands of fame draw Cella away from Longport just as Max begins letting himself fall in love. But neither is going to give up easily. The slow burn sometimes feels a little too slow, and the ending is Hallmark-sweet and predictable, but snazzy Cella and sweet Max carry the story. Romance-inclined foodies will love this contemporary. (BookLife)
So glad that I found this book.
What a good read. Pure pleasure. Just the right antidote for Covid social distancing and isolation.
I read a ridiculous amount of free books from iBooks. This one stood out from the beginning with its wonderfully designed cover art. Yes, it follows a couple towards their HEA, but without the tired, overused melodrama. It was delightfully refreshing and also makes me want to get in the kitchen and cook from scratch!
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My first time to ever leave a review on any book. An awesome light hearted read with just enough enticing to continue to read the entire book. Can’t wait to read more from this author.