SYNOPSIS: In downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lou works tirelessly to build her beloved yet struggling French restaurant, Luella’s, into a success. She cheerfully balances her demanding business and even more demanding fiancé…until the morning she discovers him in the buff—with an intern.
Witty yet gruff British transplant Al is keeping himself employed and entertained by writing scathing reviews of local restaurants in the Milwaukee newspaper under a pseudonym. When an anonymous tip sends him to Luella’s, little does he know he’s arrived on the worst day of the chef’s life. The review practically writes itself: underdone fish, scorched sauce, distracted service—he unleashes his worst.
The day that Al’s mean-spirited review of Luella’s runs, the two cross paths in a pub: Lou drowning her sorrows, and Al celebrating his latest publication. As they chat, Al playfully challenges Lou to show him the best of Milwaukee and she’s game—but only if they never discuss work, which Al readily agrees to. As they explore the city’s local delicacies and their mutual attraction, Lou’s restaurant faces closure, while Al’s column gains popularity. It’s only a matter of time before the two fall in love…but when the truth comes out, can Lou overlook the past to chase her future?
GENRE: Chick-Lit, Fiction, Contemporary Romance
RATING: ★★★☆☆ / 3 yummy and sweet stars!
REVIEW: Lots of foody words and mouth watering descriptions...check. A plucky yet down on her luck heroine...check. Blooming romance that will most likely blow up in their faces because the characters refuse to have basic conversations...check. It's the perfect checklist for a Summer chick-lit book!
Okay, this book will make you hungry. Let's just get that out of the way up front. Food, oh so much food. Lovely mouthwatering descriptions of food. I have never been to Wisconsin, I'm a Californian, so in general we have our own piece of the cheese empire to uphold, but boy do I now want to try some Wisconsin cheesy goodness! If your looking for a fun read that brings the cheddar, so to speak, then this book is for you.
Now, on to the romance. It's oh so cute. I mean, we readers may scoff at the aforementioned lack of communication between lead characters, but then we wouldn't have these stories! And as far as Lou and Al's story goes, it makes complete sense why they leave certain conversations alone and just agree to have fun. It's a gradual romance too, which I really like. After a sweet meet-cute at the beginning of the book, they really get to take the time to get to know one another and grow, which means we also get the time to get to know the characters too.
The writing is lovely. It's a fairly quick read and it doesn't overly tax the brain, which may seem like an insult to some, but sometimes that's exactly the type of book you need. I spent an enjoyable couple days reading it and while it may not be my favorite chick-lit book, it's clean and sweet and nicely put together from beginning to end. And now I feel the need to go make coconut cake!