I’ve jumped about a bit in this series, and I really do need to go back and catch up: the O’Learys is such a fun series, with real characters and situations that are easy for all of us to relate to.
Just A Taste:
In Just A Taste, Carmen has been taking care of her father during his illness, until he finally succumbs. Apparently Carmen’s father had a bit of the matchmaker in him, as he bequests half of Gus’ Taco Taxi to Liam, a talented chef, in the hopes that he and Carmen will continue the legacy. Liam isn’t sure he wants a food truck, his own restaurant has been a dream for a long time. But Gus was an old friend and mentor, and he doesn’t want to see Carmen struggle. These two learn what is needed in terms of compromise to make things work, and then Liam’s mother takes ill.
What an up and down story this was: both Carmen and Liam’s family are concerned about these two very different people trying to make a relationship, an issue that I wish Schroeder delved into a bit deeper to show the determination of Carmen and Liam to deal with and celebrate those differences, rather than just push that aspect of the story to the side. More important to the plot though was the difference in how these two communicated and how they related to food and their memories of cooking. Her plans for her own life were not to be in the restaurant business, her early memories of cooking and food are tied to her mother that she lost when she was young. Liam’s destiny is food, even with his culinary education and a taco truck not being high on his initial priority list, he isn’t willing to leave Carmen in the lurch.
And Carmen is more the fiery Latina, smart, sharp and quick witted, her honest approach to life has served her well, and even her own insecurities are carefully exposed when she feels comfortable. Liam is quiet and close-mouthed, prone to speaking plainly without always considering what others may think of what he says. It takes him a while to understand that his intentions are not always clear when he makes a statement. These two push, pull, bicker and banter as the attraction grows and they see a future together.
Schroeder builds characters that are complex and nuanced, easy to understand with the information we as readers have, and it isn’t hard to consider them as people you’d want to know or could encounter on the street. As the story progressed, both Liam and Carmen came to realize that they are more alike than they expected, and isn’t that just what makes a relationship sing?
Title: Just a Taste
Author: Shannyn Schroeder
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Lyrical Press
Published on: 19 January 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Grief has brought them together again—will love open the door to their future? When it’s an O’Leary in the picture, finding out is just part of the adventure…
Carmen Delgado is left reeling when her father dies. Taking care of him has been her sole purpose for so long, she’s forgotten what it’s like to have dreams of her own. And with steady, sexy Liam O’Leary inheriting a share in her dad’s successful food truck, Carmen is suddenly free to explore her life’s possibilities. She never expected Liam to provide the kind of temptation she’s not sure she can resist…
A talented chef, Liam O’Leary has been itching to open his own restaurant for years—and the death of his mentor is a reminder that time passes too quickly. Gus’s Taco Taxi isn’t exactly what he dreamed of, but he can’t desert Gus’s daughter. Working side by side is an unexpected pleasure—and grownup Carmen is alluring in all new ways. Is love on the menu—or will old fears and insecurities drive them apart?
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.