Kristen Proby comes to the blog today with the fifth in her Fusion series and the first (you can laugh now) book that I’ve read from her. Oh – I have a bunch waiting on the shelf – but time and time again what I need to read overtakes what I want. Please read on for my review of
I’m a little upset with my booky friends for not telling me that I MUST read Kristen Proby – I adored this book and can’t believe I’ve gone so long not knowing her work that I’ve got a bunch of “catch up” to do. But for my introduction I got to read Mia’s story, the last in this series of five women, friends and business partners in the restaurant Seduction in Portland. Mia’s been tapped for a new competition show on THE up and coming food network, and while she’s not wholly enthusiastic, she’s ready to give it her best. But when she discovers that her competition is Camden, her first love and worst mistake, she’s not sure she can do this. Embarrassed by her behavior some ten years earlier, struggling with her own self-esteem and worthiness after a few pounds and more than a few explosive moments in her kitchen leave her working ALL the shifts with help she really can’t rely on, and Camden being sexier (if possible) than he was years ago – she’s in tumult.
Camden only signed on to the show to work with Mia – the girl he compares everyone else to with her curvy frame, her boldness when cooking and her laugh. He spent the past ten years building a reputation and becoming the hottest celebrity chef on the planet, all while keeping tabs on Mia’s progress and dealing with the hurt from years ago when she left.
From years of feeling not “quite” enough, her mother’s subtle (and not so) digs about her weight, and her own low self-esteem – Mia is a control freak. Everything has a place, a way to be done, and everyone around her can’t help but see her work ethic and need to have things just so…a perfectionist who needs her cooks to jump on the train and do things her way. When Camden comes into the picture – their attraction is instant, but he’s also constantly and consistently working to show her she’s fantastic, sexy, pretty and above all – someone that people want to be around. Even before coffee. Maybe.
So flippin sweet – Camden and Mia both have issues that need working through, and to talk about the reason they first split – but even more important to Camden is to show Mia that she is worth it. In every way. Sexy, sweet and clever – Mia’s internal back and forth is something everyone can relate to – no one is solidly in the “I am great and everyone should love me” at all times, and while there was a bit more weight obsession for Mia here than I wanted to see, she’s not someone who yo-yo diets or deprives herself – the food (even simple brownies and ice cream) become a delight for readers. Sexy, steamy and with an epilogue that brings all of the characters together to show the progress, success and laughter that has withstood business, relationships, children and time – it’s a lovely story bringing all of the happy endings that every romance reader needs.
Title: Savor You
Author: Kristen Proby
Series: Fusion #5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: William Morrow
Published on: 24 April, 2018
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 6 Hours: 18 minutes
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In the next sizzling romance in Kristen Proby's New York Times bestselling Fusion series, two celebrity chefs compete in a culinary competition, but resisting each other will prove to be the greater challenge.
Cooking isn't what Mia Palazzo does, it's who she is. Food is her passion . . . her pride . . . her true love. She's built a stellar menu full of delicious and sexy meals for her restaurant, Seduction. Now, after being open for only a few short years, Mia’s restaurant is being featured on Best Bites TV. To say Seduction is a wild success is an understatement. All the blood, sweat, tears, and endless hours of work Mia has put into the restaurant has finally paid off.
Then Camden Sawyer, the biggest mistake of her life, walks into her kitchen . . .
Camden's celebrity chef status is world-renowned. He's the best there is, and the kitchen is where he's most at home. He can't resist the invitation to Portland for a showdown against Mia for a new television show. Mia was in his life years ago, and just like before, he's met his match in the beautiful Italian spitfire. The way she commands the kitchen is mesmerizing, and her recipes are clever and delicious. He's never had qualms about competition, and this is no different. He can't wait to go head to head with Mia. But can he convince her the chemistry they share in the kitchen would be just as great in the bedroom as well?
As Mia and Camden face off, neither realizes how high the stakes are as their reputations are put on the line and their hearts are put to the ultimate test.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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