Monday, February 6, 2012

Just a Taste by Deirdre Martin

For delizioso pasta, go to Dante's. For a sumptuous Cordon Bleu, go to Vivi's. To really heat things up… get them together.

Since his wife's untimely death, Anthony Dante has thrown himself into his cooking, making his restaurant, Dante's, a Brooklyn institution. So far, his biggest problem has been keeping his retired hockey star brother out of the kitchen. But now, a mademoiselle is invading his turf. And you know what they say: too many chefs spoil the neighborhood…

Stunning Vivi Robitaille can't wait to showcase her tastebud-tingling recipes in her brand new bistro, Vivi's. Her only problem is an arrogant Italian chef across the street who actually thinks he's competition. The table is set for a culinary war - until things start getting spicy outside of the kitchen

I didn't know where I was going to fall on the Deirdre Martin bandwagon, but Just a Taste has added at least one check mark in the plus column. The first Martin I tried was a rare DNF for me, but I just could not warm up to Theresa and Michael. Ack, bleck, no way no how - she was unlikable and he was such a stereotype that every page had something that irked me. 

There was still a bit of the stereotypical character stuff going on between Ant and Vivi but at least the two of them seemed to be real people whose motivations I could understand. As a widower Ant doesn't want to have anything to do with Vivi - he just wants to run his family's restaurant and get his nephew out of having to play a sport he hates. When Vivi walks in with her dreams and aspirations of running of a French bistro across the street, he's not exactly jumping for joy. Things unfold kind of as you'd expect with their initial sparks turning into love but all in all it's a fun read and I recommend it (especially if you do what I did and check it out from the library). 

Overall Feeling - C+

Series - ...7) Just a Taste 8) Power Play 9) Double the Heat 10) Icebreaker 11) Breakaway