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  • Posted September 1, 2013

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    Something's Cooking by Meg Lacey is an appealing read about the

    Something's Cooking by Meg Lacey is an appealing read about the relationship between Tess Banyon, an almost Martha Stewart, and Josh Faraday, a columnist for The Boston World, a very well-known newspaper.  Josh writes his column under the pseudonym JF, because he enjoys the mystery it allows and when he writes about something controversial, he does not personally receive any backlash.  Furthermore, he has taken pot shots in his column about Tess's success whenever he can.  Needless to say, Tess does not like JF.

    Tess is a very lucky woman.  She has been able to turn her clever culinary and craft ideas into a media powerhouse. Ironically, her cooking and artistic skills leave something to be desired.  Her mother Claire is in charge of the food prep and her sister Marla is in charge of the craft prep.  Together, they work like a well oiled machine.  However, it is Tess's ideas, personality and promotion that makes them all successful.  Now that Tess has been given her own TV show, she distresses, because she is not the true homemaker her public believes her to be.

    Josh or in this case JF, has always suspected that Tess was a kind of fraud.  So he gets himself assigned to write an expose about her.  He ends up sharing her home and every moment of her life for about a week. He learns some of her secrets and she learns about his childhood.  Tress and her family have no idea that he is JF.  Although after spending some time with Tess, Josh's need to let Tess know that he is JF becomes very important.

    The chemistry between Josh and Tess is instantaneous.  Spending time together only fuels their their mutual lust and need for each other.  However, Josh has a job to do and Tess is already suspicious of his motives. In any case, Claire and Marla see their desire for each other and set up them up on an overnight night date, in a place where they cannot escape from one another.

    In error, Josh's first draft about Tess gets published and all hell breaks loose.  Luckily, because they have fallen in love with each other, they are able to work through their problems and forgive.

    I found the plot simple and easy to navigate. The storyline is very predictable and therefore I lost interest from time to time. I enjoyed the family dynamic and their banter.

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  • Posted August 20, 2013

    3 1/2 Stars-This is a very cute read with a lot of humour and cl

    3 1/2 Stars-This is a very cute read with a lot of humour and clever repartee. The heroine, Tess, is a sweet and rather klutzy young woman with a genuine talent for bringing ideas together. Only trouble is that when it comes to putting them into practice, she needs her mother and sister to supply the goods.
    Josh is a reporter with big dreams who has allowed himself to be sidetracked into a big money column that brings out the snarky, unforgiving side of his personality. Tess's success brings out the worst of this, leading to his meltdown when she gets a TV program, something he's been working towards for years.
    The answer, do an exposee on Tess to prove she isn't the perfect domestic goddess she is portraying.
    To Tess, the worst thing about his arrival is that he is right and she's afraid he'll find out. She is already uneasy about relying so heavily on her family without acknowledging their contribution publicly.
    The insta-attraction threw me a little because it was so physical, it seemed more appropriate to one of the authors older Temptation books than this rather sweet home town romance. This was the one thing that jarred me throughout the book. It seemed like there was a conflict between the rest of the story and the physicality of the attraction between the two. I usually prefer not to know too much about a heroine's sexual past (if she has one) but Tess seemed to operate in a vacuum of no known past yet she came across as quite sexually experienced. It seemed odd and not in keeping with the tone of the story.
    Overall I enjoyed the story and the humour in particular. The characters were all likeable and the family interactions believable and added to the story.
    The publisher provided a digital copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted August 13, 2013

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    This is the story of Tess Banyon, a cooking/crafting TV personal

    This is the story of Tess Banyon, a cooking/crafting TV personality and Josh Faraday, an investigative reporter. Josh is convinced Tess is a fraud. He gets approval to do a behind the scenes story on her and actually moves in with her for a short time. Read this story to find out what Josh's story will reveal about Tess and her career as a TV personality and about himself. 

    There were many funny moments in this story, a lot of sexiness, some passion, self-discovery and lessons learned. I enjoyed the book but I did not feel like I was drawn into the story. It was as if the story was rushed. This is a quick, not short but fast, sweet romance. 

    I received a ecopy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

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  • Posted August 12, 2013

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    There were some really cute moments in this book. Almost every t

    There were some really cute moments in this book. Almost every time Tess tried to create something on her own—especially if Josh was anywhere in the vicinity—disaster ensued. The natural distrust that Tess has for a reporter who’s snooping around in her life, combined with the fact that both she and said reporter are hiding major pieces of information from each other, makes for some amusingly snarky conversation. There was quite a bit to like here.

    However, there were some issues as well. Practically from the first page, Josh was lusting after Tess—and it couldn’t have been anything more than superficial, given how little he knew about her at the time. Even once he met her—and knowing full well that he considered her to be a rival of sorts and was out to ruin her reputation—he immediately went into full-on get-her-at-all-costs mode. It just didn’t ring true. Tess’s attraction to him too seemed much too sudden. The ending felt rushed, almost as if parts were skipped in the interests of getting us to the HEA, pronto.

    In a nutshell: a cute, quick read. Many amusing parts, but a strong case of insta-lust and a rushed ending do detract a bit. C.

    (I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

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