Just a Taste

Just a Taste

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by Deirdre Martin
     
 

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While trying to keep his retired hockey star brother out of the kitchen, Anthony Dante has turned his restaurant into a Brooklyn institution. But the stunning Vivi Robitaille is giving him some competition with her new bistro. The table is set for a culinary war-until things start getting spicy.  See more details below

Overview

While trying to keep his retired hockey star brother out of the kitchen, Anthony Dante has turned his restaurant into a Brooklyn institution. But the stunning Vivi Robitaille is giving him some competition with her new bistro. The table is set for a culinary war-until things start getting spicy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101206591
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/02/2008
Series:
New York Blades , #6
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
322,313
File size:
362 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Deirdre Martin has written scripts for the daytime drama One Life to Live. She lives with her husband and her dog, Molly, in Ithaca, New York.

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Just a Taste 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Vivi Robitaille gives up on making it as a Parisian chef after a few years of rejection. So she chooses to do what perceives is the next best thing by opening a bistro in Brooklyn¿s Bensonhurst neighborhood across the street from Dante's Italian restaurant. Feeling they are not competitors as they offer different fare, Vivi introduces herself to the Dante family, who welcome her to the neighborhood.-------------- She is immediately attracted the head chef and part owner Anthony. To his chagrin he feels the same way. However, as they compare menus and great food, Vivi knows she loves Anthony, but she cannot compete with his late wife, a police officer who died in the line of duty. For his part Anthony believes he has met his food mate, but feels as if he is betraying his deceased spouse.----------- This sequel to FAIR PLAY is a wonderful contemporary romance in which the puck never drops instead pots and pans are the main course, recipes included. Vivi is a lively extrovert while Anthony is much more reserved. His efforts to keep his partner, his retired hockey player sibling Michael, out of the restaurant adds humor to an entertaining culinary romance.-----------
LadyScarlet More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of the author and I really liked the plotline for this one but the ghost of the dead wife was a bit of a turn off.
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good_book_selector More than 1 year ago
Just a taste is a very well written romance novel that any woman would take pride in. This book is good for people from the ages of 18-100
this book is a classic tale of love with an off beat twist. All the women will fall in love with the proud but sensitive Anthony Dante and envy the very french Vivi who cant understand american phrases to save her life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was okay. It was a fairly good read but there was no real emotion or chemistry in it. It seems like she wrote the book just to write a story for Anthony. It's a good book to read when you're bored because it's easy and fast. I didn't really care about the characters and my favorite parts of the book involved Michael and Teresa and their kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Deirdre Martin pens an emotional, tender and sexy story in Just A Taste. _____ Chef Anthony Dante is still mourning the sudden loss of his policewoman wife over a year ago. He visits her every Sunday for a chat at her grave. His family thinks he needs to move on but Anthony isn¿t sure if he is ready just yet. Moving in across from the family restaurant is a new little bistro called Vivi¿s. At first Anthony is worried that this new place will cut into his clientele. But upon meeting Vivi Robitaille and her sister Natalie his worries are put somewhat to rest. Vivi stirs in Anthony a feeling he thought was long over for him. _____ Vivi Robitaille chef at the new bistro Vivi¿s has come to America for a fresh start for her and her sister. She really didn¿t want or need any type of romantic entanglement while trying to get her bistro up and running. Vivi is drawn to Anthony¿s quiet strong ways. Their bickering over who the better chef is turns into really steaming up the kitchen. _____ Anthony is slowly warming up to the idea of finding love the second time around. But when Vivi gets scared will he be willing to wait for her? Plus Anthony¿s extended family has to put in their two cents worth on what he should do with his love life as well as the restaurant. ____ Anthony and Vivi are two peas in a pod, their squabbling is just a step in their dating ritual and its fun to watch. Their chemistry is fun and exciting and is put to the test when old ghost come to haunt them. _____ Just A Taste is everything I have come to expect from a Deidre Martin book. It makes me laugh, cry and sigh. These characters become like family and you hate to say goodbye.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Put two gourmet chefs--one from France and one from Brooklyn¿in restaurants across the street from each other and what do you get? Lively, hilarious dialogue, mouth-watering descriptions of food, and romantic sparks! Deirdre Martin proves that the hockey rink isn¿t the only place where competition brings out the passions in her characters. Anthony Dante, co-owner and head chef at Dante¿s in Brooklyn 'where the New York Blades still hang out even though brother Michael has retired from hockey', goes spoon-to-spoon with the new chef on the block, Vivi Robitaille, a Frenchwoman with a flair for mangling American slang. As you might imagine, food plays a large part in their burgeoning romance. If you¿re trying to stay on a diet, you shouldn¿t read this book. Ms. Martin¿s vivid descriptions of the dishes the two chefs cook up as they compete with each other will send you racing to the refrigerator. Their verbal sparring adds spice to each encounter and the contrast between Vivi¿s French accent and Anthony¿s down-to-earth Brooklynese will keep you chortling all the way through to the end. Anthony¿s visits to his first wife¿s graveside bring extra emotion to the book as do Vivi¿s efforts to establish a relationship with her half-sister Natalie. Ms. Martin knows how to create characters you¿ll love and laugh with. Another great book from a terrific writer!