Just a Taste

Just a Taste

by Shannyn Schroeder

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BN ID: 2940161232330
Publisher: Shannyn Schroeder
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Series: O'Learys , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 56,710
File size: 1 MB

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Just a Taste 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
beckymmoe 7 days ago
Just a Taste is an amazingly accurate name for this book. Just about every kind of tasting goes on here--food and otherwise--and is a major part of the plot, not only because Liam and Carmen share ownership of a food truck, but also because of Carmen's lifelong struggle with food and her body image. I really identified with her there, and seeing her open up and start to appreciate her body while with Liam was wonderful. Actually, the first 85% of the book was purely delightful--I loved every minute of the push and pull going on between the hero and the heroine. The cause of their conflict, though, wasn't my favorite (it was one of those that'll have you yelling "Just talk to each other, already!" at your ereader) and the story ends very abruptly...I would have really liked to have seen a little more page time for Carmen and Liam together at the end. Still, I loved both of these characters and was really happy that they managed to reach their HEA at the end. (And can't wait to see them together in Maggie's book...) This is the fifth book in the series, and though it could be read as a standalone (somehow I've only managed to read every other book? Must. Fix...) families are really important to both the hero and the heroine, and since the rest of the O'Learys are all over this book, you'll get a fuller appreciation for all of their meddling ( ;) ) if you've read the other books too. Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Lashea677 9 days ago
Love is about risk. When risking your heart, pain is inevitable, but the rewards far outweigh the heartaches. Carmen and Liam's story is a celebration of a life well lived. Brought together by a heartbreaking loss, these two wandering hearts could be on the verge of finding their own happy ending, together. Schroeder reminds that it's okay to feel. Just a Taste is a tale of love, loss and life that expresses the love at it's most inspiring and heartbreaking.
gaele More than 1 year ago
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.  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? I received an eArc copy of the title via the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review:  all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Just a Taste by Shannyn Schroeder is the 5th book in her wonderful O’Learys series. The O’Learys is a wonderful enjoyable series about a close knit Irish family, and in each book, we get to spend time with them all, as well as watch one of them find their mate. Just a Taste belongs Liam O’Leary, who is a chef. Liam has always wanted his own restaurant, and is now working at high clientele establishment as the head chef. However, he is not happy, as he feels his boss does not appreciate him, and makes changes without his knowledge. Our heroine is Carmen Delgado, the daughter of an old friend, who Liam worked for when he was young, and he taught him everything. We find out early on, that Carmen’s father, Gus has died, and has left his food truck to both Carmen and Liam. They need to run the truck for a year, before they can even attempt to sell. Needless to say, this brings Carmen and Liam together, as it has been years since they have seen each other. What follows is sweet, slow to build romance between Liam and Carmen. It was fun to watch two friends work together, and learn from each other how the truck business works. While they end up enjoying their partnership, they begin to discover there is something more between them. Carmen has her own private issues, one being able to handle the loss of her mother and father in a short period. The other being her lack of self confidence in herself and her looks. When she was young, she was overweight, and though Carmen is now very beautiful, she does not see that. It will take Liam to show her how beautiful she is in every way. I enjoyed the romance, as it was sweet, and soon became sizzling. I loved Liam, as he is exactly what every mother would want for their daughter. He was sweet, caring, loving and determined to win Carmen. They made a great couple. Most of all I loved seeing all the family again, as well as the fun of the truck. This really was wonderful story, and a great series. If you love romance, great couple, family atmosphere, then look no further than the O’Learys series. Just a Taste continues the trend of wonderful stories by Shannyn Schroeder.
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
Liam is a chef who, unbeknownst to him, has inherited a 50% share in a food truck will to him from Carmen's dad, Gus. I didn't know until the end of the story that this was part of a series so that the introduction of characters was so smooth. Hot and sexy Liam finds temptation in Carmen but old hurts come into play. Great story, easy flow. 
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read! I loved the O'Leary clan and I will definitely be going back to read the other books in this series. Although this was the first of this series I've read I easily followed the story so reading as a stand alone is no problem. It's very well written and like I said the characters are great. This is the story of Carmen Delgado and Liam O'Leary. Reunited after the death of her father, their attraction is quick and intense. There are obstacles to overcome but the relationship seems worth it. I loved it and I highly recommend this one.
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4.5 star The story has laughs, grief, betrayal, and heartbreak. I would recommend reading the below before reading this story More Than This (The O'Leary's, #1) A Good Time (The O'Leary's, #2) Something to Prove (The O'Leary's, #3) Catch Your Breath (The O'Leary's #4) This is Carmen and Liam’s story. Liam goes to check on Carmen after she loses her father. Her father left his food truck to both Carmen and Liam. After Liam leaves his job he takes over the food truck. The more they are together the closer they become. Liam and Carmen are on the truck for a few days before his mother is taken ill. Once he is back on the truck there are misunderstandings and hurt feeling. Liam wants Carmen to do what she wants and he will take care of the truck but she takes his words the wrong way. Carmen decides she is done and is leaving on a trip. Liam is wondering if she will come back. If she does will she still want a relationship with him? I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I recommend this book, this series and this author.