There can be more than comfort in food
What could well-known and wealthy Graham Cooper Jr. have in common with a blogger like Sloane Bradley, a woman with secrets she's kept firmly out of the public eye? That is, besides a love of food. Sloane still can't believe Cooper's the chef at the restaurant she's been assigned to promote. But she's boiling to prove to him that her "little blog" can put his place on the map. She can also fall head over heels for the guy, who has secrets of his own, it turns out except for one thing. She can't get past the post-traumatic stress disorder that keeps her walled up in her home studio.
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This book captivated me from the start and kept me engaged to the last page. From the creative setting and premise of the story to the lovable and endearing, but flawed main characters, I was hooked. Then with some scrumptious sounding food thrown in and a heaping dose of forgiveness—of self and others—it was definitely a satisfying read. This is Laurie Tomlinson’s debut novel, but I’m already looking forward to more stories from her. She definitely hit the mark with this one and proved herself to be a talented writer. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
With No Reservations was a sweet story that I was eager to read with the food theme fascinating me, as you can imagine. It is a good story, easy to get lost in it and enjoy the moment with the (mostly) likable characters (Yes, I am talking about you, Mr. Cooper Sr.!). The protagonists Graham Cooper Jr. and Sloane Bradley were both complex characters with a pass that was shaping up their present as well as their future. I liked how they supported each other and challenged each other to be the best possible version of themselves. I wish there would have been a little bit more about the obsessive disorder Sloane had, and how she developed it after the accident. Also, the family relationships with the Coopers were mighty dysfunctional and could have used more light into the problems and solving them. I really liked Cooper's mom, she was down to earth, loving, caring mom, I liked her ease with Sloane as well. The charity they were involved with warmed my heart, I know how much that kind of work means to children, teaching them about cooking and nutrition is so rewarding, being done it myself in the past. Reading about the food bloggers routines, plans, and life as a food blogger was fun. No, my life is very little like hers, I could say the planning and photoshoot areas at home and looking for the best light being just about the only things I was familiar with. But I got a kick out it anyways. I honestly don't get it how Graham Cooper Sr. got away with the bullying he did in the business world. It came so easily to him it was nearly frightening to think about. There were some other questions as well that I had in my mind at the end, I really would have loved to find out more about the problems between the twin brothers because that was such a big thing in Cooper's life. A charming story about love, life, family, loss, recovering from the past, learning from it, and moving on with life. It touches some heavy topics, but with a gentle hand, it made me think, and it made smile. A good story with lot to give to the reader ~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
Oh, the culinary delights of this delicious romance gave me all the feels. Let's put aside the mouth-watering foodie moments for just a second and get to the heart of this story-it's real. The depth of character development author, Laurie Tomlinson, delivers gives this story life. Two broken characters, with a past that has left them scarred figuratively and literally, finding purpose in their pain to keep putting one foot in front of the other. The overall arc of these characters develops authentically and offers discovery true to the story and in a way that resonated with me as a reader. The plot packs a punch as it weaves emotional moments with witty banter that had me fully invested until the very end. For her debut novel, Ms. Tomlinson serves up a winner! *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
With No Reservations, written by Laurie Tomlinson, is a clean, wholesome book. Loved how Tomlinson grew the characters throughout the story. We initially meet Sloane who is a blogger who works from home. She has a ton of things that make her the OCD person that she is...what a past! Then we meet Cooper...what a guy...he has his own past that he has dealt with, but still too afraid to deal with his present life. What a read! Tomlinson takes us through the reservations that these two characters have to take the next steps in life. Reservations that these characters have in knowing that they can truly be overcomers. Reservations that true love is possible. Life...with no reservations! Clean, wholesome and a great encouragement to read. I would recommend this book to all ages...teens on up because it might just be what some people need to read to believe that there's a way to get past those reservations in life! I was given this book by the author. All thoughts and comments are completely my own.