The Chef by Xavier Neal [arc review]
I have been reading so much romance lately! Its cray cray
Can't stop - won't stop though. I'm loving it.
And that brings us to The Chef by Xavier Neal. I always ALWAYS read romance books with chefs. Having been one myself for 13 years I love seeing how original and accurate the authors can be.
My entire existence begins and ends with food.
It gives me purpose.
It gives me peace.
It gives me pleasure.
Or it did before my best friend's little sister tempted me into taking a taste of the forbidden.
Spoiled me with her flavors.
Slaved my senses.
Now, the only thing I love more than my career as the "Charming Chef" is the one woman I know I'm not supposed to want.
After being ripped from everything I knew and everyone I loved, I realized just how truly short life can be.
How people don't take enough risks.
How people don't treat life like an adventure.
How people hide who they are.
While I've learned to embrace what most people fear, I've also taught myself the art of keeping others at a safe distance.
Yet, one secret moment with my brother's best friend, and all I want is for him to come closer.
To touch me.
To take me.
To love me...
I know the danger that comes with getting attached to someone, but I'd rather die happy than live forever without him.
Although this book can be read as a stand alone it will help you not hate Julia's brother if you have read his book. He can come across as a jerk if you haven't had the opportunity to read his story and learn to love him first.
Julia and Wyatt are very similar people. They are both very passionate about what they do and they are both a little wild, the way they meet shows you exactly how wild! Don't worry, you won't have to wait long, that happens on the very first page.
Overall this was a great story. Julia is both strong and vulnerable, the confidence she has on her work she doesn't really with her family because of her past. Wyatt encourages her to change that, makes her happy. And she in turn makes him want to be better, to settle, to love, and to also fix his relationship with his family.
So why not 5 stars?
I can't believe I am saying this... but... too much sexy time! It seriously got in the way of the plot. I needed more time to connect to Julez and Wyatt and more scenes to cement their chemistry. When the book was over I really liked it, but it also left me with a feeling that there was something missing.
A huge thanks to Social Butterfly for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.