I liked this book, would not call it great. I liked the ending and was pleased that it surprised me, but I couldn't figure out why the female character had so much angst. There seemed to be no reason for it.
Fun read. I liked watching these two work past their stero-types to find the person inside.
What a fun, good read! Take one ex-model, who has bccome a fine chef, and opens quaint, high end French resturant. Mix into the blend a hunk who bartends in the resturant at night, but is writing his first book. Add, just for spice, a noisy cat and a cat burglar. Finish with a 200 historical mystery. And bake till sexy and well written. Voila! You have Special of the Day. Have fun reading.
This was a very fun read and I really enjoyed it. Elaine writes very well and makes her books very enjoyable.
Good plot-- fun, well developed characters, kind of unusual leads. Great read.
Not only a great read the book boasts some terrific drink recipes!
I enjoyed the book but I went back and forth about whether or not I liked Roxanne. She was just so overly bitchy and suspicious. I really think Steve could do better and was a little too easy to forgive. But I really enjoyed the "gifts" they left for each other. Wish that went on longer.
Fox does a really good job of setting up funny scenarios with little hints. I loved the alternate storyline of Steve's research on the draft of the "Declaration of Independence."
Decent, quick read.
Steve Serrano, One sexy bartender with a wicked grin and a knack for turning up the heat...
Roxanne Rayeaux, Ex-swinsuit model turned pastry chef who knows the difference between sweet and spicy...
IN THE SOUP...
Roxanne has had it with the starvation diets, the leering looks - and the married boyfriend! But when she moves back home to Virginia with her orange cat, Cheeto, to open a French bistro, it's just her luck to discover that the bartender is an arrogant, sexy hunk with an attitude about wines, food and women.
THE MAIN COURSE...
Steve is more than just a handsome guy who's good with a blender and even better with his hands...But when passion combines with a series of suspicious break-ins and a missing treasure, Roxanne realizes mixing business with pleasure could be a recipe for disaster-especially with a guy who's obviously all wrong...and yet oh-so-right!
THIS BOOK HAS EVERY THING, FROM LAUGHS TO ROMANCE TO WHO DONE IT. A REAL GOOD READ
Writing with her trademark wit and humour, Elaine Fox brings us another wonderfully charming contemporary romance about a beauty who finally finds love that is more than just skin deep.
Life can be difficult when you're stunningly beautiful. For Roxanne Rayeaux, a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, beauty had its costs. Not only did she have to worry constantly about how she looked, but she was considered stupid by strangers. She became romantically involved with a man who turned out to be married. So Roxanne pitched the world of diets and philanderers and moved her orange cat, Cheeto (the closest she could come to that forbidden food) to Virginia to open a restaurant. She went looking for some peace and tranquillity and instead inherited the restaurant's contentious, but sexy bartender, Steve Serrano.
An average joe most of his life, Steve cannot deny Roxanne's obvious physical charms but thinks she is stuck up and pretentious -- not his type. Roxanne, suspicious of Steve's motives after a rash of break-ins occurs at the restaurant and a string of bad publicity appears in the local gossip column, cannot let her guard down around him. Besides he's not her type.
If only they weren't so darned attracted to each other...