Maria Pagliano is a woman on a mission. She must lose weight in time for her high school reunion in less than two months. Her old lover will be there, and she wants to show off a beautiful figure. Maria joins the Chubby Chums weight loss support group. This group is outrageously funny with their supportive sayings. Maria must stick to the crazy group, because she's definitely having a hard time saying no to her favorite Italian foods. Especially when chef Dante Del Rosso offers up his to-die-for Tortellini.
Dante has finally found a woman who he can picture in his future. But, Maria is not only trying to keep her hands off food, but men are a no-no, too. Dante can't resist the passion that radiates from Maria or the love that fills up her heart. Her family is crazy and passionate, but Dante has always wanted that for himself. Now, Dante will have to convince Maria that he's right for her, because she's certainly fighting the attraction. With the little help of a matchmaking mamma, Dante just might get the woman of his dreams.
Maria is an all around beautiful heroine. She is full of passion, love and excitement. She was once betrayed by a man she was deeply in love with, and the relationship left a deep scar on her heart. Maria doesn't want to make the same mistake twice, but Dante is just the passionate Italian to get her pulse racing and her heart thumping. Dante rates at the top of list for one the sexiest heroes I've ever encountered. And, I totally fell in love with him.
Author Shirley Jump has a writing talent that is pure magic! I always love escaping into a wonderful book by this author, because she definitely knows how to create a world of love, laughter and luscious food. THE DEVIL SERVED TORTELLINI is absolutely hilarious and healthily dosed with scrumptious recipes. Mix in a crazy cast of characters, a fun plot, and pages ripe with excellent Italian dialogue, and you've got yourself a keeper.
This is a good, lighter romance. I read it in one night and I admit I laughed out loud at some of the funny scenes. If you like food and romance, you'll love this book. Every chapter begins with a recipe. :-)
Maria Pagliano wants to lose weight for her high-school reunion and to impress her skinny rival, Mary Louise Zipparetto, so she joins the close-knit but mildly dysfunctional weight-loss group, the Chubby Chums. Chef Dante Del Rosso is as talented at dishing out romance as he is at whipping up incredible cuisine, but all his hard work to keep his restaurant viable almost goes up in flames when one of his employees accidentally flambes the tie of the most influential food critic in town. Then he meets Maria and can't understand why a woman as perfect as she is would want to be thinner. Despite Dante's offerings, and her grandmother's frettings, Maria sticks close to her diet, while Dante does his best to stick close to Maria.
Fun book with some great moments. I have to admit towards the middle I got a little sick of Maria's fear of commitment and the way she treats Dante. But the end wrapped it up nicely and I loved the heart to heart she has with her mother.
Maria Pagliano can't say no to men or carbs! She is trying to reinvent herself as a woman who has her life stricly in order. No more pasta, bread, dessert, or dating-- even if the menu is offering one sexy chef named Dante Del Rosso who just happens to own the restaurant across the street from her Chubby Chums diet meetings!!
For Maria Pafliano too much fo a good thing has always been a problem. Whether it's men or carbs,she just can't day no. but that's about th change. For her high school,Maria's vowed to reinvent herself as a woman who has her life strictly in order. No more pasta,bread ,desser,or dating-even if the menu offering is one sexy chef named Dante Del Posso
Everything about Danta is off- limits. From his come-hither smile to his sultry way around the kitchen in his Boston restaurant,he's too much temptation .... for her taste buds and her heart.