Tuesday, November 18, 2014

ARC Review: Recipe for Love by Dyann Love Barr

Title: Recipe for Love
Author: Dyann Love Barr
Source: Entangled Select Suspense
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: Novel
Release Date: November 17, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 3

Eat. Love. Murder.

Sparks and insults fly when Celebrity Chef Tilly Danes matches wits with the annoyingly sexy Jordan Kelly. As members of the judging panel for the Culinary Channel’s Personal Chef Showdown, they agree on only one thing: Maxwell Etheridge, the third judge on their panel is an arrogant pain in the butt. Neither one would mind seeing him strung up like a ham hock. When their nemesis shows up not only dead but also missing an important body part, Tilly and Jordan are thrust smack in the middle of TV's most shocking homicide...

Everyone is a suspect: the show's host, the contestants, and even the victim's lover. When Tilly and Jordan are pulled deeper into the investigation, those pesky sparks of antagonism transform into undeniable, incredibly inconvenient, red-hot attraction. And if they thought the sparks were hot while fighting, the heat between the sheets is an inferno. As the bodies start piling up, Tilly and Jordan must find the killer—and a recipe for love—before they become the murderer's next course!
 This was a very nice bit of suspense mixed in with my romance.  When a judge on a cooking competition is found dead, there are plenty of suspects to go around.  The guy was a bit of a jerk!  Chefs Tilly and Jordan decide to help out with the investigation and things get quite out of control.  Tilly and Jordan aren't exactly friends.  In fact, they are always at each other's throats.  They seem to have more of a love hate (emphasis on hate) type of relationship.

But as the story progresses and they get to know each other outside the world of professional cooking, they realize they may just enjoy each other's company.  But before they can explore that too much, they have a murderer to catch.  There were a couple too many potential suspects.  I had a hard time keeping all the chefs, contestants, assistants, and agents straight for awhile.  They were introduced all together and they sort of merged into one large thing for awhile.  The author did a great job of keeping me guessing though.  Once I everyone straight in my head, I saw motives everywhere!  In the end I had the who-dun-it part figured out just before Tilly and Jordan, but I wasn't sure the how exactly until the author revealed it.

Tilly and Jordan are a cute couple.  They butt heads so many times it becomes their way of saying "I care."  They seem to come from opposite sides of the cooking world, but they truly do belong to each other.  I loved their romance and in the end Jordan really proves himself in a very humorous fashion that I will not soon be forgetting.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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