Joe Rafferty is just as mouthwatering as the food he cooks. But if he thinks he's going to waltz in and take over her kitchen, he's denser than a thick slice of chocolate ripple cheesecake. Marly has invested too much of her life in Chameleon to hand off the restaurant to someone else—especially a cocky-as-all-get-out superstar chef. But there's no denying the man knows how to light her fire. Question is: Can she have the sizzle without feeling the burn?
"Foodie romances" have become a new addition to the world of contemporary romances. And while I can appreciate taking the heat from the kitchen to the bedroom (or other places), a certain amount of chemistry has to be present between the hero and heroine for me to want to see them be successful together. While I loved the food aspect of this romance -- both were passionate about food -- the chemistry between Marlene (Marly) and Joe fell flat.
Their behavior seemed a little too immature, their conversations with one another, particularly when they were able or almost able to admit to themselves they wanted the other, a little too jaded. I wanted to like them together, but I just couldn't get behind their pairing 100%. Add in some of the drama surrounding Marly's BFF, Olivia, and issues with Olivia's restaurant, and Scrumptious becomes just an okay read.
(A very special thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Scrumptious.)