Thursday, November 26, 2015

Book Recommendations: CHEFS AND FOOD

Hi, The Book Voyagers here! This is the first (of many, we hope!) of lists of book recommendations of a certain theme/trope. For today we're going to attempt to put up a list of books with characters that have their own restaurant/are chefs, also if it has like lots of delicious food in it!

HAVE READ

Title: Win Me Over by Nicole Michaels
Series: Hearts and Crafts #2
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Published: September 1st, 2015
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

Goodreads Synopsis: 
WINNING ISN'T EVERYTHING
Callie Daniels is a singular sensation. She owns and operates her own bakery, contributes to a popular lifestyle blog, and is the dance team coach at a local high school. She lives by her own design and is much too busy to consider dating. Mr. Right will have to fit into her life when the time is right...
UNLESS YOU'RE PLAYING FOR KEEPS
Football coach Bennett Clark always plays by the rules. He knows that his new colleague Callie is off limits but she's so beautiful-and irritating!-that Bennett can't get her off his mind. She wants him to participate in a charity dance contest, and won't take no for an answer. Soon, what begins as a festive athletic endeavor turns into a heated flirtation on and off the dance floor. Could it be that the free-spirited Callie has finally found a way through Coach Clark's line of defense?



Title: Luck on the Line by Zoraida Córdova
Series: On the Verge #1
Publisher: Diversion Books
Published: November 11th, 2014
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

Goodreads Synopsis:
To turn her life around, she’ll have to stand the heat. To fulfill his dreams, he’ll have to get Lucky. 
Despite her name, Lucky Pierce has always felt a little cursed. Refusing to settle for less or settle down, she changes jobs as often as she changes boyfriends. When her celebrity chef mother challenges her to finish something, Lucky agrees to help her launch Boston’s next hot restaurant, The Star. Even if it means working with the infuriating, egotistical, and undeniably sexy head chef. 

James loves being known as Boston’s hottest bad boy in the kitchen, but if he wants to build a reputation as a serious chef, he has to make this restaurant work and keep his scandalous past out of the headlines. Getting involved with his boss’s spoiled, sharp-tongued daughter is definitely not on the menu. 

As the launch of The Star looms and the tension and chemistry heat up in the kitchen, they’re going to need more than a little luck to keep everything from boiling over.



Title: Right Wrong Guy by Lia Riley
Series: Brightwater #2
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Published: August 4th, 2015
Links: Goodreads | Amazon *currently $1.98* | B&N

Goodreads Synopsis:
Sometimes two wrongs can make a right...
Bad boy wrangler, Archer Kane, lives fast and loose. Words like responsibility and commitment send him running in the opposite direction. Until a wild Vegas weekend puts him on a collision course with Eden Bankcroft-Kew, a New York heiress running away from her blackmailing fiancé…the morning of her wedding.

Eden has never understood the big attraction to cowboys. Give her a guy in a tailored suit any day of the week. But now all she can think about is Mr. Rugged Handsome, six-feet of sinfully sexy country charm with a pair of green eyes that keeps her tossing and turning all night long.

Archer might be the wrong guy for a woman like her, but she's not right in thinking he'll walk away without fighting for her heart. And maybe, just maybe, two wrongs can make a right.



Title: Caught Up in the Touch by Laura Trentham
Series: Falcon Football #2
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Published: July 21st, 2015
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

Goodreads Synopsis:
Jessica Montgomery has always lived by three simple rules: stay calm, stay professional, stay in control. Working tirelessly to make it into the executive ranks of her family's business, her dream job of CFO is within reach-if she can convince one stubborn and sexy restaurateur to take her offer and manage Montgomery Industries' flagship restaurant in Atlanta.
On the surface Logan Wilde is all good-old-boy charm and humor, but he can't seem to outrun the hell-raising reputation of his high school years. Although he has thought about leaving his hometown in Falcon, Alabama, he has grown to love the town, his restaurant, and his part-time gig coaching the football team.
Jessica estimates it will take a week tops to get Logan Wilde's signature on her generous offer, but their first meeting is anything but professional. Logan shreds Jessica's control and unleashes a passion she didn't know existed even as a deeper connection between them takes root. When her family's manipulations threaten to tear them apart, Jessica has to decide whether her dream is really the CFO job or the man who has unselfishly offered his love.


Title: Sweet Addiction by J. Daniels
Series: Sweet Addiction #1
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc
Published: August 2014
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N *e-book $0.99*

Goodreads Synopsis:
Wedding hookups never amount to anything.
Those who partake in this wicked little activity know the rules. Get in. Get laid. Get out. There's no expectation of a relationship. It is what it is.
Dylan Sparks knows the rules. She’s familiar with the protocol. And she engages in the best sex of her life with a complete stranger at her ex-boyfriend’s wedding.

Reese Carroll doesn’t care about the rules. He wants more than just 
one night with Dylan.
And Dylan finds him too addicting to pass up.
Sweet Addiction is the story of one woman’s struggle to keep things casual, and one man’s desire to never let her go.


Title: The Name of the Game by Jennifer Dawson
Series: Something New #3
Publisher: Zebra 
Published: September 29th, 2015
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

Goodreads Synopsis:
Some people follow the rules. . .
A professor of forensic anthropology, James Donovan is the reasonable sibling among the passionate, impulsive Donovans. But there's nothing reasonable about his reaction to baker Gracie Roberts. She's all wild curls and mouth-watering curves, as deliciously tempting as the sugary treats she's famous for--and twice as irritating. But before long, James decides that getting a taste of her is one indulgence he can't pass up. . . 
Some people play to win. . .
Independent, smart, and sexy, Gracie's year-long dry spell has her itching for a man. Responsible, health-obsessed James? Not in a million years! She needs a guy who knows how to let loose! But when James sets out to show her just how satisfying a disciplined man can be when pleasure is at stake, she learns just how sweet--and spicy--he really is. 

Have James and Gracie found the recipe for love?

1. Fire Me Up by Kimberly Kincaid
2. Just One Taste by Kimberly Kincaid
3. Summer in Napa by Marina Adair
4. Deeper by Robin York
5. Sweet On You by Kate Perry
6. All The Way by Jennifer Probst


AMOUR ET CHOCOLAT SERIES BY LAURA FLORAND
            

*...And something extra* - MANGA ABOUT CHEFS/FOOD/BAKING -

  •  Shokugeki no SoumaYukihira Souma's dream is to become a full-time chef in his father's restaurant and surpass his father's culinary skill. But just as Yukihira graduates from middle school, his father, Yukihira Jouichirou, closes down the restaurant to cook in Europe. Although downtrodden, Souma's fighting spirit is rekindled by a challenge from Jouichirou which is to survive in an elite culinary school where only 10% of the students graduate. Can Souma survive?
  • Mixed Vegetables Hanayu's parents own a patisserie, but her true dream is to become a sushi chef. Meanwhile, Hayato's parents own a prestigious sushi restaurant, but he wants nothing more than to create delectable sweets. Will these star-crossed (and hot-tempered) chefs find the right recipe for success in their careers and with each other?
  • Yume-iro Pâtissière : Amano Ichigo is a 14-year-old cake lover. After meeting a lecturer, Henrie Lucas, at a cake buffet, she enters St. Marie Academy—a school that raises and cultivates future pâtissières. Not only is she placed in the elitist group with three princes of sweets, but she also meets sweets spirit Vanilla on her first day of transfer. Ichigo is air-headed, a total klutz, and a complete novice at cake making, but she's trying her best mastering one at a time in order to make her eaters happy.

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