Scrumptious by Amanda Usen

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The action in the kitchen is authentic and even, at times, exciting. You can clearly tell that Marlene and Joe love food and creating food. The kitchen comes alive in the book and what I think worked well is that the cooking paragraphs are interspersed with their attraction for each other...
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"In the small but expanding niche of foodie romance, Usen's debut rules the kitchen with lip—smacking prose and rowdy protagonists who put Iron Chef to shame...the pacing, emotion, and erotic exuberance all sparkle."
            — Publishers Weekly

"In her superbly crafted debut, Usen blends together two realistically complicated protagonists, a well–realized culinary setting (complete with mouthwatering descriptions of food), and plenty of incendiary love scenes. The resulting literary dish is a smart, sexy, simply irresistible contemporary romance."
            — Booklist

TALL, DARK & DELICIOUS

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?

 

"The title perfectly summarizes the feel of this book. Both the main characters and the culinary dishes are described in such a way that readers can practically taste, see and feel every word. Usen has a way with words and it translates to a solid storyline with great sex scenes."
            — RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

 

About Amanda Usen

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Amanda Usen knows two things for certain: chocolate cheesecake is good for breakfast, and a hot chef can steal your heart. Her husband stole hers the first day of class at the Culinary Institute of America. She married him after graduation in a lovely French Quarter restaurant in New Orleans, and they spent a few years enjoying the food and the fun in the Big Easy. Now they live in Western New York with their three children, one hamster, two guinea pigs, a tortoise, and a new-to-them beagle. Amanda spends her days teaching pastry arts classes and her nights writing romance. If she isn’t baking or writing, she can usually be found chasing the kids around the yard with her very own hot chef husband.Want chimichurri, chocolate cake or Chicken Alighieri?Visit Amanda at http://www.amandausen.com, where you can find recipes for many of the yummy dishes in her books. She can also be found on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/amandausen) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/#!/AmandaUsen) if you want to chat about romance, writing, or recipes.
 
Published January 1, 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca. 321 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jane on Jan 14 2013

The action in the kitchen is authentic and even, at times, exciting. You can clearly tell that Marlene and Joe love food and creating food. The kitchen comes alive in the book and what I think worked well is that the cooking paragraphs are interspersed with their attraction for each other...

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