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Just A Taste (New York Blades #6)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  1,637 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
For delizioso pasta, go to Dante's. For a sumptuous Cordon Bleu, go to Vivi's.

To really heat things up, get them together.

Since his wife's untimely death, Anthony Dante has thrown himself into his cooking, making his restaurant, Dante's, a Brooklyn institution. So far, his biggest problem has been keeping his retired hockey star brother out of the kitchen. But now, a made
Mass Market Paperback, 350 pages
Published January 2nd 2008 by Berkley Sensation
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Apr 04, 2008 jenjn79 rated it liked it
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
Rating: 2.5 / 5

For the most part, the only reason I read this was because it was part of a series that I'd already read most of the books of. I don't mind Deirdre Martin's books, but at the same time, they just don't grab me. They're a bit overly simple and basic and generally nothing really pops. Just A Taste didn't differ in any sense. It was a cutesy love story. I don't mind reading this type of book every so often, but I wouldn't want to read a lot of them.

This book is the seventh in the Bla
Jan 14, 2012 Elenariel rated it really liked it
I loved the flowing style and rythm of narration, the pleasant and amusing plot and characters.
This is the seventh book in a series of which I skipped earlier books because I'm not interested in hockey, and the author takes good points in being able to make the story comprehensible without giving the readers the impression that we're missing something, despite the fact that there are characters clearly majorly involved in the early installments.
Story and characters felt very real, and despite th
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
What do you get when you cross two very arrogant chefs with issues with restaurants across the street with very competitive personalities? Two people who don't like each other very much. I just never felt the love. I never felt the chemistry. The biggest culprit is Vivi, a poor French girl who manages to mangle every colloquialism ever made. Page 25 it's funny. Page 50 it's amusing. But by page 300 it's gotten pretty darn old.

Light and fluffy with no real meat or marrow. I don't mind light and f
May 04, 2014 Marijana rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!!
Aug 13, 2013 Erin rated it it was ok
I did not like this. But I didn't dislike it enough to give it 1 star.

Anthony has always been a character I didn't quite like. Maybe if I met him in real life, I'd like him. But in this series, what I've seen of him he has always just been a grouch.

Vivi was just as annoying.

Natalie, the sister. I hated the bitch, and even the end where she got her comeuppance, I didn't really feel for her at all. She was a bitch who made her own bed.

I really hope that the hinting at romance between Natalie and s
Jillian (NetGalley Addict)
Nov 06, 2012 Jillian (NetGalley Addict) rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Vivi is trying to open her own cafe in a new city; she doesn’t plan on meeting surly chef Dante. Dante is a widow, who works at his families’ restaurant, he is not happy with Vivi opening a cafe across from his restaurant. While they are attracted to each other Dante is not interested in getting involved with another woman. He has enough troubles trying to keep his retired brother from changing everything he has worked to build. While they have great chemistry, Vivi's financial problems and Dant ...more
Dec 29, 2007 Anna rated it liked it
Recommends it for: hopeless romantics, Dierdre Martin fans
Shelves: chick-lit, fiction
This book is all right. It's not Martin's best, but it's not her worst either. A few comments:

The character development is okay, not great.

The storyline isn't terrible but I honestly wish the book was about Anthony meeting and falling in love with Angie (his dead wife who was a cop), not about him falling for Vivi, the new chef in town. I never really felt much chemistry between Anthony and Vivi.

Vivi's relationship with her half-sister Natalie seemed superfluous and one-dimensional. I know we'r
Mar 09, 2008 Amy rated it really liked it
I just love these kind of romances. There's a man and a woman, and you just know that they'll end up together by the last chapter. But the fun is in how they get there!

The is one of a series of books featuring the New York Blades hockey team, though, Anthony is the brother of a (retired) hockey player and the chef of his family's restuarant. A nice homey Italian place in a nice, comfortable neighborgood. Then, fresh off the plane from Paris, Vivi shows up with intent to open a cozy, French bistr
Romancing the Book
Apr 29, 2011 Romancing the Book rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, contemporary
Review by Jen:
Anthony has buried himself in his work as head chef at the family restaurant since the death of his wife. But when Vivi decides to open a bistro across the street, he begins to feel alive again. There is something about the stunning French woman that makes his Italian blood boil.

I first picked up a Deirdre Martin book because her hero was a hockey player and that seemed intriguing for me. And I was hooked. In fact, that book was the story of Michael and Theresa… and Michael is Anth
Jan 25, 2012 Candace rated it liked it
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Ryann Murphy
Feb 05, 2008 Ryann Murphy rated it liked it
Anthony Dante, Italian restaurant chef is committed to his work since the death of his police officer wife one year ago. Enter Vivi - a French chef opening her own bistro next door. These two are like oil and water, but soon they write their own recipe for love--not without some obstacles along the way, of course!

Another of Martin's romance novels her New York Blades hockey team series (Anthony's brother Michael (Fair Play) has just retired), this one has very little hockey but a lot of food! I
Dec 27, 2008 Samantha rated it liked it
I was shocked that Deirdre Martin wrote this. It's just average. Maybe it's because she got away from the sports in this book to introduce romance to Michael Dante's chef brother, Anthony. I don't know, but it didn't have the spark that her books normally have. It was a good book but didn't have that wow factor. I found Vivi to be wishy washy and not easy to read. However Anthony retains his normal self from the other books in the series. This can be a stand alone book because it doesn't really ...more
Aug 07, 2016 Lisa rated it it was ok
Didn't realize this was part of a series...wonder if each book is about a different member of the team. Odd that in this one, the hockey player wasn't the main character. More romance than I expected...probably my fault for not reading reviews beforehand, but I thought it would be more food than romance.
Anthony Dante's wife died in the line of duty a little over a year ago, and he still grieves (understandable!). His family restaurant is his life now, and he has brought it a long way. Vivi Robit
Jun 27, 2012 Nicky rated it it was ok
It wasn't bad, really. Some parts were entertaining. But the characters were all so annoying. Even the kids. And it made me have like zero sympathy for any of them. And as far as romance .... wasn't there. It was one of those stories that dragged things on too long and threw too much at the couple to overcome. By the end, I was ready for Vivi to go back to France and for Anthony to let Insane Lorraine have her wicked way with him. And Michael. Did I hate him this much in his book? His kids are g ...more
Nov 23, 2008 Alissa rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008
I discovered this author on another vacation and was drawn to the romances because the first one featured a hockey player and a public relations exec. Two of my favorite careers. In a romance. What a fun read. Anyway, the author has produced a few more of these and the stories center around either a New York Blades hockey player or a member of the Dante family. So the other thing I like about these is that the characters from other stories usually make appearances so you can kinda keep up on how ...more
Jul 06, 2014 Jacqueline rated it liked it
This has been my absolute least favourite book of this series. I like Anthony and Little Ant but that wasn't enough to keep me from disliking it and the other characters. (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 15, 2010 KimKirt rated it it was ok
I picked this us as a whim at the library, I've not ever read this author before. I really didn't care for the book overall. The sparring between the H/H did not come across as light and funny or sexual chemistry to me, it just came off as nit picky and trying to one up each other. It really didn't sit well with me when Vivi made some derogatory references about Anthony's dead wife either. Natalie was an overall witch and there was lead in for her to have her own starring appearance in a future ...more
In many ways I felt the surrounding story/stories in this book to be some of the strongest Ms. Martin has included in her series. I enjoyed learning more about Michael Dante and also about chefs and cooking. I even like the main characters and most of the romance plot line. However, while I won't give away plot points, I couldn't understand Vivi's reaction to Anthony the last third of the book. I guess Ms. Martin finally explains it, but I would have liked a little more...something. I ended up u ...more
Mar 05, 2008 TC rated it liked it
Recommended to TC by: My Mom
This book was written by a local author and loaned to me by my Mother. She wanted to encourage me to get back to my own writing. The book feels a little jerky at first, the first few chapters just don't flow very well and the characters seems to take actions that don't always make sense. The main characters each feel they are the superior chef and appear to really not like each other, yet they spend an awful lot of unnecessary time together. I know that kind of formula is common in romance novel ...more
Feb 10, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it
I liked the book but in some ways I just wanted a bit more. This is the first book I've read from this author so perhaps if I rad more I'll appricaite it as a whole collection. I still couldn't get pass the fact that two french sisters would speak in english to each other when no one else was around. I also had a hard time imagining them to be french due to that fact that their words were not written with an accient. I know that is strange but for me its the little things that make a big differe ...more
Aug 30, 2010 Nefret rated it liked it
Eigentlich hätte ich dem Buch 4 Sterne gegeben wollen, wenn mich Vivi nicht ab und an aufgeregt hätte. Wieso ist sie eingeschnappt, wenn Anthony Probleme damit hat, in dem Bett, das er mit seiner toten Frau geteilt hatte, mit Vivi zu schlafen?
Außerdem war es daneben, dass sie ihrer Schwester Natalie an den Kopf wirst, ihr Vater hätte sie, Vivi, mehr geliebt als Natalie. So etwas sagt man nicht einmal im Streit.
Nov 12, 2011 Stacy rated it really liked it
I've been on a foodie/chef kick in reading romance novels. THere is just something inherently sexy about a man that likes to cook and is good at it. He feeds all of your senses, literally.

I also like stories that the male hero is wounded. Whether it be emotionally or physically (which usually leads to emotional wounds). I didn't really get the full impact of the effect of Anthony's wife's death until towards the end of the book, but when it hit, it was a heart wrencher.

Chi Dubinski
May 25, 2012 Chi Dubinski rated it liked it
Dante’s Restaurant is a Brooklyn neighborhood institution. Owner Anthony Dante is still mourning his wife, when he meets Vivi Robitaille, a young Frenchwoman who is planning to open a bistro right across the street. Sparks fly between the two chefs, as they compete to see who is the better cook. And of course, it’s not only the food that attracts them to each other. Romance, food, and humor combine for a light, fluffy story
Ann Lorz
Sep 25, 2011 Ann Lorz rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, sports
I'm am so glad to finally read Anthony's story. From the first book he was in I enjoyed his character. Vivi was the perfect partner for Anthony. I have to say I enjoyed this book a lot and don't have a lot of complaints about it. One big thing that bugged me, something that I'm sure others would laugh at me about, is how they nick named Anthony, Ant. Every time they called him that I suffered. Other then that its a quick enjoyable read.
Feb 07, 2013 Leya rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
Both Anthony and Vivi are perfectionists, two peas in the pod, comes to mind. They have the same passions: food, creating the perfect dish, their respective restaurants and family. They squabble about everything, and like a character in the book said, their arguing is a type of foreplay.
They both struggle with their feelings, but it the end....well, you know the rest.
Mar 31, 2012 Shea rated it it was ok
This book was okay. The story was pretty good in the beginning, but it started getting kind of off by the time Vivi and Anthony got together. I didn't really believe that he had fallen in love with her so fast.
I know I've read others by this author and enjoyed them in the past, but this one wouldn't make me read something else by Martin.
Katherine ang
Sep 29, 2011 Katherine ang rated it liked it
Two chefs battle each other. One French, one Italian. Dante still lingers with the memories of his wife, an ex cop - shot while on duty. Vivica was fresh in town, building her own restaurant. They were attacted to each other and the story goes. Not great but OK.
May 18, 2010 Phoebe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Culinary romance with reasonably well developed characters and plot. Not very memorable. Nice quotation: "All these disparate souls, gathered in one place for one pure purpose: the sanctity of a wonderfully prepared meal." Author clearly appreciates beautiful food.
MB (What she read)
Very cute novel!

Except for the sex in the restaurant's kitchen--the thought of which is just TOO GROSS for me! Can anyone say Health Department??? I would hope that Professional chefs would have better judgement.
Aug 31, 2014 Makii rated it liked it
Este libro es todo bla, bla, bla...

Lo mejor es, sin dudas, saber otra vez de Michael Dante. No puedo creer que se retirara finalmente...Y todo el drama con su pequeño Anthony... El chico realmente no quería jugar hockey!!!
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New York Times Bestselling Author Deirdre Martin was six when she wrote her first "book,”a Peanuts parody. In addition to penning bad, maudlin poetry in junior high school and serving as the Arts Editor on her high school newspaper, she was also the Arts Editor at her colleg
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