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Last Bite by Nancy Verde Barr
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Sep 16, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: 2009, challenge-fall-2009, cooking, chick-lit, romance, mystery
Read in September, 2009 , read count: 1

This book was very cute. I'm in love with Danny... I hope my husband doesn't mind! ;)

So the main character, Casey, is a chef who works backstage on a TV show, preparing food-preparation segments (cooking back-up food, doing all the food prep work, etc.) for an early morning talk show. She works closely with a very famous chef, Sally, who is, essentially, Julia Child (who the author worked with for 18 years). So Casey and her boyfriend have an ugly and painful breakup at the beginning of the book, and she's taking a break from men... She bought a boy gerbil, who she thinks is enough man in her life right then... haha...

But then a guest chef, Danny, comes onto the show, and he's really good-looking... but he's also REALLY flirtatious, and so she assumes he's a womanizer... And it's all great fun. He's fabulous and has a wicked-awesome Irish accent, of course! So it's a story about them falling in love and also a bit of a mystery, because strange crap is going on with Sally... and Casey is trying to figure out why she's acting so weird... And in true Nancy Drew and Ned Nickerson style, Casey and Danny work together to help Sally out of the (very serious) jam she finds herself in.

The plot seemed a bit contrived in places... Like a certain character happened to speak the foreign language that the bad guys happen to speak... (Like when Nancy Drew goes to a random country and happens to speak the obscure local language well enough to overhear and understand the bad guys' plan and thwart them...) It was a bit silly... And the character descriptions were a bit fan-fiction-y in feeling...

But overall, a cute story. 3.5 stars. I rounded up due to the extremely cute ending. ;)

Oh, and there's an Eggplant Parmesan recipe in the back that looks amazing... maybe if I make it the hubby won't know it's eggplant?
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Reading Progress

09/15/2009 page 28
9.09% "It's cute so far. Had to put it down to go to book group, but will resume shortly..."
09/16/2009 page 92
29.87% "Cute story so far. It's a pretty quick read, too... It's like reading a behind-the-scenes at Food Network book, but with a love story! ♥"
09/16/2009 page 265
86.04% "Three chapters left! It's cute... the plot is a bit... convenient... but it's cute!"

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