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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  411 ratings  ·  67 reviews
If only life were as simple as following a recipe.

In her twenties, Kara Malendar found herself at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris, thousands of miles away from the harsh media coverage of her political family. But Paris ended abruptly when she was summoned home to Los Angeles and expected to stand in again as the senator’s perfect daughter.

Now, thirty, Kara has
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Published October 27th 2015 by Tracy Ewens
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Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Second Chance, Romance, Womens Fiction
4 Discovering Your True You Stars * * * *
Every once in a while you find a gem hidden away... waiting for discovery. At least, that is how I like to think of it when I find a book I haven't heard of or know the author.

Taste: A Love Story (Book Three) by Tracy Ewens has been this lovely reading experience. It was captivating and detailed with emotions and heart. The story provided huge growth arcs for the main characters and hints of possible books for others to come. It is part of a series but I
Susan (susayq ~)
3.5 stars

Well, that made me cry. No, not the whole book, just the ending. It was perfect and had big fat tears rolling down my face.

If you're looking for a fast paced romance, this is NOT it. There were times I felt this dragged, but we got to see Kara and Logan falling in love. A big complaint lots of romance readers have about not seeing the couple fall in love is very true. But you got to witness it in here, and it was beautiful.

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley
Robin Reynolds
May 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
*I received this book from NetGalley for review*

I read RESERVED last month, which is the fourth book in this series, after this one, and I loved it. Five stars loved it. So I was excited when I looked on NetGalley recently and discovered this one was also available.

I love the opening line: “Kara Malendar was a bitch.” Kara, a restaurant reviewer, is the heroine. She's a senator's daughter and has grown up in the spotlight of politics. She's spent her life conforming to what her parents, namely
Jan 13, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I struggled a bit with this book unfortunately but I'm not sure if it was because I had too high expectations before I started or if it was just the book. I love reading a good second chance romance and love spending time in the kitchen so was looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunately for me I found it a bit difficult to get into the start of the book and that kind of set my mind to how I liked the rest of it
Rating: 2.5/5
(I received a free ecopy from the author via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.)
***Minor spoilers***

Kara Malendar, daughter of a US Senator, met Logan Rye at culinary school in Paris. They had a short romance before Kara was whisked home by her parents, leaving Logan surprised and heartbroken, whether he was willing to admit it or not. Several years later, Kara is now a food critic for the LA Times, and Logan is opening up a restaurant in LA. Asked to do a feature on
Jan 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Vorige week las ik het tweede deel en ik was heel enthousiast. Deel 1 had ik spijtig genoeg niet in mijn bezit maar deel 3 gelukkig wel. In het vorige boek volgden we Grady Malender op de voet en in dit boek speelt zijn zus, Kara, de hoofdrol.

Last week I read the previous part and I was very happy. Unfortunately I did not have part one but I could immediately continue with part 3. In part two, we followed Grady Malender and now the spotlights were on his sister, Kara.

Hoewel het om een
Delaney Diamond
Being a foodie, I enjoyed reading the descriptions of the food, the hero's restaurant, and the heroine's work as a food critic. It's a good second chance at love romance.
Ashley Berry
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a beautiful read. It's a slow burn, but never stalls. It felt like I was right there in the story with them. She has quite the number of supporting characters that I loved just as much as the Main characters. I can't wait to read the others books in the series. I am a sucker for a foodie book and this had everything I loved in it. Great restaurant vibe, hot chef, and gardening; described in great detail, but not boring or bogged down. They main characters are witty and their banter is ...more
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

these books are so sweet. I really enjoyed reading it. the series so far is fantastic, they can be read as stand alone but the characters and events intermingled. so in order is how to read them. Great stories and characters. also a happy ever after. couldn't ask for more. definitely recommending
Jan 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Actually I would give this a 3.5.. cute story, entertaining, nothing out of the ordinary, but I did like the characters.. Somehow, I started with the last book of the series, will get to the other 2 eventually...
Terry Peters
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it!

Anybody looking for a love story will love Tracy Ewens and Taste! Can't wait to start the next one! She is a great writer
Book Club Mom
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone will tell you that the restaurant business is tough, and food critics like Kara Malendar make it even tougher. Kara is known for her scathing reviews in the LA Times food section and the word is that her recent review of the Marco Polo was “the last nail in the coffin.” Kara loves the power of her job, but she feels a twinge of guilt when she sees the Marco Polo shutting down. What kind of career is being a food critic anyway? Kara’s not even sure she likes eating anymore.

As the daughter
A Klue
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Foodie romance enthusiasts, who love a second chance at love with the main couple slowly working their way back to each other, may very well find Taste by Tracy Ewens quite to their liking. My fellow romance book-loving friends, the kitchen does not get overly steamy in this one. There is no dirty talk or uncomfortably graphic/overly done steamy scenes to embarrass you or highjack the storyline. The language of love here is spoken mostly with amorous caresses and kisses, with fade to black/racy ...more
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
This was a free book from NetGalley.
Logan and Kara's liaison began 8 yrs from present day, when they met in Paris while attending college.They had a brief affair which was interrupted by the call of duty for Kara and her politically minded family and which left a bad taste in Logan's mouth.Fast forward a few years, and they meet again under different circumstances, when Kara is commissioned to write an article on Logan's newly opened and family run restaurant.Their initial meeting is peppered
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted on [] lovebacon

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I love finding a newauthor to enjoy. I liked Tracy Ewen's book Candidate: A Love Storyas it was a romance that was different. So I was excited to read her third book in the series Taste. And I was pleased that it matched the tone and pace of Candidate. Sometimes a second or third book is
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed Taste: A Love Story by Tracy Ewens very much; so much so that I found myself staying up extra late to read this well written novel. The story revolves around the relationship between Logan Rye, a chef and restaurant owner, and Kara Malendar, a food critic and closeted artisan. They come from disparate backgrounds that deeply influence their present day lives. Logan's family owns a large farm and he even grows a garden that helps supply the restaurant with sustainable produce. Kara's ...more
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book! It had complex, flawed main characters who don't always do what you expect (in a like-a-human-being sort of way, not a throw-the-book-across-the-room sort of way). The ensemble characters added a lot of texture, as well as the settings, which (for a food novel) gave the novel a lot of flavor.

I like that Logan wasn't an alpha-male "my woman" type and I loved witnessing Kara's two halves become a whole as the novel progressed.

Highly recommended to anyone looking for a great
Samantha Bilodeau
This book caught my interest the first few pages and kept it until it was finished. It was funny, touching, and basically everything felt very natural. The characters, both primary and secondary, were well-shaped, multi-dimensional, relatable, and likable. The story was mostly believable with just enough fantasy to keep it interesting, and I felt it was very well paced. The details about the area (Pasadena, primarily), food, restaurants, farms, journalism, political campaigns, etc. were just ...more
I feel like I gained ten pounds while reading this. All of the food discussed made me hungry and made me want to run to my kitchen and start cooking something fancy and delicious. Fresh corn and tomato salad, melt-in-your-mouth brisket, freshly baked bread, grilled cheese sandwiches made with brie and granny smith apples and fig jam, olive oil hand-pressed by monks...seriously - I'm glad I'm going out to eat downtown tonight, because the lonely carton of eggs and yogurt in my fridge isn't going ...more
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Another good love story by Tracy Ewens

This is the second book I’ve read by Tracy Ewens and I liked it a lot. I’m not sure why but I had trouble getting into the book at first so I put it away for a while. When I picked it up again I had trouble putting it down to do things that life demanded of me. It’s a second chance love story – one of my favorite romance tropes.

This story is connected to Candidate but it stands totally on its own with an HEA and you won’t feel like you’re missing out if you
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book has a lot going for it. Believable characters rediscovering romance eight years after a magical time together in Paris. And who wouldn't get turned on by a guy who loves to cook for a woman? The heroine, Kara, studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris where she met Logan. They shared Paris and gourmet cooking together. But their idyllic time together ended when she had to go back to her life as the daughter of a senator who has to be perfect so it doesn’t interfere with her father’s ...more
* I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review *

When I saw the synopsis for this book, I thought I was going to love it. I was so excited when it hit my Kindle that I couldn't wait to get started reading it. But then something strange happened: right away I disliked Kara, actually I *really* disliked her (that whole: "your food is crap" bit at the volunteer party was just unforgivable and pretty much set the nail in this character's coffin for me). I liked
Becky Burciaga
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book by Tracy Ewen I've read and I'm in awe of her ability to create such "alive" characters. There is no other word I can think of to describe how much Kara and Logan seem real, as if they are in the same room with me as I'm living their lives with them.

The way that this author weaves the back story with the present is seamless in that there is no momentum lost in the memories which serve to give poignancy to both Kara and Logan for so much time lost between their discovery
Julie   (*Happily Ever Chapter*)
Kara met a guy named Logan when she was in Paris at culinary school. They hit it off right away, until she got summoned home by her parents for his senator campaign. Eight years later they meet again because Logan owns a restaurant that is catering an event for her father. After word gets out about his restaurant, Kara's boss wants her to write a feature for the paper about him and his restaurant. After spending time together working on the story their old feelings start to return but they both ...more
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I absolutely adored this book! You meet Kara, a US Senator's daughter who is constantly in the spotlight of the media...and her critical mother's eye. She has kept her true self so hidden from the world that she almost feels she has lost who she is. Somehow she became a food critic for an LA paper.

Then you have Logan Rye who grew up on a farm and has opened a trendy farm to table restaurant in LA.

Kara and Logan met in Paris back when they were in college. Logan knew Kara as Winnie Parker then
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

Taste is the first book by Tracy Ewans that I've read and I enjoyed it immensely and will certainly be on the lookout for more work from this author. The two main characters, Kara Malendar and Logan Rye, have a past. They met years ago, in Paris while attending the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu cooking school, during their senior year of college. Things ended suddenly for them, and they never had contact again, until now.

Now Logan is back in southern California opening a new restaurant and
Katie Battaglia
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Netgalley for the copy in exchange for an honest review!

Taste follows the story of Kara and Logan. Kara and Logan met in Paris 5 years ago while attending a culinary school. Things were seemingly perfect between them until a lie was exposed and it tore them apart. Now 5 years later, they are pushed back together when Kara must write a three part article on Logan's new restaurant, The Yard. Will their past continue to cause issues between them? Can they move on? Or will new secrets
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kara Malendar misses the days when she was someone else. When Paris was her home and a gorgeous, talented young chef was into her. But life isn't about dreams or getting what you want. At least not when you are the daughter of a US Senator and his overbearing wife. She has a part to play. For God's sake she even has a color! One she detests mind you, but a color nevertheless. When her job as a food critic brings Logan Rye back into her life, Kara has to face her past and hope that being around ...more
Jan 24, 2016 rated it liked it
NOTE: I received a free copy through NetGalley.

2.5 stars (rounded to 3). I had a couple of issues with it, but cried a lot (that’s a good thing in my book).

Much as I love Beyonce and Fall Out Boy, the pop culture references got old fast. Why date your novel?

Some things blew over too fast: (view spoiler)
Book Lover
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was given an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

This is my first book by this author. This is the third in the series. While previous characters were mentioned, I don’t feel like I missed anything by starting with this one.

Kara and Logan come from very different backgrounds. Kara’s father is a Senator. She has spent her life in the “political world” where she was expected to always be “on” and perfect. She built a separate life where she could be herself, involving food and art. I love
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Tracy Ewens is a recovered theatre major who writes contemporary romance from a beautiful piece of Arizona desert. When not working on her next book, she drinks copious amounts of tea, prefers an exit row seat, and reads well past her bedtime.

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