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(Love Story #3)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  457 ratings  ·  81 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 mad
Paperback, 312 pages
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
Connie N.
#3 in the A Love Story romance series

I'd rate this 4.5 stars, if I could, but I'll round up for Goodreads. What really makes this story for me are the characters. We revisit with Grady (hero of the previous book and brother to the heroine here), and he's just as wonderful as a supporting character. He and Kara are the adult children of a U.S. senator, and they have grown up in a fishbowl, always finding themselves helping out with the campaign, with photo ops, interviews, etc. Ten years ago, Kar
Overall I liked this book. Kara and Logan had met while in Paris. Things didn't end well and neither though they would see each other again. That is until Kara has to write an article about his restaurant. Things between them are still messy and it doesn't help that he hasn't gotten over his mother leaving. Thankfully in the end he is finally able to make things work and they get their happy ending. ...more
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 Logan'
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 liefdesver
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. ...more
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 c ...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
Nicole Normand
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-challenge
I received a copy from Hidden Gems; I had also bought the book previously in the intent of reading it; this is my honest review.
- I loved the way Logan lived his life, up even with the ring he gave Kara. When he says he buys what he needs from people who are giving back to the earth, he means it. Grass-fed cows, sea glass, redefined wood, and many more.
-I really didn't like Kara at the beginning. I read the whole book and I'm still not sure about her. She's not real, she aims to hurt, she can't
Jamie Jack
May 25, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: contemporary, p-2020
If You Love a Wildly Immature H & h...

I have enjoyed some books in Tracy Ewens’ love story series, but I have not enjoyed others. Unfortunately, this one fell into the latter category. I just didn't like the way that the hero and heroine treated each other when they met up again. They had had a brief affair in Paris when they both took a course at Le Cordon Bleu eight years before the story starts. They meet again in Los Angeles at a than- you dinner for her father's political volunteers. They b
Mar 03, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was not what I expected.....and took a long time for me to complete

I have read several other books in this series and really liked them but Taste was slightly different for me. There were some things that I quite liked and others which annoyed me. I did finish the book but it took me several times of putting it down and then picking it back up several weeks later to make it to the end. I have to say I was surprised by this as what I have read by Tracy Ewens I have enjoyed a a lot. But I guess yo
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
A farm boy and his princess

Favorite line "I love you. Come on in, take whatever you want. It's all yours anyway. Just please don't let go."
A second chance romance. Many times authors talk about the past in quick summaries and it ruins the story for me. Ms. Ewers did not. She starts in the present and when the past comes up, it is beautifully described and felt. This is the story of a person who hid her whole life that she now didn't know how to unhide and be her own person. Then there's Logan, s
Margery Baker
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Perfectly wonderful
This story will grab you in the beginning and hold your attention till the very last word. The characters are so real you’ll feel like you’ve met them and would like to know them better. Kara and Logan were an interesting combination (“poor” little rich girl and down to earth restaurateur). Ms. Ewens’ talented writing brings the story to life and provides the reader with a wonderful experience.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well written story with a very good storyline once I started reading I was not putting the book down. I enjoyed reading food critic Kara Malendar and chef Logan Rye's story, they both had so much in their pasts they had to overcome. I recommend this book. I received a copy through Hidden Gems and I am voluntarily reviewing. ...more
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...
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect second chance

Love everything I read! So much hurt hidden between these two. I loved how they fell in love a second time. I love how they could break down each other's walls and I absolutely loved their personalities. They were written perfectly!
💙 Deanna
This is a new to me author. I loved the writing. I loved the characters. Logan and Kara were so well written. I loved the storyline. I wanted to keep reading but I didn’t want the story to end. Looking forward to more books.
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Logan and Winnie/Logan and Kara, however you slice it and dice it they belong together. I loved this story so much! The characters are amazing and Olivia is a riot! Great story line that you won't want to put down. ...more
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
Mar 25, 2020 rated it did not like it
This has been on my to read list for awhile, just could not get into it
read the first couple of chapters starting skipping around trying to see if the story would keep me reading, it did not
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book, great Author.
Carol Hatch
Not my cup of tea

The sex scene that occurred in Logan’s restaurant kitchen turned me off...actually, it ruined what was an otherwise decent love story.
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
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
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 wi
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 new author to enjoy. I liked Tracy Ewen's book Candidate: A Love Story as 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 b
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 fa ...more
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