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Perfect Pairing

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  521 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Hal Orion is an accomplished chef and food truck owner. She loves her life, her longtime sous chef and best friend, and the food she shares with the residents of her beloved city of Buffalo. Her life is exactly how she wants it: no strings, no commitments, and no roots—just great grilled cheese and a whole lot of freedom on the side.

Quinn Banning is an investment banker, a
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by Bywater Books
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Les Read
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What’s up with all these lesbian authors and their sinfully delicious food descriptors?! I feel like I need to hit the gym a few extra hours after reading through their novels. Seriously! Packing on the literary pounds here reading about all this food.

In Perfect Pairing, Rachel Spangler brings out her inner-chef to cook a mouthwatering story for her readers. Sausage + Maple Syrup, Chocolate + Bacon, Beef Jerky + Rolo, Mac&Cheese + Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Banana + Peanut Butter, French Fries + V
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! I'm not a fan of food books and I usually have to skip through the poncy descriptions of flavours and preparations but not with this book. I actually enjoyed it in the case of Perfect Pairing but then who doesn't love the comfort of grilled cheese? Enough about food. I thoroughly enjoyed the way Hal and Quinn evolved as characters and the way their chemistry jumped off the page. Spangler didn't give too much too soon and it kept me turning the pages. Great story, engaging dialogue, fa ...more
Farah ファラ
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ff-amore, career-day
Okay, I'm going to try my best to write a good review in honor of Ms.Spangler's masterpiece.

Quinn a banker met Hal Orion a food truck ower+chef with a proposal that will benefit both parties but the first meeting was not so perfect and ended up with Hal slamming the food truck's door on Quinn. Quinn was not a quitter, she kept on pursuing Hal with the proposal and Hal was just as stubborn and kept on saying no. The back and forth scenes were a bit tiresome but I pursued on and was rewarded hands
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
(I was provided a copy of the book by the publisher for the purposes of a fair review.)

So, most of the four stars (4.25, actually) I'm giving this one are due to the exceptional banter and the nearly pornographic descriptions of food. The banter between not only Hal and Quinn, but also Hal and Sully, was just fantastic. It was sharp, funny, occasionally raunchy, sometimes endearing, and it did a wonderful job of keeping the dialogue lively. As for the food, pwhuahow! The actual sex scenes were s
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I think I may have approached this book with expectations that were too high. The main problem that I had with this book is that at the beginning of this book, neither character was very likable and they didn't like each other. I slowly began to like both of them more, but with all their bickering, it was not very believable when they found their happily ever after.

Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Sweet Romance

I've pretty much read most of Rachel Spangler's books and have grown to appreciate her writings and this does not disappoint. The story is about Hal, a food truck chief who "wants" for nothing, and Quinn, an investor banker looking to mark the town. Strong willed and confident, Quinn wants to form a partnership with Hal but Hal refuses, giving Quinn her first "no." Baffled by this, Quinn tries everything to get Hal to the light. Through this, a lusting for each other is formed and
Corporate Slave
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've come to appreciate Rachel Spangler as an author.. This book is a proof of how good of a writer she is.. There's a lot of interesting details about the food industry that I appreciated and it added a bit of flavor to the book :). The main characters are very interesting and likeable .. I mean how can you not be interested in a story between a banker and a chef ? This is a solid 4.5 however I just couldn't get myself to round it up to 5 only because the ending I felt was a bit "expected" and ...more
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really, really liked this book. An interesting setting...a food truck in Buffalo. Two strong main characters with chemistry like crazy. A well developed supporting cast. A lot of angst. It all made for a read I couldn't put down.
Loek Krancher
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect for anyone!

They are perfect for one another. The problem is that they are so opposite of each other and not to forget, so stubborn. Neither is interested in a committed relationship due to their scars and painful memories. The misunderstandings threatens to ruin everything. They both have to learn to open up and to trust each other. I loved the way the two struggles to overcome all the obstacles that prevent them from finding love. It take a lot to see each other in a different light but
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, romance
This was a fun book, I enjoyed the characters and the storyline. I'll even admit that the story made me crave a grilled cheese sandwich
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: l-words
Detailed score: 3.5 (but closer to 3.75 than 3.25 hence the round up

Spangler is a pro. So the story keeps moving, there are very few erroneous scenes or words and our characters grow.

The 3.5 instead of 4+ is because I didn't really connect with or like either of our leads. Food porn doesn't really do it for me and there was a lot of it in this book. And the ending was a bit too nauseatingly sweet for my tastes

Overall though, you're never going to waste your money buying a Spangler book and this
Darlene Vendegna
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Maybe it's my love of a perfectly made grilled cheese sandwich that contributed to my enjoyment of this book. Perhaps it's the thrill I get out of wandering aimlessly among food trucks at the local food truck gatherings happening year round in my neck of the woods, that contributed to the draw. More likely it's the fact that Rachel Spangler has crafted an absolutely delicious romance story that captivated me from word one. Can a hard nosed, shark type investment banker and a stubborn, self taugh ...more
Perfect Pairing is not the easy romance I expected, but I really liked it. The dialogue is fantastic, the friendship between Hal and Sully is the best, and, come on, a food truck?! The romance had a rougher road than I expected and I kind of wanted to shake Hal sometimes, but overall this was a great book.

Full review here:
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 I really wanted to like this book because i'm a chef too and i rarely read MC as a chef but i just don't feel the chemistry here or maybe i read this on a wrong time like i'm not in a mood or something. Maybe i will try again soon.

Noted: don't read this if you're hungry.
Pam Holzner
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Another winner from Spangler. The "dark night of the soul" could have been more detailed, but it was fine.
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, wlw, food-porn
I'm not entirely sure how I landed on this book from this author, but oh my god yes. I'm harboring a bit of a grudge against it right now because I want to eat grilled cheeses and fancy food and not stop and absolutely do not have access to it, but otherwise, this book is really amazing.

In typical romance novel form, you have two polar opposite people who want different things in life. Hal, the suave food truck chef that thrives on not putting an anchor down anywhere and barely trusting anyone,
Velvet Lounger
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: traditional, romance
I started the last review I did of Rachel Spangler’s ‘Does She Love You’ by saying I love her books.. and this latest story has not disappointed in any way.

"Perfect Pairing" is a charming mix of a traditional romance and personal growth, with a tasty mix of food truck inspiration thrown in. Two women, who on first appearances seem to have completely different life histories, turn out to have far more in common than either could imagine.

Hal has come up the hard way, surviving the foster care syst
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hal Orion is a chef and a food truck owner.  She's pretty content with her life as it is.  Quinn Banning is an investment banker and is looking for a chef for her next big business venture.  Somehow, Quinn has found her way into Hal's life but that doesn't mean that Hal is ready to say yes to everything.

Perfect Pairing has a nice ensemble of characters and it's hard not to like any of them.  The interaction and dialogue was good.  

Despite Hal and Quinn being polar opposites, I believed the chemi
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great dialog! Really liked the supporting characters of Sully and Ian! Craving grilled cheese!
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lesbian-bingo
What a great story, loved the food aspect but the road to romance was fun to read, rocky start then Hal and Quinn burning it up then breaking up, but of course this Perfect Pairing would get their HEA.
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this quite a bit. In fact, shortly after finishing the book I bought a grilled cheese sandwich and was painfully disappointed after the sandwiches described in this book. Perhaps it was because the sandwich had tomato on it.
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oh my god, did I enjoy this book. At this point, after finishing all of Rachel Spangler's books, I've reached the point where I want to meet her and become best friends. I love the way she writes so much, so I anticipate she would be very engaging to have a conversation with.

But this book is my favorite of hers, I think. I related to Hal so hard, right down to the frustration she felt with other people for never being able to fully understand what her independence means to her, how integral it
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I didn't love this book. I really struggled to like Hal. She had moments where she was winning me over but mainly I found her mean and judgmental. So when not really liking one of the characters I struggled to feel any investment in the couple.
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favs
What can I say about Rachel Spangler's "Perfect Pairing" except that it literally tugged me heartstrings to a level that I'm still reeling about it after finishing it! I just love that feeling when a lesbian romance novel manages to conjure up so many emotions within me with words that carried so much meaning and reverberation. There have only been a few that were able to penetrate the deepest recesses of me inner psyche when it came to matters related to love and romance. And Spangler's story i ...more
I was very excited to read this book, but ultimately it just wasn't for me. While Hal and Quinn are both interesting people, I didn't entirely buy their romance together. Hal has some severe issues related to their upbringing that cause them to lash out repeatedly. There is no apology when this happens and Quinn relishes her ability to eventually get Hal calm again, without ever acknowledging how dysfunctional it is. Hal also argues a lot about Quinn trying to control her, but acts betrayed anyt ...more
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: gay-and-lesbian
This was not a bad book, it just wasn’t a good book either. It was very meh. I did not really like either character, I thought they both sounded a bit whiny. I thought there wasn’t really a good problem for them to work through. I don’t think anyone would turn down a restaurant because they wanted their freedom. I mean really that was the conflict in this book. I like Sully ans Ian better and wished they had been the focus of this book. Overall okay premise, terrible characters I couldn’t connec ...more
Xan West
I really enjoyed this one. Wonderful food descriptions and details about food preparation and design, great chemistry, chosen family, hard-won happy ending, a bit angsty, full of humor, heat and heart.

Read my entire review on my blog.

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South Texas Reader.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an outstanding book by Rachel Spangler. She has become one of my favorite authors. Her characters, in Specific Quinn and Hal leap off the page at you. They are wounded women in different ways but their attraction simmers just beneath the surface, always. each dealt with a hard childhood in different ways, building walls around themselves. Breaking though is not easy for them and then you have the clash of business and independence as a pot boiler. Real true to life characters and steamy ...more
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Perfect Pairing is a book you should read with plenty of great food at hand. No matter what time of day I return to this story or even if I just ate, I always find myself super hungry (even if the sandwich being made is not my jam). At least it’s delicious torture.

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