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Recipe for Disaster

(Men of the Secret Service #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  387 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Secret Service Agent Griffin Keller always gets his man. And his woman. In pursuit of an international counterfeiter known only as “The Artist”, Griffin stumbles across paintings stolen from the White House and swapped with forgeries. His only clue to the thief’s identity–a dish towel from the White House kitchen.

White House pastry chef Marin Chevalier desperately needs a
Published May 7th 2018 by Tule Publishing
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Having gone into this thinking this was straight up romantic suspense with the rather unusual pairing of a Secret Service Agent and a well-connected White House pastry chef, I wasn’t entirely too sure personally, if ‘Recipe for Disaster’ really fell into this category.

It’s perhaps best called a mix of some mystery and some romance, as all the parties involved seemed nicely ensconced in their white-tower (or house, is this case) in a way that made it difficult to relate to them, let alone get in
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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After reading this book I want to tour the white house now!! Marin is a pastry chef for the white house and Griffin is a secret service agent investigating a case that leads him to the white house. Tons of plot twists that will have you saying what just happened. Loved how a strong woman could keep pace with the man.

Great romantic suspense from Solheim to start the series. I can't wait for more in the series.
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3.5 Stars
The best word to describe our hero would be pigheaded. Now I’m not a fan of manwhores in any respect and to have it repeatedly thrown in my face early on in a book was not fun. Apparently his killer dimples make panties drop wherever he goes. When the hero and heroine first meet, he’s harboring the belief that she’s his strongest lead in a art forgery and a multi national counterfeiting ring. Normally I don’t mind this type of deception, it just felt harsh in this book. The hero Griffi
Resting Book Face
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've ever read by this author, and I enjoyed it immensely. It actually started out a wee-bit slow for me, but as it turned out, that was a necessary evil as the characters in this new series were introduced. Once Griffin and Marin met, however, the action erupted and never slowed down. I was riveted to the story, anxious to find out who the mole in the White House was. I liked both Griffin and Marin a lot, and I actually would have enjoyed learning more about them and thei ...more
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Apr 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Firstly, let's start this off with a trigger warning. There's a dog in the story. He's a character, you'll see him play and interact and you'll grow to love him. Frankly, I liked the dog more than most of the humans in this book. He gets intentionally injured toward the end, we're even led to think he was killed. As an animal lover who has to change the channel every time that Sarah McLachlan commercial comes on, I have some pretty choice words for whoever thought it would be a good idea to put ...more
Miriam Wolfe
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy.

When the main male character is supposed to be the one that all the women fall for, I hope that the female lead character will put up a bit of resistance and not fall at his feet like all the other women so I was a bit disappointed in that respect. I can't say that I liked Griffin all that much as he kept "giving in" to the attracted then backing off which is typical for a romance but I find annoying!

I did like the book overall and I especially enjo
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW! I loved reading Recipe for Disaster by Tracy Solheim, the first book in her Men of the Secret Service series. The title is fitting since our heroine Marin Chevalier is the Pastry Chef for the White House where her godmother is the first lady. Marin comes from a wealthy family that owns hotels around the world. She is a strong person who gives the impression that she can take care of herself. Her biggest problem at the moment is finding a date for her cousin’s wedding but her busy schedule d ...more
Bette Hansen
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice start to what should be an interesting new series. He's part of the secret service working to find an art thief who has infiltrated the White House. She's a White House pastry chef who has an uncanny amount of knowledge of the art world. Could she be the one he's looking for? Secret Service Agent Griffin Keller doesn't want to believe Chef Marin Chevalier is part of the art ring but unless he finds the real thief everything points to her. Working together they need to find out what is reall ...more
There were a lot of catnip elements here for me - secret identities and pastries and dangerpantsfeelings! And overall the romance was solid if weak ending wise? The Foreign Terrorist plot (even with the twist) felt way too racist & there were weird foreign trophy wife shaming aspects too.

Also what happened to Anika? There were too many dead people of color for Plot Pain and that just killed the story for me (no pun intended).
Paula Pugh
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book chock filled with action, romantic mystery and twists. An innocent White House pastry chef suddenly becomes the prey for a ct-throat killer who is ruthless in pursuit of her. On her side is a gorgeous hunk of dimpled cheeks who is driven by his dedication to service and to her survival. The fact that she upsets his perfectly orchestrated world is priceless.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tracy has done it again! With the perfect formula of just the right amounts of suspense and romance she has given us another great read to enjoy. Griffin and Marin are great characters to get to know and their story is exciting and sweet, with a few laughs thrown in for just the right RECIPE. As usual the supporting charters are ppl that I can't wait to read their stories. My shelf that contains all of Tracy's keep books is getting so full I will have to start another one soon. Loved Griffin's a ...more
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Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Review copy received from Tule Publishing via Netgalley
Christina Montminy
Loved this great 1st book in a new series by Tracy Solheim. This is an edge of your seat book, with a who’s lot of hot & sexy. It has just the right amount mystery/suspense & steamy desire to keep the reader interested. The sweet unassuming Marin was just the perfect foil for extremely hot Griffin. Secret Service agent Griffin has been after a money counterfeiting ring for 2 yrs & now it looks like the White House art is involved. The only clue he has is a cloth from the kitchen of the White Hou ...more
Alex (HEABookNerd)
While I enjoyed RECIPE FOR DISASTER I'm a little conflicted because there were parts that I really enjoyed and parts that I found frustrating. Overall, I thought it was a good suspense romance, although I found the bad guys to be a bit predictable and surprisingly incompetent. In some ways, they almost came across as comedic and this would pull me out of the suspense. Though I figured out who was involved pretty early on, I did not completely figure out what was going on, so there were plenty of ...more
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first experience reading this author and I was pleasantly surprised! This is the beginning of a new series (Men of the Secret Service) and focuses on Griffin and Marin. A very enjoyable romantic suspense with an impressive amount of detail in the storyline. This author is obviously knowledgeable about government dealings and the Secret Service because the detail is outstanding and quite interesting. I felt there was the perfect amount of mystery, suspense and romance in this book and ...more
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great start to this new series! I really enjoyed the story and Griffin and Marin. They are very likable characters. There was a really nice balance of all the good stuff; like romance, suspense, and even some plot twists thrown in.
I look forward to more of this series.

I received an ARC from Netgalley.
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
It's been awhile since I read a true romantic suspense. Recipe for Disaster by Tracy Solheim reminded me why I love the genre.

For the past two years, Secret Service Agent Griffin Keller has been on the hunt for “The Artist”, an international counterfeiter who has been flooding the world economy with fake hundred dollar bills. Just when he thinks he finally has “The Artist” or one of his associates, that person is killed. Griffin's investigation is turned upside down when it's discovered that “Th
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Recipe for Disaster was an enjoyable read but it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I expected it to be more romantic-suspense but it read more like a mystery with a somewhat forced romance.
I'm not saying I didn't like the relationship between Griffin and Marin but I wasn't completely satisfied with how it played out.
I loved the friendship between Griffin, Adam and Ben - I may even like them better than Griffin so I'm hoping they'll be featured in future books!

*ARC provided by Netgalley in excha
Becky Burciaga
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A hold your breath, tension and intrigued filled romance that will surprise as well as entertain you. As you travel through trying to determine who the perpetrators of the crimes are, your guesses will be astoundingly wrong. That, along with such engaging characters is what makes this a story that you just can't put down. You'll be swept away from the first page to the last...experiencing suttle humor, even an all out chuckle or two, along with sharp dialog and witty banter as you weave your way ...more
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Tracy Solheim, and it was quite good, a nice mix of romance and suspense, initially started out a bit slow but did well to introduce the side characters of this new series. I really liked Griffin and Marin grew on me as the story unfolded. Loved the suspense element and looking forward to more books in this series.
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Marin & Griffin's story. This romantic suspense is action packed with plot twists that will keep you guessing. Recipe for Disaster is a great start to this series. I look forward to Ben & Adam's stories!

I voluntarily read & reviewed a complimentary Advance Reader Copy.
Christi Snow
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
My Review:
Yay, it was awesome to get to read another Tracy Solheim book and I really did enjoy this one.

The setup is that Marin is the goddaughter of the First Lady. As such, she's been brought in to work as a pastry chef at the White House...a job she loves.

She comes to Griff's attention when he's working on a counterfeiting case that leads to stolen art from the White House with a tie to Marin's family...she's the only tie he can find to this really tough case, so of course, she's his prime
Chris Groesch
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Romantic Suspense done RIGHT!

Twisty turny plot. White House setting with behind-the-scenes views. Well matched protagonist and her steamy agent. Tightly written and ended way too soon. Loved this book!
Best contemporary romantic suspense novel that I have read in quite some time!
Now to hang onto my patience for book 2 in the series.
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Recipe for Disaster by Tracy Solheim
(Men of the Secret Service Book 1)
Secret Service Agent Griffin Keller always gets his man. And his woman. In pursuit of an international counterfeiter known only as "The Artist", Griffin stumbles across paintings stolen from the White House and swapped with forgeries. His only clue to the thief's identity–a dish towel from the White House kitchen.

White House pastry chef Marin Chevalier desperately needs a date to her cousin's society wedding. Unfortunately, he
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I was easily swept into the world of the Men of the Secret Service. There is definite world building here, but I expect that especially a story that involves suspense, mystery, a touch of politics feeling and, of course, romance. There are many secondary characters along with the main couple and the bad guys in Recipe For Disaster. And I’ll admit that while I understood having them all present and accounted for, it could get a bit overwhelming at times. I’ll be frank
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Secret Service Agent Griffin Keller is looking for an international counterfeiter known as "The Artist", and his only clue leads him to the White House and its Pastry Chef Marin Chevalier. Marin loves her job so much, she never has time for anything else, and now she desperately needs a date for her cousin's wedding. However, odd things start to happen around Marin, like accidents and bodies turning up. Griffin finds it more and more difficult to decide if she is a victim or a suspect.
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Rating this book was difficult for me as the storyline was all over the place. I liked the romance side, but the suspense factors, not so much. There are so many subplots involved in this storyline that it got confusing at times. There is Agent Griffin Keller’s main case involving counterfeit bills, which leads to a art forgery that takes the readers to the White House.
The White House Pastry Chef, Marin, is in need of a hot date for her cousin’s wedding, and that becomes Griffin’s angle to get
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recipe for Disaster is the first book I have read written by Tracy Solheim. The concept for the book was unique, in that I don’t remember reading many stories that take place at the White House. Besides the unusual setting, the mystery of art forgeries leading to the President’s home is also creative. The author’s gets points for thinking out of the box for this creative concept that caused me to want to read this book.

The characters of Secret Service Agent Griffin Keller and White House pastry
Inishowen Cailín
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I quite liked this book because there was lots of mystery, plenty of action and a nice romance.

The plot was a little bit weak. I couldn't understand how there could be so many very serious security breaches at the White House. It just didn't seem very realistic.
Marin was borderline 'too dumb to live' and the Secret Service were way too easy going and lackadaisical.
I also couldn't understand why Marin's powerful and rich family didn't get involved in her safety? There was no mention of them excep
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
An action packed nail biter.

Secret Service Agent Griffin Keller, is on the tail of an international counterfeiter known as The Artist, when he comes across stolen paintings form the White House. His only clue, a dish towel from the White House, leads him to pastry chef, Marin Chevalier.

Marin comes from a wealthy family that owns hotels all over the world. Some have been used as drop off sites for counterfeit bills, so Griffin decides to keep an eye on Marin in case she is involved. With Griffin
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Tracy Solheim writes books with shirtless men on the cover. Some of them are actually best-sellers. The books, not the men. When she's not writing, she's practicing her curling. . . bottles of wine, that is. She's been known to cook dinner but no more than two nights in a row. Most days, she'd rather be reading, which to her is just necessary research. She lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with her ...more

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