Monday, August 2, 2010

Stirring Up Trouble


Title: Stirring Up Trouble
Author: ZA Maxfield
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL: http://www.mlrbooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60820-130-3
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Because of pranks, rashness, as well as his sister’s bad timing, Toby Andrews has been blackballed from working in New York's temples of haute cuisine. However, Toby gets a chance at salvation when Evan Blankenship, owner of the failing restaurant Le Potiron, accepts Toby on a trial basis. Together, Toby and Evan learn what it means to be successful in business as well as in bed.

Stirring Up Trouble is a fantastic romantic comedy. The characters are in depth, with good chemistry between Toby and Evan. The secondary characters insert turmoil into the well written plot. Toby is a good guy who is very creative, in addition to being passionate, about preparing food. It is Toby’s passionate personality that leads him into acting without forethought in some cases plus the lack of freedom to create that inspired the pranks. Toby is a people-pleaser; he enjoys making the customers happy, including the small children who are fussy eaters. Toby loves Evan and is content to remain at Le Potiron creating delicious foods rather than move to a more up-scale place that would better match his chef skills. Evan loves to cook; however, he would much rather stay in the kitchen away from people. What started out as a working relationship between Evan and Toby soon grew into friendship and from friendship into lovers.

The incredible ZA Maxfield has a talent for writing compassionate love stories interwoven with humor. Stirring Up Trouble is an impressive and enjoyable saga. I look forward to the sequel coming next year.

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