Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Just Desserts


Title: Just Desserts
Author: Scarlet Blackwell
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60928-118-2
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Everything Chef Luc Tessier touches is successful, whether it’s it his five-star restaurant, popular cooking program or his oversexed personal life. The only blemish on what could be considered a perfect record is a scathing review by English food critic, Daniel Sheridan. Luc takes Daniel’s criticism to heart and is determined to do one of two things - either win the critic over by cooking him the best gourmet vegetarian meal of his life or use a hatchet to cut him into very small pieces. Luc gets the surprise of his life when his nemesis, Daniel, turns out to be a gorgeous man he can’t stop thinking about-he’s smitten.

Daniel definitely likes what he sees in Luc but isn’t willing to be called any man’s toy again, so he plays it cool, keeping his emotions in cheek. Yet over a series of weeks he’s relentlessly pursued with emails and numerous gifts, making it difficult to stay firm in his resolve. Different countries keep them apart until Luc takes matters into his own hands and shows up at a competition where Daniel is serving as judge, determined to win both the culinary prize and Daniel’s heart.

Just Desserts is the first work by Scarlet Blackwell that I’ve had the pleasure of reading and take it from me; after reading this delightfully well-written little novella, it won’t be my last. I admit it, I love to cook and watch cooking shows on TV, so reading a story revolving around a hot tempered, sexy and demanding French chef seemed like the perfect story to read and review. And then I discovered this famous chef cooked only vegetarian—whoever heard of this premise in a story—not me, so it was a pleasant surprise.

After reading the first few pages, I expected Luc and Daniel to be arrogant and stuck up, but in reality they each turned out to have unique, quirky and often funny personalities. The antics of these two kept me on my toes and turning the pages to see what happened next on their unusual courtship. There were times I grinned, others I chuckled and some I outright laughed.

Told mostly in Luc’s point of view, the reader gets a good feel for the how he feels about food, sex and his surprise in discovering that he’s falling in the love with Daniel and his determination to win the man for his own. These two guys are good together and the author takes the men and the readers on a hilarious ride to Luc’s kitchen, where they have their first sexual encounter, through numerous emails, internet purchased gifts and finally to the culinary competition that brings them together again. Take it from this pleased reader, give this little culinary gem a try. You wouldn’t be sorry you did.

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