Thursday, March 25, 2021

✱✱Book Review✱✱ The Secret Ingredient by KD Fisher

Two amazing chefs. Two very different restaurants. One recipe for love.

For single mom Adah Campbell, the executive chef job at a posh restaurant in quaint South Bay, Maine is a dream come true—and the perfect opportunity to start over, far away from a home that’s never felt entirely hers. But fitting in has never been easy, and between a new town, a new boss, and the unexpectedly attractive owner of a rival café, things get off to a rocky start.

Never did free-spirited Beth Summers think she’d still be in Maine. Travel the world gathering delicious recipes and finding friends and lovers? Absolutely. Step in to run her family’s small-town café? Not so much. However, once Beth commits to something, that’s it. Soon, The Yellow House is the hottest spot in town, but Beth’s out of energy—and out of ideas for moving forward.

Until Adah Campbell walks into her life. As sparks fly, both chefs have to decide if they are willing to make sacrifices...or if it’s really too many cooks in the kitchen.

Momma Says: 3 stars⭐⭐⭐

The Secret Ingredient - no surprise that it's a foodie romance, right? It's also a sweet, female/female romance. Now, here's where I'll tell you that foodie romances are a bit of a hit or miss for me, but I picked this one up because I don't often run into female pairings in the genre. About the foodie aspect of this one - KD Fisher does a really good job with the details, which is usually where I struggle with this trope. All too often, we get so much detail about the food that I end up hungry but lost on where the story is going other than the meal. Fisher finds just the right balance between the story and the descriptions so that the romance doesn't get lost. Oddly enough, that's where I struggled with this one. Not with Beth. She comes across as a little flighty but easily likable. Adah, on the other hand, was a hard nut to crack. She's so set on not discussing her feelings and pushing people away that she pushed this reader away more often than not. Her past makes her actions understandable, but I think I needed a bit more development with her character. Nevertheless, I think this sweet foodie romance has its charm and will appeal to many LGBTQIA readers.

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