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Saturday Smutty Six: Chef Heroines

To celebrate Women’s History Month, every Saturday in March we’ve prepared a Saturday Smutty Six list of some of our favorite heroines.

This week: Chefs and Bakers and purveyors of delicious things

The Secret Ingredient by KD Fisher

Lesbian. Dueling. Chefs. Need I say more? 

Ok I’ll say more. This small-town Maine romance is beautifully gentle AND has great food writing.

Trouble and Strife by Lara Kinsey

Elizabeth owns a chocolate shop, where she sells handmade bonbons and other delicious confections. Yum. She also loves her body, prefers to take the lead in a relationship (both in and out of the bedroom), and shows people she cares for them by literally caring for them. Of course Sidney is absolutely smitten! Now he just needs to overcome his complex about not being good enough for her. 

Humbugged by Pippa Grant and Lili Valente

In this delicious Christmas tale, Noelle is desperate to successfully run her bakery business and ignore the endlessly funny and mouthwateringly gorgeous Marine who keeps helping her sort out these inexplicable messes she finds herself in. Instead, they attempt a little holiday friends-with-benefits scenario that is both charming and hot, hot, HOT.

A Good Man by Rosanna Leo

Emily inherits her grandmother’s old home and ends up on a fixer-upper show with the incredibly talented and very foxy Zorn brothers in an effort to turn it into a location for her new soup-making business. Michael Zorn is desperately trying to forget a traumatizing experience and is utterly failing at it. Between the two of them, they sift through experiences and memories and find a new way forward together.

Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev

Ashna is an extremely talented chef who can’t cook unless she’s following her father’s recipes exactly. Which is a problem, since she’s running an Indian restaurant that could really use makeover – and some new menu items. And is an even bigger problem when she gets talked into participating in a cooking competition show, where she’s paired with none other than her ex-boyfriend. Expect lots of angst and drama. 

The Ultimate Pi Day Party by Jackie Lau

Sarah owns a pie shop. Josh wants to throw a pi day party to impress his estranged father. Ok, so his motivations are a little wack, but it does mean that we get lots of scenes of Sarah developing delicious-sounding pie recipes and then eating them with Josh. Especially recommended for pie enthusiasts and math nerds. 

Recommended Read, Review

Review: The Secret Ingredient by KD Fisher (2020)

Heat Factor: Not closed door, but nothing too racy

Character Chemistry: Adah and Beth are adorable together, in that grumpy/sunshine kind of way

Plot: Chefs at dueling restaurants start dating

Overall: I am charmed

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Review

Review: Trashed by Mia Hopkins (2019)

Eastside Brewery, Book #2

Heat Factor: It’s hot friends. SUPER hot.

Character Chemistry: Very much based on sexual chemistry

Plot: Eddie’s bad decisions impact his life all over the place, but he’s having some difficulty extracting himself from them

Overall: I enjoyed this much more for Eddie’s growth arc than for the romance

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Review

Review: Trouble and Strife by Lara Kinsey (2020)

Chances Limited, Book 2

Heat Factor: Lots of foreplay, minimal penetration. Still steamy. 

Character Chemistry: Elizabeth and Sidney treat each other really well and it’s very sweet. 

Plot: For a book called “Trouble and Strife”, this novella was remarkably low-key. There was very little tension or conflict or drama. 

Overall: I inhaled this book and wished it were longer.

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Recommended Read, Review

Review: Rash and Rationality by Ellen Mint (2020)

Happily Ever Austen, Book 2

Heat Factor: The sex scenes come late, but I was legit fanning myself. 

Character Chemistry: Believable best friends with confusing pants feelings.

Plot: Gender swapped Sense and Sensibility. But only the Marianne / Willoughby / Colonel Brandon bit. 

Overall: The Official Austen Retelling Expert at The Smut Report Approves.

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