Cooking with Kandy
Book 1, Will Cook for Love
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Sugar and spice and everything sexy make the perfect recipe for romance in this brand-new series by Peggy Jaeger. Look for exclusive recipes in each book!
Kandy Laine built her wildly popular food empire the old-fashioned way—starting with the basic ingredients of her grandmother’s recipes and flavoring it all with her particular brand of sweet spice. From her cookbooks to her hit TV show, Kandy is a kitchen queen—and suddenly someone is determined to poison her cup. With odd accidents and threatening messages piling up, strong-willed Kandy can’t protest when her team hires someone to keep her safe—but she can’t deny that the man for the job looks delicious. . .
Josh Keane is a private investigator, not a bodyguard. But with one eyeful of Kandy’s ebony curls and dimpled smile, he’s signing on to uncover who’s cooking up trouble for the gorgeous chef. As the attraction between them starts to simmer, it’s not easy to keep his mind on the job, but when the strange distractions turn to true danger, he’ll stop at nothing to keep Kandy safe—and show her that a future together is on the menu. . .
I’m stuck remembering what I didn’t like most in the story instead of what I preferred.
Kandy has worked hard to build a career, and kept her family with her in every step of the ladder. Now with a successful cooking show on television, a series of cookbooks, and a personality that draws people to her. The real question when it comes to her team is, who is in the circle – but wants her gone? Because someone wants that, and we can’t quite figure out just who. Could it be her mother with no boundaries and a need for male validation, or perhaps her sister and cousins who seem to find flirting with every man, even one that is clearly interested in Kandy, as the sport of the day. Oh the frenemies (or what would you call your family’s inability to behave appropriately around your current love interest) are strong in this story, and a large part of my struggles to rate it.
But, someone cares for Kandy, ostensibly, by hiring Josh to watch over her, and perhaps discover who is behind the threats. But, the threat for Josh is two-fold. He doesn’t have in interest in bodyguard work, and yet his body (and his brain) are screaming out for him to get closer to Kandy. There’s a mutual attraction, even as Kandy doesn’t believe in the danger, she’s going along with the bodyguard simply because her family is worried (or so they say) and she has a huge blind spot where they are concerned. For she has made sure that her success is their success, she’s often ignored or not dealt with the huge glaring issues – their lack respect and boundaries where she, her life and her new relationship are concerned.
So, we have an intriguing and clever romance between Kandy and Josh – both of them are solid characters with good intentions, solid emotions and a clear connection that builds and strengthens as the story progresses. But the secondary characters and the focus on their shortcomings as they aggressively pursue Josh despite the obvious (to everyone) lack of interest on his part made me want to scream. It was too much – too desperate and didn’t show Kandy as stronger with the repetitive missteps. When I ignore that, th story is clever and twists are fun – with plenty of empty drawers leading to nowhere in the search for who is truly behind the threats. But, when compared to the pieces that just rubbed me completely the wrong way, I’m stuck remembering what I didn’t like most in the story instead of what I preferred.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.