Thursday, April 2, 2015

Book Review: Soufflés at Sunrise (Just Desserts #2) by M.J. O'Shea and Anna Martin

Competing on the hit cooking show, Burned, can be stressful on its own. Add a blossoming romance, manufactured drama and the pressure to win, and the process can be downright disastrous! Contestants Kai and Chase find themselves in this predicament as they claw their way to the top of the ranks in an effort to win national recognition and compensation.

I loved this book! Cooking competition shows like Top Chef, Chopped and The Great British Bake Off, and cooking are two of my (many) hobbies. As a self-proclaimed foodie, I love anything having to with the creation of delicious dishes, so this book was right up my alley.

O'Shea and Martin's previous offering the Just Desserts series, Macarons at Midnight, was also enjoyable, but this book knocked the ball out of the park! I found the MCs to be very likable and relatable, and the competitions were fascinating. It's not often that you read about characters making choux pastry and croquembouches. The food nerd inside of me went wild!

Kailua Chin is intense, driven and at the top of his game in the culinary world. A win on Burned would be just what he needs to not only gain more respect, but also provide him with the outlet to work for himself and create the dishes he wants to cook.

This is how I imagine Kai.
Godfrey Gao *swoon*

Chase Christiansen, a native of Wisconsin, is the all-American, farm raised good guy. He runs a small, but popular, ice cream shop and feels he's a little in over his head on Burned. However, he's determined to be the last one standing.

This is Chase in my mind.

Paul Walker *R.I.P.*

The chemistry between Chase and Kai sizzles from their very first meeting. There are a few bumps in the road, they are competing against each other on a tv show after all, but watching their journey was definitely a treat!

I highly recommend this great read! Even if you're not a foodie, you will enjoy the cooking competition backdrop and the romantic storyline.

Buy links
Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

~ M

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