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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Recipe for Love, Book 2
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Hero: Devon Sparks
Heroine: Lilah Jane Tunkle
Date of Publication: March 2, 2010
Started On: April 2, 2010
Finished On: April 3, 2010
This was a read I picked up due to the fabulous reviews this book seems to be getting on Amazon and I would have to say that I wasn’t disappointed. Having never read a book by Louisa Edwards previously, I was glad that I loved her writing style from the beginning of the novel.
This is the second book in the series “Recipe for Love” and although I never read the first book in the series, the characters from the first book come up here and there in this second book of the series. Devon Sparks is a star through and through. With a father who never believed in his son’s ability to whip up extraordinary dishes and never understanding that Devon was different had made him work towards climbing the highest rungs of success a chef could ever hope to achieve. Devon has never looked back ever since he said goodbye to his old life and his family after high school. Now years later, Devon is the star of his own reality cooking show with a string of restaurants to his name with a playboy lifestyle any man would envy.
Lilah on the other hand is fresh out from country life and new in the big city of New York. Having lead a boring staid life for as long as she could remember, Lilah wants to spice up her life and bring excitement into it. Quite by chance she meets Devon at the local bar that Devon goes to chill out at and from the first moment these two lay their eyes on each other, its crash boom and bangs all the way. A bout of anonymous sex with one another was supposed to remain what it was, just a night of spectacular sex to be tucked away in the deep corners of their memories, never to be repeated.
However fate has other plans when on the next day Devon walks in to take over the restaurant from Adam (hero of the first book of the series “Can’t Stand the Heat“) for a period of two weeks whilst he and his girlfriend Miranda take a vacation and travel to Europe, and finds his anonymous sex partner, the woman who had rocked his world the night before in his kitchen.
Devon has so much to deal with on his hands and though the sight of Lilah warms his heart in ways it shouldn’t after a one night stand, Lilah is starting work at the restaurant that very same day. Though everyone sees Devon as the ultimate golden boy in the kitchen its been ages since Devon had really had to supervise and play his role as the head chef in a restaurant and the thought of all that has him in jitters all day long. And it doesn’t help matters much when his long estranged son of 10 years is suddenly at the doorstep with his mom in state mandatory rehab with nowhere else to go. Though Devon has had nothing to do with his son for so long and at first says that he can’t take his son in, its Lilah who steps up and lands them together.
Before Lilah knows it, she is fired from her job at the restaurant and hired on as Tucker’s nanny. Though Devon is the most stubborn headed man Lilah has ever met, Lilah knows and hopes that deep down inside Devon would do right by his son. And before long, Lilah is cooking up schemes to bring father and son together and let both of them bond with each other.
Whilst Devon makes a mess of things at the restaurant, he slowly comes to realize that fame and fortune aren’t the best things in life but it is love that makes living worthwhile. Before the story is through, Devon learns a thing or two about life, love and best of all cooking from Lilah the country pumpkin which makes this story all the more worthwhile.