Sugar and Spice by Angela Britnell

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Sugar and Spice by Angela Britnell
Publisher: Choc Lit
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (274 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Hawthorn

The Way to a Hero’s Heart…

Fiery, workaholic Lily Redman is sure of two things: that she knows good food and that she always gets what she wants. And what she wants more than anything is to make a success of her new American TV show, Celebrity Chef Swap without the help of her cheating ex-fiancé and producer, Patrick O’Brien. So when she arrives in Cornwall, she’s determined to do just that.

Kenan Rowse is definitely not looking for love. Back from a stint in Afghanistan and recovering from a messy divorce and an even messier past, the last thing he needs is another complication. So when he lands a temporary job as Luscious Lily’s driver, he’s none too pleased to find that they can’t keep their hands off each other!

But trudging around Cornish farms, knee deep in mud and meetings with egotistical chefs was never going to be the perfect recipe for love—was it? And Lily could never fall for a man so disinterested in food—could she?

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but this couldn’t be further from the truth for Lily when she meets the taciturn, sometimes rude, Cornishman Kenan.

Lily Redman and Kenan Rowse appealed to me instantly, mostly because they couldn’t be more different. Lily is a rising star of the Cooking Network, a bubbly, energetic workaholic, while Kenan is jobless, divorced and haunted by his past mistakes. As we follow them through the story, it turns out they are far more similar than it seems at first glance, and because of this, the chemistry between them was convincing. The way they slowly reveal their true selves to each other and how that forms a strong base for their burgeoning feelings was the highlight of the novel. The differences between them make for a dynamic relationship from the first meeting on, and it only intensifies as several obstacles come in the way of them admitting their feelings and being together.

The novel starts off to a fast pace, but it loses steam in the middle with Lily and Kenan dilly-dallying about what to do about their growing relationship, until it picks up again towards the end. The story becomes more complex and intriguing as more and more side characters appear, but most of these are portrayed too black and white, which is a shame as more complex characters could’ve lead to an even more intense plot. Especially the last conflict would’ve been more intense if Lily’s ex lover Patrick had not been presented so one-dimensionally. The American/Cornish language peculiarities make for a few funny moments, but the conversations between Kenan’s eight-year-old daughter Mandy and the adults often feels stilted and awkward, too childish. The descriptions of cooking and food, however, show the author’s great knowledge and love of the topic as the scenes are mouth-watering.

I recommend Sugar and Spice to everyone who loves a sweet romance, and to every foodie. The tender emotions of the main characters and the descriptions of food will surely enchant you.

Comments

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed ‘Sugar and Spice’ and hope it didn’t make you too hungry!

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