Title: Dinner for One
Author: Meg Harding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Bastian and James
POV: 3rd Present Tense
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
A Carlisles novel
Bastien isn’t used to bad reviews. His French restaurant is the toast of the town, and when a well-known critic insults it, he’s left off-kilter. Luckily for him he’s found a distraction. He’s just met an attractive writer at his niece’s school bake sale. He’s into food, into Bastien and the touch of kink they share, and there’s a chemistry between them that might make the perfect recipe.
James isn’t expecting to meet a good-looking French chef at a bake sale, but he’s not going to let the chance slide. It comes as a surprise when the chef turns out to be the owner of a place he knows—and has reviewed—and it puts James in a sticky situation. So he might have to omit some pertinent information to make it work… at least for now.
Dinner for One by Meg Harding is a sweet and sexy romp from start to finish.
Ms. Harding definitely knows how to write heated and sexy romances. I enjoyed the strong physical chemistry these two men shared between them and really thought the attraction was a strong believable one. I also enjoyed the story these two men had to tell. Dinner for Two has a very strong romantic side to it and as a reader who is a sucker for a romantic tale, this book delivers it and more.
This is a sweet story without a lot of angst, but there is a misunderstanding between the two heroes that some readers might find a little bothersome. I didn’t mind it too much myself but I did believe that it went on longer than it probably should have.
Also, the characters jump into bed pretty quickly. They meet, talk a little and BOOM they have the best sex of their lives. Now, while Ms. Harding can write sensual, sizzling sex scenes, personally thought they could have spent a little more time on the written page together, getting to know each other instead of having a lot of sex first before there was a friendship and a stronger emotional connection together.
I think the tense the story is told threw me off too. I’m not a fan of 3rd person present tense at all because it unfailingly brings me out of the story. Though the author does a good job at descriptive storytelling, I know for myself, that if it had been told in just 3rd person, I would have probably not been as distracted as much.
All in all, I really liked this story. Ms. Harding can write chemistry with strong character development. Though I had a few niggles with the story itself, I do recommend it to those who enjoy a sweet and sexy story with two likeable heroes.
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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