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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pump Up Your Book Presents: Pinch of Me, Dash of You by Heather Thurmeier

Title: Pinch of Me, A Dash of You
Series:  Give Me A Taste ,#1Author: Heather Thurmeier
Publisher: Fated Desires
Pages: 119
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Kindle
Rating:  4 Stars

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from Pump Up Your Book and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".

About the book:

Kali can’t cook to save her life, but she can write. As a foodie reviewer for both a huge national paper and a successful blog, she’s well on her way to achieving her dreams. When she’s offered a cookbook deal, she thinks she’s finally made it…until her latest review comes out a little harsher than expected and the restaurateur threatens to expose all her secrets.

Mac’s whole life is spent in the kitchen, running a New York City restaurant and a culinary school for underprivileged youth. When donations stop pouring in for Mac’s culinary school after a scathing review of his restaurant, he fears he may have to shut the doors if he can’t find a way to turn things around. Then he meets Kali, the reviewer who admits she has no culinary skills. Now he’s made her an offer she can’t refuse—he’ll teach her to cook over the summer and help her with recipes for the cookbook if she’ll agree to write an insider piece highlighting the strengths of his culinary school.

But when things start heating up in Mac’s kitchen, keeping her hands on the food and off of Mac is proving harder than Kali expected.

For More Information

  • A Pinch of Me, A Dash of You is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
My Thoughts:

 Kalista “Kali” Rymer is a woman who tells other people what they want to hear.  Cormac “Mac” Hannigan is a man with dreams but just a few choice words can change that.  This has you thinking about the saying “All the News That's Fit to Print”.  Another saying I think of is “Those who can, do; those who can't, teach” – I would change of few words but I think you’ll get the gist.  

Kali also makes me think of Chef Gordon Ramsey – he would eat her alive.  As I’m reading this story, one of my favorite Food Network shows comes on – “Chopped”.  Then as I’m flipping channels, I notice one of my favorite Bravo shows – “Top Chef” – and this season is taking place in my home state.  What a great way to get inspiration as I fall in love with this author’s characters.  And an inspiration for the character of Mac – chef Curtis Stone <3.  If you have a fantasy about any of the celebrity chefs this would be a great way to feed that need.

I also love to watch the HGTV series “House Hunters” and it always surprises me how most of the women don’t know how to cook and they rely on their partner to handle that chore.  It’s also a book that should come with smell-a-vision.  At the very least it may be an incentive to get into the kitchen with your partner – who knew cooking could be so sexy.  This is a story that has a lot to do with our senses of smell and taste – don’t read this book if you’re hungry.  With Valentine’s Day just around the corner this would be the perfect read. 

It’s not a book that’s all about food either.  There are emotions that go back and forth.  There’s heat and tension.  And Kali and Mac show that people can change – with the right incentive.  So grab your favorite coffee, or other drink of choice, and get comfortable.  It will be interesting to see how this author follows up on this first book.

About the Author

Heather Thurmeier is a lover of strawberry margaritas, a hater of spiders, and a reality TV junkie. Born and raised in the Canadian prairies, she now lives in New York with her husband and kids where she’s become some kind of odd Canuck-Yankee hybrid. Constantly wondering if she’s about to use the Canadian or American word, Heather often chooses wrong, confusing her editor and friends alike. Occasionally, she still adds an extra “u” to random words for no reason other than, “It looks right that way!” She firmly believes that world peace could be achieved if people used their mouths for things like kissing and eating delicious chocolate instead of talking so much. Living life like a romance heroine, Heather knew in their first kiss that she would marry her high school sweetheart. Two countries, two kids, and half a dozen pets later they are still happily in love. Heather’s currently writing her next romance, which will probably be filled with sassy heroines, sexy heroes, laugh out loud moments, and always a happily ever after. She loves to hear from readers on social media and her website!

Her latest release is the contemporary romance, Pinch of Me, Dash of You.

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