My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A Tasty Dish is the second book in The Everheart Brothers of Texas contemporary romance series by Kelly Cain. The eBook version is 273 pages. I listened to the audiobook, which clocks in at eight and a half hours and is narrated by Deanna Anthony.
Our first-person POV heroine, Kasi Blythewood, is an indie filmmaker from Los Angeles trying to get out of the shadow of her famous film-producer father and make a name for herself. She goes to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, trying to find a financier for her dream project, an indie film showcasing amazing food from around the world. She doesn’t want to ask her father for funding, since he’d taken her ideas as his own on a previous project. Kasi has two best friends she’s known from childhood (Joy and Tariq) and I loved their relationship.
Our hero, Declan Everheart, is a chef at Michelin-star restaurant, also under the shadow of his famous father who founded said restaurant. Said father shows interest in funding her film, and demands that Declan be a producer on her series. Kasi realizes that Declan is also great in front of the camera as host, and starts to believe that is his calling in life. But she’s unsure she’ll be able to convince him about that, since he’s so tied up with his family business. They travel to various locations including the highlands of both Peru and Scotland.
This was my first read by this author and works pretty well as a standalone read even though it’s the second book in a series. I tend to like contemporary romances that also have to do with food, so it was right up my alley! There are even some recipes included at the back of the book that sound delicious. There are quite a few steamy scenes in this book, so if you like your romances a bit more closed-door, this is not the book for you.
Since Kasi is our POV character throughout this book, there is less from oldest Everheart brother Declan, even though he’s one of the siblings that the series is named after. I wish that this book was dual-POV and included some scenes from Declan’s perspective. Some parts of the story seem to take place at the same time as the first book in the series, An Acquired Taste.
Tropes in this book include: multi-cultural, foodies, long-distance, prickly heroine, workplace
Thanks to Dreamscape Media and NetGalley for providing an audio ARC for me to review! All opinions contained herein are my own.
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars