Wednesday, August 03, 2022

by Emilyn Linden

Romance and delicious food? A match made in heaven!

 Chef’s Kiss by T.J. Alexander

Introvert test kitchen pastry expert Simone Larkspur and outgoing test kitchen manager Ray Lyton team up (at the behest of their editor in chief at their employer, The Discerning Chef) to create cooking videos. Simone isn’t too pleased with this arrangement, but Ray starts growing on her until drama at work might make her choose between her career and her new relationship. 

 Digging Up Love by Chandra Blumberg

Paleontologist Quentin Harris goes to small-town Illinois to escape a recent painful breakup and to check out a fossil found in an older couples’ backyard. There he finds Alisha, a small-town baker with dreams of moving to Chicago and opening her own cookie shop. Quentin and Alisha have to decide if their dreams and ambitions are compatible with their feelings for each other.

 A Proposal They Can’t Refuse by Natalie Caña

Scheming granddads determined to see their grandkids married decide to force the issue by threatening to sell the building where both their businesses are located unless their grandkids get married.

 Sadie on a Plate by Amanda Elliot

Newly unemployed Seattle chef Sadie jumps at the chance to appear on her favorite TV show, Chef Supreme. The chemistry with her plane seatmate, Luke, seems like it can be put on hold for the filming, but things get complicated when she sees him on set the first day of the filming…

 The Sweetheart Deal by Miranda Liasson

A business arrangement combined with a fake marriage is meant to abruptly end the bickering between two families and help them see that blending their businesses will benefit both families. Tessa and Leo think they’ll come out of their 6 month marriage and go their separate ways, but growing feelings complicate this simple arrangement.

 Savvy Sheldon Feels Good as Hell by Taj McCoy

Savvy Sheldon gets a wakeup call and decides she needs to renovate her life, starting with her crumbling kitchen. Turns out the contractor she hired is also the stranger she offended by judging based on appearances.

 Fake it Till You Bake it by Jamie Wesley

Jada Townsend-Matthews and cupcake bakery owner Donovan Dell decide to solve two image problems with one fake relationship.  

Emilyn Linden is a librarian in the FDL Public Library Information and Outreach Services department.