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[Review] A Dash of Love – Liz Isaacson

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This book is based off a Hallmark Original movie. I haven’t seen it. I didn’t know it existed. I picked this book up based on the author, as I have reviewed books of hers in the past and really enjoyed them. Okay, maybe there was som cover ogling, too. Now that I have read the book, however, I desperately need to see the movie. Yes, desperately. I need to see it play out ouside of my head.

a dash of loveA Dash of Love
by Liz Isaacson
Publisher: Hallmark Publishing
Release Date: December 26, 2017
Genre: Holiday Romance
Pages: 197
Format Read: Kindle
Source: Author for Review
Buy: Amazon
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In cooking and in love, sometimes you have to improvise . . .

When Nikki lands an assistant job at her idol’s restaurant, she’s sure her next big break is around the corner. After a rocky start, she befriends Paul, the handsome executive chef. Although he graduated from culinary school, and Nikki’s a self-taught cook, the two begin bonding in the kitchen.

But Nikki’s new boss, Holly Hanson, turns out to be anything but admirable. She’ll stoop to anything to save her restaurant, and Nikki and Paul both pay the price.

Can they win against the scheming of a celebrity chef? Maybe, with some creative thinking . . . and a dash of love. 

Megan's review

This was such a cute book. The things that majorly sold me on it? Payl is a Le Cordon Bleu trained chef (trained in Paris, no less). I trained in the Upper Midwest. Still Le Cordon Bleu but in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Not the City of Love. And Nikki Turner? She cooks like me. She makes waffle cone crusted chicken (a play on chicken and waffles) and fried mashed potato fries. I would pay good money for a cookbook written by this intriguing fictional character. Me. The Le Cordon Bleu trained chef who can no longer eat a plain bowl of mashed potatoes because they are so boring. I don’t eat things with my mashed potatoes, I eat them in my mashed potatoes. So Nikki’s cooking spoke to me (as lame as that sounds).

And then you have Holly Hanson. She is the villainess? Bad guy? Antagonist? She’s the one who has it all, yet does something clearly wrong because she sees something she wants that Nikki has. But wait, then you get this little moment when the narration flips to her point of view and you almost feel sorry for her. Almost. Then you see what she’s willing to do to get what she wants and that empathy goes right out the window.

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Let’s talk about Nikki and Paul. For most of the book, you have flirting, a mutual love of cooking, and the perfect culinary team. Does it turn into more? Does it stay the same? Well, if I told you that, there wouldn’t be much point in reading the book, would there?

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I love the depth these characters were given in what really didn’t seem like a long book. I knew enough about Nikki and her passion for cooking to really want her to succeed. Likewise, Paul’s family troubles were grounded enough in the book that I felt for him, as well. They were full, well-constructed characters.

This one sneaks in at the end of the year but has made it onto my Top 17 of 2017 list. Definitely a favorite 🙂 and one I will be revisiting in 2018 (after watching the movie it’s based off of!)

That’s all for now 🙂 Happy Wednesday!
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