Book Title: Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies by Evy Journey
Category: Adult Fiction, 240 pages
Genre: Literary / Women's Fiction
Publisher: Sojourner Books
Release date: December 2017
Tour dates: Feb 1 to 16, 2018
Content Rating: R (Two bedroom scenes, some violence)
Cooking a wonderful meal is an act of love. An act of grace. A gift that affirms and gives life—not only does it nurture those who partake of a meal; it also feeds the soul of the person who creates it. These are lessons Gina learns from her mother.
Gina is a young woman born to poor parents; a nobody (her words) who wants to taste life outside the world she was born into and her passion for cooking is all she has to help her do so. She gets lucky when she’s chosen to cook at a Michelin-starred restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area where she finds a world of a privileged class with money to spare for dinners that cost hundreds of dollars. A world of new friends and new challenges—one that exposes her to fascinating people who’re also gripped by dark motives.
Amidst her culinary adventures, she becomes good friends with pastry chef Marcia, and falls in love, in different ways, with, two very different men: Leon, a rich regular client who has been dating Cristi, her friend from childhood, and Brent, a brooding homicide detective. This other world, it turns out, is also one of unexpected danger that eventually threatens her life.
Can the lessons she learned from her mother about cooking and life help Gina survive and thrive in this other world of privilege, pleasure and unexpected danger?
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And I thought
Where do I begin? There were things I loved about this plot. There were things that were just predictable.
I couldn't help but pick up on that Gina just happens to befriend 'besties' that go a little nuts.
Gina is torn between her feelings for homicide detective Brent and the handsome millionaire Leone.
I couldn't help but root for Leon. He just 'got me'. He was patient and romantic.
Brent was just brooding and a but unapproachable.
And then there are the 'besties' that have their own agendas.
I enjoyed the plot line surrounding the restaurant.
Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies was a fast read. I was swept along wanting to find out what would happen. And ultimately who would win Gina's heart.
I enjoyed this book.
I received a complimentary copy from I Read Tours.
This review will appear on Amazon and Good Reads.
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