Cooking Up Love

Cooking Up Love by Amylynn Bright

Publication Date: June 2, 2014
Length: 158 pages
Kindle Edition: $2.99


Is there anything more pathetic than a food critic who can’t cook? That’s Holly Darcy—secret socialite, wannabe author, lousy chef and “The Covert Connoisseur.” Feeling like a fraud for critiquing restaurants when she can’t boil a pot of water, Holly joins a cooking class for beginners…and quickly cooks up serious chemistry with the sexy instructor.
Mark Bennett was born to be a chef, but his foray into restaurant ownership fell far short of his dreams thanks to a scathing review from The Covert Connoisseur. Now teaching is the closest he will venture into a kitchen. Luckily the job comes with an unexpected perk: the attraction simmering between him and a curvy, clever writer with pinup-girl looks.

Flirting over pasta soon leads to passionate kisses and a sizzling relationship. But how can Holly be honest about her job when Mark blames his restaurant’s failure on her review? And when Holly’s secret is exposed, how will Mark be able to forgive her for ruining his life?


Cover: 5
Plot: 4
Characters: 4

Overall Rating: 4

A food critic who can't cook? Is that even possible? Well in this book it is
Holly Darcy is a famous food critic who goes by with her alias as The Covert Connoisseur. But there's a problem. She doesn't know how to cook. So she decided to enroll in a cooking class taught by the hunky chef Mark Bennett. Sparks fly between them and soon they find themselves in a relationship. But when Holly is the one who Matt blames for the failure of his restaurant, how can there relationship ever work out?

When I saw this on Netgalley I was really intrigued since I really enjoy chef themed romance. So even though I haven’t read any other works of Bright I took a chance and I was happy I did. Cooking Up Love was a book that was funny and passionate.

The characters were funny and I loved how the book was written in a very light manner. Holly was such a great character who was sexy in her sky high heels and sweet personality. Her first time cooking in Mark’s cooking class was hilarious since she doesn’t know anything about cooking.

She almost failed cooking an omelet for Pete’s sake! Though who am I to judge her when even I personally don’t know how to cook? Mark Bennett was so hot and the subtle way he flirts with Holly was driving me crazy! I wanted to scream in frustration since he was taking his sweet time wooing Holly.

What I didn’t like about Mark was his frustration with The Covert Connoisseur’s review of his restaurant. He even blamed the review for the failing of his business and that was really irritating since everyone is entitled to their own opinions and just because Holly didn’t like the dish that was served to her, it doesn’t mean Mark could blame it all on Holly.

When he realized that Holly and The Covert Connoisseur was the same person he got really mad and accused Holly of lying to him. Even though Holly was wrong in not telling Mark the truth, I didn’t blame her since how can she tell Mark the truth when every time her review was mentioned Mark becomes so angry. I would have loved if Mark groveled more since what he did to Holly was something hard to forgive.

Although this book was short I loved how the writer made the book not feel as if it was being rushed, which was a common dilemma with short books. There were some typographical errors here and there but they were hardly noticeable.

All in all, Cooking Up Love was a really great book and I would love to read more from this author

Received digital edition from publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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