“Twenty-something Allie Simon never imagined she’d fall for a recovering drug addict—but that was before she met Benji Zane, Chicago’s hottest up-and-coming chef, who’s known as much for his hard partying ways as for his unparalleled culinary skills. Six months into their relationship, the food and chemistry are out of this world, but the reality of living with a cooking wunderkind hasn’t exactly been all hearts and flowers.
Still, Allie’s convinced that her love is the key to fixing this talented man’s broken soul—so when Benji is offered his dream job as chef de cuisine for a new restaurant opening on Randolph Street, Chicago’s foodie hot spot, Allie agrees to invest her life savings in his future. But less than a month after she goes all in, Allie learns a heartbreaking lesson: addicts lie. Benji cracks under the pressure, relapses and disappears, bagging out not only on the restaurant, but on her, too.
Left with nothing but a massive withdrawal slip and a restaurant that absolutely must open in a matter of weeks, Allie finds herself thrust into a world of luxury and greed, cutthroat business and sensory delight. Lost in the mess of it all, she can either crumble completely or fight like hell for the life she wants and the love she deserves. “
Hot Mess is not your usual romance story. When I think of romance books I think sexual tension plus hot and steamy love scenes. Yes Hot Mess has a beautiful girl and a gorgeous tattooed hottie. Yes this story does start off with an intense romantic relatioship and ends with love but the bulk of the story is about the main characters self journey.
Allie Simons life is literally as the title suggests a “hot mess”. I’m talking a train wreck that you just can’t help but watch as everything crashes and burns. Benji Zane is a an extremely talented and extremely attractive chef with a butt load of baggage. No matter how good he cooks, how great the sex is, and how sweet the words coming out of his mouth are, he can’t be trusted becuase he’s an addict. When he eventually leaves her high and dry, Allie has to keep her life from completely falling apart.
Allie has to learn to deal with her new reality. With the help of new friends and old she learns to believe in herself and to ignore those trying to bring her down. She steps up to her new role and gives it her all becuase at the end of the day the only persons whose opinion truly matters is your own.
Last but not least I need to mention how amazing the food descriptions are in the book. It made me hungry and crave a night out to my favorite ‘way out of my budget’ resteraunt lol I thoroughly enjoyed Hot Mess by Emily Belden. It was different to read a romance where love takes a back seat to keeping your life together. I would definatly be interested in reading her future releases.