The Romance Recipe by Ruby Barrett _ Book Review

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Release Date : July 12th

Synopsis:

A fiery restaurant owner falls for her enigmatic head chef in this charming, emotional romance

Amy Chambers: restaurant owner, micromanager, control freak.

Amy will do anything to revive her ailing restaurant, including hiring a former reality-show finalist with good connections and a lot to prove. But her hopes that Sophie’s skills and celebrity status would bring her restaurant back from the brink of failure are beginning to wane…

Sophie Brunet: grump in the kitchen/sunshine in the streets, took thirty years to figure out she was queer.

Sophie just wants to cook. She doesn’t want to constantly post on social media for her dead-in-the-water reality TV career, she doesn’t want to deal with Amy’s take-charge personality and she doesn’t want to think about what her attraction to her boss might mean…

Then, an opportunity: a new foodie TV show might provide the exposure they need. An uneasy truce is fine for starters, but making their dreams come true means making some personal and painful sacrifices and soon, there’s more than just the restaurant at stake.

Carina Adores is home to romantic love stories where LGBTQ+ characters find their happily-ever-afters. 

[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

The Romance Recipe
 is a wlw an adult contemporary by author Ruby Barrett. This romance brings the heat in and out of the kitchen and guaranteed to entertain.

It always seems to come down to this, the two of us facing off in this kitchen.

Amy’s dream restaurant is slowly failing. When she hired Sophie, winner of a televised cooking competition, she thought it would be a guaranteed success. It started strong, but now they are barely making enough to keep their doors open. Being on t.v changed Sophie and her love for cooking. She’s lost her passion, and Amy’s over controlling of the kitchen doesn’t help. Both are also harboring secret crushes on each other. Sophie decides to embrace her newly accepted bisexual identity and act on her feelings for Amy. Yet no matter how good things go between them, they have still need to save the restaurant. When an opportunity to be on t.v again to arrives that could boost sales, will it come between the fragile relationship Amy and Sophie have started.

Now that we have the chance at everything we’ve ever wanted laid out in front of us, I’m starting to realize, maybe I didn’t want it at all. Maybe I just wanted her.

I’ve read a handful of books with Bisexual characters, but I’ve never related to one as much as I related to Sophie. All her feelings and thoughts related to her sexuality, I had gone through. I also love how Bi positive this book is, Amy helps let her know she’s just as queer as anyone else on the spectrum. Whether you’re in a same-sex relationship or not, you’re still Bi, and you’re never any less Queer in whatever relationship you end up in. On top of her sexual identity, all of the aspects of her personality were relatable. Sophie is a romantic, and she’s quick to love and when she falls, she falls hard, but that doesn’t make her feelings any less valid. As you can tell, I loved Sophie,and I loved the confidence that Amy brought out in her. From cooking comfort foods that sounded heavenly (bring me some poutine asap) to her appetite in the bedroom.

I’ve mapped out this woman’s body. Decided, step by step, what I’d want to do, in what order. Like a recipe.

I could go on and on about Sophie forever, but I’ll move on to Amy. Amy is a layered character who cared strongly for those she loved, but she’s not a heart-to-heart, let’s talk about our feelings’ person (Oh hey it’s me lol). Her actions speak for her and drives her to want to take care of her people, and it can come off as controlling. She’s stubborn and hard-headed, but under her hard shell she feels too much. She would rather sacrifice her own happiness to let Sophie reach her potential. I also loved her relationship with her brother and best friend, and my heart broke for her as she tried to hold on to her emotionally damaging relationship with her father.

“This makes me feel good,” she says into another kiss. Amy presses in closer, cupping my jaw, trailing her fingers down my throat. “Making you feel good makes me feel good.”

I loved the pace of Sophie and Amy’s romance. It’s not perfect, even if there are no issues with them when it comes to intimacy. Amy’s fears and personality have her going hot and cold on Sophie when it comes to their actual relationship status. There’s mutual pining between them right from the start, that thankfully isn’t dragged out. The first kiss happens by a third of a way into the book, and then there is no holding back. Sophie is ready to go and embracing her attraction to women, letting herself be Bisexual. I expected steam but was pleasantly blown away but how hot and heavy the couple became, and it isn’t restricted to the bedroom. The intimacy is hot as f*ck there’s no other words for it. Each one hotter than the previous encounter and there’s even tease of adding toys to the mix in the future ( give me a bonus scene in the future of that spicy adventure please and thank you)

“Say it, Amy,” she whispers. “Ask me to f*ck you.” I catch her mouth in a kiss, but she pulls away, leaving me with only a taste. “Say. It.”

I can count on one hand the number of wlw romances that worked for me, and The Romance Recipe by Ruby Barrett is now one of them, one I won’t hesitate to recommend to friends. A wlw romance with great Bi positivity rep, recipe testing, poutine, steaming up car windows, communication, being true to oneself and following your heart.

—Written by Amanda—

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