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Sugar and Spice Paperback – 7 May 2014
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Lily arrives and heads to Cornwall, where she then decides she will need a driver to get her around not only Cornwall but also the rest of the UK as she has a lot to fit in, in a short space of time. Betty, the woman she is staying with, recommends Kenan Rowse for the job.
Kenan is an ex-soldier, having served in Afghanistan, but is now back and looking for work. He agrees to be Lily's driver, but the job is a lot more than he bargained for. There is a simmering attraction between the pair the whole time, despite them being complete opposites.
He is the strong, silent type and Lily loves to talk. Lily is also a complete foodie and Kenan just sees it as fuel, which is a perception Lily is determined to change.
At the base of his book there is a story about food and about love. The food descriptions are nice, but didn't really make me too hungry, but everything else I thought was really good. There are lovely descriptions of Cornish farms and cooking, including the Cornish Pasty!
Both Lily and Kenan's exes appear, mainly to cause trouble, and to add to the drama of the book, as well as the will they get together or not vibe.
I found this to be a largely enjoyable book, full of some incredibly sweet moments, and I think I fell just a little bit in love with Kenan.
Meet Lily, a Chef who has achieved everything only thanks to her hard work. Living in the US, she's presently in Cornwall where she's going to meet and convince some of the top chefs to take part in her new show, Celebrity Chef Swap. She also wants to run away from her cheating ex - boyfriend, but it's not going to be so easy: he's also her manager and producer of the show and doesn't seem to understand the word "ex".
Lily doesn't want to drive herself on the wrong side of the road, so she needs a driver. Her landlady is able to organize this and we are introduced to Kenan, who doesn't speak much and who has some issues. He's back from Afghanistan and he misses his daughter whom he hasn't seen for six long years.
So, Lily and Kenan set off on a journey through Cornwall and, as it happens, a journey full of adventures. They can't reach a destination without something happening, without a phone - call from home, without exes returning/coming and bringing children back or plotting something really bad.
But in the little meantime that they have, some feelings start to develop between them. Unfortunately, the whole world is against them. Will they manage to stay together?
Lily is introduced to us as a sexy, confident Luscious Lily, with her own TV show, a businesswoman who knows what she wants. It would be okay, but unfortunately, Lily has lost some brownie points in my eyes already at the beginning, when she first met Kenan. I personally felt very uncomfortable with the way she has talked with him and behaved, and in my opinion it was not necessary. She was so patronising, so arrogant, so cocky that I just couldn't believe my eyes. She was a complex character, that's for sure, once like an angel, nice, calm, ladylike, and the next second like a bully with the killèm - all approach. Yes, she was witty, she had a sharp tongue and had clever ideas, but she was for me like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Kenan was other story. Quiet, looking for his own space in the world, trying to find himself, trying to do something good with his life, missing his daughter, BUT also for me a softie and letting the women do with him what they all wanted. And, to be totally honest, I have missed the chemistry between the two of them in the whole, I haven't seen any sparks, nothing, null, nada. Where did the feeling come from? Did I miss something???
I have enjoyed the visits to the chefs very much, all of them were characters for themselves and they peppered the story a little. But in the whole, I had a feeling that the author tried too much and what we got in result is a fluffy, undemanding book with a simple storyline. This little drama on the beach, well, I'm sorry, but where did this come from? I didn't get the tension at all, the only what I did was shaking my head with disbelief.
Altogether, this was a book with a feel - good factor but nothing that stay with you for long. Great for a holiday read.
Copy received from publisher in exchange for a review.
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Flat characters, empty plot left me wishing I had made better use of my time
I gave two stars only one seemed very harsh