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Sugar and Spice Paperback – 7 May 2014
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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.Read more ›
Before they even have a start, Kenan's ex-wife shows up and puts a monkey wrench in the works- then it all gets very complicated on both sides. When there is a will there is a way and somehow Lily and Kenan find their way.
I love to watch the Food Network TV shows and I can envisage "luscious Lily"'s show. Sugar and Spice is a great treat of a book with gorgeous Cornish men and equally gorgeous locations. If you are looking for a book with the feel good factor, then this is the book for you.
Sugar and Spice is pure romance, almost from the very first page and it doesn't let up in the slightest until you have absorbed the very last word. I have to admit that I found American Lily a little irritating to start with but I soon came to adore her relationship with brooding Kenan. I also loved Kenan's relationship with Mandy, and my heart went out to him when I learnt the circumstances under which he hadn't been in her life for a number of years.
If I had to complain about anything, it would be this: Lily was in the UK to find chefs to take part in her new American TV show, Celebrity Chef Swap (I really can imagine this show gracing our screens) but, in my opinion, we don't see enough of this element. Her journey to find the chefs is just too simple, and they are all a little too agreeable, although I really liked the different characters. I just would have liked to have seen a bit more of them and for there to have been a little more drama from this element, rather than all the drama being romanced based. Although having said that, there is also Patrick O'Brien to consider; ex-fiancé and producer, he is a force to be reckoned with.
Ultimately, Sugar and Spice is just that - sweet Kenan has met his match when he lays eyes on Spicy (and sultry, and sexy by all accounts) Luscious Lily. But can they find the perfect recipe to cook up their happy ever after?
Thank you, as always, to the ChocLit team for a copy of Sugar and Spice in return for an honest review. If you're looking for a challenging read, this probably isn't the book for you, but if you are a fan of good old chick lit, Sugar and Spice is out now, so you can grab yourself a copy and enjoy some Sugar and Spice, everything nice.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A rather irritating book with a neanderthal hero and a too girly heroine. The writing's not great, although I had lined it up to be a 3-star read, mainly for being such a good idea... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ms. A. Brooke
sorry AB, I wanted to like this but...
Flat characters, empty plot left me wishing I had made better use of my time
I gave two stars only one seemed very harsh
Oo I do love a damaged solider hero so Kenan is right up my street as the romantic hero - plus I love Cornwall as a setting... Read morePublished on 29 Nov. 2014 by Sarah Waights
Fantastic! As a GBBO addict this was just what I was looking for! Smouldering romance and amazing descriptions of food. Loved it.Published on 1 Sept. 2014 by Holly
Choc-lit has come through again. I love these books. Angela Britnell has a great way of letting it get just so far.....and then reeling you in. Thank you.Published on 22 Aug. 2014 by katygotmad
This is the first book I have read of Angela Britnell's and it won't be the last. Sugar and Spice is a fun read with more layers than a layer cake. Read morePublished on 25 May 2014 by Mandy James
Cute and fun and with a bit of drama in it.
Lily is a chef and is always on the go. She loves food, she loves her job and to her cooking is relaxing so I can't fault a... Read more