I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Perfect Ingredient by Ava Miles
Series: Dare Valley #7
Published by Self Published on November 18, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Elizabeth Saunders is a woman of secrets, a rarity in small town Dare Valley. Her life hasn’t turned out like she expected after a tragedy forced her to flee her old life and hide her identity. Now she’s unmasked, hoping to put the past behind her—until the only man who ever captured her heart reappears.
Terrance Waters may look like a sexy Alpha Navy Seal, but he’s actually a celebrity chef. His star is rising with a new primetime TV reality cooking show until his dream hits a snag. His bad-boy image needs to be cleaned up. He’s arrived in Dare Valley to show the network how squeaky clean he can be, working as the head chef at Dare Valley’s famous hotel.
When Elizabeth and Terrance meet, he wants to pick up where they left off, but Elizabeth resists. Terrance is not a man to take no for an answer. Soon the sparks are flying, hotter than ever this time. But the danger from Elizabeth’s past appears, testing their newfound love and Terrance’s dreams of becoming an even bigger star. Can their love triumph over all?
Elizabeth Saunders, aka Vixen, spent a glorious summer with Terrance Waters, aka TV’s infamous Chef T, back when she was Rhett’s “poker babe” and before shedding that identity. She abruptly ended the relationship, disappearing without explanation. He’s never forgotten her nor given up his search to find her.
The missing ingredient
Terrance is on hiatus from his TV show, on probation as a result of his latest temper flare. He’s working at Mac’s new boutique hotel in Dare Valley and recognizes Elizabeth, even without all of the hair and makeup that created the Vixen persona. He wants answers and another chance. She…not so much.
What works about this story
Chef T. You really can’t help liking this alpha who’s a dream in the kitchen and the bedroom. Elizabeth is gun shy from her last serious relationship with an alpha stalker and thinks she sees similar qualities. The chase is on and it’s a fun pursuit (there’s a Latin dance scene that is priceless).
There’s also a sinister element involving Elizabeth’s ex that spices up the action. And, the concoctions created by Chef T will have you salivating so don’t read this on an empty stomach.
The bottom line
Ava Miles serves up another delicious entry in the Dare Valley series. The romance, suspense, intrigue and culinary gems all combine to make this a wonderful story. Next please!
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