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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Cooking with Stew by Shannon Rouchelle

Cooking with Stew by Shannon Rouchelle
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (51 pgs)
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Lavender

Gloria Edwards, a rich classy lady, feels a need to open a soup kitchen in hopes of making a difference on the poor side of town.

Stewart Kent, a bodyguard forced to do community service after a bar brawl, never thought he would find true love until he met his match at Gloria’s Soup Kitchen.

When their two worlds collide, tempers flare and sparks fly.

Gloria soon discovers that cooking with Stew proves to be flawed with many disasters. Can she overlook his messy mistakes and see the good in the man of her dreams, or will she cast him aside like yesterday’s garbage?

Cooking with Stew by Shannon Rouchelle is a cute little short story, a cozy tale that would be good to read if you want something you could enjoy in one sitting.

The heroine, Gloria Edwards is rich and longing for something missing in her life. She's a classy lady who wants to do something admirable: open a soup kitchen. This made me like her character right away because she wants to make a difference. But I wondered, why does she have such a big heart? Her motivation was unclear. I wished the author had gone into that aspect, even a little. Yes, she had humble beginnings, her parents being farmers before becoming rich, but did they teach her her good values, was she just born that way, or did something happen to make her this way?

Gloria has the goal to find love as well; a good goal. This layers things for the story, adding another dimension.

The hero, Stewart Kent is a bodyguard doing community service when he meets Gloria. He's to help at her soup kitchen. I think we get just enough of his background in this short story to make us understand his motivations. He's shown in action coming to someone¹s rescue in an interesting bar scene. Stewart is also a likeable character.

There was a lot of 'telling' in this story, vague details throughout such as 'mean looking biker'. I could have used more visual details such as his hair, clothes, body language and facial expression. What made him mean
looking? I had no idea. So many vague details put me at a distance as a reader. Also, there wasn't a lot of tension in this story.

I did like the charming scenes in the soup kitchen very much, as well as the idea behind it, and even if distant, this story had layers such as the developing love between Gloria and Stew and the success or failure of the soup kitchen. The final scene where Gloria's rich, snobby friends drop by is nice as well.

For a fast read about characters worth reading about, readers could enjoy Cooking with Stew.

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