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Friday, December 26, 2008

Recipe for Romance

Recipe for Romance by Rekha Ambardar
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: short
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Lilac

If cooking is the way to a man’s heart, how does a man win the heart of a princess?

Princess Licia, heir to the throne of Oristano, a small principality on the Italian Riviera, has been on display in recent tabloids. Determined to make a lady of their daughter, her parents send her to the world-reowned Emory Cooking Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Their theory? She may never cook a meal, but there’s something about chopping, dicing, sauteing and flambeing that brings out the nurturer in a woman.

A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and royal cooking assignments, masterchef Geoffrey Hanks is stunned to find the beautiful princess in his class. His first instinct is to turn in his chef’s hat and run. The reason? Ancestors of royalty have been known to say, “Off with his head” at the slightest provocation. What if this delicious princess’s parents have incorporated that handy refrain into their protocol?

Can love grow under such “throny” conditions?

In this really short read, Princess Licia enrolls in cooking classes taught by talented chef Geoffrey Hanks. Soon Licia finds that she not only has a talent for cooking but an attraction to her handsome instructor…an attraction that is mutual. But Licia knows that as a princess she must watch her actions and worries that the differences in their social standing could end the relationship before it even gets a chance to begin.

I was fascinated by the character of Licia in this quick read. She is tired of being treated differently because of her station in life and is determined to make others realize that princesses are people too. I enjoyed this story of princess meets “average Joe” and wish it had been a bit longer.