The Romance Recipe

The Romance Recipe : The Perfect Beach Read

3.88 (175 ratings by Goodreads)
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"Simply put, The Romance Recipe is a treat." -USA TODAY

A fiery restaurant owner falls for her enigmatic head chef in this charming, emotional romance

Amy Chambers: restaurant owner, micromanager, control freak.

Amy will do anything to revive her ailing restaurant, including hiring a former reality-show finalist with good connections and a lot to prove. But her hopes that Sophie's skills and celebrity status would bring her restaurant back from the brink of failure are beginning to wane...

Sophie Brunet: grump in the kitchen/sunshine in the streets, took thirty years to figure out she was queer.

Sophie just wants to cook. She doesn't want to constantly post on social media for her dead-in-the-water reality TV career, she doesn't want to deal with Amy's take-charge personality and she doesn't want to think about what her attraction to her boss might mean...

Then, an opportunity: a new foodie TV show might provide the exposure they need. An uneasy truce is fine for starters, but making their dreams come true means making some personal and painful sacrifices and soon, there's more than just the restaurant at stake.

Carina Adores is home to romantic love stories where LGBTQ+ characters find their happily-ever-afters.

Book 1: Hot Copy
Book 2: The Romance Recipe
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 136 x 202 x 19mm | 231g
  • English
  • Original ed.
  • 1335506918
  • 9781335506917
  • 56,298

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"Amy and Sophie's romance is charged from the get-go, with generous helpings of spice and sweetness as the novel progresses. The bisexual representation is one of the book's most compelling elements; Sophie comes out in her early thirties, and through her journey to her relationship with Amy we get to see the overwhelming joy and love that her self-acceptance brings." -USA TODAY

'In her debut, Ruby Barrett wrote one of my favorite romance heroes of all time, but it's her heroines who shine in The Romance Recipe. A prickly restaurant owner butts heads with her new chef in this steamy f/f romance, which will be the perfect way to celebrate Pride when it publishes this June." --Meryl Wilsner, for Entertainment Weekly

"Simply delicious! Amy and Sophie's chemistry sizzles across the pages." --Rosie Danan, author of The Roommate and The Intimacy Experiment

"Sensual feasts abound, both in luscious culinary creations and detailed sex scenes, as Barrett masterfully portrays the sensation of infatuation growing into true love." --BookPage

"A down-to-earth queer romance" --Publishers Weekly
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175 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
5 25% (44)
4 42% (74)
3 29% (50)
2 3% (6)
1 1% (1)
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