Series: Four Weddings and a Fiasco #1
Published by Oak Press, LLC on February 21st 2012
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Narrator: Eva Kaminsky
After Julie Delgado’s restaurant closes, she temporarily takes over the catering position at the Rose Chalet, a full-service San Francisco wedding venue. She plans to dazzle the bride and groom so the Chalet’s owner will keep her around, but fate has other plans for her when the bride’s brother shows up for the first food tasting.
Andrew Kyle is not only the Cuisine Channel’s Edgy Eats host and chef, but his recent review of Julie’s restaurant was the final nail in its coffin. Once he meets Julie at the Rose Chalet, he’s certain she’s playing it safe. And he wants nothing more than to be the one to break her guarded passions loose.
But despite the undeniable sparks between Julie and Andrew–and the fact that he seems to believe in her when no one else does–can she afford to be taking risks with her cooking, with her career…or with her heart?
(THE WEDDING GIFT is an eBook original novel of 40,000 words - approximately 180 pages)
I have enjoyed so much participating in Anna’s Read All the Books Challenge. I’m trying to read all of Bella Andre’s novels (written under any of her pen names). I’ve at least liked all the books I’ve read so far (29), but not every book is a win. The Wedding Gift was a let down, and I had so many issues with it.
The Wedding Gift is about chef Julie Delgado. It starts off with Julie’s restaurant receiving a very negative review written by Andrew Kyle who is a successful chef and restaurant review. It was a very depressing way to start the novel. Then the story jumps a little ahead, and Julie’s restaurant had to close, and she now lives with her aunt and is temporarily working as the caterer for The Rose Chalet, a wedding venue. She’s meeting with a client to set up the meal for the wedding, but instead of the client, the client’s brother shows up. Who just so happens to be Andrew.
I did not read the blurb very clearly, and when I realized that the hero of the story was Andrew, and it didn’t sit well with me. While I did like Julie and Andrew their relationship just did not work for me. Andrew is a successful chef, who is now starring in a TV show about cooking. He has an absolute passion for food. And he’s definitely attracted to Julie. But he’s so successful, and he continues to criticize Julie’s cooking, although not harshly. He also kept pushing her to be more creative in her cooking, and not sticking to the recipe, and it just felt off. Especially since it was the man telling the woman how it was “supposed to be.” It messed with the power in their relationship and it made me so uncomfortable.
On top of that, some of the logistics didn’t seem right. Like Julie making samples for weddings without ever talking to the clients first to see what they wanted. I mean, that doesn’t make sense. And how things went on the TV show that Andrew is filming also seems unrealistic.
I just could not like this book. In large part because it felt like Andrew had a lot of power over Julie. I really love Bella Andre’s books, and I’m looking forward to reading more of her books, but the Wedding Gift was a let down.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: