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[(Delicious)] [By (author) Susan Mallery] published on (February, 2010) Unknown Binding
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The plot is simple: Cal owns a restaurant that’s part of the family chain. He needs a new head chef, and the only one that’s good enough just happens to be his ex-wife. Penny, who divorced Cal when he revealed he didn’t want kids (after a heartbreaking miscarriage, to boot), is pregnant through IVF because she didn’t want to wait for a man. Cal not only has to come to terms with his new hire being pregnant, but he has to acknowledge the mistakes he made during their marriage and how he hurt Penny.
Penny is pretty much the best part of Delicious. I love strong female characters, and Penny can hold her own in a male-dominated restaurant kitchen. She’s also smart, sensible, and funny. Unfortunately, she fell for Cal again too quickly, not putting up much resistance after declaring that she was over him. I guess she just has a soft spot where Cal is concerned, even when he’s acting like a total jackass.
Delicious wasn’t a memorable or particularly original book, but it was an enjoyable one. The secondary characters, particularly Reid, Cal’s charming baseball player brother, were a great addition. I can definitely see how this book sets up the rest of the series. While I liked reading Delicious, I’m not sure if I would read another Mallery book again, unless the premise really intrigued me. I guess I’m too spoiled by Jennifer Crusie‘s over-the-top, wise-cracking contemporaries to enjoy a milder romance.
Check out this review and others on my book blog here: https://ellectricbookreviews.wordpress.com/2015/04/17/review-of-susan-mallerys-delicious-buchanans-book-1/
Penny is very interested in the opportunity The Waterfront offers. By taking this job, she will be able to save enough money to buy her own restaurant. And now that she is pregnant, at least one of her dreams is coming true. If Penny takes this job, she will be well on her way to achieving another of her long held dreams.
Soon things between Cal and Penny start to heat up. Just when it starts to look like they might have another chance at happiness together, a secret from Cal's past threatens their fragile bond.
I've been a fan of Susan Mallery for quite some time. But I will admit, Delicious just blew me away. I started reading it after work and stayed up until dawn to finish it. Cal and Penny's story really captured me. I am a fan of second chances, and Cal and Penny satisfied my hunger for another try at happily ever after.
Although, Cal made me want to take a baseball bat to him a few times, I could easily see Penny's love for him and her unconscious desire to reunite. Not that I don't adore Cal, I do. Ms. Mallery wrote him, and all her characters in this novel, quite wonderfully, realistically, and humanly flawed. I feel like I know them all and already miss hanging out with them!
Of course, I am eager for the other three books in this series. I want happiness for little sister Dani. I think the handsome, tomcat brother, Reid, needs his comeuppance. I want to be around to see that! And the former marine brother, Walker, well... he touched my heart and I am salivating for his book! If you are a fan of contemporary romance, The Buchanans is a series NOT to be missed! I made a glutton out of myself and devoured Delicious!
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it was funny, made me laugth and cry.
will get my mother to read it and try get my friends to read it
one of the books was by one of my favorite authers
Ein sehr glanzvoller Auftakt zur Buchanan-Reihe von Susan Mallery, der große Vorfreude auf die nächten Teile in mir geweckt hat. Im ersten Teil lernt der Leser auch die anderen Familienmitglieder kennen und lieben (nicht alle). Die Liebesgeschichte zwischen Cal und Penny ist sehr gefühlvoll und auch nachvollziehbar erzählt.
Das Original hat einen mitreisenden Schreibstil und ich hatte kaum Probleme mit englischen Vokabeln. Auch für Leser /innen zu empfehlen, deren Englisch eher mittelmäßig ist.
Teil 2: Irresistible
Teil 3: Sizzling
Teil 4: Tempting