This was cute! A reality TV cooking show for teenagers with a bunch of 15 to 18 year olds? That has the makings of a lot of drama. But not terrible, angst-filled drama. Light and funny angst-filled drama! Light on the angst of course. Sophie is a sweet girl who goes on a reality show and quickly learns the hard way that it's not all peaches and cream, or in her case pasta and her mother's tomato sauce recipe. ;) There's her growing feelings for a close friend, cameras following her everywhere, and a cute French student popping up unexpectedly, not to mention having to cook stuff she's not heard of or ever cooked before! But new friendships help balance it all out. A quick and fun story that will make you smile. It even has a few real recipes you can try yourself. :)
Rating: Sophie's Baklava (sugary and a little nutty)
It was fun to return to the lives of this family again. But goodness, these princesses have a hard time staying out of trouble. Petunia is determined to show that while she's the youngest, you should never underestimate her. Unfortunately, in the midst of trying to do that, she acts a bit impetuously and hinders things instead of helping. So she still has a little growing up to do. Oliver is a bit impetuous himself, but I enjoyed the parts with his POV. He kept the story going. The interactions between characters did seem to move a little quick. So quick that I could never quite feel a real connection to any of them. And the romance really wasn't quite believable for me. (Yes, I know it's a fairy tale, but still.) Plus I had a hard time keeping track of the sisters who have never had their own story. It was good to see Rose and Galen again though! And I'd love to have a cape like Petunia. :) This is a pleasurable fairy tale re-telling and I enjoyed it. I will certainly be interested to see what Ms. George writes in the future!
Rating: Doughnuts (sweet and delicious and gobbled up quickly)
This is definitely a romance. But my gracious! Ms. Florand's writing is incredible! Sumptuous and lovely, it sweeps you gently into the story and refuses to let you go. It almost gives a fairy tale feel to the story. (Which, aren't most romances fairy tale-like anyway?) With the little bit of magic (maybe?) that Magalie wishes into her chocolate, and the crazy delicious macaroons that Philippe makes, this story will leave you hungry by the end! (note: it does have a little language and a few other scenes some may not like.) A relatively quick read that had me craving chocolate and more of Ms. Florand's writing. :)
Rating: The Cup of Chocolate Magalie Makes (swirly and luscious and wonderful)
A charming romance with cowboys. What's not to like? ;) Dylan (the cowboy) can certainly make the women swoon, but Annie's a tough nut to crack. She really wants to give in, but lets fear rule her instead. Trying to care for a wayward younger sister and her nephew, Annie's got a lot on her plate. But Dylan is determined and what ensues is lots of banter and denying of obvious attraction. Dylan and Annie are cute and I liked how Dylan seemed like a flirt (which he is) but he's so much more behind that facade. It takes the right cowgirl to rope him in. ;D A minor flaw in the story is Annie's sister Sierra. She never became likeable to me. She kept making bad decisions and wasn't helpful or understanding to Annie at all. I'm glad her story turned out all right, but I wish she had grown up a whole lot more than she did. I guess we're supposed to imagine she did, but she never acted like it. But overall, this is a lovely way to spend a few hours.
Rating: S'mores (yummy and you always want more)