Series: Master Chefs #1
Release date: December 12th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Erotic, Romance
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It's been 10 years since Naya saw her stepbrother, Lachlan Christie. In that time, he's become a famous chef, complete with his own hip and trendy Manhattan restaurant...and she's become the woman who can give him everything -- especially her body and soul. But the past doesn't always stay dead, and you can't escape it, no matter how far you fly or how hot you burn.
Naya's determined to win Lachlan and secure them a happily ever after, no matter what it takes -- but is love enough to save her master chef?
In the first book in the Master Chefs series, the forbidden meets the possible -- and passion cooks up a storm.
"SEARED is scorching hot and wicked good fun. The chemistry between Naya and Lachlan is off-the-charts. It's the kinky romance I've been waiting for. If you can stand the heat, buy this book right now!" --Tiffany Reisz, international bestselling author of the Original Sinners series
The Faerie Queen’s review
I DID NOT KNOW THIS WAS GOING TO BE A BDSM STORY.
Ok, now that that’s out there, I can breathe again. I don’t mind BDSM stories, and I’ve enjoyed several in the past, but it would have been nice to know it was one going in.
But honestly, that was torture, and not of a good kind. It started out ok, if a bit more on the erotica-sans-plot side. Then a plot was introduced, but I never cared. Because I couldn’t bring myself to care about the characters.
Fine, I cared enough to force myself to the finish line, but only because the book is like 150 pages long. And yet it took a lot of willpower to read one page after the next. But I got there, and I can say with 100% certainty that this book and I were not meant for each other. I just found it increasingly dull.
There was a lot of weirdness, with everyone having “kinks”. Like I know everyone has their own particular tastes in the background, but it was super weird that stepsiblings were even beginning to explore D&S in a non-sexual way when one was underage. Plus the totally random nuggets of info about other people’s “kinks”? Were they necessary??? I mean, I would not want my mom to know what I get up to in the bedroom, and it’s not even that kinky. Wow.
I keep using the word “kink” because the author kept using it. Over and over, always talking about kinks and rules and spanking. WE GET IT. It’s almost like the author did all this research on the subject and felt the need to drive it home how much she knew. It was never subtle. She wanted to prove a point, prove she was not E.L. James (who gives BDSM a bad name). But instead, it was like the whole book was primarily about Being a Submissive or Being a Dominant and oh, aren’t we just perfectly imperfect? Everything suffered at the hands of the need to make this A BDSM Book: the characters, the plot, my will to live. All I can say about Lachlan is he is a chef who likes to have control; likewise, the only things I know about Naya are that she’s a writer for a German soap opera who likes pain. (And she had to keep bringing it up.) It was all just sex in this book, and not anything that got me excited because it was too forced.
I will say that the one thing the book had going for it was that it featured a POC for its heroine, and not in a stereotypical way. I could relate to Naya on the international upbringing and having a chameleon accent, so it was nice to see that. I also liked how she pushed for clear boundaries and consent, even when Lachlan initially tried to impose his control on her at their reunion at the start.
I can’t really say anything more because that was basically the whole book. It was painful, and I am just glad it’s over. Let’s hope the next book I read for this month’s food romance theme is better…
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