Review: DELICIOUS by Susan Mallery

In the first book of the Buchanan series, Delicious by Susan Mallery, Gloria Buchanan, the matriarch of the family has convinced her grand son, Cal to come back to work for the family. Cal left years ago to start his own successful company but agrees to work again for the family for 4 months. The family’s flagship restaurant, The Waterfront, needs to be rescued. Poor service and even worse food has tumbled the once premier restaurant from it’s top spot.  Cal knows that in order to save the establishment he has to hire the best.The only problem? The best chef in Seattle happens to be his ex wife, Penny. Can they save the restaurant and rekindle their love?

73069I love Penny’s character in this book.She is a delightful combination of feisty and independent. One of my favorite scenes in the book is when she finds out Cal has been hiding a secret from her for years, one that eventually led to their marriage failing. When Cal sees Penny for the first time after she has learned the secret, Penny throws a meat cleaver at him, barely missing his head, and claiming it “slipped” from her hand.

Another favorite part of this book is that Penny is pregnant. Tired of waiting for the right man, Penny goes to a sperms bank. Cal is immediately intrigued by Penny’s new figure (after he gets over his shock).It was great to see a pregnant woman enjoying sex.

I can’t review this book without mentioning Gloria. The woman is absolutely heartless and manipulative.  She had no qualms about threatening her grandsons.  What she did to her granddaughter, Dani, was absolutely cold and unforgettable.

This was a great quick and sexy read. I enjoyed the characters and the story lines. Anyone who has enjoyed Mallery’s other series or likes Lori Foster should definitely check this series out.

Review by Candy

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About the Book:

Title: Delicious (Buchanans, #1)

Author: Susan Mallery

Publisher: Harlequin

Release Date: January 19, 2010

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: Borrowed from Library

Book Summary:


Cal Buchanan needs a top-flight chef to take over his failing Seattle restaurant, The Waterfront. He can afford to hire the best in town—the only problem is that the best happens to be his ex-wife, Penny Jackson.

Penny really needs this opportunity, but she doesn’t need the distraction of working with her ex. She’s sworn off romance—she’s even having a baby on her own. But before she knows it, the heat is on…and the attraction between her and Cal moves from a low simmer to a full boil!

The rest should be easy as pie, but a secret from Cal’s past could spoil everything. Maybe it’s true that too many cooks spoil the broth—or maybe two is enough to make it irresistible.

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