Friday, March 27, 2015

ARC Review: Food for Thought (Tales of the Curious Cookbook) by Amy Lane

Emmett Gant was planning to tell his father something really important one Sunday morning—but his father passed away first. Now, nearly three years later, Emmett can't seem to clear up who he should be with—the girl with the apple cheeks and the awesome family, or his snarky neighbor, Keegan, who never sees his family but who makes Emmett really happy just by coming over to chat.

Emmett needs clarity.

Fortunately for Emmett, his best friend’s mom has a cookbook that promises to give Emmett insight and good food, and Emmett is intrigued. After the cookbook follows him home, Emmett and Keegan decide to make the recipe “For Clarity,” and what ensues is both very clear—and a little surprising, especially to Emmett's girlfriend. Emmett is going to have to think hard about his past and the really important thing he forgot to tell his father if he wants to get the recipe for love just right.

Dani's rating:

All Emmett has ever wanted is a family, a big, close-knit, rowdy group that hugs and talks and cooks together. Raised by a taciturn, withdrawn father, Emmett has had enough silence for a lifetime.

After his heart is broken by the mysterious Jordyn and his father dies, Emmett vows to belong.

You didn't come home in 107 degree heat of a blistering July and heat your kitchen because you were looking to eat right. You did it to be kind to someone. You did it for love.

What Emmett doesn't realize is that he already has a family. His childhood friend Vinnie and Vinnie's parents and siblings have long ago embraced Emmett as one of their own.

Emmett means well, but watching him interact with his girlfriend Christine was a form of slow torture. Even Emmett's cat, the feisty, punitive George (that's Madame George, if you please), knows better.

And then there's Keegan.

Keegan, Emmett's neighbor and best friend, deserves his own T-shirt! He is adorably snarky and insanely patient. In his tiny briefs and colorful tank tops, Keegan is hard to resist.

How has Emmett managed for so long?

Keegan rolled his eyes. "Emmett, after we wash dishes, can we have sex?"

"God, yes. Please."

"Then I've had all the food I need."

This is a SWEET Amy Lane story, and those are my favorite.

This is a novella, but it reads at once longer and shorter than its 1,300 locations, longer because the characters are real and well developed, and shorter because it's so entertaining and well written (of course!), the words just flow and before you know it, the story's over.

I loved everything about Food for Thought: the grumpy cat, the hilarious banter between Keegan and Emmett, the beet explosion (yes, BEETS; don't ask), and the rather HUNGRY, dirty (very dirty in more ways than one!) sex.

Hell, I even liked Christine the girlfriend, especially after she left.

Emmett seeks clarity in a recipe from a family cookbook passed on to him by Vinnie's supportive, awesome mom.

But what Emmett finally comes to realize is that clarity is sometimes found in the mishaps and messes, in friendship, and in the real acceptance of a boy who's loved you all along.

Not a perfect 5 rating only because I wanted MORE, more Vinnie, more George the cat, and certainly more Keegan and Emmett.

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