Thursday, December 3, 2015

ARC Review: King of the Kitchen by Bru Baker

King of the Kitchen
From the blurb:

Rising kitchen talents Beck Douglas and Duncan Walters have been on the foodie paparazzi radar for years, since their status as heirs to two of the biggest celebrity chef empires around makes them culinary royalty. Beck is known for his charm and traditional food as cohost of his uncle's popular TV cooking show, while Duncan earned himself a reputation as a culinary bad boy, both for his refusal to work in his father's restaurants and his avant-garde approach to cooking.

They're also heirs to a food rivalry that could put the Hatfields and McCoys to shame, and when they're photographed in the middle of a heated argument, the press goes wild with speculation. Damage control ensues, with a fake friendship engineered by PR cronies that leaves both of them secretly pining for more.

Beck chafes under his uncle's micromanagement, and Duncan's relationship with his homophobic father becomes even more tenuous when Beck and Duncan start getting closer. It's hard to hide their chemistry on national television when Duncan joins Beck's cooking show, but they won't be able to take their relationship—or their careers—to the next level without breaking a few eggs.

Heather's rating:

I love cooking and I love M/M, A book that combines them? What's not to love?!

I was very excited to try this book after reading a few of Bru Baker's shorter stories. I think that she is an author to watch, and I was eagerly awaiting this release. While I'd say my hunger was met, I don't think that this fully satisfied my excellent-story cravings.

(Too heavy on the food puns?? Okay, I'll stop the jokes from boiling over... THAT WAS THE LAST ONE.)

Bru Baker did a great job doing the research for this very technically accurate foody story. I'm not sure if she is a cook or an amateur chef, but this lady knows her food preparations. My husband is a very serious home cook and we are really into food, and I found no flaws with any of the food info in the story. It is like written food porn. I mean, I was practically salivating while reading. So freakin' yummy sounding. I want to go to these chefs' restaurants!

The premise was also pretty interesting, and I was eager to see the chemistry between two chefs from competing food dynasties. I can honestly say that I have no issues with this book from a writing standpoint except for one itsy bitsy little issue...

I found this book to be pretty boring. And, for me, boring is a kiss of death.

I'm not sure exactly what my issue was with this one. Maybe it was the pacing? Maybe it was that it was so heavy on the information that I felt like the story got sidetracked a bit? I have trouble pinpointing why this story was only a pleasant read for me, one that I was easily able to put down. I can say that I truthfully liked it, at times a great deal, but something kept me from being unable to stop reading this story.

Not bad, not bad at all, but I'm still waiting for Bru Baker to blow me away.

**Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

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Amazon, Dreamspinner Press, iTunes

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