Friday, November 15, 2013

Then, Again by Karen Stivali

Photographer Kay Turner is dealt a double whammy when she flies home for her grandmother’s funeral to find her boyfriend with another woman. Now with two losses to mourn, she retreats to her newly inherited beach house to clear her head.

Everything at the beach is familiar: the sounds of the ocean, the scent of her grandmother’s perfume—and the irresistible smile of James Margolis. The man Kay spent her adolescence pining for is every bit as charming as she remembers.

James always thought of Kay as “a nice kid”, but he feels something very different for the woman she’s become. Especially when he asks if she’d be willing to part with some of her grandmother’s recipes for his new restaurant—and they wind up sharing much more than culinary secrets.

But as their relationship deepens, Kay finds herself caught between the demands of her dream career as a travel photographer, and a chance for happiness with the one man she’s wanted for a lifetime.

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

Delicious food, emotional turmoil, second chance at love. I mean, really, it just doesn't get much better than that. I really enjoyed Then, Again. It was a lovely surprise that's sweet and funny, sexy and charming and just an enjoyable read.

Kay was completely smitten with James growing up. She adored him even though he was older and really never stopped even after she left town. After her gram's passes away she's finally come back home and things with James... well, he's actually noticing her and long ago feelings rush back.

I really loved Kay and James together--even if I wanted to shake her a little bit towards the end. They fit nicely and had great chemistry and some really nice banter going on. Seeing them get to know each other again and spending time together doing a little bit of cooking as she teaches him her grams' recipes--there may have even been a little nekkid cooking time gah yeah--. It was just fun and sweet. And the sex scenes were nice and sexy too. Always a plus :)

Really this was just a fun read. It's light and easy and I flew through it and can't wait to try another from Stivali. She brought together a great couple and added some fantastic bits of humor with the little ladies next door to Kay that were just so adorable and incredibly inappropriate in their desire for all the naughty details about James. If you love foodie romances and reunion romances I'd definitely say give this one a go.

Have you read Stivali? What did you think?
Have a favorite foodie romance?
Ever done any nekkid cooking?

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