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Famosa em Paris, mal-afamada em Londres. Verity Durant é tão conhecida pelos seus dotes culinários quanto pela sua vida amorosa. Contudo, essa será a menor das surpresas que espera o seu novo empregador quando este chega a Fairleigh Park, a propriedade que acaba de herdar após a inesperada morte do seu irmão.Para Stuart Somerset, uma estrela política em ascensão, verity DuFamosa em Paris, mal-afamada em Londres. Verity Durant é tão conhecida pelos seus dotes culinários quanto pela sua vida amorosa. Contudo, essa será a menor das surpresas que espera o seu novo empregador quando este chega a Fairleigh Park, a propriedade que acaba de herdar após a inesperada morte do seu irmão.Para Stuart Somerset, uma estrela política em ascensão, verity Durant é apenas um nome e a comida é apenas comida, até degistar o primeiro prato confeccionado por ela. Até então, a única vez que experimentara tamanho despertar dos sentidos fora numa perigosa noite de paixão com uma estranha que desaparecera com a madrugada. Dez anos de espera pelo prato principal é muito tempo, mas quando Verity Durant entra na sua vida, apenas uma coisa conseguirá satisfazer Stuart. O apetite dele pela luxúria será vingança ou o mais excepcional dos acepipes - o amor? O passado de Verity alberga um segredo que poderá devorá-los a ambos, ao mesmo tempo que tentam alcançar o mais delicioso dos frutos…...

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O Fruto Proibido Reviews

  • ♡Karlyn P♡
    2019-01-27 20:14

    I debated between 2 and 3 stars on this one as the story itself was utterly absurd. I can stretch my beliefs only so far, but this one pushed passed my limits on many occasions. But in the end the annoying and absurd faded away and we got a decent ending. And I liked Stuart and Verity’s characters enough to stick with the story to learn more about her past. And without a doubt Sherry Thomas can write. I just wish she told a better story and didn’t jar us with flashbacks. SPOILERv v v v v Here is what really bugged me. We learn early on that Verity has a secret past and identity, but the way she hides her identity (and for so long!) took the cake. When her and Stuart would meet in the dark, or she wore a mask, the book came very close to being a wall banger!! She is the dang celebrated cook so we are suppose to believe that she goes weeks upon weeks without her boss ever meeting her – and he didn’t find that odd either?!! And they fall in love based on the taste of her food, but without any meaningful conversations?? Not to mention he doesn’t even know what she looks like or who she really is?!!! And then he gets mad at her for not revealing who she was in her past?!! For crying out loud, she was no better than the kitchen slut with a bag over her head prior to his outburst! And then he just gets over it. Just like that. Sings a brand new and unbreakable tune. And there was no wrap up to the storyline with her son Michael, but I really didn’t care at the end. And then everyone lived happily ever after despite all the warnings that such a marriage would cause world chaos and utter shame for all.

  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    2019-01-27 19:22

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestI am honestly surprised by how few of my friends enjoyed this book, because I thought it was exemplary. Like CHOCOLAT and WATER FOR CHOCOLATE, in DELICIOUS, Thomas captures the sensuality and headiness of food, tying it into both sex and love. Verity, the cook heroine, is such an amazing conjurer of food that her culinary creations have people remembering both their worst and fondest memories with a deepness that often shocks their Victorian sensibilities into speechlessness. She has several secrets though, which seem to have doomed her from finding love.Except, since this is a romance novel, you know that's totally not true!I should note that Sherry Thomas is not a new author to me. I've read THE HIDDEN BLADE, which is an even better book than this. (Seriously, read it - I cannot recommend it enough.) When I read a book I really enjoy I'm sometimes reluctant to pursue a second book by that author, out of fear that it will be a let-down. I needn't have worried. The things that appealed to me in HIDDEN were present in DELICIOUS, too: beautiful writing, strong heroines, good characterization, interesting twists...they were all here, much to my delight!DELICIOUS is also a retelling of the Cinderella fairytale, although this is one of the book's weaker points. This relationship was pushed a bit too hard, and I thought the little quirks of fate that kept Stuart from seeing Verity's face were too convenient. I was more interested in how pride kept the characters from being happy - either because it caused them to chase a dream beyond their reach, hurt the people they loved because of their prejudice, or become utterly enslaved by convention. There are elements of PERSUASION in here, as well, which I think a lot of people will really like.There's also a secondary romance, but I actually liked it. Normally, secondary romances feel like filler to me, but this one worked. In some ways, they had better chemistry than the main couple. The only thing that was frustrating was that I had hoped that the secondary hero was bisexual. I was so excited, because the only ones I've encountered in mainstream historical fiction (as a love interest) were Courtney Milan's HER EVERY WISH and Elizabeth Hoyt's DUKE OF SIN.DELICIOUS is a really great historical romance that takes tropes from Cinderella and PERSUASION and blends them with excellent characters and a fairly engaging plot. I'd recommend this to fans of Victorian romance and especially to fans of Sherry Thomas.4 stars!

  • new_user
    2019-01-30 21:20

    Every character in Delicious effects a subterfuge, every one wearing a mask, Verity Durante's the most literal. Readers may grow weary of the hide-and-seek between Verity and Stuart Somerset. Stuart inherits his brother's cook and lover after that man's death, but Verity and Stuart have history and, she's decided, a doomed relationship, so she hides. He falls in love with her through her culinary delights-- and later, her afternoon delights. Hyuk, hyuk, hyuk.I can't complain about this page after page, however. I'm suspending disbelief. Once reconciled to the premise, readers notice Delicious' realism. Sherry Thomas imbues Delicious with concrete time and place (i.e. Victorian England). Verity mentions Fanny Hill, Stuart says "MPs," not Members of Parliament. He's a military background and mentions "bombings in the eighties" and bombings in the newspaper over breakfast, recalling to the reader the beginning of our modern era and our forebears' legacy of political violence, oft forgotten. Rather than break character to explain, as a less capable author might, Thomas expects her audience to divine clues from context.Noble Stuart's disinterest in all things bodily until Verity may distance readers, evidenced by the secondary couple's greater appeal to reviewers (they're funnier- symphonic concerts, anyone?); likewise, Stuart and Verity's connection through her food and flashbacks versus a complete relationship, now. Whimsical, see? Stuart and Verity's meaningful encounters in the present, however, compensate. At one time, Verity comforts Stuart, and I lauded Thomas. Her characters do not exist in a vacuum; they do not only think of their lust or even their love together. They live lives, hurt independently in "unexciting" ways, and the romantic interest is whomever's still standing, the person there to comfort them through an ugly, blotch-faced cry. This is real. Subdued her works may be, but not the less substantial or emotionally affecting for that. Through nuances, Thomas portrays a more honest humanity, less dramatic but more complex, subtle and varied, far from cloning archetypes. She knows the pride of a man, once a poor boy, who thinks in passing, "never impose, never importune," his struggle to ask for something twice. Food is simply a vehicle, a means for Verity to express her passion, and hunger a positive manifestation of renewed meaning to empty gestures, be that eating or a superficial marriage. For the record, I share Stuart's sentiment: "Food was sustenance, something to keep him alive and healthy, nothing more." Regarding Cinderella, the fairy tale is simply there to be negated:"It’s because these tales have been written by men, men who have never spent so much as an hour in the kitchen. The real Cinderella curses, smokes, and drinks a bit too much. Her feet hurt. Her back hurts. And she’s resentful. She would like her pumpkin coach to run over the Wicked Stepmother. And Prince Toad too, if possible."Delicious is not a retelling or even near one, except for Verity's ludicrous, overlong disguise and a too-neat ending; that was just an excuse. By discussing fairy tales, Verity and Stuart confess their histories and dreams and through that thin guise reveal themselves. Like His at Night, Delicious' premise is absurd, but Delicious has more substance. I saw much more than a Cinderella remake or the silly premise. The poignant themes of grief and estrangement, a brother's death and two brothers' relationship, really resonated with me, among other things. If you like a subdued tone, realistic, flawed, three-dimensional characters (with jobs), and of course, beautiful prose in your historical romance, I recommend Delicious.

  • Barbara
    2019-02-12 21:18

    Delicious?...Ummm....Heck No!Contains Some SpoilersThis author pushes your imagination to the limits and you still can't wrap your mind around the things she's expecting you to process. A book like "Lover Avenged" by J.R Ward reads like fiction compared to "Delicious".Verity is a world renowned chief, but she's working in a common house. Her employer met his maker in an untimely manner and his brother takes over his estates....Verity and Stuart have a little of a past so when he arrives she steers clear of him...but in the mean time Stuart fantasizes over this cook whom he's never even seen, he refuses to enjoy the food that's cooked (he see's it as a weakness) because every morsel is making him "get in touch" with feelings that he thought he'd buried 10 years ago (queue storyline...enter Verity)..."While his guests reacted favorably to the courses-Mardsen in particular was ecstatic-Stuart was in the middle of seismic shocks, a piece of himself coming undone with each mouthful. But he could not walk away tonight as he had done the night before, nor could he refuse to be served while there were others at the table. He ate as little as he could, but a small serving of lighting was still lightning, and even the most modest of flames still burned. Sometimes he didn't even know what he was eating-what was the taste of falling off a cliff?..."And this happened BEFORE Verity spoke to him for the first time...a few weeks the dark...per her request...This is what you have to sit through the entire book. One crazy paragraph after the other...Ridiculous. Exhausting. Waste of time.

  • Quinn
    2019-01-24 17:07

    4.5 starsThere is something about Sherry Thomas’ writing that completely draws me in and wraps itself around me. Her prose is mature, elegant, evocative, and just plain beautiful. I could have read the just the first page and still left more satisfied than I sometimes feel after reading entire books:In retrospect people said it was a Cinderella story.Notably missing was the personage of the Fairy Godmother. But other than that, the narrative seemed to contain all the elements of the fairy tale.There was something of a modern prince. He had no royal blood, but he was a powerful man – London’s foremost barrister, Mr. Gladstone’s right hand – a man who would very likely one day occupy 10 Downing Street.There was a woman who spent much of her life in the kitchen. In the eyes of many, she was a nobody. To others, she was one of the greatest cooks of her generation, her food said to be so divine that old men dined with the gusto of adolescent boys, and so seductive that lovers forsook each other as long as a single crumb remained on the table.There was a ball; not the usual sort of ball that made it into fairy tales or even ordinary tales, but a ball nevertheless. There was the requisite Evilish Female Relative. And most importantly for connoisseurs of fairy tales, there was footgear left behind in a hurry – nothing so frivolous or fancy as glass slippers, yet carefully kept and cherished, with a flickering flame of hope, for years upon years.A Cinderella story indeed.Or was it?It all began – or resumed, depending on how one looked at it – the day Bertie Somerset died.Now don’t let the opening of this book mislead you – this is by no means a retelling of the classic fairytale, or if it is, it could only be compared in a very broad sense. But for the passage above, and their initial meet ten years ago, I would never have made the connection. It does, however, have something else in common with fairytales – it is a little far-fetched and so you have to suspend disbelief. But just like those wonderful fairytales, it is a pleasure to do so.This is my third Sherry Thomas book, (Private Arrangements and Not Quite a Husband being the other two), and I have noticed similarities across them all. Each tale is told via the story being unfolded in both the past and present. The story begins with the reader being kept in the dark about the secrets and mysteries that have impacted the present state of the characters, and gradually reveals the pieces of the puzzle as we navigate the past. I know some readers don’t like this device, but Sherry Thomas is a master at it and executes it exceptionally well. The present storyline is compelling (like reading a mystery, only better) as the reader desperately seeks to learn what has transpired to cause such circumstances, while the past is agonisingly poignant, as we have already witnessed its impact on the characters in the present. Sherry Thomas is a master story weaver and I find this method particularly powerful in her talented hands.When all the threads in this tapestry have been revealed, we cease our visits into the past and continue the journey with the characters we have grown to understand and care about as they struggle to overcome the impacts of the past on the present. And in a Sherry Thomas book, this is always easier said than done. Her characters need to come to terms with their history before they can embrace their future – and be prepared to risk all in the process.Having read the back cover of Delicious, with its ‘cheesy’ food metaphors, I was expecting to have issues with the prevalent use of food in the story. I’m not a foodie, and as such, garner no enjoyment from its detailed description. With the heroine being a notorious cook, there was certainly an abundance of descriptive epicurean delights throughout the story, and while I could have lived without them, they didn’t exactly bother me to the extent I had expected, and I thought the explanation the author provided on the importance of food to the characters was beautifully done.Sherry Thomas books are always powerfully emotional. Her characters are genuine and realistic, complete with all the flaws, imperfections and vagaries of the human state. There is no room for idealism here. They are not always likeable, and it is a credit to her writing that they remain completely compelling.The longing between Stuart and Verity is palpable. I believed that they were both powerfully affected by the one night they shared ten years before. I understood their emotions and motivations, and even their mistakes. If there were moments in the story that were highly unlikely (and there definitely were), I just did not care, so captivated by the story was I, desperately waiting and wanting to see the next move. Even the secondary romance (which I also loved) had its own twists and turns and surprises.Because of the relative complexities in the plot the very gradual provision of information and context, I found Delicious to be a little confusing at the start, but that didn’t last long, so stick with it. My one complaint with this book is that the ending was just a little too tidy. I don’t expect ‘easy’ when I read a Sherry Thomas book, and everything came together a little too easily for my liking at the end.As with all her books, Sherry Thomas won’t be for everyone, but she is definitely for me, and has yet to disappoint. Not quite the 5 stars of Private Arrangements and Not Quite a Husband, but pretty darn close.

  • Joanna Loves Reading
    2019-01-31 17:24

    Not my favorite Thomas, but it had its moments, including this one: "I have loved her since the moment I first her, Madame. She has left me and I have left her. And now we are at last together, nothing, save death, will part us again. Not you. Not the liberal establishment. Not the opinion of every last man, woman, and child in England."There were parts that were problematic to me, and it's probably a rounding up situation here. Despite that, it's still a second chance story that pulls at your heart strings.Warning to anyone who reads this: Don't read on an empty stomach. The heroine is a gourmet chef, and the way Thomas describes her succulent food made my mouth water. The Hero is a practical, stand-up guy, and he considers food necessary but does not have any sense of taste. It's sustenance and nothing more. When he tastes the heroine's food for the first time, the flavors explode for him. He doesn't quite know what to think and sets it aside. Food is used as metaphor in this novel. The Hero and heroine's relationship is like that first taste of food. They meet and have an intense but brief first encounter. They do not meet again for 10 years. Verity is a difficult-to-like heroine. She makes choices in her youth that are not well considered and alienate herself from her family. She falls for the wrong man twice before meeting the hero. The second wrong man makes it nearly impossible for her to have a relationship with the hero, (view spoiler)[ because the hero is half brothers with the man who had just broke her heart. (hide spoiler)] The second wrong man is also her employer and their liaison is scandalous and well known throughout the ton. The Hero is a rising political star, so she knows any connection with her would tarnish his reputation.Thomas likes to find flawed characters and bring them together in impossible situations and make it works. Her prose is the lynchpin in most of her stories, making them quite unique to her. Hers never feel like you are reading the same ole HR again that any writer could mimic. It is one of the reasons she is a favorite of mine. Her stories are rich and complex, but are not easy. I need a break after reading her stories to reflect, and generally just ponder my existence. I find them powerful and moving. Granted, not all are on the same level, and this one is not among her best, IMO, but it still makes a lasting impression.The romance is very slow to build here, and there is a secondary love story that ties in well and is perhaps more compelling than the primary one. This is a difficult story to review, and I am still not entirely sure what I think about it. I think Thomas fans will enjoy, but I am not sure about Thomas newbies.

  • Christa
    2019-02-08 17:25

    Delicious takes place during a time period that is not typical for the historical romances I usually read - the 1890's. It is also different in that the heroine is a chef. While both of these aspects of the novel seemed rather unusual, I recently read a Laura Lee Guhrke novel which shared both characteristics. While I enjoyed Delicious, I have to say that I liked the similar Laura Lee Guhrke book better. The characters in Delicious were likeable, but I didn't find them quite as appealing as Guhrke's hero and heroine. Delicious jumps back and forth from events in 1892 to when the hero and heroine first met in 1882. I found this book to be very engrossing and I will be looking forward to more by this author.When Verity Durant's employer dies, his half brother, Stuart Somerset, inherits the estate where she is engaged as a chef. As Stuart arrives at the estate for the funeral, Verity decides to prepare delicacies that will resurrect Stuart's lost sense of taste and enjoyment of food. Stuart is unaware that his new chef is the woman he spent a passionate night with ten years ago. He fell hard for Verity when they first met, and he searched for her to no avail. Now he doesn't understand why he feels a strong attraction for his promiscuous chef who only shows her face to him when it is engulfed in darkness. Stuart is engaged to a respectable young woman, and he is determined not to become involved with Verity. When Stuart finds out Verity's true identity, he must decide whether his future holds a place for her.Delicious was the second book I have read by this author, and I liked both of them. In the two books I have read, Thomas creates heroines who are more experienced and older than those of many historical romance novels. If you enjoy historical romance set in a time period that is a bit different from most, and you like heroines with a past, this book is for you.

  • K.
    2019-01-30 20:18

    [“Delicious” by Sherry Thomas (audiobook: Virginia Leishman/Reader = 3.5*)]Actual rating 2.5* 1892 EnglandVerity and Stuart “Cinderella story” huh?? Uh . . . I suppose if you squint your eyes REALLY hard and tilt your head to one side! A Cinderella story is definitely not the first fairytale that comes to mind here for me. In fact, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t reference this story to any “fairytale” whatsoever, unless your talking about the “less than likely” definition, and in that case, the ending sure does work in those terms. By about three-quarters of the way through this book, I thought that it would end up a 3.5* read for me, “IF” it didn’t take any crazy leaps of faith by the ending. Uh . . . so much for that theory. In fact, in some ways the ending could be removed and put on another book just as easily, as it went somewhere most of the rest of the story wasn’t “visiting.” Suffice it to say Thomas probably thought . . . “Oops, I’m at page limit, better put a bow on it!” The beginning of this tale is hard to follow as Thomas doesn’t clearly make it understood that the reader is to be thinking in “flash forward/flash back terms.” It took me awhile (and revisiting a couple of reviews) to gain my bearings as it just felt really all over the map as to where the characters were at in “time and setting” at any given moment. Once I checked it out and found she was actually writing flashbacks into the storyline as a regular thing, it didn’t make the beginning significantly more tracking, but at least I was prepared for the next forward/backward sequence of events. Additionally, the beginning is interspersed with lots and lots of over-the-top food metaphors, which made me hungry, certainly, but didn’t necessarily make me feel like I was reading a romance (more like “Gourmet” magazine). Yes, yes, I know. It’s supposed to set a “whimsical” stage for the story I suppose, since the heroine is a renowned chef, whose ability to tease the palate is magical - literally. But it only served to confuse and distract what ended up being a weak storyline in many aspects. Again . . . did it make me want to go check out the fridge? - Yes. Read this romance? - No. The story begins (once I could figure out where it began), with Verity, the heroine arguing with “Birdy,” her employer (ya – she’s his cook), as well as lover, over the fact that Birdy refuses to marry Verity. I may have missed something, but although it was “referenced” in a less than clear way he may have been the “Prince Regent” . . . or he may not have - who knows! What was clear was that he was a titled gentleman of high rank, and that he was certainly a heartless ass who took Verity to bed frequently (mostly because he loved her food), but flatly refused to marry her based on the ultimate conclusion she was . . . a cook and of the servant classes. (Duh! The only one whose surprised on that point is Verity I suppose.) Between this “beginning” we are introduced to Verity running into a mysterious stranger, “Stuart,” after fleeing a social gathering, and Stuart tries to assist her back to her residence. She refuses to inform Stuart of her identity or where she lives. So I’m thinking at this point - Ah - Stuart must be Birdy . . . Uh . . . No! So is Verity the same person? (LOL!) . . . Yes. Whew, I’ve got that straight anyway. Suddenly Verity is called from the kitchens (Wait -- what happened to Stuart taking her to an “inn” she was (apparently?) staying at?), to Birdy’s bedside, only to find that her lover is dead of a heart attack at 38. Verity is overwhelmed emotionally (but I’m not!! Birdy was an ass afterall!). Whoops – back to Verity at the Inn with Stuart enjoying a pleasant repast and onto yet another descriptive fit for a food and wine magazine photoshoot. Oh wait . . . how did Stuart end up in her room? I thought she told him to take a hike? He’s there . . . so you’re guess is as good as mine. (Rewind to back-track once again and find the “food buried” details that put the story together.) Does this paragraph of my review make any sense? No? Then I’ve done a good job of “tracking” about as well as the story does to this point! By page 114, I’ve finally figured out that Verity met Stuart, the BROTHER of Birdy, and had a one night affair that was the fireworks of her life. I’m now pretty certain that Stuart is the hero in this story (ya, you heard that right – I wasn’t absolutely certain this far into the story). Verity comes from an unknown past that has resulted in her having a child out of wedlock that she subsequently adopted out (much to her hurt and chagrin), consequently rejected and evicted from her home and family, and thus went on to pursue her cooking skills in order to earn a living. Her past is extremely shrouded in mystery throughout the book (not extremely difficult to guess at correctly, but sufficiently mysterious to keep it interesting). Verity leaves her one spectacular encounter with Stuart via the sneaky route (left him in dreamland), and Stuart is never able to find her, despite years of searching. Meantime Verity ends up in the employment of Stuart’s brother, Birdy, and as Birdy’s eventual lover. (Are you as “icked” out over this as I am yet?? We’re talking the heroine here has slept her way around the family -- and liked it! Oow!) Fortunately, it’s unbeknownst to her, but unfortunately, it’s well known (and even “clear” :D) to me the reader. I could have gone the whole book without knowing that little detail! But it had to be divulged, as much of the storyline begins to intertwine the past and the present by the middle of the book. We also follow Stuart’s reaction to Verity’s desertion of him after their torrid one-nighter, and his eventual history as a bastard son who was reinstated by petition (not really likely to happen, but it’s a “fairytale,” so I’m appropriately suspending my disbelief), as a legitimate child within his father’s aristocratic family. Stuart has risen to high political ranks of the times in pursuing his political career, and finally decided to offer for Lizzie, a long time friend and “suitable” lady for his social position. Here’s where Birdy’s premature heart attack comes into the picture and Stuart finds himself the new heir, inheriting the vast titles and holdings of the family . . . including Birdy’s cook, Verity. (Ironically, Thomas gets a lot of praise for her ability to “create the scene of Victorian times (and she does), even if she’s stretched inheritance and legitimacy laws far beyond the breaking point. She’s the current “new darling” of the romance writing genre, so no one dare whisper the sacrilege term “wallpaper” here I suppose.) The story becomes interesting by this point, but true to Sherry Thomas’ style, I could have given a rat’s butt about the characters. Not feelin’ the love here at all. Stuart is a cold fish and Verity has made a multitude of left turn wrong choices thus far in her life, not really garnering my sympathies (one big mistake, sure, two maybe, but come on!). Stuart’s secretary and Stuart’s fiancé do strike up an interesting relationship that I was more engaged in than Stuart and Verity’s. We also arrive at the point where pretty much everyone who reads it begins to have the “Oh give me a break” unbelieveability factor, as in the efforts of Verity to keep her identity hidden from Stuart while living as his cook under the same roof, so many opportunistic coincidences to prevent him from actually seeing her face happen, the book almost becomes a wall-banger. Thomas’ writing blessedly keeps it in my hands again. By about the fourth “peek-a-boo” encounter, the only reaction is . . . “Oh Com’on!!” I’m usually EASIER than most on an author in these circumstances, but they can’t expect me to go deaf, dumb (actually meaning “stupid” in this instance) and blind! Toward story end when I should be at least feeling the empathy and a tighter connection for the lovers, Thomas brings back the ghost of Birdy (figuratively, not literally) by way of his funeral, and all begin to gush thoughtfully with introspection over poor Birdy’s worthiness. WTF??!! Even our heroine waxes poetically over Birdy’s virtues. (*Scuze me here while I gag and throw up in my mouth a little bit!*)The bottom line is, the only “magic” Thomas worked here was her usual ability to write and keep my interest. Just like “Private Arrangements,” she instills so many tidbits that are “hooks” to keeping me going and hoping, I just keep gawking like a typical traffic accident passerby until I finish the book. Her sex scenes in this story were some of the best I’ve read, all because of her skillful writing, and of course there’s always the food! Rich, fragrant and tasty – A virtual meal . . . or 20. Unfortunately, although Sherry Thomas has a great ability to write prose that engage me . . . she can’t write romance that I love. This may be my last Thomas read, as I actually enjoyed “Private Arrangements” more than this one! Big deal - I’m not a dedicated romance reader to “just” read good prose. I want good prose with captivating romance to accompany it! People that I cheerlead and care about, and make my heart ache for their love for one another. So far . . . Thomas doesn’t do that in her stories. Too bad because the woman sure can write! Final result: The writing fills you up on rich French cuisine, but the story and characters are like Chinese take-out – you’re starving in about an hour. K.NOTE: Mainstream R to NC-17 sex scenes but not heavily laden throughout; Some graphic language occasionally interspersed; No graphic violence; Not recommended for teens under 17 years of age; Not recommended for anyone trying to remain on their diet! ;)]

  • Eastofoz
    2019-02-03 17:23

    Sherry Thomas’ second book may not be the strongest in the romance department but the writing itself is still very good. This different take on the Cinderella story is not really believable (big stretches needed here) and the characters are missing that passionate connection that she had in her first book, however it still has you reading to the end to see how it all pans out.Basically the story is about a woman named Verity Durant who’s leading a double life as a French chef for an aristocrat who she has an affair with in the hopes of bettering her lot her in life but it goes sour. She’s quite renowned for her cooking and her employer loves her primarily for that. He unexpectedly kicks the bucket and everything goes to his step-brother Stuart who’s a rising political star. Turns out that Stuart knows Verity from a long time ago and he slowly discovers who she really is. The story gets going with the two of them exchanging terse notes (he doesn’t know who she is during this) that are way too funny in a biting kind of way (too bad there wasn’t more of this verbal sparring), spying on each other and meeting secretly in the dark as per Verity’s demands because she doesn’t want him to know who she is. The mystery of who Verity Durant is teases you right to the end and the author builds that up very well. The secondary characters around her also heighten the unraveling of her story. Everything about these people is key to understanding her secret. Her relationship with Stuart though is somewhat stale, that spark is missing when they finally come together. Even when they were together the first time it just didn’t really work but I’m not a fan of the “love at first sight” theme. I prefer the build-up so this could work for some readers. There’s a smokin’ hot voyeurism scene but unfortunately Thomas skimps on the actual sex scenes between the h/h themselves which was too bad. Verity is shown as a woman trying desperately to make a life for herself in spite of her circumstances and she’s been quite successful. Stuart however was missing something, maybe he needed some more backbone. He was too career-minded and cast her aside one time too many.The food descriptions are mouth watering especially if you’re familiar with some of the things she cooks. Thomas’ mastery of culinary language from the detailed utensils to the cooking terminology was impressive and it never felt like the story was bogged down in boring filler detail either. Her use of French was also well-done and for once there weren't any mistakes. There are virtually no parlor room scenes but more of a dry/gray “industrial age” feel to the novel. Sometimes it almost felt like a Robin Schone vibe.I didn’t particularly like the ending –too easy and typical romance fare which makes me waver between a 3.5-4 star rating. Having read her first and fourth book I was expecting the originality to continue to the last page. I was more interested in the mystery by the end than the love story. So it’s a fairly good book with that “expect the unexpected” tone but there are parts where the love story could have been better.

  • KarenH
    2019-02-08 16:59

    With so much controversy over Sherry Thomas' debut novel, Private Arrangements, I don't think Delicious has ever received the recognition it deserves. This was a delightful, Cinderella-inspired love story about a gentleman of means who falls head over heels in love with a mysterious beauty whom he engages in a "one-night stand". Come morning his new "love" has vanished and the hero is left with nothing but her muddy galoshes (and an overwhelming desire to find her and return them). But it's long past midnight and "Cinderella" is back in the kitchen...pining over her lost love and pouring her heart into the dishes she creates...until one day she is actually preparing those dishes for an unsuspecting "Prince Charming". I can't believe I let this gem of a "forbidden love" story sit in my TBR pile for over a year! The premise was unique and the story was at times humorous but for the most part poignant...tugging at your heartstrings up to the very wonderful end!

  • Jacob Proffitt
    2019-01-30 21:00

    I liked this one a whole better while reading than I did after thinking about it at all. There is just so much improbability involved that even though I enjoyed the relationship and characters and even the plot, I can't hold onto that feeling very long in retrospect because I keep bumping into things that just don't work. And that's granting the magical qualities of Verity's cooking—i.e. it breaks down even more if you can't let the book get away with the claim that she's so fantastic that eating a meal prepared by her is a life-altering experience.Anyway, I finished this a week or more ago so I can't be much more explicit in this review, I'm afraid. Sadly. Still, I didn't hate the story and it was good while it lasted (very like one of Verity's meals, I imaging).A note about Steamy: There were explicit sex scenes. I think two. I dunno. It was the middle of my steam tolerance, at any rate. Also, yet another aspect that has magical ascribed qualities but I won't get into that...

  • Catherine
    2019-01-30 18:15

    I think this book would have been better suited to someone who is way more into food than I am. It seemed like every other sentence was rhapsodizing about the awesomeness of Verity's food in excruciating detail. I understand that she's a cook, but by the time I was half way through I felt I was being hammered over the head with the fact that nobody has the magic to cook like Verity. She's special and unique and the angels sing when she cooks. I get it already! Move on!The plot and motivations of these characters seemed really thin to me. The characters never really got to know each other very well. In all the flashbacks it's just that night of sex. Even if it's the best sex of your life how did you fall in love that night? You hardly spoke to him/her! Maybe you fell in love with his/her body or his/her sexy skills, but I truly doubt you fell in love with the person he/she is. That goes for both of the protagonists.Also, Verity kept her identity a secret for so long that they hardly had any time to get to know each other. Their current relationship seemed to be based on no more than lust and covetousness of the creator of such awesome food. Yes, that's right. Stuart starts fantasizing about Verity when he has no clue who she is (or what she looks like) all based on her ability to make him taste food again. Right...***SPOILERS***Also, their first real interaction together was rather absurd. She decides that as the lowly servant she is, she will use her employer's private bath. Not only will she do that, she will get herself off right there where anyone could find her. Yep, that seems like a rational thing to do. So into that scene walks Stuart. He's mighty turned on, but the agony, he's betraying his fiance! The whole book was kind of like that. A mix of absurd, lust, and melodrama. It just confused me and wore me out. Not a combination I enjoy when I finish a book.I wish there had been more time spent on Lizzy and Will. I actually liked them. I would have liked to have gotten to know them more though. I also thought that a little more time spent on Michael would have been nice. I wish there weren't so many lies throughout this book. Lies about why she met Stuart in the first place, lies about why she can't stay, lies about her identity (omission counts!), lies about Michael, etc.I think the biggest cop-out of the story was at the end. All of a sudden Verity has this mysterious background that no one knew about. The Duchess wasn't evil and heartless like we all thought, no, she was misunderstood and always trying to do her best for Verity! Also, suddenly the reasons why Verity and Stuart couldn't marry ceased to be important, although it was never explained why. All those dire things that would come to pass didn't suddenly disappear you know.***END SPOILERS***The reason I gave this two stars instead of one was the writing skill. This author really seems to be a great writer, I just wish she would write about characters I liked more.

  • I_love_a_happily_ever_after
    2019-02-15 16:11

    I waited a while to read this book, because I wanted a large span of time where I would not be interrupted. I predicted it would be one that I could not put down, even to take a shower, and I was right! (I took the shower before I started reading, ha-ha). I was not disappointed, and at 2 am, with sniffles, I closed the cover on this quite excellent read. Ms. Thomas breaks so many of the "rules" of romance writing again. But she delivers a wonderful, creative tale unlike the carbon copy stories so prevalent in this genre. READ THIS BOOK!

  • Jan130
    2019-01-19 15:18

    It was OK, but I didn’t enjoy this one anywhere near as much as the related book, Not Quite a Husband. I found the plot of this book a little too convoluted for my taste. There were too many little mysteries and intrigues about both Verity’s and Stuart’s backgrounds, and it muddied the waters for me. At the start of the book, Stuart’s estranged brother Bertie seemed like a prize ass, yet we are expected to believe that Verity really loved him. And I’m still not clear on the ‘events’ of ten years earlier, and exactly why Verity and Bertie never married each other. As for Verity herself, I couldn’t take up my mind about her and her broken relationships with just about everyone - Bertie, Stuart, Michael, the Duchess of Arlington etc. She also has a reputation of being overly generous with her sexual favours, and although it’s mostly false, some of her behaviours were pretty ‘out there’ and I didn’t like that aspect of the book. Stuart is a much more likeable character, although his obsession with Verity has lasted for TEN YEARS after just one memorable night! Seemed a bit much to me. However I liked his personality and also his behaviours towards Verity near the end of the book when his mettle is really tested.I hated the Duchess and (view spoiler)[found her about-face near the end of the book a little unbelievable. And Verity seemed to take it all at face value, like she was going to forgive all and be suddenly lovey-dovey with the Duchess. Hmmm. Wouldn’t she be just a little more bitter towards the woman who had robbed her of so much???? (hide spoiler)]For me this book just wasn’t as well written as some of Thomas’ other books. The Duchess’ long spiel of explanation/jusitification near the end was a classic case of TELLING the reader rather than showing. It went on for too long and IMO this could have been handled much better by the writer. I also found the thread running through much of the book where Stuart never actually got to see Verity’s face (for quite a long time anyway) to be quite forced and artificial. Almost eyeroll worthy. Come on already. And we were supposed to believe that they fell in love (again) anyway??? Yeah, right. I also didn’t like the whole thing about Verity’s almost magical cooking skills. The tastes and even the scents of her cooking were almost superhuman. I found all of the hype and exaggeration here pretty lame, in fact, almost annoying. Verging on magical realism. Just, no.So, not Ms Thomas’ best book IMO. But I have enjoyed others of hers and will keep reading this author. Just this one, for me, was a bit of a dud.

  • Terra
    2019-01-18 23:07

    Delicious by Sherry Thomas is just as the title says. Actually it was mouthwatering delicious and I will never look at a Madeline again in the same way. Whew......who knew food could be so erotic.Verity Durant has a reputation of not only having the love life of the century but she is the most re known cook that the most elite of families would give their right arm for. She is also somewhat of a mystery since she keeps herself secreted away whenever she is not in the kitchen cooking. Oh and her cooking provokes the most sensual erotically enticing thoughts that run through your mind that it's a wonder that the recipients of her cuisine don't embarrass themselves with all the little responsive noises being issued with every delectable bit.Stuart Somerset is a proper gentleman, very private and quite adminate that he not enjoy a single thing since his tryist with a woman many years past that left him before dawn after a night of the most wonderfully passionate sex. She never gave him her name and left him feeling like a jilted bridegroom at the alter.Our story brings the lives of Verity and Stuart back together but Stuart is totally unaware of the woman who is making the most delicious food he has ever had the pleasure of placing on this tongue. Verity goes to all lengths to keep her identity secret. Will poor Stuart ever find out who his cook really is and can he forgive her for not only disappearing all those years ago but for reawakening feelings in him that his tried his damnedest to keep at bay all they long and lonely days and nights.Our author has given us such a delightful story of seduction through the use of food that I have ever had the pleasure of reading about. Oh the lengths to which one could go to use the most simple of foods to create an erotic response worthy of one intense orgasm after another continuing until even the aftertaste of the food is completely gone. And the delightfully funny, steamy, erotic bathroom scenes will leave you panting with want while laughing hysterically. This book is a must have for anyone that loves a good romance. You won't be sorry but will be left thinking of how many other ways food can get such responses.

  • Patrícia
    2019-01-27 19:03

    Considerado o melhor romance do ano 2008 pelo Library Journal, com críticas espantosas e elogios como «delicioso», «irresistível» e «espantoso», O Fruto Proibido sai da mente brilhante daquela que é considerada «a mais original escritora de romances históricos da actualidade» pela própria Lisa Kleypas, não para a nossa mesa mas para a nossa estante.Vencedora do RITA Awards, Sherry Thomas traz-nos um verdadeiro banquete de sensações, onde a história da Gata Borralheira ganha outro paladar e nos transporta através dos sentidos para um “felizes para sempre” totalmente inesperado, onde os prazeres da mesa se unem ao romance sensual e onde a nossa imaginação ganha vida através de uma escrita maravilhosa e intrépida.Neste momento, esta é a minha escritora preferida de romances históricos depois de ter lido o maravilhoso Um Amor Quase Perfeito (opinião) e, por isso, ler este livro, onde um dos meus contos preferidos ganha uma nova dimensão e onde o meu mais recente hobbie é protagonista, tornou-se quase uma leitura obrigatória. De salientar a magnífica capa e os extras lá dentro, este é um livro que delicia ainda antes de o lermos.Quando iniciei esta leitura já conhecia o estilo soberbo da escritora, as suas personagens fortes e humanas, a escrita bela e encantadora mas mesmo assim, não pude deixar de ficar surpreendida com a beleza e encanto deste livro. Através de descrições gastronómicas de deixar água na boca, de uma história de amor que põe a da Cinderela e do seu príncipe a um canto, temos um romance extremamente sensorial, trágico e romântico, em que o destino tudo pode alterar e em que os segredos e mistérios têm um lugar primordial na lista de ingredientes.Mais uma vez, temos um leque de personagens espantosas, com defeitos e ambições, que nos chegam ao coração de uma forma vagarosa e bastante emotiva e que nos fazem desejar um final feliz a todo o custo. Uma protagonista decidida, uma mulher que não liga a regras e longe das convenções conquista-nos pela sua força e dedicação, estando longe da protagonista virginal, passiva e jovem, Verity é perfeita para esta história. Somerset está, também, longe do protagonista habitual. Nada de mulherengo ou perverso, um homem ligado a um sonho de uma noite e que lutou contra todos para chegar longe, este faz as delícias de qualquer romântica que tenha imaginado um Mr. Darcy mais sedutor. Cada personagem foi pensada e magistral a cada momento mas tenho de chamar a atenção para o outro casal da história porque maioritariamente, quando existem dois casais num romance, há um que se sobrepõe a outro e eu não achei isso neste livro. Cada um me conquistou à sua maneira e não posso deixar de salientar o quão maravilhoso foi ver esse outro amor ganhar vida.O enredo é sublime, um recontar mais sensual e misterioso da Cinderela, um conto de fadas da vida real que ganha vida humanamente e no qual podemos acreditar pois poderia ser uma história verídica. Gostei muito de cada detalhe da história, da forma como a autora vai ligando as peças, como junta várias histórias à mesma, dando-lhe um final perfeito. Os pormenores culinários fizeram a delícia da minha alma recém-descoberta de cozinheira, demonstrando um certo conhecimento da área e um gosto pela boa comida que é transmitido através de cada descrição da comida. Também de salientar o cuidado da pesquisa histórica em cada momento do livro que assim obrigava como também no caso gastronómico, é sempre bom puder observar estes pequenos extras.Por fim, não consigo escolher um dos livros como favorito e o lugar de Sherry Thomas está mais que garantido na minha estante. Esta é uma escritora obrigatória para qualquer amante de romance histórico, da mais exigente à novata, para se deixarem encantar por um amor intemporal que remete a conto de fadas.

  • Kris Eton
    2019-01-26 21:59

    I've heard wonderful things about Sherry Thomas, and I will agree that her writing is superb. Her plotting, however, leaves something to be desired. I know that her 'thing' seems to be writing with flashbacks...or jumps in time. In this particular book, I found it to not only be confusing, but detrimental to the story of the hero and heroine.Instead of building sexual tension between the two in the present, you read about their first sexual encounter in the past, which removes all the interest in reading about two people falling in love. Additionally, the devices Ms. Thomas uses to keep Verity's identity a 'secret' from her new employer are quite ridiculous as to be unbelievable. I think there were other ways to handle it.I did enjoy the secondary romance, however. That part was very well done, and I was wishing for most of the book that those two characters were the main couple. I actually stopped reading near the end of the book when every problem and every obstacle was cleared away with 2 or 3 pages of conversation. The hero throughout most of the book would not indulge his romance with the heroine because he was engaged to someone else. He was an honorable man....and then suddenly that was just whisked away in a bit of dialogue with the heroine. It was almost as if the author gave up trying to work at making the plot believable and just rushed the ending.I know she gets many great reviews, I just don't see what all the fuss is about. Well-written? Yes. Well-plotted? No.

  • Mia Marlowe
    2019-01-27 15:05

    I'm still reading DELICIOUS (perhaps I should say 'devouring' this totally delectable story), but I have to gush about Sherry Thomas' amazing talent.Her characters are so fully formed, so achingly human. I am in love with them all. The story is luxuriously told, erotic, a feast for the heart and the senses.Her use of language is exquisite. She doesn't write down to her readers, peppering her prose with words like 'sybaritic' and 'soigne.' But it is her metaphors that make me sigh and despair of calling myself a writer. She describes her hero's boyhood, when he knew the grinding hunger of poverty and how just before his mother left him forever, she used the last of her money to buy him a boiled treat. He said the sweetness of the candy was 'like sucking on God's thumb.'I put the book down and wept.As soon as I finish Delicious, I have to find her debut title Private Arrangements. Sherry Thomas is a gift to historical romance. I urge you to buy Delicious today.

  • Andree
    2019-01-25 20:14

    This one is... not great. I mean, it's fine. It works. It also does a bunch of things I'm not wild about.You can see every detail of the resolution coming a mile away. And Sherry Thomas, if you're going to start your romance novel with a proposal to another woman, that's a red flag. I know there's a secondary romance. The impending secondary romance was obvious on the same page of the proposal, but I still can't help wishing things had gone another way.I did like seeing Marsden brothers, Will and Matthew, again. (Although, parenthetically how many rich relations with no heirs do the Marsdens have?)Also, ST, what is with ten year separations? This one works much better, but is still a bit odd.I don't know, the emotional arc/pacing is somehow off in this one. Parts of it are good, parts of it are less so. Overall, it averages out to being perfectly competent, but not spectacular. I think I'm going to read Not Quite a Husband again. Because I like it better.

  • Jane Stewart
    2019-02-09 23:14

    A couple is miserable and apart for most of the book. Too many lies and secrets for illogical reasons.STORY BRIEF:Verity is a lady who for unknown reasons has run away from her family. She keeps her identity a secret and works as a cook for Bertie. Her cooking skills are famous in England. She and Bertie have a brief love affair which ends. She goes to London to meet Bertie’s brother Stuart. She does not tell Stuart her name or connection to Bertie. She leaves the next day, and he can’t find her. She continues to cook for Bertie. Ten years later Bertie dies. Stuart inherits and arrives at Bertie’s home. Stuart doesn’t recognize Verity, but starts to develop feelings for her.REVIEWER'S OPINION:I wanted it to be over. During most of the book the couple is miserable and apart. They meet, fall immediately in love, he asks her to marry him, she runs away. Ten years later they meet again but cannot be together because he is engaged to another woman. Finally, during the last few pages of the book, they are happy together. I don’t like spending most of the book being miserable and sad. Most romance novels spend more time with couple meeting and developing an emotional connection, with a short separation period. Not so with this book. Most of the book is separation.I was pleased with and enjoyed the relationship between Will and Lizzy. There were some surprises, and I liked what was happening with them. The more I read, the more I liked Will’s character and what he did. It’s too bad that it was a minor subplot, because it was the best part of the book. Initially, Will didn’t tell Lizzy about his potential inheritance. When she learned about it later and confronted Will, the reasons he gave her were good. I liked his reasons and was a little surprised by them. Well done author.CAUTION SPOILERS:A major problem with this book was too many conflicts based on inaccurate assumptions and vague communication (my pet peeve). The major plot conflict was Verity leaving her wealthy family and working as a cook. Verity was pregnant. Her Aunt told her she would be locked away for the rest of her life. The Aunt didn’t mean it but was trying to scare Verity into better behavior in the future. Verity believed the Aunt’s threat and ran away. The Aunt lies to her husband and says Verity died. Later when the Aunt learns where Verity is, the Aunt doesn’t make things right, because she believes her husband will be mad at her for lying about Verity’s death. Therefore, the Aunt monitors Verity from afar for the next ten plus years. When Stuart tells the Aunt he loves Verity and wants to marry her, the Aunt is happy to accept Verity back into the family and sponsors a big wedding for her. What??? After years of watching Verity suffer, the Aunt makes things nice? I also don’t understand why Verity felt the need to keep her relationship to the Aunt a secret. This was too “cooked up” for me. I want something more believable.Another miscommunication was Verity’s lie to Michael for years, which was due to a promise made to Mrs. Robbins. Mrs. Robbins adopted Michael. A few years later Verity arrives to live nearby, and Mrs. Robbins is afraid Verity will take Michael away. Verity tells her no, that she just wants to be around him. Verity promises not to tell Michael that she is his biological mother. I think Verity and Mrs. Robbins could have and should have come to an agreement to tell Michael the truth much sooner than they did. Michael had guessed the truth long before it was told to him. Finally, Verity tells Michael that she is his biological mother, but she doesn’t tell him who his grandparents are. This continued lie annoyed me.Further, I didn’t like Verity’s lies to Stuart. When they first meet, he asks her to marry him. She is not honest about who she is and runs away. Ten years later, he asks her to marry him again. The same secrets exist, but she says yes this time. Her turnabout didn’t make sense, her circumstances hadn’t changed. I prefer true intrigue, not this keeping of secrets for illogical reasons. Also, why did she hide from Stuart for ten years? She loved him. If she was going to do this turnabout, why did it have to be so many years later? This was unfulfilling.DATA:Story length: 404 pages. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 7. Length of sex scenes: 1 short scene (1 paragraph) and 6 long scenes (1.6 to 6.9 pages). Total number of sex scene pages: 25. Setting 1882 and 1892 England. Copyright: 2008. Genre: historical romance.

  • FlibBityFLooB
    2019-02-06 22:11

    The author had me, to the end... and then the story got convenient. In fact, way too convenient. This is another Sherry Thomas book where I wished for a different ending.Half the book is set in 1892 and it alternates with scenes from 1882, set as flashback chapters. This is a similar style to Private Arrangements where it switches between past/present. The book itself reminded me of THE DUCHESS OF DUKE STREET. The heroine is a belowstairs chef. The descriptions of the Victorian food in this book were quite unique and interesting. I actually got hungry after reading this book last night and had to take time out for a 10pm snack *laugh*There are a couple of unique and steamy scenes in this book. There's a bathtub scene that is completely unbelievable, but altogether fun and raunchy. ;) Strike that... there's 2 completely unbelievable and delightfully fun bathtub scenes. *impish grin*Anyway, the story is very well written. The author impresses me with her writing style. However, in the end, the story tied up with something equivalent to a whipped cream laced gallon of Kool-aid. It left me saying to myself -- "That could have been so much better". I would still recommend the book to fans of Sherry Thomas. I enjoyed the story and will likely keep it in my collection.

  • Keri
    2019-01-24 20:11

    I loved this book. I almost snarled at my husband this morning when he reminded me that we had a birthday party to go to. How could I go to a party, when I hadn't finished this book. But we made it back and I promptly climbed back into Verity and Stuart's world. Sherry Thomas did a phenomenal job on this book. The book felt mature and real to me. I am so glad that I finally read it and it made my life a little richer for having done so.

  • La Mala ✌
    2019-02-08 22:01

    Primero: Odio los retellings de Cenicienta. Creo que es el cuento de hadas más aburrido de la historia.Segundo: Los protagonistas no pegaban ni con poxiran. Y la historia de amor a primera vista ya es cansadora.Tercero: La trama era demasiado tirada de los pelos. No tenía pies ni goyete. (En resumen (view spoiler)[Un tipo comprometido que le mete los cuernos a su novia con una cocinera que siempre se mueve en la oscuridad, y a quien él jamás llega a verle la cara; ni tampoco a darse cuenta nunca de que es el gran amor de su vida con la cual él pasó dos días de amor intenso hace diez años!)(hide spoiler)]CUARTO: La misma autora, ya hizo la misma trama en otro libro (Beguiling the Beauty, con unos pequeños cambios, pero básicamente lo mismo)Quinto: Estaba más interesante la pareja secundaria (Will y Lizzy).Otro libro decepcionante de Sherry Thomas.

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-13 17:18

    You know when you find yourself armchair quarterbacking a book? Reworking the plot to fit your idea of what makes more sense, and is more compelling? Yeah, so that happened with this book. The main characters spent so much time apart - despite living under the same ROOF! - in more and more contrived ways. It was silly. Their interactions were far too brief, and did not seem to warrant the attempts to paint them as star crossed lovers. Actually all the plot points regarding Verity were patently absurd. So much of the tension and alienation could have been solved with a handful of straight conversations. BUT - the secondary romance was awesome. I had a cheek-splitting grin reading the sharp banter, and the chemistry was electric. It was totally worth reading the book for them alone. And what's weird is that I could picture the two of them perfectly, but not the main couple. Hmm.

  • Tammy Walton Grant
    2019-01-30 18:17

    Third time was DEFINITELY the charm for this book. The first time I read it, it was meh. Second time, I gave up and didn't finish.This time, I don't know what happened, I just must have been in the right mood for it. ST's writing is amazing: the angst, the pain, the sorrow, the chest hurt the whole time I was reading it.A couple of little things kept this from a 5 star, but somehow this book has quietly become a favourite. 4.5 stars.

  • Ƥʋиʏα [Punya Reviews...]
    2019-02-15 23:17

    My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the book. This one's got 2 parts.I've no idea where to start! My feelings are so conflicted about this one. It's nothing like Private Arrangements story wise (if you can exclude the flashbacks and the setting which is also the Victorian era), I can't say I'm enjoying it that much but I know I'm hooked, for reasons I'm yet to understand. I have nothing more to say about ST's writing style since it's as beautiful and crafty as it was in Private Arrangements. Still I skipped quite a lot of the narrative. Why? I'll come back to those after I discuss some other points. So let me point out some of the things that has been eating me up since I started reading this book:1) The heroine Verity is a huge reason I'm not liking this book. Whatever you think of me but an easy conquest heroine who never learned her lessons about men isn't just the type I'll ever admire. She has been impregnated by someone unknown at the age of 16, slept with two brothers (even though they're half-brothers) and thinks she's in love with both, at least with one she thought she was in love with but he turned out to be an a$$ of the 1st water. Now, I tried my best to sympathize with her but I.JUST.COULD.NOT! She knows she has to curb her 'impulses' when it comes to certain men but she just decides not to do anything about it. So, I'd say she learned nothing from her past (flashbacks). But, after chapter 10, I began to feel some kind of pity for her, even a bit of sympathy, specially when I learned she'd been celibate since her night with Stuart, she's still in love with him. Some of her musings and despair kinda got to me. She knows what she'd done and knows she deserves nothing better in life still she dreams, even though they're as stupid as they were 15 yrs ago when she first came to work as a cook for Bertie. And, again, she's a relative (daughter?) of a duke? How come she'd sunk so low? I'm still confused about these issues. Also, her lies and deceptions, it's been going on for too long, I'm not sure how she'd managed to accomplish that feat.2) The hero, Stuart is Verity's one night stand 10 yrs ago, when they supposedly fell in love (in that night) and he proposed to her. Verity did what she does best, lied and ran away! I actually like Stuart, even if he's not as intense as Camden but he's a sincere, sexy stuff and from what I understand he has been celibate too, since he met Verity (he never knew who she was though). So, see, overall a very good man. Much better than Bertie, whom I just hated. I believe he's been wasted on Verity. I have no idea how could he fell in love with her, a stranger he rescued one night (flashback)? Based on good looks and great sex?? Now, he hasn't even seen the cook and he's attracted to her by just eating her foods, even after knowing she was his half-brother's mistress? I don't feel any love in here, just lust, that's all. Now, since he's given up on 'Cinderella', he's engaged to be married and further his successful political career.3) Food related eroticism. I'm no food connoisseur, neither I'm one of those people who relates food with sex. So, this part is kinda wasted on me lolz. I understand some of the foods that are mentioned but not all. This is why along with Verity's stupidest past indiscretions, I've skipped a large number of paragraphs throughout the book.4) The flashbacks as I've just mentioned, I disliked the flashbacks in most cases, at least this far (I'm on chp 15 now). I felt like slapping Verity. She was being used and she did nothing about that. If her first time was a mistake (we still don't know who Micheal's father is), even the second time may have been a mistake, as she believed Bertie would marry her (how stupid!!), what about Stuart? How could she not show a little dignity, a little backbone ... A little something? I don't know what to think about her. Cinderella? I.THINK.NOT!!Now, to some things I'm enjoying:1) I'm more and more interested in the secondary romance plot between Stuart's fiancee Lizzy and secretary Will Marsden. I couldn't judge them for their past scandals. I actually liked the way this relationship is budding, and to know Will has some crazy obsession for Lizzy, who had no idea about it and actually didn't like him at all until now. Lizzy is no shy virgin either, she made a mistake 2/3 yrs ago but she'd shown more backbone and carriage than Verity IMO. I wish they had more scenes together, maybe even the main H/H of the book.2) Some of Stuart's musings, about Bertie, their childhood and how things grew bitter when they were adults. Very nostalgic, in one scene Stuart actually was on the verge of crying thinking so many things are now lost with time, now that Bertie is dead. It came to him, as he found out Bertie wanted a picture of them together, taken when they were very young, to be buried with him. This kind of bits and pieces of scenes I loved very very much. I felt that longing, it was sad. Another scene was in flashback, when Verity and he met, she talked a bit about her own past and her son. I felt sad for her just in that scene.Now the love scenes, nothing much there but one of those two were one of the craziest I've ever read. I think it's my first scene of that kind in any book. It was wicked, I was laughing really hard and it happened in a bathtub. :p I hope to see something between Will and Lizzy since I think they exude much more sexual intensity than Verity and Stuart!I'll add back more when I finish the book and decide on my rating. :)******************Lord, I'm lost for words again. This time because the book actually slapped me hard and made me see things so very differently, at least about Verity or Vera. Last 6 chapters of the book was so damned good, my eyes were wet and I had a loopy grin on my face. :DThere were things about Verity was revealed, including Micheal's father and her own identity. Yah, her deception went on for too long but I could sympathize with her as I learned about her past. She loved Micheal's father in her own way, they both were young (she 16, he 17) and it was a relationship her family would've never accepted because he was a groom. When she became pregnant, her aunt threatened her that she'd lock her away for the rest of her life. Verity ran away with Benjamin or Ben and thought they can marry and live their own life. Sadly, very very sadly, Ben died soon after. And they were so poor, couldn't afford to get married. Then there is a long history as to how she came to work as a cook, at first it was just a job, then she took it by heart etc etc. Then came Bertie. Well, I understood that poor girl has been unlucky in love again, this time trusting the wrong man. It all was revealed when she told Michael about his parentage. But, in Stuart, she found her prince, as I read in the last chapters.Those 6 chapters were full of revelations. From Verity, from the Duchess of Arlington, who is her aunt and from Stuart. The scenes in the last two chapters took my breath away and made me cry. I can only say, those actually made it all up to me, I stayed up 'til dawn to finish the book. I just had to! Initially, I didn't like that Stuart, after knowing almost everything, wanted Verity as his mistress. Then I thought, since he's a prominent figure in politics, what can he do? Can't marry his cook. But, the last chapter before epilogue was ... well, as I said earlier, very good. You have to read to get the essence of it.Now, to Will and Lizzy. Things were sorted out for them as well. There were scenes between them I loved. Love scene, though not exactly what I expected, was also good. What disappointed me was that there was nothing on them in the epilogue. I expected a little more info on them. Did they get married? When, how? etc.I hovered between 2 and 3 while before this. I was seriously irritated by many things, as I've mentioned. But now, I'm willing to give it a 4. Sherry Thomas knows just how to change one's mind so dramatically, turning the whole thing inside out! I didn't pass a single paragraph this time, enjoyed them immensely and I couldn't but like Verity in the end. I even forgave her everything. What more could I ask for? So glad that I didn't skip this book after reading all those negative reviews.PS: Did I mention how much I enjoyed Lizzy and Will's talks about 'attachment', 'music hall' and 'symphonic concerts'?? ;) lmao :p

  • Olga
    2019-02-14 23:12

    Primera lectura de esta autora y la verdad es que no me ha entusiasmado... he visto muchas cosas que me chirriaban y que no he visto creible... lo trata como un cuento pero la realidad es que es libro bastante duro pero nada creible....No me ha parecido creible que la abuela sabiendo donde esta en cada momento, no haga nada en absoluto para ayudarla y la deje a vivir como lo hace...No me parece nada creible que su hijo sepa quien es y al final del libro es como si dejara de existir porque ella ha encontrado a su amor....No me ha parecido nada creible que pases una noche con un desconocido y te enamores asi sin mas y le dure el recuerdo 10 años ( a los dos)...No me ha parecido creible que en aquellos años , el siendo el señor y ella la cocinera, no se hayan visto la cara nunca .... ni la escena de la bañera...Creo que inicie la lectura con muchas expectactivas ya que me habian hablado muy bien de esta autora pero lo que inicialmente prometia mucho , a la mitad del libro lo he visto un sin sentido total para llegar a un final sin pies ni cabeza....Lo mismo el libro no era para mi:)

  • Naty Levin
    2019-02-09 15:19

    Tercer libro de Sherry Thomas que he disfrutado y he leído sin poder parar. Maravilloso de principio a fin ! Totalmente recomendable ! voy a darle 4 estrellas solamente porque no entendí el comportamiento de la tía malvada. Pero eso es porque soy muy exigente y necesito que todo me cierre a la perfección. De todos modos es un libro que le hace honor a su nombre !

  • Verity
    2019-02-16 20:08

    I luv food as much as romance novels & this whimsical fairy tale is a feast for the senses, but the overly rich food description & various characters’ reactions upon tasting, really took the focus away from the romance. Not that I didn’t appreciate it, but it just went on & on for far too long. The book felt like a ‘How to be a 1st-rate chef’ manual for dummy.I liked the cute 2ndary romance much better than the main H/H’s. Will & Lizzy’s witty zingers, thought process, humorous attempts to one-up each other thru’ discovering each other’s shady past & subsequent not-so-subtle blackmail were v. amusing. They have more colorful, appealing personalities & their burgeoning relationship was more riveting than Verity & Stuart’s. Throughout the book, the vibe practically oozes w/ each tasty morsel, that Stuart is falling harder for Verity’s fantastical, outtta-this-world culinary skills, not for Verity as a person. Her extraordinary, incomparable ability in resurrecting Stuart’s long-dormant sense of taste, is what seems to heighten the attraction, to an almost- hypnotizing effect. Other than H/H’s once-in-a-lifetime sparkling chemistry during their unforgettable 1-nite stand, there’s really not much interesting going on between ‘em that convinced me they were still v. much in love & lust. 10 yrs is a helluva long time to nurture the idealistic love they’ve harbored for each other, sight unseen.H/H didn’t even end up in the same room until page 185, where Stuart only sees her lush nakedness in the bathtub, much to his shocked delight. W/ a flick of his wrist, he could have (and should have) revealed her face. But of course, he tortures himself further. The mystery of not knowing what she looks like, simply makes him lust for her even more. Their 1st sexual encounter didn’t occur until the last 40 pages & it was v. brief, as in, a whopping 1 paragraph. Ok, so they had the peek-a-boo-I-see-U bathroom scenes prior to that, but they don’t really count in my book. He agonizes that he’s betraying his fiancée, yet he can’t stop himself from gravitating towards his mysterious cook. In-between, he’s only seen her in silhouettes, then he throws a hissy fit when Verity’s son inadvertently confirms his suspicion that she’s the 1 & the same gal he proposed to 10 yrs ago. The ending was v. weak & a bummer, having the manipulative Dowager Duchess take center stage w/ her interminable narration. This book is highly unrealistic & kinda weird. ST is a magnificent writer & it’s v. much in evidence here. I loved her lyrical prose. Just wish she’d show us more facets of the H/H than the drool-worthy food.

  • Kat
    2019-02-16 16:03

    Sherry Thomas has an amazing way with words, especially surprising (and enviable) because she speaks English as a second language (her first being Chinese). She also is fantastically knowledgeable about the historical era her books are set in (Victorian... I believe. But I'm probably wrong) and peppers such details without her stories that readers, or at least me, can't help but be fascinated.And the sex is A-MAZ-ING.I think part of what I like about the two books I've read of hers so far is that they're so, seemingly, fresh. Because they don't take place in the Regency era, I'm learning all sorts of new and interesting things about late 19th, early 20th century England that I'd never really thought about before. It also allows her heroines to be much stronger in character and motivation--they're no longer tied down by so much in the way of societal expectations as to what's "right" for a woman to involve herself in. Of course, that obstacle still exists, but it's refreshing to see female characters in historical romance that *work,* instead of just follow silly-old noblesse oblige.But maybe that's the American in me talking.Verity (Vera?) and Stuart are both fully realized, fleshed-out characters that act on perfectly understandable motivations and also make stupid, human decisions despite all logic to the contrary. (Just like us.) They're also firmly in control of their passions--most of the time--instead of falling into that "He couldn't help but make out with this woman that he hated" trap that many romance novelists (::cough::stephanielaurens::cough::) do. I will admit that I was occasionally taken out of the story because it just seemed a bit too flighty (the description of the food, in particular, while heady was unbelievable), but then I reminded myself that Thomas was writing it a bit in the fairytale tradition, and I got over the it.In fact, my only real problem with the book was the neat little bow it made at the end concerning the main antagonist and Verity. It seemed a bit improbable to me, but then I suppose said antagonist did come from a different time period. And she was old. And this *is* romance, so a Happily-Ever-After is pretty much necessary.But still, the sex was AWESOME.