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Not a fantastic new angle on this kind of romance, which must be hard to find nowadays, however it was an interesting story and quite enjoyable . Good dialogue and extremely well read it's worth a recommend and the rating I've given
The reasons for Ben (the Beast) wanting to close down the toy store and make it into a restaurant were pretty childish and went all the way back to when he and his brother were kids. So, all Ben and Chloe had going on was insta-lust, and the bet they came up with that she would make the money she was behind on. It was almost a battle through the whole book: her trying to make the money and him not caring because he was closing the toy store anyway. I mean, he didn’t but the story was kind of childish. Chloe was more than happy to have sex with him but she was afraid of his yelling, because of the abusive marriage she’s gotten out of 4 years before, and Ben really liked to yell!
Anyway, they went back and forth and back and forth about how it would never work out for them, while they continued to have sex. Then Ben thought he’d ruin his niece and nephew’s life with his anger and yelling so he left and went back to Las Vegas to open another expensive restaurant. Yeah, he yelled and let his anger loose sometimes but he was the most caring man you could ever ask for, never raising his hand to anyone, until Cloe’s ex showed up and thought he could grab her by the hair with Ben standing right there. That was a really bad idea.
The toy store stayed with Cloe and Ben opened a restaurant right next door. For as famous as he was he was finally happy with just his little place and his family. LOL, as well as EatTV’s new show about bringing loud and mean chef’s in, including Ben, and trying to help them control their anger issues.
There was sex in this but it was really kind of vanilla. But there was desire and sexual tension and that makes it better.
The F-bomb was used 17 times.
As to the narration: Cristina Panfilio was almost alright. She hardly ever yelled when the story called for it and she never laughed when she should have. She needs to practice her men’s voice a little more, too. The only man voice that was fun was Harry’s gravelly tone.
Would you listen to Recipe for Kisses again? Why?
Yes, it was a great story.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Chloe, she was funny.
Which character – as performed by Cristina Panfilio – was your favorite?
All of them.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes and I did.
Any additional comments?
Chloe Daniels doesn’t need a man—after escaping a marriage gone bad, she guards her heart as closely as the details of her past. So when hot-tempered celebrity chef Ben “the Beast” Haddox storms into her struggling toy store, Chloe is determined not to be drawn in by his broad shoulders…or baby-blue eyes.
In his hometown, Ben’s culinary career is almost as famous as his bad-boy rep. He’s out to prove to naysayers he’s a success by opening a new restaurant—and the only thing standing in his way is Chloe’s store. But before he has a chance to convert her space into his signature eatery, she cooks up a plan to show him that her shop is worth saving.
As things start to sizzle between them, Chloe must figure out how to avoid getting burned. Can she trust herself to love again, or has she jumped out of the frying pan and into desire?
Chloe and the beast are so far from what you might think of as a match made in heaven but oddly enough they are. I enjoyed getting to know Chloe and Ben. This book is funny and it touches on domestic abuse. I recommend this but to anyone who likes to laugh, like a little action and love. I look forward to reading more by this author.
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