Whoever heard of a food critic who cannot cook? You probably haven’t until you meet Holly Darcy, who writes as ‘The Covert Connoisseur’ for a popular newspaper column and is hoping to remedy this by taking a cooking course at the local junior college. Her teacher, Mark Bennett, is much more delectable than anything she could ever even hope to whip up in the kitchen, so she is pleased when after a short flirtation he eventually asks her out.
Mark, a former chef, is fine with teaching but refuses to be pushed, especially by his family, into cooking again professionally, since he believes a scathing review from a food critic led to the downfall of his restaurant. Mark falls for Holly’s curves, fashion sense and bad cooking, and their chemistry sizzles both in and out of the bedroom.
But things hit the fan when Mark tries to get too close, and Holly’s little secret about her profession coupled with her family history might burn up this romance before they can make it to the final course.
After several regencies (The Duke of Morewether’s Secret), Bright’s first contemporary serves up flirtation, friction and food neatly packaged in this plausible and entertaining romance. Readers will also enjoy the nod to Pride and Prejudice in the naming of her characters.