In this finger-licking good rom-com, two is the perfect number of cooks in the kitchen.
Nikki DiMarco knew life wouldn’t be all sunshine and coconuts when she quit her dream job to help her mom serve up mouthwatering Filipino dishes to hungry beach goers, but she didn’t expect the Maui food truck scene to be so eat-or-be-eaten—or the competition to be so smoking hot.
But Tiva’s Filipina Kusina has faced bigger road bumps than the arrival of Callum James. Nikki doesn’t care how delectable the British food truck owner is—he rudely set up shop next to her coveted beach parking spot. He’s stealing her customers and fanning the flames of a public feud that makes her see sparks.
The solution? Let the upcoming Maui Food Festival decide their fate. Winner keeps the spot. Loser pounds sand. But the longer their rivalry simmers, the more Nikki starts to see a different side of Callum…a sweet, protective side. Is she brave enough to call a truce? Or will trusting Callum with her heart mean jumping from the frying pan into the fire?
Simmer Down by Sarah Smith
Published by Berkley on October 13, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I received a complimentary ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Simmer Down by Sarah Smith
Simmer Down?…impossible with a book boyfriend like Callum James.
Nikki DiMarco is closed off after the death of her beloved father and the responsibilities of supporting her mother. She is trying to revive the retirement food truck dreams of her parents.
A new food truck parks at Nikki’s hard won spot (an unwritten rule in the food truck culture). When she decides to confront this interloper, she meets Callum James. The enemies to lovers trope is on. There is an immediate sizzle between these two.
To settle the food truck spot wars, Tiva’s Filipina Kusina and Hungry Chaps will compete in the Maui Food Festival. The winner will get the spot and prize money that both trucks want and need so much.
As Simmer Down by Sarah Smith progresses, we learn Callum’s motivations and his real initial reaction to Nikki. Then they are forced to spend time together in a confined space and decide on a time-out. That’s when the real sizzle and steam begins.
Sarah Smith’s food descriptions in Simmer Down made me so hungry to try some of the deliciously described food both trucks put out.
Also what a gorgeous book cover!
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Reviewer: Christy is a school librarian in Central Ohio who loves books and those who read them. Julia’s Quinn’s The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband was her introduction to smart romance. She enjoys historical and contemporary romances with intelligent, capable, and sassy women. She also enjoys mysteries and thrillers along with children’s literature. Her husband and young daughter are both avid readers. They live with three rescue cats who are living their HEA all day, every day on the lap of a reader.