Thursday, August 14, 2014


Publisher: Totally Bound
Date published: June 2014
ISBN: 978-1-78430-083-8
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 4

An eccentric millionaire auditions five hopefuls to replace his head chef. Both Brooks and Rique are desperate to win the job, but for very different reasons. The millionaire lives on a private island in the Caribbean with some unusual features, but that’s not all the candidates need to worry about.

For such a short book, only eighty-seven pages, this story has a lot of mystery and nice plot twists. In some ways the millionaire sounds like someone who took Elvis Presley’s Graceland and mixed it with a few episodes of “MasterChef” and a dash of James Bond. But Ms. Ladd manages to avoid clichés and throws in a few unexpected extra twists of her own. She also successfully drives a perfect line between surprise and believability and kudos to her for that. The characters are also a lot of fun. Obviously in a novella and with a complicated plot the minor characters couldn’t all be fully developed. But the other chefs are well enough drawn for the reader to engage with them, and more minor characters are given a dash of personality and individuality as well. Ms. Ladd has included several hot, descriptive and erotic male/male, and male ménage scenes which are all plot and character driven.
My only complaint is several occasions when characters were given the wrong name which I found intensely annoying and made me go back to reread the scene thinking I’d missed some important point. I took off half a star for those occasions. They should have been caught before publication.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


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