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A Taste of Honey by Lynette Rees


A Taste of Honey cover art Reviewer: Janet Davies
Title: A Taste of Honey
Author: Lynette Rees
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 1-59998-071-1
Release Date: April 2007
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present Day - United Kingdom
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Lynette's Website: silverlady00.tripod.com

Fran Santini works part time as a honey trapper. She sets up cheating men to catch them in the act to prove to their suspicious partners their infidelity. Fran has the right experience for the job. She was cheated on her by ex-fiancé. Only problem is Fran is not particularly good at getting her man. When she picks the wrong target at the local pub her life takes an interesting turn.

Travis O’Connell is surprised when an attractive woman tries to pick him up in the pub. What’s that all about? Is she a prostitute or something else? He is even more surprised when he finds out Fran is the daughter of the local restaurant owner he has been employed by. Travis is definitely attracted to her but he has a rocky history that he does not want either Fran or her family to find out.

Of all the restaurants he could have walked into, the man Fran embarrassed herself with walks into hers. But Travis O’Connell, the new head chef, is the least of Fran’s problems. Her cheating ex-fiancé is back in town. He broke her heart when he took up with her best friend and then he stole her money. But now it’s time for payback. And Fran’s not the only one looking for revenge.

What I like about A Taste of Honey is that the characters come across as real and believable. They are fallible, average people getting on with their lives the best way that can. I like that as I don’t always want to read about perfect people. Fran and Travis are attracted to each other but wary of the other’s motives. Do they pursue their feelings despite the constant misunderstandings between them?

The romance is slow and sweet in this book as the characters circle each other wondering ‘what if’ and ‘should I’. I enjoyed that. It built up the tension. I also felt there was a strong theme of Fran and Travis rescuing each other even when they weren’t entirely sure of what they were feeling. That was nice.

I felt in a couple of parts the story dragged a bit. But that may have more to me wanting to know what was going on instantly. However despite this it did not put me off reading further.

A Taste of Honey is a good solid romance. If you want a happy ending where the bad guy gets his comeuppance and the good guys when you will enjoy this book.


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