Reviewer: Jillean Wallace
Title: Just One Taste
Author: Louisa Edwards
Publisher: St. Martin's
Release Date: August 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, New York
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Louisa's Website/Blog: www.louisaedwards.com
Wes Murphy is a renowned bad-boy chef going through his last semester of culinary school. The only class left for him to tackle is the dreaded Food Chemistry 101. His future in the culinary world rests solely on him passing this class. Thinking all is lost; the teacher comes through the door. Dr. Rosemary Wilkins is a feast to his eyes and his ticket out of this class. Her approach to the class is strictly academic but Wes has a plan. He decides to mess up her strict routine by getting her help on an experiment he’s working on. His experiment deals solely on the effects of aphrodisiacs on people’s moods.
Rosemary comes into Food Chemistry 101 with all the scientific knowledge of an encyclopedia. She is a child prodigy. She was the youngest person in her graduating class at Yale (she was in her teens) and has a strong photographic memory. When she reads something it is in her brain forever. But she has one problem; she is not a teacher. Rosemary is a scientist and getting in front of these young minds gives her many anxious moments. What she finds even worse about teaching is the fact that the most handsome man is sitting in the front row watching her every move. Now Wes is wanting her help for an experiment he’s working involving aphrodisiacs. Rosemary and Wes must both be careful with this experiment before they find themselves at the mercy of the power of their chemistry.
This is a wonderfully tasty series. Ms. Edwards weaves a lovely tale that resembles a full course meal. The introduction of characters like Wes and Rosemary is a wonderful appetizer. Rosemary is the classic nerd who is so smart it seems to be painful. She’s not used to having friends let alone an attractive man chase after her. Wes is the typical bad boy who breaks her out of her shell. Their love story is the perfect entrée with different flavors. Wes finds himself drawn more to Rosemary than he does getting the perfect grade so that his culinary dreams can manifest. No meal would be complete without the sweetest dessert and Ms. Edwards did not disappoint with Wes and Rosemary’s story. Once you take the first bite of this story you’ll be hooked to the very last bite.
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