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Delicious | [Susan Mallery]

Delicious

Cal Buchanan needs a top-flight chef to take over his failing Seattle restaurant, The Waterfront. He can afford to hire the best in town, the only problem is that the best happens to be his ex-wife, Penny Jackson.
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Publisher's Summary

Cal Buchanan needs a top-flight chef to take over his failing Seattle restaurant, The Waterfront. He can afford to hire the best in town, the only problem is that the best happens to be his ex-wife, Penny Jackson.

Penny really needs this opportunity, but she doesn't need the distraction of working with her ex. She's sworn off romance; she's even having a baby on her own. But before she knows it, the heat is on, and the attraction between her and Cal moves from a low simmer to a full boil.

The rest should be easy as pie, but a secret from Dessert Cal's past could spoil everything. Maybe it's true that too many cooks spoil the broth, but then, maybe two are enough to make it irresistible.

©2007 Susan Mallery; (P)2007 Audible, Inc.
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

What the Critics Say

"When you think of passion, drama and heartwarming stories, think Susan Mallery." (Romantic Times)
"A wonderful cast of characters, from the truly evil family matriarch to the argumentative, stubborn, but close-knit Buchanan siblings. Glimpses into the everyday workings of a restaurant, from buying produce to selecting wines, add to the enjoyment." (Booklist)

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    Aryn Pullman, WA; United States 10-27-11
    Aryn Pullman, WA; United States 10-27-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Delicious: not to my taste"

    The author repeats information every few chapters. With very nearly the same words. The characters are scene driven and so act and react in...unexpected...ways. She handles the less socially acceptable characters without smarm or condescension, which I found nice and saves the book from being pretty much a total loss for me. Part of my dismay with many of Ms Mallery's books is that her 'strong female characters' often act without dignity or charm or strength and this book is not an exception.
    The narrator is capable and it was only occasionally that I had to stop and try to figure out which character spoke a particular line because the 'voice' didn't match previous lines by said character.
    This is one of those authors for whom I will occasionally override my memories and good sense and purchase; general results ensure that I do not buy her again for a couple of years. I did enjoy the print version of Already Home that I found on the library shelf, which prompted the purchase of Delicious.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gloria DAVIE, FL, USA 09-10-07
    Gloria DAVIE, FL, USA 09-10-07 Member Since 2007
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    "DELICIOUS"

    I loved this book, her writing is very similar to Susan Elizabeth Phillips which I love. I downloaded the other 3 books in the series and looking foward to a good listen. I wish they would add more downloads from this author, I made the request. I hope to find more funny, romantic books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    LeftyMom North Carolina 08-12-07
    LeftyMom North Carolina 08-12-07 Member Since 2007

    leftymom

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    "cute, sweet"

    The is my first Susan Mallory book and I liked it. I read the reviews and learned this is the first book in a series of 4 so I plan to listen to them in order. The characters are good and I look forward to hearing about how the lives of the other brothers and sister turn out. Gloria is a human nightmare and I hope at some point she softens. This is a typical romance book but who doesn't like happy endings!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lajuan Idabel, OK, United States 04-11-10
    Lajuan Idabel, OK, United States 04-11-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Entertaining"

    This is an entertaininng listen. Nothing deep or exciting. Just ok. Terese Plummer's narration added to the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shelly Seattle, WA, United States 07-14-08
    Shelly Seattle, WA, United States 07-14-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Delicious"

    No real plot, need narrator who can correctly pronounce names of cities (Spokane) and "sex scenes" are straight out of a paperback romance novel. Do not waste a credit on this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Liz Ashland, VA, USA 01-24-08
    Liz Ashland, VA, USA 01-24-08
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    "Without Content"

    I picked out this book because I thought it would be a fun, easy read. I like chick lit and I thought the chef theme would be a neat backdrop. There's not enough going on inside this book but the romance, which is totally predictable, and a few subplots. I could not finish it. Soooo boring to listen to the characters talk to one another about the same plot lines. It was an empty book that actually motivated me to review it which I do not normally do because I could have used my audible credits on so many more deserving books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jill Tampa, FL, United States 06-06-07
    Jill Tampa, FL, United States 06-06-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Delectable Series"

    This is the first of the 3 (4th due out soon) Buchanan Series. It is fun, sexy, intriguing and informative (I had no idea what went on before receiving my delectable meals at fine dining establishments), entertaining and warming. I love all three (so far) of these gems but be certain to read them in order. I read them out of sequence and had to re-listen to one of them to pick up on several past characters that were glanced over in later books. Listen and enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scottie in TX Texas 06-06-07
    Scottie in TX Texas 06-06-07 Member Since 2005

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    "Great Start to a Great Series!"

    Wow, I was so happy to see this title, as I've purchased the others in the series. I had knowledge of Cal and Penny's relationship via the other books, but not the intimate details. So, listening to this audio, filled in lots of blanks. The book was good, but the series definitely gets better with Irresistible and Sizzling.

    I definitely recommend this title, as you will get hooked on the Buchanans! Enjoy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Frenkel Charleston, SC, United States 04-27-11
    Frenkel Charleston, SC, United States 04-27-11
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    So, I listened to this while working, as I do most of my audio books, and got teary eyed from all the bad stuff that went down. Not the best thing while working. I can honestly say the ending didn't give me the warm and fuzzies.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 03-17-12
    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 03-17-12 Member Since 2011

    I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)

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    "Delicious food... So so story..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it although this is not a fantastic book. Susan Mallery stories, specially if narrated by Therese Plummer are like eating a delicious chocolate. You always enjoy it even if it's not good for you.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Susan Mallery? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would except the Fools Gold series which has a terrible narrator.


    Which character – as performed by Therese Plummer – was your favorite?

    Therese Plummer is the best narrator ever. My favorite character on this book was Penny. She was broken hearted from her divorced but she bounced back stronger, whiling to be a single working mom. She was excellent in her job and not a wimp. She stood up to the evil witch of a grandmother Cal has.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Cooking up a storm...


    Any additional comments?

    The story is based around a divorced couple who rediscovers each other while trying to save a failing restaurant in Seattle. I've listened to all the books in this series. This one was my least favorite of all but you should listen to it to get the background info that will make you enjoy the other books more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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