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Famous in Paris, infamous in London, Verity Durant is as well-known for her mouthwatering cuisine as for her scandalous love life. But that's the least of the surprises awaiting her new employer when he arrives at the estate of Fairleigh Park following the unexpected death of his brother.

To rising political star Stuart Somerset, Verity Durant is just a name and food is just food, until her first dish touches his lips. Only one other time had he felt such pure arousal - a dangerous night of passion with a stranger, who disappeared at dawn.

Ten years is a long time to wait for the main course, but when Verity Durant arrives at his table, there's only one thing that will satisfy Stuart's appetite for more. But is his hunger for lust, revenge - or that rarest of delicacies, love? For Verity's past has a secret that could devour them both even as they reach for the most delicious fruit of all....

©2008 Sherry Thomas; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"A Cinderella story with a compelling culinary twist, Thomas's scrumptious Victorian confection...proves impossible to resist." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • karen
  • Campbell, CA, United States
  • 04-16-09

A light historical romance

There was good and bad for me with this one. The narration was great and the ending came together, and I liked Stuart and Verity enough to want to find out how their story ends. But for much of the story we go back and forth through time, which made it a difficult story to listen too. I think this would be a better story in book form as you are less likely to get lost. I rewound a lot to see what date the story was in. It was a cute historical regency romance, but there are some plot twists that I felt was too unbelievable to swallow without rolling my eyes. But this author can write, and despite some big flaws in the story it held my interest to the end. Also, the speaker was fantastic, which helped make this one a good listen.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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put the narrator on 1.5 x speed shes so slow

Would you listen to Delicious again? Why?

yes!!! it was a crazy and wonderful book!!!

Any additional comments?

The narrator was far to slow at reading.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Utterly wonderful

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because the quality of writing, the inventive storyline, and the sympathetic characters all add up to an exquisite gem of a book.

What other book might you compare Delicious to and why?

Story-wise, nothing really comes to mind. It's a unique take on the Cinderella fairy tale, so it's difficult to find anything comparable. But writing-wise, she's right up there with Diana Gabaldon. Thomas can describe things so richly, with such attention to choosing the precise word or phrase, that it makes the reader feel as if she is witnessing the scene first hand.

Which scene was your favorite?

Probably the second bathtub scene, and its aftermath. I also liked the confrontation near the very end. I won't say more because to do so would be giving away too much.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I loved the scene where Verify explains things to Michael. She had been holding so many secrets for so many years, and this scene just undid me as the truth, at long last, is revealed.

Any additional comments?

I don't do many reviews, but this book was so intoxicating, beautifully imagined, exquisitely written, and profoundly touching for me that I wanted to weigh in.

It's a take on the Cinderella fairy tale, so a certain amount of suspension of disbelief is required here. There are actions and experiences, especially on the part of the two leading women that are unlikely to have happened in that time and place. (Late Victorian England) So just accept the premise of a fairy tale as you read, and you'll be fine.

The narration is also spot-on; a perfect, well-modulated voice makes this book come alive. I plan to look for other books by this narrator, something I've never done before. That's how much I loved it!

The prose in Delicious is decadent and rich. Food descriptions are sensual, seductive and bold. You can feel the heat of the kitchen, smell the fragrances of decadent foods wafting through the air, you can hear the snaps and pops of meat being gently fried...all of your senses are engaged in Ms Thomas's glorious prose. She brings this story to life, creating a fully dimensional experience for the reader/listener. This is romantic literary fiction at its finest.

I loved the story, a loving look at a very grown-up Cinderella. Verity, the heroine, has created a place for herself through hard work and exacting patience. She is self-sufficient, glamorous in a hot and sweaty kitchen environment, and exceedingly smart. There's Stuart, brilliant, driven, single-minded; a man who has risen from nearly nothing to the halls of Parliment. These two have much in common, but both have had their hearts broken and know they cannot endure another such failure. They dance around each other, tempted, drawn by forces they don't clearly understand. Obstacle after obstacle stands in their way, daunting and implacable. No longer young, each realizes that this is their last chance to grab that brass ring, the love each desperately wants. But their fears and insecurities hobble them, haunt them, nearly freezing them in their tracks. Nearly.

For me, this book was un-put-downable. It held me, enraptured, from beginning to end. Nothing in my life was as important as this novel, at least not on that day! If you want to read something unusual, if you like your heroines strong and smart, if you fall for heroes who have quiet charisma and kind hearts, if you long to drown yourself in a rising tide of elegant, passionate prose, this is your book. Just remember...it's a fairy tale. Let go of the reins, accept the world Thomas has created and relax....you'll be glad you did!

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Pretty good...

The narrator did a great job but the story was a bit slow for me. I did love the ending.

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Food and fun!

Having never heard of this author before, I expected the usual romance plot format and was very pleasantly surprised. The sensual element of fine food marries plot and character development for a fun romp...excellently narrated. Humourous, engaging, naughty...this author is one I'll be watching out for!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Liz
  • Santa Rosa, CA, United States
  • 05-05-09

If you love food...

This was a fun book! I really enjoyed the descriptions of food, and learning how food was prepared over 100 years ago is an eye opener. The story was interesting, including the flashbacks. However, the romance was a little improbable, certainly very Cinderella! Overall, a very intriguing novel, with a fresh viewpoint. Looking forward to Ms. Thomas next book!

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OMG this was Delicious

I felt as if I were feed the words to this story one scrumptious letter at a time an each set of scores of erotica sensations that invaded my very nerve endings an triggered the most exquisite orgasms my person has ever had the purest pleasure to have partaken. I humble thank the author an especially the exquisitely lovely voice of the auditor who captured my entire being throughout this entire journey. Of all my books on Audible this is the 1st I look forward to experiencing the thrill of again down to the last syllable.. Ummm umm goooooood 💞😍😍

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amber
  • Shawnee, OK, United States
  • 07-21-11

Great Nap Inducer

Plot: Aweful, Narrator: Aweful. Hard to keep track of story. Confusing storyline. Bleh Made myself listen to the whole thing just in case.....waste of my time!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful