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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Gloria
  • 09-10-07


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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Bayamon, Puerto Rico
  • 03-17-12

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Lajuan
  • Idabel, OK, United States
  • 04-11-10


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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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!

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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.

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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 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Sharon
  • Champaign, IL, USA
  • 06-18-07

Good, but not the best.

I've waited several months for Audible to release this title unabridged and was very excited to see "Delicious" in the list of Susan Mallory's books. I had thoroughly enjoyed her other two books in this series (almost listened to an entire book in one setting!) but while listening to "Delicious," I found myself a little disappointed in the female lead, Penny. Her strengths and insecurities were very believable. However, I found her reactions to the story's romantic obstacles too stereotyped and therefore very frustrating. In fact, I oftentimes found myself relating much more to the male character, Cal.
I give this story three stars for being an otherwise great listen. Also, since this story is chronologically the first in the series, it is a "must read" to fully enjoy and appreciate the next two books. Be ready to sit back and enjoy; Susan Mallory is a real treat!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Frenkel
  • Charleston, SC, United States
  • 04-27-11


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 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Angela
  • Naples, FL, USA
  • 12-17-08


Started better than it ended. Rather uninspired and predictable. Characters were likeable, but entire pregnancy concept was unrealistic.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful