Friday, July 17, 2020

#BookReview – “Cooking Up Love” by Chantel Rhondeau


Elaina Trundel arrives at McCallister's Paradise with her young daughter for the ultimate vacation getaway. Her bargain store dress may as well be a burlap sack when she sees the other island guests, and Elaina fears the free vacation might end in embarrassing disaster.

She never expects Shane McCallister, head chef of Paradise Point, and part owner of the island, to take a keen interest in her and her daughter.

His sexy smile and easy manner cause Elaina to have a hard time staying away, but she has to protect her daughter from the flirtatious player. All her daughter wants is a father — Shane is obviously looking for fun with no strings attached.

As the youngest sibling in the McCallister clan, Shane has floundered through life for several years. Bad choices and frequent mistakes with women have become his trademark.

When he targets Elaina as his next love conquest, his family fears the worst — that he’ll ruin not only himself and Elaina, but possibly take down the entire business with his antics.

Things aren't entirely what they seem for either Elaina or Shane. Perhaps being together is the only way to make their lives meaningful.

Despite the roadblocks in their way, they grow closer.

Unfortunately, so does the chance that the past will rear its ugly head and ruin any possibility for a happy ending.

Another McCallister sibling has to navigate the pitfalls and triumphs of love all while dealing with the meddlesome and loving McCallister family


In the fifth McCallister’s Paradise book, single mom Elaina Parson wins an all-expense three-week vacation to the McCalliser’s Paradise resort island and it couldn’t have come at a better time. She’s on the run from her abusive ex-boyfriend who wants to steal her daughter. The island is everything Elaina and her daughter, Kylee, could’ve hoped for, but it gets even more special when she meets the sexy head chef at the resort’s gourmet restaurant.
Shane McCallister is the youngest of the McCallister siblings, and he’s happy with his life as a playboy bachelor. Once he meets Elaina and Kylee, he realizes what he’s been missing. He quickly becomes attached to the ready-made family, and they to him, but a past failed relationship and his womanizing ways holds him back.
This is a great story. Elaina and Shane help each other see their own worth and heal from past hurts. Despite their attraction, they started as friends and got to know each other before they moved to the bedroom. That was really nice. Kylee, the five-year-old girl, is absolutely adorable. It’s no wonder Shane fell head-over-heels for both her and her mom.
The story could use a light edit to add in missing words. Sometimes I had trouble picturing the scenes and would’ve liked more description.
Anyway, I loved seeing all the previous couples return, who are now starting their own families. I haven’t read all the books in this series, but the ones I have read, I’ve enjoyed. I’m sad to see the McCallister sibling romances come to a close. For readers who wants romances set on a tropical island, give this series a try.
4 Stars

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