Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Review: Hadley Beckett's Next Dish by Bethany Turner

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Get ready for a heaping helping of humor, romance, and second chancesCelebrity chef Maxwell Cavanagh is known for many things: his multiple Michelin stars, his top-rated Culinary Channel show, To the Max, and most of all his horrible temper. Hadley Beckett, host of the Culinary Channel's other top-rated show, At Home with Hadley, is beloved for her Southern charm and for making her viewers feel like family.

When Max experiences a very public temper tantrum and is sent packing, his only chance to get back on TV and in the public's good graces is to work alongside Hadley. As these polar-opposite celeb chefs begin to peel away the layers of public persona and reputation, they will not only discover the key ingredients for getting along but also learn the secret recipe for unexpected forgiveness . . . and maybe even love.

In the meantime, hide the knives.

My Thoughts:

Author Turner has done it again with her third novel. This time with two very popular chef personalities. One, Maxwell Cavanagh, a little bit on the dangerous and angry side- and it shows, and the super sweet southern gal Hadley Beckett.

First off, getting the behind the scenes view of what it might look like on a cooking show and competition was eye opening and had me wanting to turn one on just for fun. How much is acting and how much is reality is line that is often blurry no matter how hard these characters might try to keep boundaries.

Max and Hadley could not have been more different. Their profession was about the only thing they really had in common, but boy do opposites attract. 

Second, I really enjoyed the wit and wisdom that went hand in hand with the spiritual lessons lived in the lives of these two. Subtle and perfect. 

Third, I really cared about these characters. In fact I have cared about all of author Turner's leads. Their romance was one I cheered and often was thinking just kiss and make up already. Even though Hadley and Max had a rough beginning, they grew in maturity in such a way that brought tears to my eyes. Especially when it came to their trust issues. There was a couple of beautiful scenes that has replayed often in my head.

Well, now I must wait patiently for the next Turner novel, but I wait in great anticipation.

I was provided a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Bethany Turner is the award-winning author of The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck and Wooing Cadie McCaffrey and the director of administration for Rock Springs Church in Southwest Colorado. A former bank executive and a three-time cancer survivor (all before she turned 35), Bethany knows that when God has plans for your life, it doesn't matter what anyone else has to say. Because of that, she's chosen to follow his call to write. She lives with her husband and their two sons in Colorado, where she writes for a new generation of readers who crave fiction that tackles the thorny issues of life with humor and insight.

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