Could you imagine being able to taste the emotions of someone, Positive or negative, you can feel exactly how they felt as they were making your food? Lumi has that gift, that at times feels more like a curse. For as long as she can remember Lumi has had to be cautious when it comes to food because the emotions of others could drastically affect her own health.
Lumi was also taught not to trust in men or happily ever after’s. After working hard and going to culinary school, Lumi decides to go for her dreams and opens a restaurant that blends the Dominican food she had growing up with food from around the world. Seeing the joy on her customers’ faces brings her so much happiness, sadly though she’s falling further and further behind on bills to keep it open.
I absolutely love the meet-cute in this book. Don’t know what it is about a confident man hitting on someone, not realizing, in the same breathe he’s insulting them. What woman doesn’t want to be insulted and hit on within a minute of meeting someone?
Julien, a chef that likes everything organized and by the book, ends up blowing up at a customer who asks for ketchup. Who asks for ketchup at a fancy French restaurant?! After kicking out the customer he gets irritated with his sous chef, who ends up quitting on the spot.
Lumi ends up losing her restaurant and needs to find a new job. Little do either of them know, she ends up interviewing to be Julien’s newest sous chef. Working side by side, attraction grows, and both struggle to maintain a professional distance.
After working together for months, and thinking they’re finally getting along, a horrible accident befalls Lumi. Will Lumi and Julien be able to overcome the obstacles in their path to a Happily Ever After or will they go their own separate ways?
I really enjoyed this story, I love that there are recipes spread throughout the book! The few times I’ve seen romances, (set in a restaurant or bakery) have recipes, it’s usually only one or two in the very back of the book. At only 293 pages “A Taste of Sage” would be the perfect book to take with you to the beach or park.