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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 531 pages
  • Publisher: Wheeler Publishing; Lrg edition (June 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159722765X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597227650
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 21.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cinnamon Girl on Feb. 28 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book. I have read Deirdre Martin's other romance novels and enjoyed them all. I especially love them because they're hockey related. And I'm Canadian. Where else in the world can you find love stories about hockey players? Okay, this one wasn't entirely about hockey...but it was about my other love: food. What could be bad? Two cups of love and a cup of food with a dash of hockey and what do you get? "Just a Taste" by Deirdre Martin!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
This is a must have Jan. 25 2008
By Judy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Deirdre Martin pens an emotional, tender and sexy story in Just A Taste.

Chef Anthony Dante is still mourning the sudden loss of his policewoman wife over a year ago. He visits her every Sunday for a chat at her grave. His family thinks he needs to move on but Anthony isn't sure if he is ready just yet. Moving in across from the family restaurant is a new little bistro called Vivi's. At first Anthony is worried that this new place will cut into his clientele. But upon meeting Vivi Robitaille and her sister Natalie his worries are put somewhat to rest. Vivi stirs in Anthony a feeling he thought was long over for him.

Vivi Robitaille chef at the new bistro Vivi's has come to America for a fresh start for her and her sister. She really didn't want or need any type of romantic entanglement while trying to get her bistro up and running. Vivi is drawn to Anthony's quiet strong ways. Their bickering over who the better chef is turns into really steaming up the kitchen.

Anthony is slowly warming up to the idea of finding love the second time around. But when Vivi gets scared will he be willing to wait for her? Plus Anthony's extended family has to put in their two cents worth on what he should do with his love life as well as the restaurant.

Anthony and Vivi are two peas in a pod, their squabbling is just a step in their dating ritual and its fun to watch. Their chemistry is fun and exciting and is put to the test when old ghost come to haunt them.

Just A Taste is everything I have come to expect from a Deidre Martin book. It makes me laugh, cry and sigh. These characters become like family and you hate to say goodbye.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Love it!!!!!!!!! Jan. 2 2008
By Sunny Galoupers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've read all the NY Blades book, and you really want to keep on reading about them ( Is Natalie's story coming next?). Anthony and Vivi represent all you can ever imagine about chef... they are both crazy yet really lovable. I'd really recommend this book :)
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Just A Taste-A Joyfully Recommended Title!! Jan. 31 2008
By MNix - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Vivi and her half-sister Natalie have just moved to the US from France
in search of a dream. Vivi, a chef, wishes to open a bistro in New
York and hopes to make a huge success of it. Natalie is running from a
scandal caused by a relationship gone bad and has come along to start
a new life and fund Vivi's dream with their father's inheritance.

Anthony, a widower, runs an Italian restaurant across the street from
Vivi's. She's intrigued by him and his wonderful hands. As both are
chefs, they clash from the beginning on how things should be prepared
and made But while they are clashing, something bigger is building
there. And while Anthony may not be ready for another woman in his
life yet, sometimes a person can't avoid love even with the best laid
plans.

The stepsisters find they have issues to work through in their
relationship with each other and many problems to overcome in setting
up a new restaurant in a country fairly new to them. Both Vivi and
Anthony go through cold feet phases in the mating ritual they go
through. But in the end love overcomes all. I completely enjoyed Just
A Taste and how Deirdre Martin made this romance realistic. Everything
from arguments over whether something contained butter or shortening,
to making up over the kitchen island was completely delightful in this
story. I Joyfully Recommend Just a Taste as I loved Vivi and Anthony's
quest for love and think you will too.

Raine
Reviewed for Joyfully Reviewed
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Smell that tomato sauce! April 16 2008
By HeyJudy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Author Dierdre Martin does such a good job of creating a sense of place in JUST A TASTE that the reader almost can smell the tomato sauce served by the book's hero in his family's restaurant--or as Anthony, that hero, would call it, the "gravy."

For a woman who, according to the blurb at the back of the novel, lives in Ithaca, New York, Ms. Martin has a marvelous sensibility of the energy of Bensonhurst, the Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn in which she sets her tale.

The love story is predictable, but well-done: Two neighborhood chefs, one with a large, established restaurant serving the Italian cuisine of the community, the other with a tiny new cafe serving French food, take each other on as rivals and, inevitably, as lovers.

Yet the plot is charming, the setting is authentic and the sex is hot, hot, hot. Finally, one practically can smell that wonderful sauce. What more could a romance reader ask?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Nice change of pace Feb. 8 2008
By J. Darcy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved Deirdre Martin's previous hockey-themed novels, and was a little skeptical about this one at first. But the plot was good, and I had a hard time putting it down. I also like how the characters from previous novels are somehow worked into the books that follow.

I do hope that Mrs. Martin will return to the world of hockey in future books, but either way, her talent is evident. Pick this one up and enjoy a good storyline.

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