A TASTE OF YOU (THE EPICUREAN BOOK 1) by Sorcha Grace
A TASTE OF YOU
Author: Sorcha Grace
Rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Recommended Reading: AGE+ 18
Explicit language, Sexual Situations etc.
Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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OVERALL THOUGHTS: I would have really liked this book, if I wasn’t nearly identical to the far superior Bared to You, by Sylvia Day. I mean the first half of the book was a complete mimic in narrative, barring the fact that it took place in Chicago and the protagonist was a photographer and not an assistant. The story didn’t knock me out and I found the second half to be highly predictable. I mean, when are publishers going to start producing books that are clever, well written and fresh. The formula is stale and if I didn’t have a lukewarm attraction to the plot, I would have given this book a 2 rating.
SYNOPSIS: She didn’t know how hungry she was…Beautiful and talented Catherine Kelly is intent on starting over as a food photographer in Chicago. With her painful past buried over 2000 miles away, she’s focused on her career and is hungry for little else. Until she meets William Lambourne, a wealthy bachelor with arresting blue-grey eyes filled with enough tragedy to match her own. William urges Catherine to step out from behind her camera and fully taste all that life has to offer, stirring an appetite in her she never knew she possessed – and it’s one only he can satisfy.
He couldn’t wait to feed her…A gourmand who takes great pleasure in food and in women, William Lambourne is rich, powerful, and gorgeous — and as talented in the kitchen as he is in the bedroom. Longing for a woman to truly savor, William finds his match in Catherine. From the moment he meets her, he is determined to discover the perfect recipe to unlock Cat’s resolve, awaken her senses, and make her his own.
Theirs is a meal worth savoring…William is as mysterious as he is passionate, but as Catherine begins to fall for the stormy-eyed billionaire, she knows she must reveal her own dark secrets. But first, William must win Cat’s heart to ensure their pasts don’t undo them.
THE LOWDOWN: I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to read a story and immediately recognize the parallel between another book and the one you are supposed to be indulging in. This was so nearly identical to Bared to You, I had to check to see if this was fan fiction. Bare with me for a moment (pardon the pun and the intentional misspelling) while I demonstrate the similarities.
- A girl spills her belongings and a handsome billionaire helps her collect her things then sends electricity through her body setting off an instant attraction.
- The girl and the man meet again, by his doing, where he tells her crudely, how he wants to ravage her body.
- The girl is strangely attracted to him, but tells him to blow it out his rich wazoo.
- The man shows up at the girls house and services her so well that she can’t say no to a first date… the man never undresses and leaves before she can return the favor.
- They both have mysterious pasts that are preventing them from getting closer.
- The girl is taken by the man to a huge black tie event and on the way, they get a little hot and heavy in the limo ride over, at which time the male gets a phone call that changes his attitude to cold and dismissive.
- At the said event the woman is ignored and treated horribly by the man, only to be cornered in the bathroom by a woman, the mans ex girlfriend/friend from his past, who tells her she is no better than all the other whores her date takes out.
- She leaves the man at the party and goes home to cry – boo hoo – to her gay friend about the way she was treated.
- The man apologizes and takes her to his home where they sleep together and he confesses no woman has ever slept in his bed before.
Okay, I just described the first half of Bared to You and A Taste of You. God, even the names are similar. Only Bared to You was so much richer. The passion between the two was heated and real, the sex hot and the problems deep. This book, everything was on a superficial level and I never felt like the characters were really “in it.” Instead of being demanding, yet passionate while telling her all the ways he is going to take her, he just tells her he is going to put a certain body part in her mouth and she is going to like it. He wasn’t sexy, he was rude. No steam, no romance, just demands. It was a little hard to swallow…god these puns just write themselves.
What I did like were all the tasty food references. The author obviously understands the industry and has a refined palate. There was also a yummy scene between the two lovers that was very hot. I also valued that she wrote about surfing. As a California girl and a fan of the sport… or maybe just the boys, I found her reflections of the culture spot on and accurate and I enjoyed that bit.
I would have appreciated this book a lot more if there weren’t so many clichés and formulaic narratives. If the author had gone against the grain and done something a little more original with the characters, the plot and the pacing. The ending was stale and the finales cliffhanger resembled one of those ridiculous soap opera endings where the character reveals something preposterous and then it fades to black. I mean come on. Even the sex scenes seemed forced and simplistic. Enough with the “Please” or “What are you doing to me?” or “Beg for it” because after a while it all reads like blah, Blah-Blah, Blah… he takes her to the bedroom… blah, blah… Growl, moan, growl, moan… blah, blah… I think I love him. If you are going to do erotic or contemporary romance, ramp it up, take chances and leave the readers weak at the knees, begging for just one more bite.
FINAL THOUGHTS: It could have used a little more boeuf or perhaps a dash of spice. An okay book that plays well on a superficial level, but never truly makes the cut.