Setting: London and environs, late Victorian
Main characters: Verity Durant, chef, not a virgin, with fraught history, and Stuart Somerset, also of complex origins, now barrister and MP with sterling political prospects. Both in their mid to late thirties.
Plot: Straightforward romance plot (no spies, blackmail, violence, paranormal elements).
Distinctive features: Heroine is a chef, late Victorian setting, nonlinear plot, abundance of characters with shady parentage
My take in brief: Great writing, gripping, very romantic elements, including secondary romance, unusual features, such as detailed descriptions of food and use of food and appetite as metaphors for love and desire, but some plot and characterization problems
Word on the Web: So far, mostly positive with one outlier. Stay tuned for more reviews.
Jayne, Dear Author, Grade: B
Jennie, Dear Author, Grade: A
SB Sarah, Smart Bitches, B
Rachel Potter, AAR, Grade: C+
Lawson, TGTBTU, Grade: B+
Mary Benn, TRR, Grade: 5 hearts
Ana, Book Smugglers, 7
Elaine, Romance Reviews Today, Ungraded: positive
Jessica at Romance Novels, Ungraded: positive
Nancy Davis, Romance Reader at Heart, Ungraded: positive
Sakura of DOOM, Oyce, mostly positive
Discussion thread about Delicious at AAR
Sherry Thomas’s first novel, Private Arrangements, was published in early 2008 with a lot of fan fare. It got great reviews pretty much across the board, and enjoys a 4 star rating on Amazon.com after almost 50 reader reviews. (As an aside, I wonder what it is about certain books that makes them hotly anticipated and widely discussed. Is it the publisher? The editor? The author’s profile on the blogosphere?)
I loved Private Arrangements. It’s on my keeper shelf. So I was super excited to get my copy of Delicious in the mail earlier this week. And, just like with PA, I read it in a 24 hour period.