Title: All Stirred Up
Author: Brianne Moore
Publication date: September 8th, 2020
Susan Napier’s family once lived on the success of the high-end restaurants founded by her late grandfather. But bad luck and worse management has brought the business to the edge of financial ruin. Now it’s up to Susan to save the last remaining restaurant: Elliot’s, the flagship in Edinburgh.
But what awaits Susan in the charming city of Auld Reekie is more than she bargained for. Chris Baker, her grandfather’s former protégé–and her ex-boyfriend–is also heading to the Scottish capital. After finding fame in New York as a chef and judge of a popular TV cooking competition, Chris is returning to his native Scotland to open his own restaurant. Although the storms have cleared after their intense and rocky breakup, Susan and Chris are re-drawn into each other’s orbit–and their simmering attraction inevitably boils over.
As Chris’s restaurant opens to great acclaim and Susan tries to haul Elliot’s back from the brink, the future brims with new promise. But darkness looms as they find themselves in the crosshairs of a gossip blogger eager for a juicy story–and willing to do anything to get it. Can Susan and Chris reclaim their lost love, or will the tangled past ruin their last hope for happiness?
“Chris, you need a bitch in yer life who won’t leave you.”Brianne Moore, All Stirred Up
I found myself mildly disappointed after this book because it didn’t live up to what I wanted from a romance. That is generally because I would classify this more as chick lit or women’s fiction, where the romance isn’t the main focus and doesn’t play the largest part in the book. I prefer straight romance driven plots personally – but don’t listen to me if you prefer chick lit. Looking at this book through that lens, it was probably pretty good and solid! I just… needed more of the romance.
Also, do not eat this book on an empty stomach or without food readily handy. The descriptions of the food are just unfair! Both MCs own restaurants, Chris is a chef and Susan is a pastry chef – so just imagine all the food they make during the course of this book. Chris and Susan used to date years ago before a rocky ending and Chris moved to America. He’s now back in Edinburgh and opening up his own restaurant in town to compete with Susan’s family’s.
I super hated the background characters of Susan’s family. They all had unnecessarily extra personalities (not in a good way) and were the archetype for personality disorders. Susan had no backbone and would not stick up for herself, which just annoys me in a character.
Basically, this book is a pass from me. It’s an average story with a below average romance that will just make you hungry. Read it or don’t read it, your life won’t change any.
Happy reading, folks!