French Tart

Naughty Ladies of Nice Book 1

Socialite Donatienne "Dona" Dubois is trying to prove herself to her father and the world by taking a high-end cooking class in France. Her father, who doesn't trust his daughter to stay out of trouble, hires Mark Edwards (aka Sebastien Reinard), the son of a friend, to keep an eye on her.

Mark, hating the job, goes undercover as a French student. He finds Dona is feisty and surprisingly committed. They are paired up as partners and he, inept in the kitchen, frustrates Dona, in more ways than one.

She is drawn sexually to him, but having been dogged by paparazzi all her life, she's suspicious of the french cooking student who can't speak french and doesn't know what a chive is. Fed up with his language and cooking skills, she confronts him. He admits the truth, but says he hasn't reported her activities back to his employer based on his dislike of the job.

They give into their sexual urges and forge a relationship.

While I enjoyed the backdrop of the story, a French cooking school with a lascivious head chef, Mark's cover as a french student was a stretch. So was the plot.

On the plus side, I felt the story was well written and engaging. I liked the food and cooking talk and the hero and heroine were likable.

Book Blurb for French Tart

Bon Appétit...Satisfy all your cravings at cooking school.

Determined to prove herself and shed her party girl image, Donatienne Dubois pins her hope on the exclusive cooking school in Nice, France. One by one her expectations are shattered by a foul-mouthed parrot, a bogus Michelin chef, and a headmistress with a heart of tungsten steel. Donni’s lifesaver is a bad boy too hot not to handle.

Mark Anderson is incognito and hating every moment. To pose as a student while keeping tabs on a rich wild child is his version of hell, until he partners with the dish of Crème Brulée good enough to eat.

Class takes on a whole new meaning as Doni and Mark heat up the kitchen when they discover honey has better uses than sweetening tea.

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2011 4.00