A family-oriented chef falls for his all-business consultant.
Today we are thrilled to be the stop on the Blog Tour for Salt+Stilettos by Janet Walden-West. Our thanks to the author for the advanced reader’s copy.
Salt and Stilettos is a delicious story about an American Samoan chef that wants family and commitment, and his all-business public relations consultant.
Author: Janet Walden-West
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: City Owl Press (April 21st, 2020)
Length: 323 pages
(By the Publisher)
Sweet Home Alabama meets Top Chef when Miami’s most determined image consultant clashes with Samoa’s most uncooperative chef in a race to rebrand him as South Beach’s newest star.
Brett Fontaine learned early that appearance matters and not to count on anyone but yourself. Trading her red-dirt roots for the title of Miami’s go-to image consultant, she refuses to let anything jeopardize her new life.
Not an influential client-turned-stalker who’s up for parole. Not post-kidnapping panic attacks. Certainly not the stubborn, attention-phobic chef she’s challenged to transform into a celeb in ninety days.
Will Te’o can almost taste the dream he sacrificed American Samoa, culture, and cherished family ties for—opening a four star restaurant in the most cut-throat culinary location in North America.
Unfortunately, that requires navigating it’s equally cut-throat social scene. When his first public performance ends in a social media spectacle, his only option is turning to the stiletto-wearing nemesis who’s invaded his kitchen.
Neither expected to share anything but barbs, yet somewhere between accidentally bonding over comfort food and office-wrecking sex, they’re named South Beach’s hottest pairing. Until Brett’s stalker engineers a reputation-shattering reveal. She may be going down, but she’s not taking Will’s dreams with her.
Now Will’s pulling out all his new skills and cooking up a last-ditch event. He’ll prove to Brett that relying on the right person makes for the perfect recipe—or be left heartbroken in the spotlight.
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I’ve been venturing more into contemporary romance, and when I read the blurb of this book, I knew I had to give it a try. I’m so glad I did. If you are into sweet heroes, this book is definitively for you.
William Te’o is an American Samoan chef who finally managed to realize his dream of owning a restaurant in a fashionable area of Miami. He is creative and talented in the kitchen, but awkward and clumsy in the outside world.
When his partner hires a consultant to help improve his public image, he wants nothing to do with it and fights her (very politely) at every turn. The fact that she is beautiful, refined, and attractive does not help at all.
Brett Fountaine is sophisticated, well-spoken, and annoyingly distant. Whenever she enters Will’s kitchen in her high stilettos and fancy clothes, his heart skips a few beats. The sadness in Brett’s eyes calls to Will’s protective nature.
The tension between the main characters is delicious. Sweet Will and practical Brett are adorable together. Will is all family and forevers, and Brett is all business and one-night-stands.
The writing is engaging, and the narrative flows effortlessly. There are some very steamy moments, keep a fan at hand.
This was my first book by this author, but will not be my last. I’m hoping Brett’s friend Richard will get his own story.
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author:
Janet Walden-West lives in the southeast with a pack of show dogs, a couple of kids, and a husband who didn’t read the fine print.
A founding member of The Million Words craft blog, she is also a member of the East Tennessee Creative Writers Alliance. She pens inclusive Contemporary and Paranormal Romance, as well as Urban Fantasy.
A PitchWars alum and mentor and RWA Golden Heart finalist, her debut Contemporary Romance, SALT + STILETTOS, was published in April 2020.
She is represented by Eva Scalzo of Speilburg Literary Agency.