ROMANCE

A Taste of Sage

Harper. May 2020. 304p. ISBN 9780062974846. pap. $15.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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DEBUT Lumi Santana’s dreams of owning her own Dominican fusion restaurant have been dashed, and she’s forced to apply for a position as a sous-chef for a fancy French chef who runs his kitchen with an iron fist. Lumi has been able to taste the emotions of various cooks’ food her entire life, and she knows Julien Dax’s cooking will taste rigid and unyielding. Julien is determined to see his restaurant succeed where others have failed, and he’s convinced there’s only one way to do it. Lumi’s vibrant cooking style, however, is intriguing and he seeks out her ideas more and more. When Lumi finally samples a bite of Julien’s cooking, she finds the food electric and starts to wonder if she’s misjudged him. After a dangerous mishap in the kitchen, Lumi is sure she should stay far away from both Julien and the restaurant. Julien realizes if he wants Lumi in his life for good, he’s going to have to open his mind to new ideas and different life goals.
VERDICT Santos’s debut blends the rare but real condition of synesthesia into a fast-paced if uneven romance. The recipes throughout make this a perfect recommendation to those checking out cookbooks with their romances.

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