ROMANCE

Savor It

St. Martin’s Griffin May 2024. 336p. ISBN 9781250329424. pap. $18. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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Sage Byrd knows that her tight-knit community of Spunes, OR, loves and supports her, so she shouldn’t be feeling the failure of her long-term relationship with the town golden boy so sharply. Still, she’s been avoiding her ex and his new fiancée and thinking that winning the annual festival competition is a way for her to prove her worth without him. Chef Fisher Lange is no stranger to failure either; his spectacular fall from grace in his career was paired with the gut punch of realizing he was failing as the guardian of his recently orphaned niece, Indy. His boss offers him a new restaurant venture, which will also give him and Indy the chance for a fresh start. Sage needs a partner for the competition, while Fisher has to navigate the town’s roadblocks for his restaurant. They agree to help each other, and attraction and respect begin to grow between them. Readers, meanwhile, will be craving Fisher’s deliciously described food and enjoying the sizzling heat between the couple.
VERDICT DeWitt (Rootbound) delivers another emotion-packed rom-com that readers will be eating up, full of witty banter, comical hijinks, and tender moments of healing. Hand to those who enjoy grumpy/sunshine pairings as well as fake-relationship romances.
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