Series: Topped, Masters and Mercenaries
Genre: Erotic Romance, BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Cooking
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
Release Date: November 1st 2016
My Rating: 5 cups
Source: InkSlinger PR
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Top restaurant has become the hot spot in Dallas for elevated comfort food—and a side of spicy romance. Run by executive chef Sean Taggart, Top is the premiere fictional destination for gourmet food. Join creator, New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake, and Southern food expert Suzanne Johnson as they guide you through the world of Masters and Mercenaries via the secret recipes behind the food served in Top.
But what would a gourmet meal be without some company? Spend an evening with your favorite characters from McKay-Taggart as they celebrate the special moments that make up their happily ever afters. Learn how to make Sean’s specialty dishes and Macon’s desserts while exploring the private lives of the characters who make up the world. From Charlie and Ian’s next demon spawn to a change in path for Simon and Chelsea, these are the times that bind us together, the moments that make us a family.
Good meals, good times, good friends.
*Disclaimer: I received an eARC from InkSlinger PR and Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or opinion of the book in any way.
My second favorite thing, after reading, is cooking, so when I first heard of this book, I didn't quite know which part excited me most, the recipes, or the glimpses inside the lives of my most favorite characters from the Masters & Mercenaries series.
I loved seeing small "life episodes", let's call them, into the lives of the couples of this series. Some were hilarious, some were heartwarming, some were hot, but they were all awesome. A few of these characters were new to me, since I'm still not fully up to date with the series (I'm getting there, guys!), but I still loved reading about them. I also loved how, in some way, it was all tied to the idea of food. I loved how that was the background theme with these short stories. And I loved seeing how some things never change, especially with Ian.
The recipes are very tasty. I'm a foodie. I'm obsessed with food, and finding new recipes to try out is a hobby of mine. There are so many great recipes in this book that I want to try out. What I love is that it's has recipes for everybody, so no matter your tastes, you'll definitely find a recipe that you'll want to make. I certainly have my eye on a couple of them for the near future. I love how some of these recipes go from super easy to kind of difficult to make, but also how they can actually make you look like an actual chef for cooking them.
I also loved trying to figure out how the recipes related to the characters they were related to. That was a really fun game, and for the most part I managed to figure them out. I absolutely loved this book, and I can only hope that maybe someday in the future, a second book like this will come out for the series.