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Chef's Special by [Meagher, Susan X]
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After years of slowly working her way up the ladder, Emily Desjardins is finally poised at the next step—cooking at the kind of restaurant she’d love to one day own.

Her new boss is classically trained, has stunningly high standards, and effortlessly designs delicious, creative cuisine. She’s also demanding, inflexible, ridiculously confident and so hot it’s almost silly.

Emily is determined to spend her time learning all of the tricks and tools she’ll need to keep moving up. But keeping her mind on the job with the enigmatic Blake Chadwick pervading her thoughts and her dreams proves much harder than she could have ever imagined.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2089 KB
  • Print Length: 501 pages
  • Publisher: Brisk Press (13 December 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N1S2WCO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,977 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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An interesting insight into a chef's world, likeable characters.
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I like them long, SX Meagher is one of my favourite authors and I was pissed of when there was nothing on the San Francisco series. This one really made my day, its a wonderfully written story and it deserves the number of stars given. By the way where can I read the missing chapter??
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By A Customer on 29 January 2017
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Great book! So action packed and very well written! Overall an amazing start to reading this genre. Would recommend to lots of my friends interested in this genre
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The writing is excellent, characters are lovable and the romance is a heart tugging one. Another good book from the author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "chicken soup" for the heart 22 December 2016
By mephurst - Published on Amazon.com
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Susan Meagher is such a meticulous writer who has both patience and talent to craft intricate details of dialogue and characterization so that any reader can experience the blossoming of a love between two people... and can have the ability to confirm the permanence of this romance. In Chef's Special, she takes us on such a journey when Emily and Blake meet. Two chefs, initially unattached... then slowly entangled... with one always wanting more than the other until connection and joined experiences allow them both finally to strike a balance at the same time. I am a major Meagher fan... I truly felt she went to culinary school to prepare this novel; yet, from experience with her other works, I know she simply respects the details and leaves each reader an opportunity to enter into the fictional worlds she creates... while always giving twists and turns before she leads to the grand finale. well written... great romance... definitely recommended read in the f/f romance genre.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well written and realistic but a bit too dramatic for my taste 25 February 2017
By Mike Sol - Published on Amazon.com
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Chef's Special is a brutally realistic tale about two women in the food industry overcoming a variety of issues to get together. At just over 500 pages, it's quite the long read - with everything being slowed down drastically compared to most romance books. This isn't necessarily a bad thing in and of itself, but I did find myself struggling with the lack of fluff / happiness for so long. The first half of the book, in particular, was especially difficult for me. The author does such a brilliant job of portraying the hardships of life in the food industry as well as the problems lesbian women face in general (especially from men), that you end up feeling anger and sadness that people live like that. I desperately wanted to shield them from how crappy people can be :(

If the book took a more positive tone or had the core relationship develop in a healthy way after the half way point, I think I would have given this book a 4 or a 5. After all, the writing and characters were simply superb. The two main women were unique and each of them had a variety of strengths as well as flaws. The sexual scenes between them (at least at first) were captivating - with the desire the two women felt for each other shining through. Even the way the author described things like food was exquisite - with the reader being able to truly see just how passionate these people were towards it.

Unfortunately, the drama just kept on coming in ways I found especially unpleasant - the biggest of which revolved around the broken communication trope. Basically, people end up not sharing what they're thinking / feeling and small things get blown out of proportion. The last quarter of the book took this to the extreme (spoiler on Goodreads if you're interested). I actually found myself losing interest in the core relationship because of how childish these women were acting. The author made some attempt at explaining this by giving one character a pretty tragic background story that involved underage sex with a teacher and betrayal by her family - but it just didn't work for me. By the time the happily ever after rolled around, I just didn't feel connected to the book or the characters anymore.

If you're the type of person who loves lots of drama / emotion throughout a book and can deal with reading about people who have no idea how to communicate, then I think you'll really like this book - especially if you're looking for something different. Not only will you get a book whose plot is unlike most lesbian romance stories, but you'll also get exposed to a variety of realistic situations lesbian women have to face both in life outside of work and in the food industry. That being said, if you're the type of person, like me, who wants a bit of fluff as well as characters that can actually share their thoughts / feelings with one another - you may want to look elsewhere.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To be savored not devoured 9 February 2017
By RosesAreRed - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a novel to be savored, which I did, over the course of a couple of weeks. Every night I would look forward to picking it up and diving back into the world of these very complex, wonderfully developed characters. The story had enough twists to keep me coming back, even though it's a long book (probably could have been cut by a 1/3), and I thoroughly enjoyed the intricate details of a chef's life. The two women shared a bond and chemistry that was believable and enviable. Always been a fan of Meagher's books; better than much of the rest in this genre of books. Brava on this one!
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant writing. I loved every page of this warm and complex romance. 5 April 2017
By pippa1847 - Published on Amazon.com
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Emily Desjardins gets her dream job working as a sous chef for a renowned chef in a restaurant in Manhattan. Working for the fascinating and exacting Blake Chadwick, Emily has the opportunity to lift her skills to be one of the best. For both Emily and Blake, it is all about the quality of the food. However, the longer Emily works there, the harder it is to concentrate when Blake is so amazing at her job, and is so smoking hot. When Blake starts invading her dreams, Emily wonders if the professional and personal could ever meet.

Written from Emily's perspective, this is a long novel by Meagher which delves into the lives to two strong, clever and passionate women. Meagher has written nearly 40 books, all lesbian romances, so she has plenty of form in this genre. What is so astonishing is just how good her books are, and this one is very possibly the best of the ones I've read so far.

Meagher explores the minutiae of running a professional kitchen, and what it must be like to chef in various places. I'm not a foodie, but the descriptions were rich with texture and flavour, but never overwhelming to the senses. Too much detail and it slows down the action, and too little and there is no sense of time or place. This is a hard line to walk, and Meagher has completely pulled it off here.

The detail of Emily's life in a kitchen, and working closely with Blake, allows for a more natural development of attraction, and a stronger connection between the two women. However, it also leaves room for Meagher to give the women significant difficulties to overcome, in both their professional and personal lives. I have to say, the plot twist that pushes the story into the second act was gut wrenching, and I never would have picked it.

What I really loved, and what made this book so special, was the way the two characters interacted. The action and the conversation was so well handled, as was the release of backstory to explain the behaviour of the two main protagonists. It was all so well handled by Meagher.

I fell a little in love with both characters, for different reasons, and really wanted to spend more time with them. This is not a short book, but I felt compelled to keep reading because I simply wanted to be in their company, and in their world. I feel a bit bereft now that I've finished the book. For the first time in decades, I'm seriously considering starting to read the book again the day after I finished it.

Quite simply, I don't want to leave these characters, and the world Meagher has so careful crafted for them. This is a ripper of a read. Enjoy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book beautifully written! 15 February 2017
By L. Proud - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read most of Meagher's books over the years, and have enjoyed them all. This book, however, is on an entirely different level, a truly wonderful story of two really good people. The characters are developed beautifully and completely, and every page is a treasure. You will try to make it last, but you won't be able to keep from turning the pages. The book's premise is a great choice, too. It's written in homage to the foodies of the world, the chefs who madly dedicate their lives to creating the most beautiful, best tasting food ever made. Meagher does a masterful job creating the chef's domain, and describes the character's passion for food to a T. As a former foody small business owner, I was very impressed by Meagher's knowledge of a very complicated profession that is almost a religion to those who have chosen it. Beautiful book beautifully written!