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Review: A Taste of Sage by Yaffa S. Santos



Blurb from Goodreads:
Lumi Santana is a chef with the gift of synesthesia—she can perceive a person’s emotions just by tasting their cooking. Despite being raised by a single mother who taught her that dreams and true love were silly fairy tales, she decides to take a chance and puts her heart and savings into opening a fusion restaurant in Inwood, Manhattan. The restaurant offers a mix of the Dominican cuisine she grew up with and other world cuisines that have been a source of culinary inspiration to her.

When Lumi’s eclectic venture fails, she is forced to take a position as a sous chef at a staid, traditional French restaurant in midtown owned by Julien Dax, a celebrated chef known for his acid tongue as well as his brilliant smile. Lumi and Julien don’t get along in the kitchen--to say Lumi is irritated by Julien’s smug attitude is an understatement, and she secretly vows never to taste his cooking. Little does she know that her resolve doesn’t stand a chance against Julien’s culinary prowess.

As Julien produces one delectable dish after another, each one tempting Lumi with its overwhelming aromas and gorgeous presentations, she can no longer resist and samples one of his creations. She isn’t prepared for the feelings that follow as she’s overcome with intense emotions. She begins to crave his cooking throughout the day, which throws a curveball in her plan to save up enough money and move on as soon as possible. Plus, there’s also the matter of Esme, Julien’s receptionist who seems to always be near and watching. As the attraction between Lumi and Julien simmers, Lumi experiences a tragedy that not only complicates her professional plans, but her love life as well...

Clever, witty, and romantic, A Taste of Sage is sure to delight and entertain readers until the very last page. 
My Review:
 
I love Julien so much and I think that's what made/saved this book for me! It was a bit slow but I love most books set in the kitchen.  This had an interesting dynamic with them both being Chefs and I would call it a bit of magical realism but something was missing.  I enjoyed this but I just wish there was something more.

A Taste of Sage comes out later this month on May 19, 2020, and you can purchase HERE.  If you want a fun rom-com involving the kitchen or loved Simply Irresistible, this one is for you!
He felt himself, but not himself. He felt more alive, but also more anxious. And he couldn't deny for much longer that he felt like his blood was boiling every time that woman was around him. Letting logic prevail wasn't working out that well after all.

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