Overall Grade: 4.5 ⭐️
Melanie Harlow’s Taste is everything you love about her stories: small-town love, familial ties, steam that rises from the page, and a happy ending that makes you sigh. In her newest romance, everything you expect from Gianni and Ellie is here, if you read the first story in this series, Ignite. This is pure hate to love at its best with Gianni as a bit of an out-of-control puppy dog and Ellie who wants to swat him away at every turn. Their chemistry is a pure flame, and it starts from the first chapter. All of this is added to the backdrop of food and wine and done so well that you will eat this story up like a gourmet five-course meal. Ellie and Gianni’s story morphs from a type of braid-pulling disdain to an out-of-control steam fest to a surprise baby sage to an abiding, beautiful forever type of love. This isn’t slow-burn, folks, but it’s definitely not insta-love. For me, Harlow’s pacing is sublime with Ellie and Gianni, and I found myself lost completely in their journey to a Michelin Star happy ending.
In love and romance,