Welcome to my first ARC review! I’m pretty excited about this one! 🙂 Thank you for NetGalley for sending me a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Title: The Art of French Kissing
Author: Brianna R. Shrum
Expected Release Date: June 5th 2018
I really enjoyed this book, it was a perfect February cutesy contemporary book, really fluffy, nothing really heartbreaking. It is your perfect “sitting down on your sofa and read some easy book after a hard, soul-eating day” book.
The story takes place in a cooking competition, where the winner get a scholarship to the most prestigious cooking school. Our main character is Carter Lane, who is a cooking enthusiast – she loves cooking and a natural talent in it. In the beginning of the story her application is accepted to the cooking competition, which is her best chance to become the chef who she wants to be.
The cooking competition aspect is really good, I loved that during the different challenges we can look into the brain of Carter – we see what is she thinking while cooking, how much she is lost in the food, how passionate she is about food and cooking. I loved this part, it made Carter so real, as this is what I feel as well when I do the things I really love to do.
Of course during the story we meet our arch nemesis /love interest of the book – Reid Yamada. The book is basically build around they relationship. Of course nothing happens that we don’t anticipate, the story is easily predictable.
The Characters and relationships
Sometimes I felt that the characters are built very well and has depth to them, but in the next second I’m not sure in it – especially Reid. Sometimes they decisions and reactions are just too much. Carter is really bitchy sometimes and makes you ask why with a bit of sense would you do this? In the other hand I loved how they relationship is built and unfolded in front of our eyes, the chemistry between them is perfect.
The side characters are getting a lot of role in the story, which I loved, they are not just there to have more characters beside our main characters.
I really enjoyed the writing style, it was easy and natural. The aspect that I really loved was how the different fandoms were inserted into the conversations of the characters, it made the story and the characters very real. Fandoms in real world are helping build relationships in the real world as well and I loved how the author used this to help building the connection between the characters.
Overall I would recommend this book to those who love an easy, fluffy contemporary with a cute romance, and those who really, really enjoy food 🙂