Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Book Review: Simmer Down by Sarah Smith

Title: Simmer Down
Author: Sarah Smith
Genre: Romance
Publication Date: October 13, 2020
Publisher: Berkley

Nikki DiMarco knew life wouldn’t be all sunshine and coconuts when she quit her dream job to help her mom serve up mouthwatering Filipino dishes to hungry beach goers, but she didn’t expect the Maui food truck scene to be so eat-or-be-eaten—or the competition to be so smoking hot.

But Tiva’s Filipina Kusina has faced bigger road bumps than the arrival of Callum James. Nikki doesn’t care how delectable the British food truck owner is—he rudely set up shop next to her coveted beach parking spot. He’s stealing her customers and fanning the flames of a public feud that makes her see sparks.

The solution? Let the upcoming Maui Food Festival decide their fate. Winner keeps the spot. Loser pounds sand. But the longer their rivalry simmers, the more Nikki starts to see a different side of Callum…a sweet, protective side. Is she brave enough to call a truce? Or will trusting Callum with her heart mean jumping from the frying pan into the fire?

*A Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read this book. This is my honest and unbiased review*



Hello Fellow Readers,

I was so excited to read this book, romance and food? A winning combination. Simmer Down was one of those books that was very easy for me to start reading and I quickly found myself liking Nikki. I really wanted to see her succeed and get everything she wanted for her and her mother. However, maybe its just me and my ever changing feelings on the enemy turned lovers trope, but I really did not Callum and the way he treated Nikki in the beginning at all. Sometimes there's a misunderstanding but in this case he was just a complete and total dick for absolutely no reason. I did really like that Nikki  didn't back down, or let her attraction to him get in the way of standing up for herself. 

I gotta admit that it wasn't until the airplane scene did I finally relent and allow myself to see Callum in a more positive light, from then on the book really picked up and got a lot more interesting for me. I also really liked Nikki and her mother's interactions. Their relationship seemed very realistic and I really loved their moments together. A big of advice though if you read this book, have a snack with you because when they describe the food you will get hungry.

Overall, a very fun romance that any Enemy to lover fans will enjoy


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