Title: Simmer Down
Author: Sarah Smith
In this finger-licking good rom-com, two is the perfect number of cooks in the kitchen.
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?
Thank you, PRHInternational, for the free copy of Simmer Down. My review and opinions are on my own.
I love Faker, and it is one of the best books I read last year. That’s why when I heard Simmer Down, I immediately request and downloaded it. I’m more beyond happy when I read that the main character is Filipino, and they own a food truck.
I seldom read books that talk about food trucks, and as a person who loves eating, I enjoyed the story.
About reading one-third of the story, I told myself I’m already giving it a 5 star as I enjoyed everything. But halfway through the book, I saw that not only the characters are being problematic but also how the story is becoming.
How I adore Nikki in the beginning, I love how she loves her father and cares about her mother. I love how she sacrifices everything to fulfill her father’s dream of having a food truck. But suddenly, in the middle of the story, I found Nikki to be annoying. I’m irritated every time she saw Callum, that all she imagines and wants is to have s*x with him. That even if Callum only smiled at him, she already thinks how good would she feel when they will have sx. I hate it when a female character is depicted as a s*x maniac.
The story also had a lot of issues that could have simple solutions, but the characters especially, Nikki, made it more complicated. They could have been solved immediately, but Nikki chooses to be a drama queen.
What I love about the story is the friendship that has been found between Nikki and Penelope. It only shows that we don’t have to know a person for a long time for us to trust each other. What we should do is be us and trust everything.
I recommend Simmer Down to people who love reading about food and lovers to enemies.
3 OUT OF 5 STARS