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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Review: Just a Taste by Shannyn Schroeder

Just a Taste (O'Learys #5)Publisher: Kensington
ISBN: 160183330X
Pages: 270 pages
 Genre: Romance/Contemporary
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Grief has brought them together again—will love open the door to their future? When it’s an O’Leary in the picture, finding out is just part of the adventure…

Carmen Delgado is left reeling when her father dies. Taking care of him has been her sole purpose for so long, she’s forgotten what it’s like to have dreams of her own. And with steady, sexy Liam O’Leary inheriting a share in her dad’s successful food truck, Carmen is suddenly free to explore her life’s possibilities. She never expected Liam to provide the kind of temptation she’s not sure she can resist…

A talented chef, Liam O’Leary has been itching to open his own restaurant for years—and the death of his mentor is a reminder that time passes too quickly. Gus’s Taco Taxi isn’t exactly what he dreamed of, but he can’t desert Gus’s daughter. Working side by side is an unexpected pleasure—and grownup Carmen is alluring in all new ways. Is love on the menu—or will old fears and insecurities drive them apart?

My Review:

Intro: I am typing this review up while watching the news predicting huge amounts of snowfall slow torture. I don’t mind the snow but I mind blizzards. A whole lot. Being stuck in the house is no fun. It does give me plenty of time to read before I go stir crazy.
I read Just a Taste with little to no expectations but I found myself really loving it. It’s especially surprising because I usually don’t like jumping in at the fifth book in a series.


Heroine: Carmen-I loved Carmen. I did. I really identified with her. She came across as so real and kind of like someone I could meet and have a conversation with. I never really feel that way about most heroines.

Hero: Liam: Liam is the type of hero that I love to find. He was super sweet and kind to Carmen. But he also had these moments of complete not so niceness. He was a great balance. I did like him quite a bit but I did want to smack him at times.

Chemistry: I loved Carmen and Liam together. They were just so real. I know this is going to sound bad but I mean it in a very very good way. Carmen and Liam are not the romance novel fireworks type of couple. They are like a couple you can meet every day. I think that is what makes them so perfect.

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Conclusion: I absolutely loved this book. I found both Carmen and Liam to be so charmingly real and I loved that about them. I also loved the foodie aspect of the book. I need to catch up with this series very badly. I could see myself mainlining this series over a weekend. 

Overall Rating

Author Info
Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Leary series, contemporary romances centered around a large Irish-American family in Chicago and the new Hot & Nerdy series about 3 nerdy friends and their last spring break. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting me. I'm really glad you enjoyed Carmen and Liam.



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