Saturday, February 9, 2013

Short Soup by Coleen Kwan

Title: Short Soup
Author: Coleen Kwan
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: -
Main Characters: Dion and Toni
Release Date: December 2012

ISBN: ebook
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
A story about best friends, childhood dreams, and the healing power of Chinese food…

Toni Lau and Dion Chan were connected from birth — first via their parents’ jointly-owned restaurant, then via their bone-deep friendship. But children grow up, and Toni leaves their sleepy hometown looking for more than it can offer.

Now Toni is back, raw with the knowledge that not all childhood dreams come true. Dion is on the brink of realising that both his own ambitions and his childhood friend have the power to derail all of his hard work. But loving Toni — and winning her love in return — has always been on his wish list. Can Dion really put her on the back burner while frying up his chef dreams? Or is it possible that together they can come up with a recipe for happiness?

My Review:
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but I really enjoyed it. 

Toni has just moved back to Australia from London after a humiliating divorce. Her poor choice in husband has made her question everything about all the decisions she's made. So, she's moved back home to reconnect and re-evaluate. 

At home is Dion. They've been best friends and basically grew up together until Toni moved off to college. He had the realization that he was in love with Toni shortly after she left, but it was too late. She was already with her husband as a couple.

But Dion has made his own bad choices along the way. He's finally getting on top of his life and proving to his dad that he can be responsible when Toni comes blasting into town. The chemistry between them is out of this world, but on the eve of re-opening the family restaurant, Dion can't afford to be distracted...and certainly not by someone who he should look at like a sister. Neither one of their parents would understand, but it's hard to deny chemistry.

It was an interesting dichotomy to read about a couple in Australia with very traditional Chinese parents. The book is really good and entertaining. I liked both Toni and Dion. I felt so badly for Dion because he's been heartbroken over Toni for years, but has given up on ever having her. Then there's Toni...she's never seen Dion in this light and isn't so sure that she's not making another huge mistake. 

This is a story about Toni and Dion, but it was also the story of their families who have run this restaurant together. It was interesting to mainly see the difference in attitudes between the two fathers. Dion's dad is tough and that's cause for a lot of stress and strife in his life. He's taking on a huge thing to reorganize and reopen the restaurant and his dad's certainly not making it any easier.

I like the friends to lovers trope and this one was good. I've just recently discovered Coleen Kwan, but I really enjoy her style of writing. I'll definitely be watching for more of her books in the future.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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