There can be more than comfort in food…
What could well-known and wealthy Graham Cooper Jr. have in common with a blogger like Sloane Bradley, a woman with secrets she's kept firmly out of the public eye?
That is, besides a love of food.
Sloane still can't believe Cooper's the chef at the restaurant she's been assigned to promote. But she's boiling to prove to him that her "little blog" can put his place on the map.
She can also fall head over heels for the guy, who has secrets of his own, it turns out…except for one thing.
She can't get past the post-traumatic stress disorder that keeps her walled up in her home studio.
With No Reservations was a sweet story that I was eager to read with the food theme fascinating me, as you can imagine. It is a good story, easy to get lost in it and enjoy the moment with the (mostly) likable characters (Yes, I am talking about you, Mr. Cooper Sr.!).
The protagonists Graham Cooper Jr. and Sloane Bradley were both complex characters with a pass that was shaping up their present as well as their future. I liked how they supported each other and challenged each other to be the best possible version of themselves.
I wish there would have been a little bit more about the obsessive disorder Sloane had, and how she developed it after the accident. Also, the family relationships with the Coopers were mighty dysfunctional and could have used more light into the problems and solving them.
I really liked Cooper's mom, she was down to earth, loving, caring mom, I liked her ease with Sloane as well.
The charity they were involved with warmed my heart, I know how much that kind of work means to children, teaching them about cooking and nutrition is so rewarding, being done it myself in the past.
Reading about the food bloggers routines, plans, and life as a food blogger was fun. No, my life is very little like hers, I could say the planning and photoshoot areas at home and looking for the best light being just about the only things I was familiar with. But I got a kick out it anyways.
I honestly don't get it how Graham Cooper Sr. got away with the bullying he did in the business world. It came so easily to him it was nearly frightening to think about. There were some other questions as well that I had in my mind at the end, I really would have loved to find out more about the problems between the twin brothers because that was such a big thing in Cooper's life.
A charming story about love, life, family, loss, recovering from the past, learning from it, and moving on with life. It touches some heavy topics, but with a gentle hand, it made me think, and it made smile. A good story with lot to give to the reader
~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me