Title: Spooning Daisy
Author: Maggie McConnell
Series: Otter Bite #1
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Available: 7th June
It’s a long way from Seattle to Otter Bite, Alaska. But if one woman can survive the trip–and the locals–she just might find what her heart has been searching for.
Her mango chutney is exquisite; her blueberry sauce is to die for. But right now, Chef de Cuisine Daisy Moon is a woman without a kitchen–and without a fiancé. Unceremoniously dumped from her place of business and her relationship, Daisy sells her belongings, plus a few of her ex’s, and packs her bags. Maybe smashing all the china in her former restaurant was a bad move. Stripped of her Golden Spoon for “un-chef-like” conduct, she is now blacklisted all over Seattle. Her sole job offer is from the Wild Man Lodge…in Otter Bite, Alaska.
Too bad Daisy can’t even get out of Dodge without incident. By the time she boards a ship for Alaska, she’s got a trail of new troubles behind her, and suddenly Otter Bite is sounding pretty good. But the vessel turns into her own personal Titanic when a series of close encounters confirms her terrible taste in men–including one very good looking bad luck charm named Max Kendall. She vows to dedicate the rest of her days to chowders and brulée. Yet even Alaska isn’t far enough away to shake the memories of the sexy shipmate who rocked her cabin–and her world. Thank goodness she’s done with surprises–but they may not be done with her…
‘Ware! Grumpy spoilers ahead!
Source: ARC from Lyrical Shine (Kensington) via NetGalley
I had such high hopes for this book and its strange yet intriguing title. It sounded quirky and funny and the beginning certainly started off well. It’s just that Daisy is pretty unlikeable at times and Max is a complete man-whore. If you don’t like your romances with your hero sleeping with someone else after he’s already slept with the heroine then steer well clear.
The overall premise is kind of fun, with Daisy having a rough time and falling into scrape after scrape, often with Max hanging around, so they both come to view each other as a bad luck charm, and yet there’s an unwanted attraction between them. Really unwanted. Seriously, Max goes out of his way to prove himself to be a dick, flirting with other women while waiting for his date with Daisy, eyeing up other women while they’re sharing a meal, sleeping with another woman after running out of Daisy’s bed. Not just once, and feeling remorse, nope, two condoms are definitely mentioned.
Yeah, yeah, towards the end he reveals all these heroic qualities, but to be honest it was too little too late. The whole suing issue was basic nastiness (if he needed the money, go for the guy that hit him who also owns a highly successful restaurant) and I hated the disrespectful way he treated Daisy long before they slept together and all that came after. He has zero respect for her afterwards either, and to be honest I couldn’t work out what the hell they saw in each other.
As for Daisy, damn, she’s hard work. So much happens to her that I wanted to be sympathetic, I really did, but for someone who shares her life story at the drop of a hat, she’s weirdly untrusting and always jumps to the worst conclusions. Her accusation towards Max was plain stupid, her snooping was embarrassing and her prickliness got on my nerves. I would have loved to have actually seen her at work in the kitchen at some point, but no, mostly we get annoying Daisy doing annoying things, while Max either barges around in testosterone mode or mopes like an idiot.
I did, however, cheer Daisy on after the wood incident. Ha! Totally deserved. I also loved some of the other characters – Rita especially – and Elizabeth is just wonderful.
It’s not all bad, and it is pretty funny throughout, I just also found it annoying and not particularly romantic or what I was hoping for. If you want something funny and easy, and you don’t mind a hero who has a lot of ground to make up and a heroine who has a lot of maturing to do, then give this a go. I hope you enjoy it more than I did.
Spooning Daisy it out June 7th.
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