Dinner for Two by Drea Stein

Dinner For Two (The Queensbay Series)


Sean Callahan was a hot shot big city chef whose high handed ways got him into trouble one too many times. Now he's in a small town hoping for another shot at the big leagues. 

Darby Reese is a big city lawyer who can bake like an angel. Unfortunately, a life living according to the law has left her burned out. So when the chance comes to run her family's deli in the small town of Queensbay, Darby's happy to take it. 

But when the former chef du jour walks into her kitchen, she's definitely not prepared for sparks to fly. Will the two of them be able to find the recipe for happily ever after?


I was quite surprised by how much I enjoyed Dinner for Two. It was late when I started the book and I was just looking for something light and cheesy to just read until it was time to go to bed. I ended up staying up until I finished the book because it was actually really good.

Darby is someone who always did what her father wanted, tried to live her life so he would be proud. He wanted her to be a lawyer, so she became a lawyer. Unfortunately then she realized she hated it and wanted to be a chef and taking over the family restaurant. When her parents go away for a few weeks that is the perfect opportunity to make some changes and really go after what she wants.

Sean is the hot shot chef who has a reputation to be kind of like Gordon Ramsey - yelling at people and whatnot. He gets fired from his fancy restaurant so moves to the small town where Darby lives and goes into business with a friend. It was just supposed to be a stop over until he can move on to the next big thing and have it all again.

Right from the first moment they meet in town, even though they had met before, the sparks fly. Sean doesn't remember Darby, and Darby is still embarrassed by what happened a year ago (and angry he doesn't even remember her). They obviously have the physical attraction and man it was hot. I liked how they both kind of tried to stay away, but then just gave in to the inevitable. They quickly fall for each other, but it was not one of those insta-loves even though it is quick. I really liked them together. I liked how they were both trying to change and be better people and follow their dreams. Of course there has to be something that happens to rock the boat, but then recover from. The very end, how it gets resolved, was a little cheesy and quick, but I didn't care that much. Now on to find the next book by this author.

Rating: 4/5


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