Skinny Bitch in Love by Kim Barnouin
Book Description from Amazon:
From the coauthor of the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestselling Skinny Bitch lifestyle series—a clever, kick-ass novel about friendship, romance, and making healthy choices both in and out of the kitchen.
Clementine Cooper is a born vegan, committed in every way to the healthy lifestyle she was raised with on her father’s organic farm. But how bad could a little butter be? Bad enough to get the ambitious and talented sous chef fired when an influential food critic discovers dairy in Clem’s butternut squash ravioli with garlic sage sauce. Though she was sabotaged by a backstabbing coworker, Clem finds herself unceremoniously blackballed from every vegan kitchen in L.A. Like any vegan chef worth her salt, however, Clem knows how to turn lemons into delicious, cruelty-free lemonade cupcakes. She launches the Skinny Bitch Cooking School in hopes of soon opening her own café in an empty space near her apartment. But on the first day of class, sexy millionaire restaurateur Zach Jeffries puts a fork in her idea with his own plans for the space—a steakhouse. Clem is livid. For a carnivore, Zach is more complicated than she anticipated. He’s also a very good kisser. But could dating one of the most eligible bachelors in the city—and a meat-eater—be as bad for Clem as high-fructose corn syrup? Shouldn’t she fall instead for a man who seems to be her perfect match in every way—like Alexander Orr, a very cute, very sweet vegan chef? Clem thought she was open-minded, but as she confronts the challenges of budding entrepreneurship, old rivals, ex-boyfriends, and tempting suitors, she begins to wonder if she can ever say “I love you” to a man who hates tofu.
Clementine falls victim to a jealous coworker who slips real butter into Clementine's vegan culinary masterpiece just before it is to be judged by THE food critic. Poor Clementine loses her job but don't despair. She is a strong smart female lead. She pulls herself back up and uses her talents and intelligence to earn money through her own business endeavors, working up to her ultimate dream – owning her own restaurant some day. I liked that she was capable and resilient. I liked the fact she stood up for what she believed in and her lifestyle. Her relationships with friends and family were interesting – but the romance angle had me coming and going. I didn't quite feel the connection between Clementine and Zach. I was almost rooting for vegan chef Andrew to become her romantic lead, and thought I was supposed to for a while. Overall, the story was okay, with a lot of information on veganism. I was given a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Honestly, I don't think I'd pay the eleven or so dollars it costs for an e copy.
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