Welcome to my stop on The Sinking Chef blog tour, this is a romantic comedy set in the foodie world. Check out my review below and the giveaway which you don’t want to miss. Huge thanks to Sylvia Ashby and Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours for having me.
Bridget Jones meets Burnt in this delightful comedy novel about a talented YouTuber and the guy who keeps trying to bring her down. Although part of a series this book is completely standalone, as are all other novels in the Pot Love Series.
In Belsize Park, London, Ashley works hard on her daily YouTube channel “The Sinking Chef”. It’s filmed right in her kitchen, so she doesn’t go out much.
James is a gruff British TV director, turned publisher, who Ashley had a crush on ages ago. She has moved on but when he calls with an offer to take her out to lunch she doesn’t say no. It’s only lunch – what can go wrong?
The day Ashley meets James for lunch and he promises her a book deal, she makes the worse decision in her life – to hide the book deal from her boyfriend, Giacomo. As things progress Ashley’s secrets mount up and other things in her life unravel. Is there a connection? And how is she going to get out of this without losing Giacomo and the life she loves?
Set in the heart of fast-paced London, The Sinking Chef is a charming story of love, recipes, secrets, and the determination to do thinks right by those you love most in your life.
Ashley is our protagonist, a foodie YouTuber who has a wonderful Italian chef and restaurateur for a boyfriend. Then she goes out for lunch with James, who for all intents and purposes is an ex, and a not nice ex at that. And then proceeds to make a string of stupid decisions which in turn spiral her life completely out of control.
I didn’t like Ashley, not one iota. This dislike started before she started being a prize plonker. As I started reading I just got the “this girl is a whiner” vibe and there are lots of different personality types I adjust to in my reading, more than in real life believe me. But whiners, hell no!
Now don’t think my disliking Ashley ruined my enjoyment of the book, we all know disliking people doesn’t have to ruin anything. Seeing her dig herself into the hole she dug herself into was actually quite satisfying. It turns out along with being a whiner she was also really stupid. How she didn’t forsee the trouble she was going to cause herself I have no idea. I agree she couldn’t possibly have seen the details but honestly, there was no way keeping secrets was going to go well for her.
James was a vile little weasel of a man who needed to be put in his place. Why she didn’t just tell him to do one when he first phoned her I will never understand. I can’t talk about him anymore he makes me angry.
Giacomo her boyfriend is lovely, so committed to his vision and his business and he really cares for her and his family as well. I love his sense of humour and it’s a shame we don’t see a bit more of it.
This is a book that made me laugh, made me feel extremely frustrated and made me glad I’m a lot more street savvy than the main character! I think a lot of people will be enjoying this book, the recipes through the book should be adding some enjoyment to people’s dinner menu’s as well.
Sending a huge thanks to Sylvia Ashby, and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.
About Sylvia Ashby
Sylvia Ashby is fond of the written word: books, blog posts, recipes, even an explanation to the HM Revenue & Customs as to why she thinks skirts should be exempt from VAT – she’s written it all!
She likes travelling and has lived all over Europe – London, Brussels, Amsterdam and Sofia, Bulgaria. Currently, she lives in Leuven, Belgium with her husband, daughter, son and a sparrow called Jack, who comes occasionally to peck the seeds she leaves for him on top of the garden shed.
1st prize: £25 Amazon voucher and an eCopy of the book
2nd and 3rd prize: ecopy of the book
Book & Buy Links
Title: The Sinking Chef
Series: Pot Love #2
Author: Sylvia Ashby
Genre: Rom Com | Romance | Chick Lit
Publication Date: 17 April 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US