Book Review: Tacos for Two

Tacos for Two by Betsy St. Amant is a fun, compelling story of unexpected romance – and a lot of Mexican food.

From the back of the book:

Rory Perez, a food truck owner who can’t cook, is struggling to keep the business she inherited from her aunt out of the red–and an upcoming contest during Modest’s annual food truck festival seems the best way to do it. The prize money could finally give her a solid financial footing and keep her cousin with special needs paid up at her beloved assisted living home. Then maybe Rory will have enough time to meet the man she’s been talking to via an anonymous online dating site.

Jude Strong is tired of being a puppet at his manipulative father’s law firm, and the food truck festival seems like the perfect opportunity to dive into his passion for cooking and finally call his life his own. But if he loses the contest, he’s back at the law firm for good. Failure is not an option.

Complications arise when Rory’s chef gets mono and she realizes she has to cook after all. Then Jude discovers that his stiffest competition is the same woman he’s been falling for online the past month.

Will these unlikely chefs sacrifice it all for the sake of love? Or will there only ever be tacos for one?

As I read the book it made me hungry (literally – almost every page mentions food descriptions – and figuratively) for more because of the style of the author’s writing – fun, clever, witty – as well as the storyline which kept me engaged without effort. It contains some common elements of a favorite movie of mine (which is also mentioned in the book as one of their favorites) so it was also fun to see the movie plot play out in their lives, unbeknownst to them.

What I really appreciated was the realness of the characters and the depth of the wisdom regarding relationships of all kinds throughout the book. The author really took time and care into developing each relationship and teaching the reader along the way. I also enjoyed the theme of pursuing your dreams even if there are unwanted consequences.

If you like tacos, romance, dream-chasing, and a overall great story, check out Tacos for Two!

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