This Chick Read: Simmer Down by Sarah Smith

Nikki DiMarco and her mom Tiva run a food truck in Maui called Tiva’s Filipina Kusina. It was her father’s dream to run this food truck and after his death Nikki moved to Maui to make that dream come true with her mom. Struggling to make ends meet they finally get a great spot along the beach when another food truck run by Finn and Callum James, tries to hone in on their spot. Nikki and Callum take an instant dislike to each other and become social media famous for their escalating arguments. Does this dislike cover up a hot attraction? You bet!

After reading Sarah Smith’s last novel, Faker, I hadn’t planned on reading another but I’m so glad I did! Unlike Faker, Simmer Down didn’t have any of the awkward descriptors and instead relied on a great plot and plenty of attraction to reel the reader right in. I’ll admit, I’m also a sucker for romance novels where food is the third character. I’m not that familiar with lumpia’s but after reading all about them in Simmer Down I want to run out and try some Filipino food!

Nikki’s heart was broken by her father’s death and she hesitates to let anyone get close. Callum’s disagreeable facial expressions hide his true feelings and when they sit next to each other for 9 hours on a plane Nikki realizes that he’s actually as charming as he is hot and has a hard time keeping her heart out of the relationship. I don’t think it’s a secret that my favorite trope is enemies to lovers and this was a really good one. The only reason why it didn’t get a 5 rating is because the ending seemed a touch too predictable. I did like their characters and the food. OMG! I need to find me some lumpia’s quick! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

I received a copy of this ARC through NetGalley for my honest review and it was honest.

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It’s Monday, what are you reading? (10/12/2020)

I am blaming my lack of reading on discovering the program Schitt’s Creek on Netflix. My husband and I have been binge watching and enjoying this hysterical comedy. I can understand why it swept the Emmy’s this year, the show is hilarious! So, I have only read one book this week. Let me catch you up on it!

This post originated over on Book Date, so thanks for the idea and letting me continue on the discussion about what books I am reading.


A fantasy novel that felt both historical and relevant to my time. In this fantasy world Sorceresses are denied their right to their magic, forced to wear a collar that inhibits their abilities when they marry. The fear is that their children will be possessed with horrible consequences to this possession. I can’t help but make comparison’s to so many things. This year’s 100th anniversary of the women’s right to vote and the black lives matter movement immediately come to mind. I was eager to read it and wasn’t disappointed by what I read.


I haven’t actually started this on yet, but it’s up next. It’s a rom-com set in the Miami food truck/restaurant world and sounds adorable. Can’t wait!

What are you all going to be reading to get your week off to a great start?


This Chick Read: Faker by Sarah Smith

By day Emmie Echavarre is a gruff no nonsense woman working in a man’s world as a marketing executive at a tool company. At night she’s a totally different person fun and outgoing. She’s been forced to show strength in her all male environment or put up with inappropriate behavior from her co-workers. She’s especially sensitive to her co-worker Tate, social media guru and fellow office mate who has seemed to have taken an instant dislike to her from day one. When he suggests they work on a marketing project together she’s surprised at his willingness to get along. Emmie slowly unveils her inner softie and their relationship starts to change.

I so wanted to like this novel! It was my favorite romance trope (enemies to lovers) and Emmie’s Filipino background was a refreshing change. BUT for some reason the author used Tate’s being white as this glowing contrast. I mean, seriously glowing in her description. There was a couple of times where I flipped back through the pages to see if there was mention of Tate being an albino because her descriptions were so fiercely about the whiteness of his skin and hair color. I really just didn’t feel it was necessary to mention unless that was a part of the story, which it wasn’t.

The other thing that bothered me a lot was all of the inappropriate behavior in her workplace. Emmie seriously had to change her whole persona to survive being objectified because she was one of the few women working for this tool company. One of her boss’s was a woman and the description given to her was that she was a peppy mom, which I thought frustrating also! Why were their descriptor’s so stereotypical? I will say that the stereotypes were just as bad for the men with Tate being described as Thor-like. All these descriptors did was make me feel like the writer was trying too hard. I don’t know, it just felt kind of awkward.

As the story progressed and we got to know Tate a little bit better I questioned where she was going with his character. His behavior was anti-social, grumpy, possessive, jealous, and kind of over the top. I fluctuated between thinking he was autistic or this was the author’s version of alpha male. You can understand my confusion!

Maybe I was too hard on this novel because my first job out of college was at a tool company in the marketing department just like Emmie and Tate and I had too many real life experiences to compare this story with, but whatever it was I just didn’t buy what the author was selling. Was it horrible? I read the whole thing, but more out of curiosity than because I was enjoying it, but I also didn’t hate it. Faker just had too many problems that went unresolved. ❤️❤️❤️

Opinions from around the Blogosphere

“Overall, I liked it. I liked it more than the parts I didn’t like. I just didn’t love it. There were too many similarities with The Hating Game. But as someone who loves both an enemies-to-lovers trope and workplace romance, it was a fun read and a great debut. I will definitely look forward to reading more by Sarah Smith.” Beauty Book Corner

“As much as I did enjoy this, I did have to take off a star because there were a few things that made me raise an eyebrow. Such as her seeming to be really obsessed with his pale skin and then the actual conflict of this story. However, I let the good outweigh the bad here.” Books and Blends

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