Holly Walker had everything she’d ever dreamed about – a happy marriage and being mum to beautiful brown-eyed Emma – until an accident nineteen months ago tore her world apart. Now she’s a widow and single mother to a boisterous little 7-year-old girl, looking for a new start. Ready to take the next step, Holly has found herself a job as a maître d’ at Table One, a once-acclaimed restaurant in the heart of Sydney. But one extremely arrogant Frenchman isn’t going to be easy to work with…
Twenty years ago, Pierre LeRoux came to Australia, following the stunning Aussie girl he’d fallen in love with and married. He and his wife put their personal lives on hold, determined for Pierre to take Sydney’s culinary society by storm. Just as his bright star was on the upswing, tragedy claimed the woman he was hopelessly in love with. He had been known as a Master Chef, but since his wife’s death he has become known as Monster Chef.
Can two broken people rebuild their lives and find happiness once more?
This is so much more than a second chance love story. This is a second chance at life story!
Yet another strong and feminine character joins the ranks of McHeyzer’s finery. Holly is going for this job to keep her mind occupied so she doesn’t drown in the depths of widowhood. She doesn’t lose any of her spark when Pierre comes along, if anything, she becomes stronger.
Pierre, he’s a tough one to take. He’s rude, he’s crude but he’s barely hanging onto life by a thread. He can’t feel anything. His trust in life has been abolished when he too became a widow. Maybe that’s why he’s so volatile – it’s the only way he can feel that he’s alive.
They are like two flints and sparks fly when they are near each other. The tension throughout this story does not stop. Pierre is unbelievably rude but that’s obviously his coping mechanism. I love the banter and dialogue between Holly and Pierre. They truly are equals and have a deep respect for each other as their time is spent together.
It’s a joy to read how they both learn to live again and the sex scenes are off the charts hot! The innocence of Holly’s daughter Emma is a delight. I love that she has no censorship and no filter. I’m with Pierre, fell in love with her too.
With every piece of Margaret’s work I read, I love her style more and more. Her complex storyline, there is the underlying love triangle. Pierre’s former wife has a big play within this book. Her part is beautifully written. I love the subtly she writes throughout her books where she references her other works. Always gives me a giggle.
McHeyzer has only entered my reading realm about three months ago and she’s an automatic buy now.
This book did not disappoint. I hope you are as aghast with the ending as I was.
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