My Review: Menu for Romance (Brides of Bonneterre, #2) by Kaye Dacus

Menu for Romance
(Brides of Bonneterre, #2)
by Kaye Dacus

Christian Fiction / Romance / Contemporary

Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Copyright 2009
Pages:  320
ISBN:  9781602604551

(from Christianbook.com):

Professional event planner Meredith Guidry makes a New Year's resolution: that she'll get over an eight-year-long infatuation so she can fall in love and end her still-single status before New Year's Eve rolls around again. Executive chef Major O'Hara wishes he could admit his feelings for and share his life with Meredith, but he knows he could never saddle the woman he loves with a family situation like his.

My Thoughts:

Kaye Dacus quickly became one of my "must read" authors when I picked up her debut novel, Stand-in Groom, last year.  It is an awesome read!  I could hardly wait for her second installment to be released, which is, Menu for Romance.  It took me awhile to get my hands on a copy, and I just read it last week.  Though I thoroughly enjoyed it, in my opinion, it wasn't quite as good as Stand-in Groom.

Meredith Guidry has been in love with Major O'Hara for years, but doesn't think he feels the same.  When she meets handsome contractor Wade Breaux, she agrees to let him help her with restoring the craftsman house she recently purchased.  She tries her hardest to fall in love with him, but the sparks just don't seem to be there.  The longer she spends time with Wade, the more he makes her realize that her big, hands-on family has just about smothered her personal life.  She decides to make some major changes where her family is concerned.

Chef Major O'Hara has been working for Meredith's family for the last eight years.  One of his best friends is her brother, Forbes.  Major has always dreamed of opening his very own restaurant, but isn't sure it's possible, as his mother's medical condition always seems to get in his way.  He has received an unbelievable offer, that he would love to accept, but isn't sure he'll be able to make it work.

The fact that Major is afraid to tell Meredith about his Mom's medical condition annoyed me to no end!  He's on the fence just about the whole time trying to decide if her should tell her, or not.  Yes...I can see how that could be a hard decision, but if you've been friends for eight years, surely you know by now that Meredith will more than understand.  I guess since his mother is such a big part of his every day life, it's a big part of the story, but I think it would have been great to see how Meredith handled the news sooner in the story.

On the other hand, I'm eagerly looking forward to delving into Forbes' story, A Case for Love, hopefully this week.  Be sure to watch for that review coming up soon!

To find out more about Kaye Dacus, or her books (and she has a lot of upcoming releases that sound GREAT!), be sure to visit her at:

Her website

* I purchased my copy of Menu for Romance. *


Ashley (Ibreath2read) said...

Another GREAT review Lori! I just got A Case For Love from the publisher but, I'm thinking I'm going to need to read this series in order? Anyways hopefully the line on PBS will get moving soon and I'll get my hands on a copy of the first two books;) Fingers crossed!LOL
Love Ya,

Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

I think this one is going to end up being my favorite of the series! I've got to finish A Case For Love this week. I think that the whole series is going to be one of my favorite in contemporary Christian fiction!

Great review! :-)

XOXO~ Renee

Angie said...

I haven't read anything by her yet but I want too! Great review, btw. :)

Lee Smith said...

Great review! I agree with you. I think my favorite in the series is Case for Love. :o)

Christy--Southern Sassy Girl said...

I cannot wait to read this book....mostly because I cannot wait to read book 3 that's been sitting in my TBR stack for a couple of weeks now! Great review! :o)