Friday, August 19, 2016

Appetite of Envy by Amabel Daniels

Appetite of Envy
by Amabel Daniels

My rating: 4 stars

Publisher: Amabel Daniels (July 8, 2016)
Publication Date: July 8, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Print Length: 342 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

You can’t always get what you want.

Shy and sweet Lia Gardella has only wished to make her father proud. Dropping plates, spilling drinks, and missing orders, she’s never fit in at the family business. And after nearly incinerating the whole building, she ran from the stressful environment.

Want not.

As head chef of one of the city’s best eateries, Finn Newland seems to have it all. He enjoyed a youthful career in the MMA. Women worship him. After years of hard work, he finally has an opportunity to take over the restaurant he’s always considered his own.

Be careful what you wish for.

When Lia’s father summons her to supervise Gardella’s, instead of handing the reins to Finn, no one is happy. They don’t know how to collaborate on running the restaurant. Nor are they confident they can continue to deny their attraction to one another. But before they can attempt a partnership of any kind, they’ll need to find the culprit behind a trend of spiteful sabotage aimed at Gardella’s.

Appetite of Envy by Amabel Daniels

Appetite of EnvyLia seemed to be cursed with clumsiness, bad luck and with not being the son her father had wanted to pass his restaurant down to. As a waitress she was terrible. Cooking? Forget it. Even dishwashing could cost the business several plates and glasses. The night she caused her father’s restaurant to go up in flames was the night she cried “uncle” and gave up. She ran, made a new life for herself and mourned all that could never be, from her infatuation with the handsome head chef to gaining her father’s love and confidence. Her kind nature was crushed, battered and she was tired of being the brunt of people’s cruel jokes and comments. And now she is back, her father wants her to learn the business after his heart attack, but clearly even after all these years, no one has forgiven or forgotten the havoc she had wrought.

Finn has it all, his dream job, the respect of his boss, his god-like face and body have women swooning at his feet, but the day Lia came back to the restaurant, he knew that even as the unofficial son Lia’s father never had, blood may be thicker than water when it came time to turn over the ownership of the restaurant. Was he angry, heck yes! After all, he figured he was a shoo-in, he had earned this restaurant and now the girl who singlehandedly could destroy it is back and his life is about to become a living hell, and he is right, but not for the reasons he thinks.
Someone is out to hurt Lia and Finn finds that unacceptable. Sure, she is a walking disaster area, leaving devastation and fallen food in her wake, but there is a side to the grown up Lia that he never truly saw, a purity and sweetness he dare not defile. As the disasters mount, Lia seems the likely candidate, because not one person in the restaurant likes/trusts/ or knows her, so who else would they blame?

Amabel Daniels has come out with both barrels loaded and takes direct aim on her readers’ hearts, sense of fairness and shock as small minds, small hearts and often sheer stupidity and hardheadedness almost cost Lia her life and what’s left of her sense of worth. Appetite of Envy does have moments of humor, some brutal cruelty, an amazing heroine with more honor and class in her baby finger that the entire rest of the cast, put together. Was there a hero? Wow, tough call, Finn is about as self-absorbed and narrow-minded as anyone who feels entitled can be. The rest of the cast feel like the dregs of the earth, character-wise with Lia’s father being a cold fish.

No, I am NOT knocking Ms. Daniels’ writing or creative thinking, the over-the-top characters, as well as their underwhelming support of Lia made the story, and the mystery and suspense? Priceless, because you will NOT see that end until it is staring you in the face.

I received this copy from Amabel Daniels in exchange for my honest review.

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